Sen. Cardin (D-Md.) will today reintroduce legislation aimed at reducing runoff from highways and roads. The goal of the bill—the Safe Treatment of Polluted Stormwater Runoff (STOPS Runoff) Act—is to decrease water pollution resulting from roadways, which includes contaminants like brake dust, oil, road salts, heavy metals and more. STOPS Runoff would require federally funded highway and road projects—new and rehabilitated—disturbing five or more acres to meet performance-based standards for preventing runoff. The bill encourages stormwater mitigation through preservation of natural landscapes. The Water Environment Federation worked with Cardin on this legislation and will be crafting a letter of support.
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