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Water pollution degrades surface waters making them unsafe for drinking, fishing, swimming, and other activities. As authorized by the Clean Water Act, the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit program controls water pollution by regulating point sources that discharge pollutants into waters of the United States.

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

“You Created a Stormwater Utility in the Midst of the Great Recession? You Must Be Crazy There in Salem!”

“You Created a Stormwater Utility in the Midst of the Great Recession? You Must Be Crazy There in Salem!”

The Public Works Department of Salem, OR, provides residents with a full suite of stormwater services that includes stormwater system operations and maintenance, stormwater monitoring, street sweeping, public education, stream cleaning, spill response, master planning, regulatory compliance, capital project delivery, in-stream monitoring, flood early warning systems, and much more. Salem’s

“You Created a Stormwater Utility in the Midst of the Great Recession? You Must Be Crazy There in Salem!”

“You Created a Stormwater Utility in the Midst of the Great Recession? You Must Be Crazy There in Salem!”

The Public Works Department of Salem, OR, provides residents with a full suite of stormwater services that includes stormwater system operations and maintenance, stormwater monitoring, street sweeping, public education, stream cleaning, spill response, master planning, regulatory compliance, capital project delivery, in-stream monitoring, flood early warning systems, and much more. Salem’s

Reader Profile: Elizabeth Wong

Reader Profile: Elizabeth Wong

North Port, FL, bills itself as a city where one can “achieve anything.” Ever since Elizabeth Wong came on board in 2006 as its stormwater manger, she has personified “achievement,” building upon 28 years of public and private sector experience. Wong secured $3.17 million in state funding to supplement the

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

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

Environmental Compliance: Who’s Responsible?

Compliance is a word we use over and over in the construction stormwater industry, but what does it mean, and who is supposed to be compliant? According to the dictionary, compliance means conforming with or yielding to. In Webster’s Dictionary, the example sentence under the word compliance is “Compliance with

New Certification Program Benefits MS4 Professionals

In the United States, if you develop, implement, or oversee programs for managing stormwater runoff that is collected and transported through a municipal separate storm-sewer system, or MS4, you can now demonstrate your professional knowledge, skills, and abilities with a new certification program. Developed and administered by EnviroCert International Inc.,

Developments in Sediment Control

Developments in Sediment Control

Many new things are happening in the erosion and sediment control industry. A new report released by the National Research Council in late 2008 states that the EPA’s stormwater program needs a significant overhaul to improve its effectiveness and the quality of urban streams. In addition, a new proposed rule

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