RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina State University (NC State) researchers have developed a computer model that will accurately predict stormwater pollution impacts from proposed real-estate developments, allowing regulators to make informed decisions about which development projects can be approved without endangering water quality.
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded a $671,000 grant to the town of Grafton, Mass., to build and operate an innovative stormwater and wastewater treatment park along the Blackstone River and historic industrial canal.
Permeable pavers are helping to reduce stormwater and pollutant runoff from a mile-long stretch of two streets in the downtown business district of Minneapolis. About 15,000 square feet of permeable pavers were installed as part of the Marquette Avenue and Second Avenue South Transit Project (Marq2), which runs through the heart of downtown.
PHILADELPHIA — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced it has sent orders to 79 municipalities in south central Pennsylvania requiring improvements to their Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) programs.
BOSTON — The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will require new measures to control stormwater pollution in the Charles River watershed. Under a pilot program, large industrial, commercial and multi-family residential facilities in three communities in the Upper Charles River Watershed will be required to reduce polluted runoff from their properties. This initiative is part of a continuing, multi-faceted effort to restore the Charles to environmental health.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The American Road and Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) advised the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that stormwater runoff regulations issued by EPA should take into account many of the features that make transportation projects unique and not take a “one-size-fits-all” approach.
BOSTON — Pollution control measures contained in a draft Clean Water permit would help control excessive pollution from stormwater runoff from 84 communities in Eastern Massachusetts. The new draft permit, known as the “North Coastal Small Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) General Permit,” would require communities to continue to build upon stormwater management programs designed to reduce pollutants discharged from municipal storm drains which they started in the previous permit issued in 2003.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is modifying the 2008 stormwater construction general permit, extending the permit by one year to June 30, 2011. The permit applies only where EPA is the permitting authority: Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Idaho, Washington, D.C., most territories, and most Native American lands.
WEST PALM BEACH, FLA.— The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) retained Mactec to provide construction management services for a major stormwater project in South Florida. The contract awarded to Mactec amounts to $2.5 million for construction management services.