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Jan. 9, 2015 Year in Review from the Water Environment Federation

Year in Review: 2014 Under the Stormwater Lens

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January 8, 2015  VOL. 5 NO. 1

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Year in Review: 2014 Under the Stormwater Lens

As water pollution from point sources continues to decline, focus is increasingly shifting toward water quality degradation caused by stormwater runoff. As recognition of stormwater issues continues to grow, the stormwater sector also expands and along with it policies, innovative technologies, public communication efforts, professional training, and more. Additionally, new challenges arise, from green infrastructure maintenance to climate change resiliency.

In 2014, policy issues, including the deferment of the proposed stormwater rule, and comments on the Waters of the U.S. proposed rule dominated stormwater industry discussions. However, adequate funding, green infrastructure, nutrients, and climate change were also among hot topics in stormwater sector news this past year. At the Water Environment Federation, 2014 highlights included the second annual Stormwater Congress, the Stormwater Testing and Evaluation for Products and Practices program, and more. Take a trip back through 2014 under the stormwater lens. Read more.

Storm News

U.S. EPA Announces First Consent Decree Built on Integrated Planning Framework

On Nov. 20, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Department of Justice, and the State of Ohio announced a Clean Water Act settlement with the City of Lima, Ohio. The consent decree, which Lima and EPA have been negotiating for the past 10 years, will address combined sewer overflows (CSOs) released into the Ottawa River during wet weather. It is also the first consent decree to be built on EPA’s 2012 integrated planning framework. Read more.

FY15 Omnibus Bill Becomes Law

On Dec. 16, President Obama signed into law an omnibus appropriations package that will fund the federal government for the remaining nine and a half months of Fiscal Year 2015 (FY15). The FY15 omnibus appropriations package will fund the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) at $8.14 billion — a $60 million cut from the FY14 enacted level. The bill also reduces EPA staffing to numbers equal to those in 1989. Read more.

Ministerial Statement on SuDS Released

On Dec. 18, the Department for Communities and Local Government and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs released a ministerial statement on sustainable urban drainage systems (SuDS). As expected, SuDS implementation will now fall under local planning policies, with the expectation that SuDS are provided in new developments “wherever this is appropriate.” These changes will take effect starting April 6. Read more.

Storm Events

ASCE-EWRI
2015 International LID Conference
Jan. 19 – 21
Houston, Texas

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Jan. 30 – 31
Alexandria, Va.

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StormWater Management

 

Are stormwater best management practices suitable for source water protection?

Authors Laurène Autixier and Sarah Dorner of Polytechnique Montréal, and Alain Mailhot of the Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique, discuss how stormwater management objectives and practices should vary when considering source water protection. Read more.

        

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