Archive | May, 2014

Buffalo to Spend $380 Million on Stormwater Upgrades

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and New York State Department of Environmental Conservation have approved the Buffalo Sewer Authority’s plan to reduce combined sewer overflows. The $380-million plan includes a series of projects, including green infrastructure, to improve water quality in the Niagara River and its tributaries over the next 20 years. According to […]

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Chicago Announces First Projects Under Green Infrastructure Strategy

Chicago’s $50 million Green Stormwater Infrastructure Strategy was announced in October 2013, and in late April, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Department of Water Management (DWM) issued a public report and announced the first projects to be funded under the strategy. “Without green space to absorb rainfall, Chicago’s sewer system is forced to handle large […]

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New Facebook Game Teaches Public About Managing Runoff

In celebration of Earth Day 2014, the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, Timmons Group, and SRRN Games launched the Facebook game “Stormwater Sentries.” In a simulated municipality, players control sustainable activities around town, taking on challenges, completing missions, and earning money to reduce stormwater runoff. Players learn to properly dispose of litter and pet waste, […]

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EPA Announces Technical Assistance Funding for Integrated Planning

On May 9, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Wastewater Management announced that it is requesting letters of interest from communities interested in technical support for developing and implementing integrated plans. Integrated planning is a prioritized approach to meeting Clean Water Act requirements for municipal wastewater and stormwater management. The total value of […]

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States, D.C. Back EPA in Chesapeake Bay TMDL Litigation

Maryland, Delaware, the District of Columbia, and Virginia have filed briefs in support of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in a lawsuit first filed in 2011 by the American Farm Bureau Federation and Pennsylvania Farm Bureau. The lawsuit, to be decided in the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia, challenges EPA’s jurisdiction […]

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Proposed WOTUS Rule Now Open for Public Comment

On April 21, a 182-day public comment period opened on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers proposed waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule. Comments can be submitted until Oct. 20. The rule seeks to clarify the definition of waters subject to the regulatory scope of the Clean Water Act, […]

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Supreme Court Declines to Hear Los Angeles Stormwater Case

On May 5, after six years of litigation, the U.S. Supreme Court declined Los Angeles County and its Flood Control District’s request to review a 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling. For now, the ruling that found the county and district liable for violating water quality standards established in a 2001 stormwater permit will stand. […]

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