LOS ANGELES—The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has reached an agreement with two Southern California plastic product manufacturers to resolve federal Clean Water Act violations. Both companies have corrected the deficiencies and have returned to compliance.
In December 2015, EPA inspections at the two facilities found violations that likely resulted in plastic
StormCon 2017, the Surface Water Quality Conference & Expo, will take place August 27–31 in Bellevue, WA, at the Meydenbauer Convention Center and Hyatt Regency Hotel. The conference features more than 130 presentations in six conference tracks, plus panel discussions and a tour of local stormwater facilities.
The schedule of presentations
Washington State has some of the most stringent industrial stormwater treatment standards in the United States with exceptionally low benchmark requirements for zinc, copper, and turbidity, also known as total suspended solids (TSS) or sediment.
Within the Port of Tacoma there are three industrial sites that were exceeding their benchmarks
LOS ANGELES—The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has reached an agreement with Canyon Plastics, Inc. to resolve federal Clean Water Act violations. The company has corrected the deficiencies found at its facility in Valencia, Calif., and obtained a stormwater permit. In addition to paying a $19,000 penalty, Canyon Plastics has committed
By some estimates, more than 1,400 stormwater utilities now exist in the US, but each time a community attempts to set one up, it’s a new process all over again—introducing residents and potential ratepayers to the concept, enlisting the support of elected officials, setting up a rate structure. And each
We’ve seen them often enough in other parts of the country, and now one is flaring up on the Potomac River: a battle over water rights. The origins of this one go back almost four centuries and involve an agreement negotiated in 1785 by George Washington years before he became
Those of us concerned with surface water quality generally keep a wary eye on the amount of nutrients entering our lakes and rivers. Nitrogen and phosphorus from fertilizers—much of it from agricultural lands, some from urban stormwater runoff—are a big contributor to algae blooms and dead zones, and in high
The trees are dying.
We’ve known it for a while; in California’s forests, because of the ongoing drought, trees are dying by the millions. What wasn’t clear was the scale at which it’s happening. The latest aerial survey from the US Forest Service shows that the state has about 102