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Clean Water Affordability Act Would Codify Integrated Planning

The Clean Water Affordability Act of 2014 (H.R. 3862), introduced on Jan. 14 by Representatives Bob Latta (R-Ohio) and Tim Walz (D-Minn.), would create a law around the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) integrated planning framework. Integrated planning allows communities to modify consent agreements and prioritize National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) projects and spending. [...]

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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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TMDL Vision Planned for Release This Fall

A plan is under way to reform the total maximum daily load (TMDL) process. The final TMDL 10-year vision plan is expected this fall. It has been an ongoing joint federal–state effort since 2011 that gives states, for the first time, the flexibility to prioritize assessments. The plan is not a regulation or mandate but [...]

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CIRIA Releases Scoping Report on Water Sensitive Urban Design in the UK

This summer the Construction Industry Research and Information Association (CIRIA) released a scoping study report that examines current and potential Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD) in the UK. According to the report, “WSUD aims to give greater priority to water management considerations during the initial conception of developed areas while optimizing the opportunities for delivering [...]

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WEF Hosts Integrated Planning Webcast

On June 26, the Water Environment Federation (WEF) will host a free webcast on integrated planning with a specific focus on implementation. The 1.5 hour webcast will take place from 1:00 to 2:30 pm Eastern. Up to this point, there has been a great deal of focus on the concepts of integrated planning without any concrete [...]

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States, Utilities Discuss Integrated Planning in U.S. EPA Region 7 Workshop

More than 60 representatives from municipalities, water utilities, and state agencies participated in a workshop held March 12 in Olathe, Kan., on the Clean Water Act Integrated Planning Framework, which the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released on June 5, 2012. During the workshop, officials from EPA headquarters and the agency’s Region 7 office (covering [...]

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WEF Comments on U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Enforcement Initiatives

The Water Environment Federation (WEF) provided comments on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s national enforcement initiatives for fiscal years 2014 to 2016. WEF supported these six initiatives, particularly the first priority to prevent sewer overflows. WEF applauds the agency’s integrated planning and permitting efforts, and encourages development of additional guidance on sanitary sewer overflows and peak [...]

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House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Sets Sights on Stormwater

The U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure released its oversight plan on Jan. 23. On the top of the list for the Subcommittee on Water Resources and the Environment are funding issues for wastewater and stormwater infrastructure. As such, a key priority for the full committee is reauthorizing the Water Resources Development [...]

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U.S. EPA Releases Integrated Planning Framework for Stormwater and Wastewater

On June 12, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its revised Integrated Municipal Stormwater and Wastewater Planning Approach Framework. The framework does not lower existing regulatory standards but allows municipalities to prioritize stormwater and wastewater projects. The framework is designed to help municipalities better manage the costs of implementing Clean Water Act requirements. Rather [...]

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U.S. EPA Integrated Framework To Be Released in Mid-May

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) plans to release a completed framework for integrating municipal stormwater and wastewater by mid-May. The agency is reviewing and incorporating feedback from six stakeholder workshops and 40 sets of written comments on the draft framework. See comments from the Water Environment Federation. EPA will develop case studies of utilities [...]

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