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Bill Would Direct Integrated Planning Pilot Program

With communities seeking cost-effective approaches to upgrading stormwater and wastewater systems, U.S. Senators Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio) introduced the Clean Water Compliance and Affordability Act. The bill directs the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to establish a national integrated planning pilot program. The bill would help accelerate integrated planning, which is intended […]

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Puerto Rico Enters Second Agreement with EPA To Fix San Juan Stormwater Systems

On Dec. 23, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a settlement requiring Puerto Rico’s government to upgrade stormwater systems operated for road and highway drainage. This settlement is related to another agreement announced Oct. 26, 2015, requiring the Municipality of San Juan to upgrade its municipal separate storm sewer system (MS4). The Department of […]

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EPA Reports Stormwater Funding Needs

On Jan. 13, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a survey showing that $271 billion is needed to maintain and improve the nation’s clean water infrastructure. This includes wastewater and stormwater infrastructure as well as collection systems. EPA reports that $48 billion is needed to correct combined sewer overflows, and another $19.2 billion is […]

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EPA Releases Small Lot Tool for Construction General Permit

In December, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released a new tool to assist small residential lot builders in developing their required stormwater pollution prevention plan (SWPPP). Small Residential Lot SWPPP Template supports compliance with EPA’s Construction General Permit. All builders must seek Construction General Permit coverage for construction activity disturbing more than one acre. Permits […]

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EPA Reports Aid Communities in Implementing Green Infrastructure and Reducing Aquatic Trash

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released two new reports in October 2015. The first is a synopsis of EPA Office of Research and Development (ORD) findings, lessons learned, and guidance related to green infrastructure. The report, titled Green Infrastructure for Stormwater Control: Gauging Its Effectiveness with Community Partners, is the most comprehensive summary of […]

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EPA Releases Proposed Phase II MS4 Remand Rule

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released its proposed Phase II Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permit remand rule. The proposed rule addresses how small MS4s seek and incorporate public comment and agency reviews into their permits. The official proposed rule was published in the Federal Register Jan. 6, beginning a 75-day public […]

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EPA Finalizes Clean Water Act Electronic Reporting Rule

On Sept. 24, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized a rule requiring electronic Clean Water Act reporting for municipalities, industries, and other facilities. This includes changes in reporting for municipal separate storm sewer systems. The rule requires regulated entities as well as state and federal regulators to use existing, available information technology to electronically […]

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EPA Launches New Tool to Support Community Interest in Green Infrastructure

The Green Infrastructure Wizard, or GIWiz, is a new web-based tool from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that is helping communities consider the benefits and uses of green infrastructure. The tool responds to growing community interest in using green infrastructure as a means of addressing water quality concerns and a range of other local […]

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EPA Should Better Track CSO Mitigation Outcomes, Report Finds

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of the Inspector General, the agency should track the water quality outcomes of its major municipal combined sewer overflow (CSO) settlements. By better tracking this information, EPA could show how the money communities are spending to address CSO volume and frequency improves local waterways. In a […]

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Court Issues Nationwide Stay on Clean Water Rule

On Oct. 9, following an injunction blocking the enforcement of the Clean Water Rule in 13 states, the Sixth Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals issued a nationwide stay on the rule. Finalized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in June, the Clean Water Rule is intended to […]

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