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 already using integrated planning. Philadelphia’s Green City,¬†Clean Waters¬†program is an example of an integrated planning approach that may

serve as a model for other cities. On April 10, EPA signed on to Green City, Clean Waters, a $2 billion investment in green infrastructure aimed at reducing sewer overflows. EPA will collaborate with Philadelphia in several ways, including identifying high-performing green infrastructure designs, supporting a green design competition, and assessing program effectiveness through monitoring and modeling.