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


EPA kicks off third-annual Campus RainWorks Challenge to develop innovative approaches to stormwater management

Washington, D.C. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is launching its third-annual Campus RainWorks Challenge, a prize contest that engages college students in developing innovative green infrastructure systems to reduce stormwater pollution and build resilience to climate change. Through Campus RainWorks, teams of undergraduate and graduate students, working with a faculty advisor, develop a proposed green infrastructure project for the campus, showing how managing stormwater at its source can benefit the community and the environment.

APWA announces new Certified Stormwater Managers

Kansas City, Mo. The American Public Works Association (APWA) announced that six public works professionals have recently earned their credential as Certified Stormwater Managers (CSM). The APWA CSM certification is intended for water experts in both the public and private sectors who coordinate and implement stormwater management programs for city, county, state, provincial, and federal agencies. These professionals assist in administering drainage, flood control, and water quality programs. Since its inception, the APWA CSM program has certified 96 Stormwater Managers in North America.

EPA orders 85 Pennsylvania municipalities to improve stormwater management

Philadelphia The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency sent orders to 85 municipalities in north central and northeast Pennsylvania requiring improvements to their programs for managing stormwater. EPA issued the orders to augment Pennsylvanias efforts to ensure effective stormwater management programs are in place to improve water quality in local streams and the Chesapeake Bay, which is downstream of most of the towns cited by EPA.

Free EPA webcast: Roadway Design and Maintenance of Post-Construction Stormwater Controls

Washington, D.C. A 90-minute webcast sponsored by the Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Wastewater Management and the Federal Highway Administration's Office of Project Development and Environmental Review will showcase the District of Columbia Department of Transportation's recently released Green Infrastructure Standards, and the North Carolina Department of Transportation's Asset Management Program for tracking, inspecting and maintaining best management practices.

EPA Pushes Cities toward Better Stormwater Management


U.S. Supreme Court lets ruling stand finding LA County liable for stormwater pollution

Washington, D.C. The U.S. Supreme Court declined Los Angeles County and the County Flood Control Districts request to review a Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling finding Los Angeles County liable for untreated stormwater pollution in local waterways. The decision stems from a lawsuit initiated by the Natural Resources Defense Council and Los Angeles Waterkeeper in 2008. As a result, the case will now be returned to the U.S. District Court in Los Angeles for further proceedings.

Through the Rapids: The Rocky Ride of the Stormwater Rule


EPA withdraws one-size-fits-all approach on stormwater regulations

Washington, D.C. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) delivered a victory to the transportation construction industry, issuing new stormwater runoff regulations that do not include controversial one-size-fits-all requirements long opposed by the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA).

EPA releases climate assessment update To National Stormwater Calculator

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released phase II of the National Stormwater Calculator and Climate Assessment Tool package. The updated calculator includes future climate vulnerability scenarios. The calculator is a desktop application that estimates the annual amount of stormwater runoff from a specific location. The Calculator now includes changes in seasonal precipitation levels, the effects of more frequent high-intensity storms, and changes in evaporation rates based on validated Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change climate change scenarios. 


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