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Agencies Provide Funds to Combat Harmful Algal Blooms

On Sept. 3, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) will provide almost $12 million to federal and state agencies to target harmful algal blooms (HABs) in western Lake Erie. The funding builds upon the GLRI’s ongoing efforts to reduce algal blooms and will be made available to Ohio, […]

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EPA Releases Updated Erosivity Calculator

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has published an updated calculator to help construction sites calculate their rainfall erosivity factor — the “R” in the Revised Universal Soil Loss Equation or RUSLE. The updated calculator uses data from the Natural Resources Conservation Service’s Revised Universal Soil Loss Equation, Version 2 (RUSLE2) database. Many National Pollutant […]

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WERF Releases Report on Utility Reponses to Extreme Weather Events

In July the Water Environment Research Foundation released a new report on the effects of and responses to extreme weather events at water and wastewater utilities. This report describes community responses, lessons learned, and future planning needs for six communities that experienced one or more extreme events where water services were disrupted. Experiences include disruptions […]

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EPA Awarding $2.1 Million to Revitalize Urban Waters

On July 17, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded $2.1 million in funds to 37 organizations in 17 states and Puerto Rico to help protect and restore urban waters, improve water quality, support community revitalization, and other local priorities. The funding is through EPA’s Urban Waters program, which supports community efforts to access, improve, […]

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EPA Orders 85 Pennsylvania Communities to Improve Stormwater Programs

On June 24, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it sent orders to 85 Pennsylvania municipalities requiring improvements to their stormwater programs. EPA issued the orders to augment Pennsylvania’s efforts to ensure effective stormwater management programs are in place to improve water quality in local streams and the Chesapeake Bay. The federal Clean […]

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Stakeholders Call for Clarification on Proposed Waters of the U.S. Rule

On June 11, the House Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment convened a hearing on “Potential Impacts of Proposed Changes to the Clean Water Act Jurisdictional Rule.” Administration witnesses included U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Deputy Administrator Robert Perciasepe and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Assistant Secretary of Civil Works Jo-Ellen Darcy. Both Perciasepe and Darcy […]

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Newly Authorized Agriculture Conservation Practices Could Negatively Affect Water Quality

In late April, at the same time it released the draft Waters of the U.S. rule, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published an interpretive rule that went into effect immediately. The rule clarifies the scope of agriculture, forestry, and ranching exemptions to dredge-and-fill permits issued under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act. It […]

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President Obama Announces Climate Resiliency Actions, Green Infrastructure Collaborative

In November, President Obama established the State, Local, and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience to advise him on how the Federal government can best respond to the needs of communities nationwide. The task force, made up of 26 officials from across the country, held its fourth and final meeting on July […]

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EPA Launches Third Annual Campus RainWorks Challenge

On July 24, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency launched the third annual Campus RainWorks Challenge, a prize contest started in 2012 to encourage innovative approaches to stormwater management. Every time it rains, urban stormwater carries bacteria, nutrients, heavy metals and other pollutants into the nation’s waters, impacting tens of thousands of miles of rivers, streams […]

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EPA Releases Groundwater Remediation Guidance

On May 21, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a guidance document evaluating approaches for restoring or containing contaminated groundwater at Superfund sites. The report, “Groundwater Remedy Completion of Strategy: Moving Forward with the End in Mind,” is part of a suite of EPA guidance on groundwater cleanups. According to the EPA report, “Groundwater […]

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