On June 21–22, stormwater experts from an array of professional backgrounds and regions convened at the Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) headquarters for a brainstorming session on the future of stormwater. The impetus behind the meeting was to identify and discuss big-picture stormwater issues, sector needs, and ways WEF can most effectively educate, advocate, and collaborate in the realm of stormwater. Participants agreed that WEF should be integral in developing a comprehensive stormwater vision by determining consistent goals and objectives for stormwater management and elevating the sector and associated professionals.
Representatives from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency also attended and sought feedback on the agency’s stormwater rulemaking process, which is currently underway. Key elements of the rule include expanding the universe of regulated MS4s, developing performance-based standards, requiring a retrofit plan for specific MS4s, and potentially creating a separate transportation program.