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Innovative Stormwater Infrastructure Act of 2013 introduced in Senate and House

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senator Tom Udall introduced the Innovative Stormwater Infrastructure Act of 2013, which would encourage the use of innovative and economic approaches to manage and reduce stormwater pollution and restore natural surfaces, such as permeable pavement, natural drainage features, and green roofs. Rep. Donna Edwards (D-MD) introduced a companion bill in the U.S. House of Representatives. 

Chicago to devote $50 million of water infrastructure spending to improve stormwater management

CHICAGO — As part of his ongoing effort to address basement and street flooding throughout the city, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced that $50 million of current spending on upgrades and improvements to the city's water and sewer infrastructure over the next five years will be dedicated to investments in green stormwater management. The $10 million in annual funds will reduce the amount of pollution that flows into the Chicago River and Lake Michigan by investing in proven projects, such as permeable pavement and planting of natural plants and trees. These projects will ultimately create an additional 10 million gallons of natural stormwater storage in the city, which could reduce runoff by 250 million gallons each year. 

Court rules against Northeast Ohio stormwater program

CLEVELAND — In late September, the Ohio Eighth District Court of Appeals ruled against the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District (NEORSD) in finding that, among other things, the Sewer District does not have the authority under Ohio Revised Code Chapter 6119 or its Charter to enact and implement the Regional Stormwater Management Program under Title V, or to collect its stormwater fee. 

EPA proposes updated general permit for stormwater discharges from industrial activities

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing an updated draft permit to regulate stormwater discharges from industrial activities to replace the current 2008 Multi-Sector General Permit (MSGP) when it expires later this year. The proposed permit will help protect our nation's waterways from industrial sector pollutants, which can contribute to aquatic ecosystem degradation, increase drinking water treatment costs, and impair the recreational use and aesthetic value of waterways. 

SWEMA provides stormwater BMP Maintenance Ordinance template

ST. PAUL, MINN. — The Stormwater Equipment Manufacturers Association (SWEMA) drafted a Maintenance Ordinance template for use by state and local government agencies in setting an ordinance requiring the maintenance of all stormwater Best Management Practices (BMPs). The ordinance addresses general requirements for stormwater BMPs, access requirements, maintenance frequency and inspection. The ordinance template is a general guideline and may be modified to suit state, local or regional requirements. 

Stormwater General Permits added to NPDES General Permit web inventory

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Under the Clean Water Act Action Plan (October 15, 2009), OECA and OWM committed to creating a website that features a national web-based inventory for all non-stormwater NPDES general permits issued by states and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The web inventory went live in September 2012 and has now been updated to include stormwater general permits. The non-stormwater portion has also been updated with data current as of March 2013. 

U.S. EPA requires ADOT to reduce stormwater pollution

SAN FRANCISCO — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reached an agreement with the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) to improve the state’s stormwater management program as part of EPA’s national effort to reduce pollution of waterways by runoff from cities and statewide transportation agencies. ADOT manages 18,000 travel lane miles across the state, and stormwater runoff from its roads and maintenance facilities contain pollutants such as metals, sediment, oil, grease, pesticides and trash. 

Atlanta promotes green infrastructure policies to reduce stormwater pollution

ATLANTA — The Atlanta City Council unanimously adopted the amended Post-Development Stormwater Management Ordinance legislation drafted by the Department of Watershed Management that became effective Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013. The ordinance promotes the use of green infrastructure practices in new and redevelopment projects in the city. The Post-Development Stormwater Ordinance is a requirement by a regional planning agency. However, the city went a step further to protect the property of its residents and businesses and reduce impacts to natural streams. 

Oldcastle Precast & Oldcastle Architectural announce U.S. launch of new LID stormwater management system

LITTLETON, Colo. – Oldcastle Precast and Oldcastle Architectural announce the U.S. launch of their new low impact development (LID) stormwater management system, PermeCapture™, an all-inclusive stormwater run-off control system that manages water volume in addition to protecting water quality by providing integrated pretreatment. PermeCapture combines the advantages and versatility of structural precast concrete modules (vaults) with the aesthetics and performance of permeable interlocking concrete pavers to provide a stand- alone, low maintenance, LID green solution for stormwater retention, detention, reuse, ground water recharge and flood management.


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