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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.”

Regulating Animal Feeding Operations: A New Attempt

Regulating Animal Feeding Operations: A New Attempt

They say optimism is seeing the glass half full. They also say one definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. You can decide for yourself whether 35 of the country’s environmental groups are optimistic or crazy, but they’re trying something that

IECA News

IECA News

IECA hosted a successful conference and expo for Environmental Connection 2016 attendees. IECA hosted over 1,500 attendees and a sold-out exhibit hall of 145 exhibitions in San Antonio, Texas, February 16–19, 2016.

20 Years and Counting

This issue marks the 20th anniversary of Erosion Control magazine. In 1993, the Clean Water Act was a mere two decades old. Phase I of the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) had just begun, and Phase II-which would control nonpoint-source pollution like sediment-was still 10 years away. What else

The Value of Certification From a National Perspective

Local engineering, construction, and consulting firms involved with land development projects aren’t the only ones that can profit when employees earn any of the various EnviroCert International Inc. (formerly CPESC Inc.) certifications. Companies that develop residential, commercial, and industrial sites on a national level can also benefit when staff members

The Power of the People

Sanitation District No. 1 of Northern Kentucky realized early that people ultimately would determine the success or failure of a new regional stormwater management program the district stood ready to implement in 1998. Before then, there was no comprehensive stormwater management program covering the 32 municipalities and three counties–Boone, Campbell,

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

Best Practices Bettered?

Best Practices Bettered?

“The erosion control industry is getting ready to take a major step forward nationwide,” says Eileen Straughan, president of Columbia, MD’s Straughan Environmental Inc. “It’s growing in both installation expertise and site management, but most importantly in outcomes for water quality in receiving waterways. I say this really because of

Public Education and Outreach

Public Education and Outreach

As they tackle the NPDES Phase II measure of public education and outreach, stormwater managers are working against the backdrop of many larger social issues, from the problem of the homeless in urban areas to the economic situation and the resulting lack of funding. However, successful efforts abound, often rooted

Washington State Decision Makes LID Mandatory

Washington State Decision Makes LID Mandatory

A popular concept among municipal separate storm sewer systems (MS4s) implementing stormwater regulations–as well as their regulators, the environmentally concerned, forward-thinking engineers, developers, and other stakeholders–is that stormwater runoff should be treated using natural practices or means that mimic natural practices, so that the natural hydrology of a developed site

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