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The NPDES permits program is authorized by CWA section 402. The initial permits issued in the 1970s and early 1980s focused on POTWs and industrial wastewater—typically “process” wastewater and cooling water where applicable, and in some cases, industrial stormwater. The 1987 WQA expanded the program to cover stormwater discharges explicitly, both from municipal separate storm sewer systems (MS4) and industrial sources. The MS4 NPDES permits require regulated municipalities to use Best Management Practices to reduce pollutants to the “Maximum Extent Practicable.”

Reader Profile: Jennifer Hildebrand

Reader Profile: Jennifer Hildebrand

Jennifer Hildebrand, CPESC, CPSWQ, CESSWI, ToR, QSD, and QSP, is the environmental compliance group manager for WSB & Associates in St. Paul, MN. She didn’t set out in life to go into the industry, but today, she is one of its shining stars.

Her B.S. and M.B.A. degrees in business management

Flood Warning Systems

Flood Warning Systems

Editor’s note: This article originally appeared in Stormwater Magazine in June 2009.

When it comes to addressing stormwater management problems and dealing with the permitting process of the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES), stormwater managers and hydrologists have more tools in the toolbox these days than ever before. Software programs can

EPA Finalizes Rule to Modernize Clean Water Act Reporting

WASHINGTON — Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized a rule to modernize Clean Water Act reporting for municipalities, industries, and other facilities. The final rule will require regulated entities and state and federal regulators to use existing, available information technology to electronically report data required by the National Pollutant

Editor’s Comments: Too Much or Too Little?

Editor’s Comments: Too Much or Too Little?

Stormwater managers often divide their responsibilities into two general categories: managing water quality, and managing water quantity. In the early days, “stormwater management” essentially meant “flood control” in many communities. What was in the water mattered less than that we kept it off the streets and out of people’s basements.

A Measure of Prevention

Since earliest times, society has been concerned with issues of stormwater quantity, but only recently have a growing number of initiatives begun to focus attention on stormwater quality. The practice of improving stormwater quality presents a quandary arising from the very nature of water itself. Seeking its own level, water

As Stormwater Discharge Permits Proliferate, So Do Citizen Suits

As Stormwater Discharge Permits Proliferate, So Do Citizen Suits

Citizen suits under state and federal environmental laws are nothing new. But recent cases brought in California and Massachusetts may indicate a new trend of suits alleging violations of the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) associated with stormwater discharges. These suits have several characteristics that make them attractive to

The Next Step for the Stormwater Program

The Next Step for the Stormwater Program

Improvement in the water quality of the nation’s receiving waters appears to have stalled; municipal permits require stormwater managers to meet ever-more-stringent requirements that are expensive and offer unknown environmental benefits. The solution? A roadmap for stormwater quality improvement that features volume control, source control, and regulatory changes. Nationally, outfall

Exploring the Feasibility of Rainwater Harvesting in Southern California

Exploring the Feasibility of Rainwater Harvesting in Southern California

Following the evolution of municipal separate storm sewer system (MS4) permitting in California reveals the growing number of regions within the state that currently or are soon to face mandated “retain/reuse” requirements as part of any future development or redevelopment project. The retain/reuse aspect is interpreted in most instances to

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