Archive | May, 2012

California Regional Water Board Enforces Biological Performance as Water Quality Indicator

The San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board is testing the use of biological performance as an enforceable standard in the San Marcos Creek District permits. The California State Water Resources Control Board and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency are using this as a pilot and working toward a statewide expansion of the standard by 2014. […]

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Green Up D.C. Online Tool Aids in Sustainable Project Planning

The District of Columbia, in partnership with CH2M Hill and Critigen, created an online tool for D.C. property owners to plan and implement green projects. The tool walks users through the process of choosing a project, calculating the costs and benefits, and finding vendors. The tool even includes information on D.C. stormwater fees and discounts. […]

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EPA To Propose that NPDES Reporting Go Electronic

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will soon propose the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Electronic Reporting Rule, which will require NPDES permitees to directly input data into an online system—a method that EPA believes will increase data accuracy and provide more efficient use of limited resources. EPA will host a free webinar on their […]

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Report Shows Economic Advantages of Green Infrastructure

On April 12, American Rivers, the Water Environment Federation, the American Society of Landscape Architects, and ECONorthwest released Banking on Green: How Green Infrastructure Saves Municipalities Money and Provides Economic Benefits Community-wide. According to the report, green infrastructure is a cost-effective way to manage runoff and prevent sewer overflows when integrated into new construction and […]

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U.S. EPA Integrated Framework To Be Released in Mid-May

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) plans to release a completed framework for integrating municipal stormwater and wastewater by mid-May. The agency is reviewing and incorporating feedback from six stakeholder workshops and 40 sets of written comments on the draft framework. See comments from the Water Environment Federation. EPA will develop case studies of utilities […]

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Donnaldson Run Stream Restoration Decreases Erosion

Donaldson Run is a stream in Arlington County that connects with the Potomac River and eventually the Chesapeake Bay. To fix serious erosion problems, the County collaborated with the neighboring civic associations to restore Donaldson Run’s Tributary A in 2006. Donaldson Run is located in an urban watershed with relatively high impervious surface cover and […]

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