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Draft Chinese Water Plan Focuses on Water Conservation and Pollution Controls

China will focus on water quality, preserving the health of aquatic ecosystems, and protecting drinking water based on a draft Water Pollution Prevention Plan released by China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection in February, Bloomberg BNA reports. China Environmental News indicated that US$329 billion (2 trillion yuan) could be spent implementing measures to improve industrial and [...]

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National Network on Water Quality Trading Launches

The National Network on water quality trading, a coalition of government officials and environmental and industry organizations, launched Jan. 14. The goal of the network is to establish a national dialogue and to “provide options and recommendations to improve consistency, innovation and integrity in water quality trading.” Currently, state and local trading programs exist across [...]

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Wisconsin Governor Signs Bill Supporting Adaptive Management

On Dec. 12, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker signed Senate Bill 190, providing the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources with more flexible and cost-effective options for protecting water quality on a watershed scale. The new law paves the way to expand adaptive management and water quality trading, as it allows for pollutant-specific Wisconsin Pollutant Discharge Elimination [...]

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EPA and USDA Partner to Support Water Quality Trading

On Dec. 3, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a partnership to further water quality trading. Their goal is to improve water quality through a market-driven approach that provides a cost-effective means for complying with Clean Water Act requirements. Trading allows regulated entities to purchase and use pollutant [...]

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Court Dismisses Suit Against Water Quality Trading

On Dec. 13, Judge Rudolph Contreras of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia dismissed a suit challenging the legality of water quality trading under the Chesapeake Bay total maximum daily load (TMDL). The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) had asked to dismiss the case, Food & Water Watch and Friends of the [...]

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D.C. Proposes Revised Stormwater Rule With Trading Scheme

In 2011, the District of Columbia adopted a precedent-setting stormwater permit that requires onsite retention with green infrastructure. Newly developed properties larger than 465 m2 (5000 ft2) will have to retain 30 mm (1.2 in.) of rain onsite for 24 hours, while redeveloped sites must capture a 20-mm (0.8-in.) storm. The redevelopment standards apply only [...]

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EPA Defends Water Quality Trading at Senate Hearing

On May 22, Michael Shapiro, deputy assistant administrator in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Water, defended water quality trading as consistent with the Clean Water Act. At a hearing of the Water and Wildlife Subcommittee, part of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, Shapiro discussed EPA’s water quality trading policy. The [...]

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Baltic Sea Denizens Willing To Pay for Water Quality Improvements

According to a BalticSTERN report released March 14, residents of Baltic Sea countries are willing to pay nearly $5 billion (€3.8 billion) to restore water quality in the sea. Willingness to pay exceeds restoration costs by approximately $2 billion (€1.5 billion). The report, Baltic Sea — Our Common Treasure: Economics of Saving the Sea, also [...]

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House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Sets Sights on Stormwater

The U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure released its oversight plan on Jan. 23. On the top of the list for the Subcommittee on Water Resources and the Environment are funding issues for wastewater and stormwater infrastructure. As such, a key priority for the full committee is reauthorizing the Water Resources Development [...]

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WEF Co-Hosts Water Quality Trading Workshop

On Nov. 28 and 29, the Water Environment Federation, World Resources Institute, and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) held two workshops on water quality trading in Washington, D.C. The event was broadcast at no charge to nearly 800 attendees, and the recording and presentations will be archived online. The first day, hosted by EPA, focused [...]

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