Archive | August, 2015

Minnesota Passes Law Requiring 50-Foot Stream Buffers

On June 13, Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton signed into law legislation requiring new perennial vegetation buffers of up to 50 ft (15 m) along rivers, streams, and ditches. The new law, S.F. 5, is expected to designate an additional 44,515 ha (110,000 ac) of land for water quality buffer strips. S.F. 5 requires 50-ft buffers […]

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Environmental Groups File Lawsuit Against EPA’s Industrial Stormwater Permit

On July 7, a coalition of environmental groups filed a lawsuit challenging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Industrial Stormwater Permit. This permit regulates stormwater in 30 industrial sectors in Idaho, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and New Mexico — states that have not been delegated Clean Water Act permitting authority — as well as in Washington, […]

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Comprehensive Study Paves the Way for Reclaiming Spaces Beneath Elevateds

Under the Elevated: Reclaiming Space, Connecting Communities is the result of a two-year study and spells out environmentally, financially sustainable, and versatile ways to redesign and maintain spaces beneath New York City’s nearly 1130 km (700 mi) of elevated bridges, highways, subway tracks, and rail lines to connect and benefit surrounding communities. The book was […]

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EPA Region 4 Announces Rain Catcher Award Winners

On June 17, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 4 announced the recipients of its 2015 Rain Catcher award, which recognizes excellence in the implementation of stormwater green infrastructure practices. Recognized were the City of Durham (N.C.) Department of Public Works in the award’s municipal category, Mississippi State University in the neighborhood/community category, Regency […]

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Los Angeles Furthers Plans for Stormwater Capture

On July 2, Los Angeles County released proposed plans to develop a countywide network of stormwater capture and improvement projects. The ambitious Enhanced Watershed Management Plans (EWMPs) are the result of a multi-year collaboration between the state, county, and 49 area cities across 12 watershed groups to improve local and regional water supplies and waterways. […]

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New Stormwater Regulations Take Effect in Philadelphia

Philadelphia began following updated stormwater regulations July 1. Two years in the making, the regulations are meant to ensure new developments contribute to Philadelphia’s Green City, Clean Waters plan. New developments are now required to handle more water, slow stormwater more effectively, and improve pollutant reduction. These changes will help minimize local flooding, encourage the […]

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Great Lakes Leaders Agree to Phosphorus Reductions

On June 13, the governors of Michigan and Ohio and the premier of Ontario signed an agreement to reduce phosphorus inputs to the western waters of Lake Erie by 40% over the next 10 years, with an interim goal of a 20% reduction by 2020. Phosphorus is a key nutrient that has led to algal […]

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Appeals Court Upholds Chesapeake Bay TMDL

Ruling in favor of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and other interveners on July 6, the federal Third Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the legality of the multi-state Chesapeake Bay total maximum daily load (TMDL). Established in 2010, the TMDL requires reductions in nitrogen, phosphorus, and sediment from Delaware, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, […]

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WEF Volunteers To Install Green Infrastructure at Annual Service Project

On September 26, the Water Environment Federation’s (WEF) Students and Young Professionals Committee will host its eighth annual service project, “The Pershing Cultivation Project: Growing Green Gardens and Young Minds.” At this year’s project, held at Pershing Magnet School in Chicago’s Bronzeville neighborhood, volunteers will construct a rain garden and an outdoor classroom that will […]

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WEF Opens Application for National MS4 Awards Program

In mid-July the Water Environment Federation (WEF) opened the call for applications for its National Municipal Stormwater and Green Infrastructure Awards program. Hosted through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the program was established this year to recognize high-performing, regulated Municipal Separate Stormwater Sewer System programs (MS4s). The objective of the […]

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