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


WEF board adopts position statement on stormwater management

ALEXANDRIA, VA. — On May 6, the Water Environment Federation’s (WEF) board of trustees approved a revised position on stormwater management designed to protect water quality and advance its long-standing involvement in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) stormwater regulatory program. The revised position includes recommendations to improve the national stormwater program and provides a platform from which related policy can be developed.

EPA solicits public comment on permit to reduce stormwater discharges from construction sites

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released for public comment a draft permit that it said will help improve our nation’s waterways by regulating the discharge of stormwater from construction sites.

EPA orders Caltrans to improve stormwater discharges

SAN FRANCISCO — The U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has ordered the California Department of Transportation (CalTrans) to upgrade its statewide stormwater management program and exert stronger controls over stormwater discharges from its road construction and maintenance sites.

EPA issues new guide to improving stormwater management

PHILADELPHIA — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a new guide for improving the effectiveness of urban stormwater permits in the Chesapeake Bay watershed and the mid-Atlantic Region.

Stormwater model to inform regulators on future development projects

RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina State University (NC State) researchers have developed a computer model that will accurately predict stormwater pollution impacts from proposed real-estate developments, allowing regulators to make informed decisions about which development projects can be approved without endangering water quality.

EPA awards grant to develop innovative stormwater and wastewater treatment system

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded a $671,000 grant to the town of Grafton, Mass., to build and operate an innovative stormwater and wastewater treatment park along the Blackstone River and historic industrial canal.

Downtown Minneapolis adds stormwater retention

Permeable pavers are helping to reduce stormwater and pollutant runoff from a mile-long stretch of two streets in the downtown business district of Minneapolis. About 15,000 square feet of permeable pavers were installed as part of the Marquette Avenue and Second Avenue South Transit Project (Marq2), which runs through the heart of downtown.

EPA orders municipalities to improve stormwater management

PHILADELPHIA — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced it has sent orders to 79 municipalities in south central Pennsylvania requiring improvements to their Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) programs.

EPA pilots effort to reduce stormwater pollution in Charles River

BOSTON — The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will require new measures to control stormwater pollution in the Charles River watershed. Under a pilot program, large industrial, commercial and multi-family residential facilities in three communities in the Upper Charles River Watershed will be required to reduce polluted runoff from their properties. This initiative is part of a continuing, multi-faceted effort to restore the Charles to environmental health.

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