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California Can Sustainably Supply Cities’ Water Needs, Says New Report

According to a new report released June 10 by the Pacific Institute and Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), California could save up to 17.3 million cubic meters of untapped water. According to the issue brief, “The Untapped Potential of California’s Water Supply,” this is more than the amount of water used in all of California’s […]

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Chesapeake Bay Partners Sign New Watershed Agreement

On June 16, the Chesapeake Executive Council signed the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement, committing Chesapeake Bay Program partners to a set of interrelated goals to advance the restoration, conservation, and protection of the bay, its tributaries, and the lands that surround them. Agreement signatories included the governors of Delaware, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and […]

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EPA Announces Technical Assistance Funding for Integrated Planning

On May 9, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Wastewater Management announced that it is requesting letters of interest from communities interested in technical support for developing and implementing integrated plans. Integrated planning is a prioritized approach to meeting Clean Water Act requirements for municipal wastewater and stormwater management. The total value of […]

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States, D.C. Back EPA in Chesapeake Bay TMDL Litigation

Maryland, Delaware, the District of Columbia, and Virginia have filed briefs in support of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in a lawsuit first filed in 2011 by the American Farm Bureau Federation and Pennsylvania Farm Bureau. The lawsuit, to be decided in the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia, challenges EPA’s jurisdiction […]

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Proposed WOTUS Rule Now Open for Public Comment

On April 21, a 182-day public comment period opened on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers proposed waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule. Comments can be submitted until Oct. 20. The rule seeks to clarify the definition of waters subject to the regulatory scope of the Clean Water Act, […]

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WEF is Now Accepting Videos for 2014 StormTV Project

For the third year in a row, the Water Environment Federation (WEF) will host the StormTV Project. It is an effort to collect and share innovative stormwater videos in four categories: nonprofit and government programs, for-profit projects, stormwater equipment, and public education. The goal of the project is to recognize and highlight the work of […]

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EPA Announces 2013 Campus RainWorks Challenge Winners

On April 22, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the four winners of its second annual Campus RainWorks Challenge. The competition is a design challenge that engages university students in reinventing water infrastructure and developing innovative green infrastructure systems to reduce stormwater pollution and build resilience to climate change. The challenge fosters interdisciplinary collaboration […]

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Stormwater Congress Registration is Now Open

Registration for the Water Environment Federation’s (WEF) Stormwater Congress opened on March 31. The conference will be held in conjunction with WEFTEC® 2014, which will take place at the New Orleans Morial Convention Center September 27 through October 1. Again this year, the congress features a robust technical program coupled with the Stormwater Pavilion. The […]

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Efforts to Include Green Infrastructure in SRF Programs Advance

Last year, President Obama established the Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience, which includes state, local, and tribal leaders. The task force is determining how the federal government can mitigate and prepare for climate change through grant and loan programs. One option identified by the federal government is the Clean Water and Drinking Water […]

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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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