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EPA and Army Corps Release Waters of the United States Proposed Rule

On March 25, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers jointly released a proposed rule clarifying protections for streams and wetlands under the Clean Water Act. Also known as the Waters of the United States rulemaking, the proposed definitions of waters will apply to all Clean Water Act programs. According [...]

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EPA Signals Change of Direction on Stormwater Rulemaking

In late March, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) staff confirmed that the agency intends to refocus resources in light of delays in proposing the national stormwater rule. The president’s fiscal year 2015 budget request includes $5 million and an added 30 staff to support green infrastructure programs focused on sustainability goals. This significant development signals [...]

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Obama and DOT Announce $600 Million in Transportation Funding

On Feb. 26, President Obama and Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary Anthony Foxx announced $600 million for the sixth round of the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) competitive grant program. DOT will prioritize applications for capital projects that better connect people to jobs, training and other opportunities; promote neighborhood redevelopment; and reconnect neighborhoods divided [...]

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EPA Releases Report on Greening CSO Plans

In early March, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a planning resource to help communities use green infrastructure and quantify its contributions in combined sewer overflow (CSO) plans. The report, Greening CSO Plans: Planning and Modeling Green Infrastructure for Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) Control,” discusses various modeling tools that can help communities optimize their [...]

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WEF, NACWA and WERF Host Joint National Water Policy Forum and Fly-In

The Water Environment Federation will host the National Water Policy Forum and Fly-In, April 7 through 9 in Washington, D.C., with the Water Environment Research Foundation and the National Association of Clean Water Agencies. The event will be part of World Water Week 2014, which also includes a Water Infrastructure & Innovation Expo hosted by [...]

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Federal Agencies Pledge $34 Million for Agriculture Conservation Efforts in Drought-Stricken California

California is in its worst drought in the state’s 160 years of recordkeeping, and Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. declared a Drought State of Emergency on Jan. 17. In response, the Federal Bureau of Reclamation and Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announced funding for water delivery agencies and agricultural producers in early February. The agencies [...]

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Jurisdictions Sign New Chesapeake Bay Agreement

On Jan. 29, three decades after the first Chesapeake Bay Agreement was signed, Chesapeake Bay Program partners now seek public input on a new agreement guiding the next chapter of restoration across the watershed, recommitting stakeholders to conservation success in the process. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and seven Chesapeake Bay jurisdictions have proposed [...]

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WEF Releases White Paper on Stormwater Product Evaluation Program

On Feb 6, 2014, the Water Environment Federation’s (WEF) Stormwater Testing and Evaluation for Products and Practices (STEPP) Task Force released a white paper recommending a national testing and evaluation program for stormwater products and practices. The goal of a national program would be to meet the growing need for affordable and effective stormwater management [...]

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Expert Panel Provides Recommendations on Waterbody Connectivity Report

From Dec. 16–18, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) convened a meeting of an assembled Science Advisory Board Panel to review the agency’s draft water body connectivity report, released in late September. The panel found inconsistencies between the evidence provided in the report, which synthesized 1,000 peer-reviewed papers, and the conclusions drawn. According to the [...]

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EPA Announces New Program Vision for TMDLs

In early December, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a new collaborative framework for developing Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs) to begin in 2014. The New Program Vision incorporates experience gained over the last two decades from developing nearly 65,000 TMDLs. The new vision focuses on improving how states establish and prioritize impaired waters. [...]

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