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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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EPA Signals Change of Direction on Stormwater Rulemaking

In late March, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) staff confirmed that the agency intends to refocus resources in light of delays in proposing the national stormwater rule. The president’s fiscal year 2015 budget request includes $5 million and an added 30 staff to support green infrastructure programs focused on sustainability goals. This significant development signals [...]

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EPA Releases Report on Greening CSO Plans

In early March, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a planning resource to help communities use green infrastructure and quantify its contributions in combined sewer overflow (CSO) plans. The report, Greening CSO Plans: Planning and Modeling Green Infrastructure for Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) Control,” discusses various modeling tools that can help communities optimize their [...]

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EPA Launches Green Infrastructure Webcast Series

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has launched a 2014 series of free webcasts related to green infrastructure. New webcasts will debut bimonthly, and old webcasts will be archived within a month. The series is geared toward public officials and communities just starting to implement green infrastructure. Speakers will include experts in stormwater management who will [...]

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EPA Releases Climate Assessment Update to National Stormwater Calculator

On Jan. 30, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released an update to the National Stormwater Calculator, adding a climate assessment tool that allows the calculator to assess future climate vulnerability scenarios. The calculator now includes changes in seasonal precipitation levels, the effects of more frequent high-intensity storms, and changes in evaporation rates based on [...]

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EPA and NOAA Propose Disapproving of Oregon’s Coastal Nonpoint Pollution Program

On Dec. 19, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) opened a 90-day public comment period on a proposal to disapprove Oregon’s coastal nonpoint pollution program. The program, they say, falls short in three key areas: water quality impacts from forestry, septic systems, and new development. In controlling [...]

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Mayors Meet With EPA to Discuss Integrated Planning and Affordability

On Dec. 13, the U.S. Conference of Mayors met with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to discuss potential revisions to the agency’s “Combined Sewer Overflows: Guidance for Financial Capability Assessment and Schedule Development” report as well as a draft EPA proposal that seeks to broaden affordability factors of Clean Water Act requirements. This dialogue [...]

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Expert Panel Provides Recommendations on Waterbody Connectivity Report

From Dec. 16–18, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) convened a meeting of an assembled Science Advisory Board Panel to review the agency’s draft water body connectivity report, released in late September. The panel found inconsistencies between the evidence provided in the report, which synthesized 1,000 peer-reviewed papers, and the conclusions drawn. According to the [...]

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EPA Announces $400,000 in Technical Assistance for Green Infrastructure

In early December, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced $400,000 in direct technical assistance for communities to implement green infrastructure for improving water quality and building more sustainable communities. The goal of this assistance is to provide communities with the tools, resources, and information to achieve green infrastructure goals and is part of the [...]

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