Atlanta The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the International Erosion Control Association (IECA) Region One and the IECA Southeast Chapter are hosting a two-day conference in Charlotte, N.C., on August 18 and 19, 2014. The primary focus of the event will be management of the MS4 function within the EPA southeastern region.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).