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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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EPA Updates Federal Funding Catalogue and Releases MS4 Compendium

In June, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released “Post-Construction Performance Standards & Water Quality-Based Requirements: A Compendium of Permitting Approaches.” The document is a compendium of EPA and state municipal separate storm sewer system (MS4) permits. The permits included cover post-construction performance standards and effluent limitations that implement approved total maximum daily loads for impaired […]

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EPA Region 4 Announces Rain Catcher Award

On June 30, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 4 opened the nomination period for the first annual Rain Catcher Awards for excellence in green stormwater infrastructure implementation. Nominations will be accepted until July 31 in four categories: municipal, commercial, tribal neighborhood and community levels. Winners will be notified on August 8 and awarded at […]

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EPA Awards $860,000 in Grants for Green Infrastructure

On April 30, The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced $860,000 to help 14 communities expand their use of green infrastructure to reduce water pollution and boost climate change resilience, which supports President Obama’s Climate Action Plan. Funding for the 14 communities spans states from Maine to California. Beyond funding stormwater infrastructure, EPA also is […]

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EPA Releases Online Interactive Ecosystem Mapping Tool

On May 7, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the release of EnviroAtlas. The interactive ecosystem mapping tool is web-based and integrates more than 300 separate data layers. EnviroAtlas can help people learn about ecosystems and their benefits, including protection from hurricanes and floods. It also can help decision-makers understand the environmental implications of […]

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EPA Announces Technical Assistance Funding for Integrated Planning

On May 9, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Wastewater Management announced that it is requesting letters of interest from communities interested in technical support for developing and implementing integrated plans. Integrated planning is a prioritized approach to meeting Clean Water Act requirements for municipal wastewater and stormwater management. The total value of […]

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EPA Announces 2013 Campus RainWorks Challenge Winners

On April 22, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the four winners of its second annual Campus RainWorks Challenge. The competition is a design challenge that engages university students in reinventing water infrastructure and developing innovative green infrastructure systems to reduce stormwater pollution and build resilience to climate change. The challenge fosters interdisciplinary collaboration […]

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EPA Awards 16 Cities with Grants for Green Infrastructure on the Great Lakes

In late February, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) began announcing the 16 recipients of the Great Lakes Shoreline Cities Green Infrastructure Grant. Cities in Minnesota, New York, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Ohio received grants throughout March. The grants will result in cleaner water and a more resilient shoreline by helping to prevent flooding. Extreme precipitation […]

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EPA Responds to Groups’ Residual Designation Authority Petitions

In late March, American Rivers announced the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) decisions on stormwater-related petitions filed in EPA Regions I, III and IX. Environmental groups, including the Conservation Law Foundation, the Natural Resources Defense Council, American Rivers, and the California Coastkeeper Alliance, filed the petitions relating to Residual Designation Authority (RDA). The petitions called […]

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EPA and Army Corps Release Waters of the United States Proposed Rule

On March 25, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers jointly released a proposed rule clarifying protections for streams and wetlands under the Clean Water Act. Also known as the Waters of the United States rulemaking, the proposed definitions of waters will apply to all Clean Water Act programs. According […]

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