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.
In a March 30 ruling, the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California found Los Angeles County and the Los Angeles Flood Control District liable for violating the terms of a 2001 National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit. While the court ruled that compliance with a newer 2012 NPDES permit should be […]
In early February, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Wetlands, Oceans and Watersheds Natural Estuary Program released two green infrastructure resources for municipalities. The first is a funding resource entitled “Getting to Green: Paying for Green Infrastructure, Finance Options and Resources for Local Decision-Makers.” The report summarizes various funding sources for supporting stormwater management programs […]
In cooperation with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Water Environment Federation (WEF) is seeking nominations for the Steering Committee of the National Municipal Stormwater and Green Infrastructure Awards Program. This awards program, led by WEF through a cooperative agreement with the EPA, was established to recognize high-performing regulated Municipal Separate Stormwater Sewer Programs […]
The Chesapeake Water Environment Association (CWEA) is looking for speakers to share their knowledge and expertise at an upcoming stormwater seminar on April 16 in Linthicum Heights, Maryland. This two-track event will cover municipal separate storm sewer system (MS4) program startup. Topics such as program funding, capacity building, establishing stakeholder support, as well as data […]