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.
HOUSTON — Waste Management, Inc. (WM) announced a program to provide a total stormwater management offering to U.S. municipalities in the form of public-private strategic alliances. WM, in collaboration with AbTech Holdings, Inc., an environmental technologies and engineering firm specializing in addressing water contamination issues, will team up with municipalities to design, build, operate, and service stormwater infrastructure.
W. CONSHOHOCKEN, PA. — While there are many commercially available stormwater treatment products currently on the market, there is no universal testing standard that allows the performance of these products to be compared accurately. A proposed new ASTM International standard will fill this need, providing a testing method for stormwater treatment products that use filtration as a primary treatment process.
EPA launches competition for college students to develop innovative approaches to stormwater management
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is launching a new design competition called the Campus RainWorks Challenge to encourage student teams on college and university campuses across the country to develop innovative approaches to stormwater management. EPA expects the competition to help raise awareness of green design and planning approaches at colleges and universities, and train the next generation of landscape architects, planners, and engineers in green infrastructure principles and design.
CLEVELAND — On Feb. 15, 2012, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, Court of Common Pleas Judge Thomas J. Pokorny issued an opinion in the case of Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District vs. Bath Township, Ohio, et al. (CV-10-714945). This is the second ruling from Judge Pokorny reaffirming the Sewer District’s authority to implement a regional Stormwater Management Program; the first ruling occurred in April 2011.
STATE COLLEGE, PA. — Pennsylvania State University offers a short course on Computational Methods in Stormwater Management, May 30 through June 1, 2012, at The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel in State College, Pa. Topics presented in this short course represent a comprehensive array of hydrologic and hydraulic tools for stormwater management design, detention facility design, and subdivision planning.
NEW YORK — Forty years after the passing of the Clean Water Act, the Westchester County Supreme Court ruled Jan. 10, 2012, that New York State is failing to take legally required steps to clean up one of the biggest sources of pollution in its waterways — stormwater runoff. The decision comes after a lawsuit filed by the Natural Resources Defense Council, Waterkeeper organizations in the region, and other partners, challenging the statewide “general permit” for stormwater discharges from municipal sewers. The court ordered the agency to fix several major flaws in the permit, to ensure all Clean Water Act requirements are met.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — TRB’s National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) issued a request for proposals to develop guidelines for the selection and maintenance of highway-related stormwater best management practices (BMPs) based on long-term performance and life-cycle costs. Proposals are due Nov. 8, 2011.