Tag Archives: Sewer overflows

Seattle Sets Sights on Green Infrastructure Target

In 2013, the City of Seattle agreed to reduce sewer overflows to comply with state and federal law. Seattle City Council Resolution 31459 created a city policy to adopt green infrastructure, such as bioretention swales, street trees, rain gardens, cisterns, green roofs, and permeable pavement, to manage stormwater. The resolution set a target for the […]

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Tunnel Boring Machine Completes Its Mission to Help DC Water Reduce Overflows

Lady Bird, DC Water’s (Washington, D.C.) tunnel boring machine, has completed a 7.2-km (4.5-mi)-long journey that began in July 2013 at the Blue Plains Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant. After its 2-year journey, Lady Bird has completed digging a tunnel as part of DC Water’s Clean Rivers Project that will help improve water quality in the […]

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Nine Nationwide Nonpoint Solutions

Nine case studies show how communities across the U.S. are developing tools to overcome stormwater challenges. These solutions will be presented at the 2015 Stormwater Congress.

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DC Water Announces Green Infrastructure Agreement and Training Program

On May 20, DC Water announced an agreement to modify a 2005 consent decree to incorporate large-scale green infrastructure installations into its Clean Rivers Project for the Potomac River and Rock Creek. Complementing this plan, the utility also announced a training and certification program to prepare and hire D.C. residents for green jobs. The $2.6-billion-project […]

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SPU Proposes Integrated Plan to Protect Seattle Waterways

On April 24, Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) proposed a 15-year integrated plan to prevent millions of gallons of untreated wastewater and polluted runoff from flowing into creeks, lakes, the Duwamish River, and Puget Sound. The integrated plan allows the city to implement stormwater control projects that will significantly benefit water quality in receiving water bodies, while delaying […]

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Harrisburg and Capital Region Water Agree to Reduce Sewer Overflows, Nutrient Discharges

Under an $82 million proposed partial settlement, the City of Harrisburg and Capital Region Water will work to address sewer overflows discharged to the Susquehanna River and Paxton Creek, which are part of the Chesapeake Bay watershed. The settlement, still subject to a 30-day comment period, is a proposed agreement between the city and utility […]

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Homeowner Assistance Program to Help Correct Improper Sewer Connections

On Jan. 23, the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA) in Pennsylvania announced that it will create a Residential Homeowner Assistance Program (RHAP) to aid Pittsburgh homeowners facing potentially steep costs to remove stormwater connections from sanitary sewers. This requirement was imposed on property owners by the 2004 Consent Order and Agreement between PWSA, the […]

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New Jersey Permit System Requires CSO Reduction, Enhanced Public Outreach

On Jan. 7, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced steps to improve water quality in urban areas by requiring sewerage system operators to reduce combined sewer overflows (CSO). As part of this effort, DEP is issuing 25 permits to address 217 CSO discharge points, or outfalls, in the state. Most CSO discharge […]

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Columbus Solves SSO Problem and Creates Jobs for Residents

In solving sanitary sewer overflows, the City of Columbus is spending its capital dollars above ground, transforming neighborhoods and creating permanent jobs rather than building little-used tunnels.

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Brooklyn Borough Releases Stormwater Plan for Waterfront Greenway

The Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway is a 22-km (14-mi) landscaped trail, begun by Brooklyn Greenway Initiative and to be implemented by New York City Department of Transportation (DOT). The trail will incorporate green infrastructure elements and function as a commuting and recreation route. The greenway, expected to cost more than $100 million, will connect neighborhood parks […]

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