Archive | March, 2013

Atlanta Requires Green Infrastructure in Stormwater Ordinance

On Feb. 4, the Atlanta City Council announced a revised post-construction stormwater ordinance. The new ordinance requires new and redeveloped sites to treat the first 25 mm (1 in.) of stormwater runoff onsite with green infrastructure. It applies to commercial properties covering 46 m2 (500 ft2) or more and residential properties covering 93 m2 (1000 […]

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NGWA Announces National Groundwater Awareness Week

March 10 to 16 is National Groundwater Awareness Week. Stormwater is intimately tied to groundwater. About one-quarter of all U.S. rainfall becomes groundwater, according to the National Groundwater Association (NGWA). Groundwater also feeds streams. According to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), 30% of U.S. streamflow is from groundwater, though this number varies by location. Finally, […]

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U.S. EPA Considers Options for New Stormwater Rule

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Water, EPA staff are currently completing cost and benefit studies and considering alternative regulatory approaches for the proposed national stormwater rule. EPA has yet to present options to senior management for final decisions. However, the agency still intends to publish the proposed rule by June […]

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EPA Does Not Appeal Accotink Ruling

The Eastern Virginia Federal Court ruling on Accotink Creek will stand. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) had until March 4 to appeal the decision but did not. The case, Virginia Department of Transportation v. EPA, focused on EPA’s decision to use excessive stormwater runoff as a surrogate for benthic impairments.  On Jan. 3 the […]

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Obama Nominates Gina McCarthy to Head EPA

On March 4, President Obama named Gina McCarthy as his nominee for U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator, replacing former Administrator Lisa Jackson. McCarthy has been the assistant administrator in the Office of Air and Radiation at EPA since 2009. Observers predict McCarthy will be confirmed but will likely face questions from Senators about the administration’s environmental […]

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Water Groups Release Utility of the Future Report

On Jan. 31, the Water Environment Federation (WEF), National Association of Clean Water Agencies, and Water Environment Research Foundation released Water Resources Utility of the Future . . . Blueprint for Action. The document describes how wastewater utilities are transforming into resource recovery facilities. “Today’s utilities are reclaiming and reusing water, extracting and finding commercial […]

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WERF Seeks Partners for Stream Restoration Guidance

The Water Environment Research Foundation is seeking research partners for a project to develop protocol and guidance for using stream restoration as a best management practice. This targeted collaborative research project focuses on the pollution reduction benefits of stream restoration. Read more here, or contact Allison Deines at adeines@werf.org or by phone at (571) 384-2116 […]

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Federal Court Rules That Stormwater Fees Do not Apply Retroactively

In 2003, DeKalb County, Ga., established a stormwater utility. Its fees are based on impervious area and help finance the county’s stormwater management system. In a recent court case, DeKalb County, Georgia v. USA, the county sought to recover unpaid fees from 18 federal facilities from 2005 to 2010. Federal facilities are exempt from paying […]

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Melbourne Runoff Could Become State Property in Australia

A desalination plant that sits idle outside of Melbourne in Victoria, Australia, highlights the difficulty of long-term water supply planning. The $3.5 billion desalination plant was designed during a period of drought. However, in the last 3 years, severe flooding has occurred, leaving Victoria reservoirs full. According to news sources, annual stormwater runoff in Melbourne, […]

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U.S. EPA Releases CREAT 2.0

In December, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released the Climate Resilience Evaluation & Awareness Tool 2.0 (CREAT 2.0). Utilities can use the tool to assess the risks of climate change to their facilities and explore adaptation scenarios. CREAT 2.0 improves on the previous version by providing local historical climate data and more-comprehensive downscaled climate change […]

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