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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
In mid-July the Water Environment Federation (WEF) opened the call for applications for its National Municipal Stormwater and Green Infrastructure Awards program. Hosted through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the program was established this year to recognize high-performing, regulated Municipal Separate Stormwater Sewer System programs (MS4s). The objective of the […]
On June 16, the California State Water Resources Control Board adopted an order that provides a framework to promote integrated stormwater capture and reuse to improve water quality, protect local beaches, and supplement water supplies. The new permit focuses on using stormwater as a resource and encourages green infrastructure and groundwater recharge. “This innovative permit […]
November marks the 25th anniversary of EPA’s Phase I MS4 program. Geoff Brosseau discusses lessons learned from the past 25 years and shares his insights for the future.
On May 5, the state’s highest court, the New York Court of Appeals, ruled that the state’s general permit for small municipal separate storm sewer systems (MS4s) complies with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regulations. Issued in 2010, New York’s State Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (SPDES) general permit, administered by the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), […]
On April 28, the Conservation Law Foundation and the Charles River Watershed Association sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), for the agency’s alleged “failure to enforce stormwater pollution regulations in the Charles River Watershed and several water bodies in Rhode Island.” Spanning 80 miles, the Charles River meanders through 23 communities before ending in […]
On April 1, the New England Stormwater Collaborative presented its inaugural STORMY Awards, which recognize communities and utilities for their best stormwater ideas that increase efficiency, funding, or political support.