Archive | February, 2014

GAO Report Recommends Clean Water Act Regulate Farm Discharges

A Government Accountability Office (GAO) report released Jan. 13 states that the total maximum daily load (TMDL) program would be more effective if the Clean Water Act included mandatory pollution controls for agriculture. Based on historical funding and restoration rates, GAO points out that the time required to address water quality impairments associated with nonpoint […]

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Cities Utilize Mix of Green and Traditional Infrastructure In CSO Control

On Jan. 6, more than two years after the United States District Court and Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD) reached an agreement to reduce they city’s combined sewer overflows (CSO), the consent decree has been officially approved. Federal judge Judge George M. Marovich approved the city’s Long-Term Control Plan, which was criticized […]

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EPA Releases Climate Assessment Update to National Stormwater Calculator

On Jan. 30, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released an update to the National Stormwater Calculator, adding a climate assessment tool that allows the calculator to assess future climate vulnerability scenarios. The calculator now includes changes in seasonal precipitation levels, the effects of more frequent high-intensity storms, and changes in evaporation rates based on […]

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Clean Water Affordability Act Would Codify Integrated Planning

The Clean Water Affordability Act of 2014 (H.R. 3862), introduced on Jan. 14 by Representatives Bob Latta (R-Ohio) and Tim Walz (D-Minn.), would create a law around the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) integrated planning framework. Integrated planning allows communities to modify consent agreements and prioritize National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) projects and spending. […]

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EPA Awards $5 Million for Urban Green Infrastructure Research

On Jan. 21, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced $5 million in grants to five universities. Researchers will evaluate urban green infrastructure practices, using Philadelphia as a pilot. The grants are part of EPA’s safe and sustainable water resources research program and stem from the partnership between EPA and Philadelphia’s Green City, Clean Waters […]

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LA Flood Control District Asks Supreme Court to Review Stormwater Liability Ruling

In a Jan. 24 certiorari petition, the Los Angeles County Flood Control District asks the U.S. Supreme Court to rule again on whether the district is liable for exceeding water quality limits in protected waters. The district participates in a multijurisdictional stormwater permit, and data cannot conclusively show that excess water pollution is coming from […]

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DC Water Announces Proposed $100 Million Investment in Green Infrastructure

On Jan. 22 at the District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority’s (DC Water) second Green Infrastructure Summit, General Manager George Hawkins announced a proposal to substitute green infrastructure for some of the massive underground tunnels in DC’s Long Term Control Plan for combined sewer overflows (CSOs). The new plan will green portions of the […]

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