Archive | December, 2013

EPA-WEF Webcast Series Addresses P3s for Stormwater Retrofits

This two-hour webcast is the second installment in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Faster-Cheaper-Greener webcast series, hosted in cooperation with the Water Environment Federation.  Presentations will focus on Prince George’s County’s (Md.) stormwater retrofit public-private partnership (P3) model, which has been highlighted by the Obama Administration and EPA as a potential template for addressing […]

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Court Dismisses Suit Against Water Quality Trading

On Dec. 13, Judge Rudolph Contreras of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia dismissed a suit challenging the legality of water quality trading under the Chesapeake Bay total maximum daily load (TMDL). The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) had asked to dismiss the case, Food & Water Watch and Friends of the […]

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Residual Designated Authority – Friend or Foe to the Public Sector?

Residual Designated Authority, a little known Clean Water Act provision, could address existing unregulated discharges and improve equitable cost distribution among dischargers. Yet there may be unintended consequences.

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EPA Opens Public Comment for Permitting of New Sources of Industrial Stormwater

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has extended the comment period 30 days on the proposed National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) General Permit for Discharges from Industrial Activities, also known as the Multi-Sector General Permit (MSGP). Comments are now due on Dec. 26. EPA is also seeking public comment until Dec. 16 on whether […]

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EPA and WEF Host Webcast on Public-Private Partnerships

On Dec. 10, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in cooperation with the Water Environment Federation will host a webcast on public-private partnerships as part of the agency’s “Faster-Cheaper-Greener” Webcast Series. The goal is to spread awareness about public-private partnerships as a means of financing green infrastructure urban stormwater retrofits. The webcast will offer perspectives, […]

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Scotland’s SUDS Success Hindered by Maintenance and Adoption, Survey Says

In the UK, Scotland has led the way for sustainable urban drainage systems (SUDS) with the 2003 Water Environment and Water Services (Scotland) Act. While SUDS practitioners feel that Scotland has made significant progress with the help of regulatory drivers, SUDS adoption and maintenance still present challenges, according to a new survey. The survey, conducted […]

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Studies Look at Scope and Solutions for Litter of Waterbodies

On Oct. 29, the University of California, Los Angeles released a report on marine litter. According to the report, 18 million Mg (20 million tons) of plastic is blown, washed, or dumped into the ocean each year. This trash concentrates in five gyres, propelled by ocean currents. Litter may seem relatively benign, but it is […]

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Village Cannot Apply Stormwater Fees on Tribal Lands, Court Rules

In a case decided on Oct. 18, a U.S. Appeals Court ruled that the Village of Hobart, Wisconsin, could not apply stormwater fees to tribal lands. Hobart established the fee in 2007 across all parcels to pay for the construction and operation of a stormwater management system. However, Oneida tribal lands encompassed 6.6% of the […]

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USGS Receives Funding for Coastal Resiliency Projects

In late October, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) projects mitigating the impacts of Hurricane Sandy and supporting the rebuilding process received $22.4 million from the Department of the Interior (DOI). Combined with $18.8 million allocated by DOI in May, this is the largest amount ever received by USGS following a natural disaster. The funding was part […]

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EPA Releases Tools for Managing Water Resources

In November, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the Watershed Management Optimization Support Tool. The tool supports integrated water resources management by allowing users to screen options for cost-effectiveness and environmental benefits. With the tool, users can evaluate a number of management options, including projects related to stormwater. Users can conduct an analysis of […]

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