Tag Archives: MS4

Controversial Tennessee stormwater bill becomes law without governor’s signature

A contentious stormwater bill (S.B. 1830/H.B. 1892) that restricts the ability of localities to establish post-construction control standards has become law in Tennessee without action by Governor Bill Haslam (R). The legislation states, “No general permit shall impose post construction storm water requirements that are more restrictive than the Federal Water Pollution Control Act…”. The […]

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WEF provides comments on EPA proposed phase II municipal separate storm sewer system (MS4) permit remand rule

The Water Environment Federation (WEF) provided public comments on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed Phase II Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permit remand rule, published in the Federal Register on Jan. 6, 2016. Prior to the register publication, EPA also made prepublication documents available for public review on Dec. 17, 2015. A formal […]

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WEF is Now Accepting Applications for MS4 Awards

On March 8, the Water Environment Federation announced that it is accepting applications for its second annual National Municipal Stormwater and Green Infrastructure Awards Program. Phase I and Phase II municipal separate storm sewer system (MS4) permit holders are invited to submit an application by April 15. An expert committee will review the entries. Each […]

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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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