WASHINGTON, D.C. — The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), Utility Water Act Group (UWAG) and Wisconsin Builders Association settled a longstanding lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) after the agency agreed to withdraw the numeric limit it developed to control stormwater runoff from construction sites and to pursue additional improvements to the 2009 rule. The lawsuit had noted that the EPA’s numeric limit would have cost stakeholders up to $10 billion a year in attempts to comply — and that coming up with a number that would work across all geographic areas and soil types would not be possible.
ST. PAUL, MINN — The Stormwater Equipment Manufacturers Association drafted a new Maintenance Agreement for use by state and local government agencies in setting an ordinance requiring the maintenance of all stormwater Best Management Practices (BMPs). Stormwater BMPs are practices, whether land-based, proprietary or natural, that provide a level of treatment and/or storage to improve the water quality of the watershed. These practices in one form or another are installed on every project. Like a car, these practices require routine inspection and maintenance.
DENVER — From flood to drought and biting cold to blistering heat, extreme weather is increasingly prevalent throughout the world. Politicians, academics and engineers are working to do their part to manage this issue and reduce the effect of climate change. Starting this fall, middle schoolers from across the country, participating in National Engineers Week Foundation’s 2012-2013 Future City Competition, will act as engineering leaders to develop their own solutions to combat the devastating effect of flooding after prolonged drought, which is often brought on by these severe weather events.
PHILADELPHIA — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is providing up to $3 million in research grants for projects that will study the benefits of green techniques in controlling stormwater pollution in Philadelphia. The funds will help advance the city’s landmark Green City, Clean Waters plan. EPA’s “Science to Achieve Results” (STAR) program will fund major research projects focusing on key aspects of green infrastructure in a 40,500-acre area of the city experiencing frequent sewer system overflows.
PHILADELPHIA — Turner Construction Co., an international builder based in New York City, and its subsidiary Tompkins Builders, Inc. of Washington, D.C., agreed to pay $270,000 in civil penalties for alleged violations of federal stormwater regulations at construction sites throughout the mid-Atlantic region, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Under the terms of a consent decree lodged in federal court, the Boston Water and Sewer Commission (BWSC) will implement extensive remedial measures to minimize the discharge of sewage and other pollutants into the water bodies in and around Boston, the Department of Justice and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced. The BWSC will also pay a civil penalty of $235,000 for violations of the Clean Water Act and will perform a supplemental environmental project worth at least $160,000.
TAMPA, FLA. — With the 2012 hurricane season in full swing, the minds of many are concerned about potential impacts of stormwater on the urban environment. To that end, the Water Environment Federation (WEF) and the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) in June published the new "Manual of Practice (MOP) on Design of Urban Stormwater Controls," a 750-page engineering reference.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Justice announced that Toll Brothers Inc., one of the nation’s largest homebuilders, will pay a civil penalty of $741,000 to resolve alleged Clean Water Act violations at its construction sites, including sites located in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. Toll Brothers will also invest in a company-wide stormwater compliance program to improve employee training and increase management oversight at all current and future residential construction sites across the nation. The company is required to inspect its current and future construction sites routinely to minimize stormwater runoff from sites.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a new framework to help local governments meet their Clean Water Act obligations. The Integrated Municipal Stormwater and Wastewater Planning Approach Framework assists EPA regional offices, states, and local governments to develop voluntary storm and wastewater management plans and implement effective integrated approaches that will protect public health by reducing overflows from wastewater systems and pollution from stormwater.