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Phase II is intended to further reduce adverse impacts to water quality and aquatic habitat by instituting the use of controls on the unregulated sources of stormwater discharges that have the greatest likelihood of causing continued environmental degradation.

Reader Profile: Nav Otal

Reader Profile: Nav Otal

The Bellevue, WA, stormwater utility—one of the first in the US—has come a long way from its genesis in the 1970s, says Nav Otal, director of Bellevue Utilities. “We continue to be concerned with how our system—the manmade and natural—interacts together. The city’s philosophy emphasizes maintaining and protecting streams, lakes,

An Approach for Communities to Assess Stormwater Application and Detention Requirements for Overall Watershed Health

An Approach for Communities to Assess Stormwater Application and Detention Requirements for Overall Watershed Health

Communities, especially those with limited resources, face many issues when trying to protect their local watersheds through the use of stormwater policies. Stormwater policies that are imposed on new development have the ability to enhance a community’s overall watershed health (Ferguson 1998). However, past requirements often relate only to large

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SOIL Fund Project Underway in Africa’s Newest Nation
By Will Mahoney, Jane Wegesa, and Elise Pinners

In 2011, the southern part of Sudan declared independence from Sudan and became the Republic of South Sudan. Since then, the northern part of this new nation has been racked by tribal conflicts. However, the province of Eastern Equatoria

Editor’s Comments: Tougher Than It Looks

Editor’s Comments: Tougher Than It Looks

A few months ago I mentioned a study, conducted by Western Kentucky University, that places the number of stormwater utilities in the United States at just over 1,400. At first glance that seems like quite a lot—but let’s put that number in perspective.

Tougher Than It Looks

A few months ago I mentioned a study, conducted by Western Kentucky University, that places the number of stormwater utilities in the United States at just over 1,400. At first glance that seems like quite a lot–but let’s put that number in perspective. According to the US Geological Survey, the

Fine-Tuning Street Cleaning

Fine-Tuning Street Cleaning

San Angelo, TX, home of the Concho River that flows through the downtown area and three lakes, is a lot like many cities that sprang up along the banks of a river. Stormwater runoff affects the viability of drinking water and the ecosystem not only of San Angelo, but also

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,

The Price of a Utility

The question, what would you do differently if you had to do it again? isn’t an easy one for Carol Border to answer. That’s because Border, the safety and training supervisor for the City of Davenport, IA, Public Works Department, knows that the city’s elected and appointed officials did what

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

Member Spotlight

In her role as a stormwater quality specialist, IECA member Carrie Powers is able to combine her infectious enthusiasm for just about any project with her skills as an educator to help others do a better job of controlling erosion, sediment, and other sources of water pollution.

Powers is in charge

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