Tag Archives: Fact sheets & guidance

EPA Releases Guide to Green Infrastructure at Brownfield Sites

On Sept. 25, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released a short 15-page guide on how to determine if green infrastructure should be used on a particular brownfield site. Brownfields can be attractive areas to implement stormwater management features. However, the potential to mobilize pollutants and contaminate groundwater must be considered when looking at infiltration-based practices. [...]

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Guide Helps Communities Conserve Naturally Occurring Green Infrastructure

On June 18, the Green Infrastructure Center Inc. (GIC) and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation released a green infrastructure planning guide. The guide aids planners in mapping naturally occurring green infrastructure. This effort can help communities prioritize natural resources for conservation or restoration. For example, natural green spaces can be valuable in [...]

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U.S. EPA Releases Stakeholder Engagement Guide

Building stakeholder relationships is key to successfully implementing stormwater programs and projects. Stakeholder support is also needed for effective outreach. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently released an updated version of Getting in Step: Engaging Stakeholders in Your Watershed, originally released in 2001. The guide is intended to help government agency personnel involved in [...]

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Water Quality Initiatives in Singapore Promote Sustainable Stormwater Management

Singapore is a low-lying country with abundant rainfall, and during the last 30 years, Singapore’s government has spent more than $2 billion to improve stormwater drainage infrastructure. According to Singapore’s Public Utilities Board (PUB), two-thirds of Singapore’s land surface functions as drinking water catchment areas, making it very important to maintain good water quality. One [...]

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Minnesota Creates Stormwater Manual Wiki

On April 3, Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton announced that the state’s stormwater manual is now available in Wikipedia format. The previous manual was a cumbersome 850 pages, but the new Web-based format is easily searchable, mobile accessible, and can be rapidly updated. Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) stormwater program officials expect the manual’s size to [...]

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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Releases LID ‘Barrier Busters’ Fact Sheets

On Jan. 18, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced seven new fact sheets on low-impact development (LID) for state and local decision-makers. The series is intended to address common LID concerns and barriers, such as cost, aesthetics, effectiveness, and maintenance. Also included are fact sheets on the benefits of LID, distinguishing LID from other techniques, [...]

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U.S. EPA Issues CSO Post-Construction Compliance Monitoring Guidance

Regulated communities are expected to develop Long Term Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) Plans as part of the 1994 CSO Control Policy. One requirement of the long-term plan is drafting a post-construction compliance monitoring program. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently released a guidance document to help with this step. The guidance focuses primarily on verifying [...]

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U.S. EPA Releases Fact Sheets on Green Infrastructure and Watersheds

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently released a series of six fact sheets and four supplements  on incorporating green infrastructure into control programs. The fact sheets are part of EPA’s permitting and enforcement series and cover general accountability considerations, combined and sanitary sewer overflows, stormwater, total maximum daily loads, and water quality standards. In [...]

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Alliance for Water Stewardship Releases Draft International Water Stewardship Standard

On March 13, the Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS) released a draft International Water Stewardship Standard. The draft standard covers four main water principles: governance, balance, quality, and important water areas. The document also delves into more-detailed actions, metrics, and targets that can be used to achieve three levels of certification. AWS is dedicated to [...]

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U.S. Rep. Doggett Introduces Coal-Tar Sealants Ban

In response to mounting research, U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D–Texas) introduced the Coal Tar Sealants Reduction Act of 2012 (H.R. 4166), along with four co-sponsors. The legislation specifies that, after enactment, manufacturing of coal tar sealants would phase out during the course of 1 year, distribution would stop after 1.5 years, and all sales would [...]

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