Tag Archives: Spotlight

Stakeholders Call for Clarification on Proposed Waters of the U.S. Rule

On June 11, the House Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment convened a hearing on “Potential Impacts of Proposed Changes to the Clean Water Act Jurisdictional Rule.” Administration witnesses included U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Deputy Administrator Robert Perciasepe and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Assistant Secretary of Civil Works Jo-Ellen Darcy. Both Perciasepe and Darcy […]

Continue Reading

WEF Announces Stormwater Congress Luncheon Keynote Speaker

The 2014 Stormwater Congress will be hosted by the Water Environment Federation September 27 through October 1 in conjunction with WEFTEC® at the New Orleans Morial Convention Center. Onondaga County Executive Joanne M. Mahoney will be the luncheon keynote speaker. Mahoney grew up in Syracuse, New York, and was elected to public office in 2007 […]

Continue Reading

EPA Launches Third Annual Campus RainWorks Challenge

On July 24, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency launched the third annual Campus RainWorks Challenge, a prize contest started in 2012 to encourage innovative approaches to stormwater management. Every time it rains, urban stormwater carries bacteria, nutrients, heavy metals and other pollutants into the nation’s waters, impacting tens of thousands of miles of rivers, streams […]

Continue Reading

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 […]

Continue Reading

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 […]

Continue Reading

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 […]

Continue Reading

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 […]

Continue Reading

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, […]

Continue Reading

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 […]

Continue Reading

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 […]

Continue Reading