Water + Stormwater

Water and stormwater news including rainwater harvesting, wastewater, sewage plans, city planning, dams, and pipe systems.


EPA orders municipalities to improve stormwater management

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.

EPA pilots effort to reduce stormwater pollution in Charles River

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.

ARTBA offers guidance to EPA on stormwater regulations

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.

New stormwater permit to improve Massachusetts water quality

 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.

EPA extends stormwater construction general permit

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.

Mactec to manage South Florida stormwater project

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.

EPA to hold public listening sessions on potential stormwater rule

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will hold five listening sessions to provide information to the public about a potential rule to strengthen stormwater regulations and to establish a comprehensive program for reducing stormwater from new development and redevelopment. These potential regulations would help to reduce stormwater discharges into waterways that can harm water quality.

Mactec wins stormwater management contract

ALPHARETTA, GA. — Mactec was retained by Lexington County, S.C., to enhance the county’s stormwater management program.

EPA releases stormwater management guidance for federal facilities

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued guidance to help federal agencies minimize the impact of federal development projects on nearby water bodies. The guidance was issued in response to a change in law and an Executive Order signed by President Obama, which calls upon all federal agencies to lead by example to address a wide range of environmental issues, including stormwater runoff.

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