Archive | June, 2015

EPA Launches 2015 Campus RainWorks Challenge

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is calling for entries in its fourth annual Campus RainWorks Challenge, a green infrastructure design competition for undergraduate and graduate students. Student teams, working with a faculty advisor, will submit design boards, a project narrative, and a letter of support for a green infrastructure project on their campuses. This year, […]

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Campuses Cut Plastic, Develop Toolkit To Reduce Litter

On May 8, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Product Stewardship Institute, and the University of California announced the launch of a new Marine Debris Campus Toolkit. The toolkit is a detailed how-to guide for reducing plastic waste at college campuses and other institutions to help reduce marine debris and coastal pollution. The toolkit, […]

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New Permit Focuses on Stormwater as a Resource

On June 16, the California State Water Resources Control Board adopted an order that provides a framework to promote integrated stormwater capture and reuse to improve water quality, protect local beaches, and supplement water supplies. The new permit focuses on using stormwater as a resource and encourages green infrastructure and groundwater recharge. “This innovative permit […]

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California Industrial Stormwater Permit Takes Effect

The California State Water Resources Control Board’s (SWRCB) Industrial General Permit (IGP), adopted last April, will go into effect July 1. The new permit contains some noteworthy changes compared to the 1997 permit. These changes include a significant increase in permitted facilities. The old permit covered 11 industrial categories. And while the new permit has […]

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EPA Updates General Permit for Industrial Stormwater Discharges

On June 4, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized its updated multi-sector general permit (MSGP), which regulates stormwater discharges from industrial facilities. The permit will apply to 29 industrial sectors, including landfills, wastewater treatment facilities, and heavy manufacturing. The permit applies to areas of the U.S. where EPA is the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination […]

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Legal Challenges Could Flow from Tributary Definition

On May 27, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army announced the Clean Water Rule, which is intended to clarify the scope of the Clean Water Act in determining jurisdictional waters. The Clean Water Rule generally maintains the current status of municipal separate storm sewer systems and encourages the use of green […]

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WEF Announces New Stormwater Institute

On June 24, the Water Environment Federation (WEF) announced the establishment of the WEF Stormwater Institute, a new venture to address the growing issue of stormwater and urban runoff. The institute will be housed within WEF to leverage the organization’s existing leadership, breadth of membership, and varied partnerships with federal, state, and local entities responsible […]

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Stormwater Champions: A Look Forward After 25 Years

November marks the 25th anniversary of EPA’s Phase I MS4 program. Geoff Brosseau discusses lessons learned from the past 25 years and shares his insights for the future.

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Research Provides Better Understanding of Soils and Water

Soil scientists have struggled with accurately measuring water flow through soil for years. Even the smallest soil details can sway water’s path from the straight, sequential line gravity alone might demand. These minute differences contribute to water’s “preferential flow.” Locally, preferential flow affects how much water soils can store, how soils retain nutrients, and how […]

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Zoo Saves One Billion Gallons of Water through Conservation and Rainwater Harvesting

Infographics by the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden show how the zoo has saved one billion gal. of water as well as $5.5 million on its water bills. The zoo also is keeping 15 million gal. of stormwater out of the sewer system annually. On April 22, the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden announced that […]

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