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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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San Juan, Puerto Rico Agrees To Improve Storm Sewers

On October 26, 2015, the Municipality of San Juan agreed to make substantial upgrades to its storm sewer systems. The citywide upgrades and related cleaning activities will minimize daily discharges of untreated wastewater from San Juan’s storm sewers. The upgrades will help improve the water quality of the San Juan Bay Estuary, the Atlantic Ocean, […]

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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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Students Design Sustainable Storm Drain Filter

A team of students from the University of California–Riverside (UC Riverside) Bourns College of Engineering recently received a $15,000 grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for a low-cost, environmentally friendly, reusable storm drain filter. The team received the funding as a phase one winner of EPA’s People, Prosperity and the Planet competition. Storm-drain inserts can be […]

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New York City Launches Campaign To Reduce Litter, Improve Waterways

On Nov. 9, New York City announced a new public information campaign aimed at reducing consumer waste and street litter. The campaign is expected to improve the health and aesthetics of local waterways and will help the city comply with its Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System permit. Each year, New York City generates more than […]

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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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WEF Announces First Winners of MS4 Awards

On Sept. 28, the Water Environment Federation (WEF) announced the first winners of a new national municipal stormwater and green infrastructure awards program. Developed through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the program recognizes high-performing regulated Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) communities and inspires them to exceed requirements through innovative and […]

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Settlement Would Require EPA To Revise Phase II MS4 Permit

A settlement filed with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit would require the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to revise its 1999 Phase II Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permits for small communities with populations fewer than 100,000. EPA reached a settlement with the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and the […]

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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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