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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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WERF To Develop Integrated Planning Guide

The Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF) is developing a toolbox to help communities manage compliance with water quality regulations in a way that integrates multiple disciplines. The project, Users’ Guide for Integrated Planning for Wastewater and Stormwater (SIWM9R14), is led by Geosyntec Consultants with teammates from the University of Cincinnati Economics Center, Patricia McGovern Engineers, […]

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Seattle Sets Sights on Green Infrastructure Target

In 2013, the City of Seattle agreed to reduce sewer overflows to comply with state and federal law. Seattle City Council Resolution 31459 created a city policy to adopt green infrastructure, such as bioretention swales, street trees, rain gardens, cisterns, green roofs, and permeable pavement, to manage stormwater. The resolution set a target for the […]

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NYC Permit Aims To Improve Water Quality

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) issued a new permit to improve water quality and protect public health in New York City. The new State Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (SPDES) permit provides stricter controls on discharges from the city’s municipal separate storm sewer system (MS4). The permit includes conditions to better manage […]

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SPU Proposes Integrated Plan to Protect Seattle Waterways

On April 24, Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) proposed a 15-year integrated plan to prevent millions of gallons of untreated wastewater and polluted runoff from flowing into creeks, lakes, the Duwamish River, and Puget Sound. The integrated plan allows the city to implement stormwater control projects that will significantly benefit water quality in receiving water bodies, while delaying […]

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Harrisburg and Capital Region Water Agree to Reduce Sewer Overflows, Nutrient Discharges

Under an $82 million proposed partial settlement, the City of Harrisburg and Capital Region Water will work to address sewer overflows discharged to the Susquehanna River and Paxton Creek, which are part of the Chesapeake Bay watershed. The settlement, still subject to a 30-day comment period, is a proposed agreement between the city and utility […]

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Columbus Solves SSO Problem and Creates Jobs for Residents

In solving sanitary sewer overflows, the City of Columbus is spending its capital dollars above ground, transforming neighborhoods and creating permanent jobs rather than building little-used tunnels.

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U.S. EPA Announces First Consent Decree Built on Integrated Planning Framework

On Nov. 20, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Department of Justice, and the State of Ohio announced a Clean Water Act settlement with the City of Lima, Ohio. The consent decree, which Lima and EPA have been negotiating for the past 10 years, will address combined sewer overflows (CSOs) released into the […]

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EPA Provides Technical Assistance for Integrated Planning

On Oct. 10, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) provided $335,000 in technical assistance to five communities to help them develop components of integrated plans for wastewater and stormwater management. Integrated planning is intended to help communities sequence projects in priority order. EPA, states, and municipalities historically have focused on meeting each Clean Water Act […]

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Two Years Pass, Integrated Planning Framework Produces No Approved Plans

On July 24, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment hosted a hearing on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) integrated planning framework. The framework, released in June 2012, seeks to help municipalities prioritize clean water projects. However, no plans have yet been approved, though there are many in the works. […]

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