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Corvias Announces Public-Private Partnership Agreement with Prince George’s County

On Nov. 19, Corvias Solutions announced that it has signed a first-of-its-kind, community-based, public-private partnership (P3) with Prince George’s County, Maryland. This $100 million, 30-year partnership comes to fruition after a unanimous decision by the Prince George’s County Council and more than a year’s worth of negotiations. Corvias Solutions is a privately-held company and a […]

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EWRI Releases Report on Pathogens in Urban Stormwater Systems

On Oct. 1, the American Society of Civil Engineers Environmental and Water Resources Institute released a new report entitled “Pathogens in Urban Stormwater Systems.” According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, elevated fecal indicator bacteria are the most common cause of water quality impairment in the U.S. Fecal indicator bacteria are used as a surrogate […]

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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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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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GAO Report Recommends Clean Water Act Regulate Farm Discharges

A Government Accountability Office (GAO) report released Jan. 13 states that the total maximum daily load (TMDL) program would be more effective if the Clean Water Act included mandatory pollution controls for agriculture. Based on historical funding and restoration rates, GAO points out that the time required to address water quality impairments associated with nonpoint […]

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Federal Efforts Falling Short on Chesapeake Bay Clean Water Blueprint, Says CBF

On Dec. 30, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) released a statement saying federal efforts to restore the bay have fallen short in three main areas: expanding forest buffers, air quality, and complying with the Clean Water Act in approving stormwater permits. Further actions to achieve these particular goals have not been included in the next […]

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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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EPA Releases Tools for Managing Water Resources

In November, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the Watershed Management Optimization Support Tool. The tool supports integrated water resources management by allowing users to screen options for cost-effectiveness and environmental benefits. With the tool, users can evaluate a number of management options, including projects related to stormwater. Users can conduct an analysis of […]

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Federal Court Upholds EPA Chesapeake Bay TMDL

On Sept. 13, a federal court in Pennsylvania upheld the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Chesapeake Bay total maximum daily load (TMDL). What has been called the bay pollution diet is the largest and most complex TMDL to date. The suit against the EPA was filed in 2011 by the American Farm Bureau Federation and […]

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TMDL Vision Planned for Release This Fall

A plan is under way to reform the total maximum daily load (TMDL) process. The final TMDL 10-year vision plan is expected this fall. It has been an ongoing joint federal–state effort since 2011 that gives states, for the first time, the flexibility to prioritize assessments. The plan is not a regulation or mandate but […]

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