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Boise To Reduce Phosphorus Through Innovative Offset Project

The City of Boise, Idaho plans to begin construction on an innovative means of meeting phosphorus removal requirements this spring. The Dixie Drain contributes about 40% of phosphorus that drains from the Boise River into the Snake River, as reported by the Boise State Public Radio. The drain, dug in the early 20th century, drains […]

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Court To Rule Again on Flow-Based TMDLs

On Feb. 18, the City of Rutland, Vt., filed a complaint requesting that the U.S. District Court for the District of Vermont vacate a flow-based total maximum daily load (TMDL) for biological impairments in Moon Brook. The TMDL regulates the amount of stormwater entering Moon Brook using flow as a surrogate for sediment. Flow-based TMDLs […]

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Obama Issues New Executive Order on Flood Risk Management

On January 30, President Obama issued Executive Order 13690, “Establishing a Federal Flood Risk Management Standard and a Process for Further Soliciting and Considering Stakeholder Input.” The new Executive Order amends the existing Executive Order 11988 on Floodplain Management and adopts a higher flood standard for future federal investments in and affecting floodplains. This includes […]

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Copenhagen Neighborhood Redesigned With Climate in Mind

In August 2011, St. Kjeld, a low-lying neighborhood of Copenhagen, Denmark, experienced extreme flooding, with more than $1 billion in damages. However, the area will soon be home to a number of innovative green infrastructure and drainage projects, and is the first suburb in Denmark, if not the world, to be redesigned specifically for climate […]

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Healthy watersheds support recreation

EPA Testifies at Waters of the U.S. Hearing, Final Connectivity Report Released

On February 4, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy and Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works Jo-Ellen Darcy testified at a Joint Senate and House hearing, defending the agencies’ jointly proposed “Waters of the United States” rule. The agencies’ rulemaking attempts to clarify uncertainty over the Clean Water Act’s reach following […]

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WEF Seeks Steering Committee Members for New MS4 and Green Infrastructure Awards Program

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 […]

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Registration Opens for Collection Systems 2015

Registration recently opened for the Water Environment Federation’s (WEF) annual 2015 collection systems specialty conference. “Collection Systems Taking Center Stage – Seize the Opportunity,” will take place April 19 – 22 at the Duke Energy Convention Center in Cincinnati and will feature tours, diverse technical sessions, and a robust exhibit hall. Join WEF, the Ohio […]

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Obama Administration Announces Water Finance Center, New Municipal Bond

On Jan. 16, the Obama Administration launched the new Water Infrastructure and Resiliency Finance Center at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and announced a new municipal bond to encourage public private partnerships. The announcement took place at the Anacostia River Tunnel Project Site in Washington, D.C., where DC Water is working to reduce the 2 […]

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Ministerial Statement on SuDS Released

On Dec. 18, the Department for Communities and Local Government and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs released a ministerial statement on sustainable urban drainage systems (SuDS). With this, the agencies also released a summary of the SuDS consultation that took place in September and October. As expected, SuDS implementation will now fall […]

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FY15 Omnibus Bill Becomes Law

On Dec. 16, President Obama signed into law an omnibus appropriations package that will fund the federal government for the remaining nine and a half months of Fiscal Year 2015 (FY15). The $1.1 trillion package funds all of the federal agencies except the Department of Homeland Security. The FY15 omnibus appropriations package will fund the […]

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