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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. Point sources are discrete conveyances such as pipes or man-made ditches. Individual homes that are connected to a municipal system, use a septic system, or do not have a surface discharge do not need an NPDES permit; however, industrial, municipal, and other facilities must obtain permits if their discharges go directly to surface waters.

Water-Quality Trading

Water-Quality Trading

Under its “watersheds” subheading, EPA’s website explains water-quality trading (WQT) this way: “Water-quality trading is an innovative approach to achieve water-quality goals more efficiently. Trading is based on the fact that sources in a watershed can face very different costs to control the same pollutant.

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,

Clean Streets

Clean Streets

Improved street sweeping and vacuum technologies are helping communities throughout the United States comply with National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Phase II control measure of pollution prevention and good housekeeping. Systems such as regenerative air sweepers are further helping the environment by not pumping dirty particles back into the

Keeping the Dirt Where It Belongs

Consider the costly consequences at a 50-acre construction site for a commercial development in the Portland, OR metropolitan area this past fall, where attempts to protect bare slopes from the impact of winter rains and runoff was done the wrong way—using inappropriate and, in one situation, incorrectly installed best management

More Credibility, More Opportunities…More Growth

“Being a Certified Erosion, Sediment, and Storm Water Inspector is a tremendous advantage for me. When developers and contractors see the letters, CESSWI, on my business card, they know I’m not just some guy off the street inspecting their erosion and sediment control practices, but that I’m qualified to do

IECA Education Program Advances in New Directions

A recent review of IECA’s educational programs has identified new opportunities to enhance the erosion and sediment control industry’s most comprehensive selection of educational services. Involving new educational content, improved quality of training, and innovative delivery methods, these improvements will add even more value to IECA membership. They will supplement

A Guidance Manual for Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination

The Cuyahoga County Board of Health (CCBH) provides public health services to 56 cities, villages, and townships in Cuyahoga County, OH, with an approximate population of 830,000. Cuyahoga County is on the shores of Lake Erie and contains three major watersheds: the Rocky River, the Cuyahoga River, and the Chagrin

A $208 Million Gain

Hamilton County Surveyor Kenton Ward remembers when he first started at the county in 1977. Most of the land was Indiana farm fields with a few subdivisions here and there. Homes cost well under $100,000. The population was about 70,000.

Miles of regulated drains were about 600, the records and maps

NPDES Jump-Starts a GIS for the City of St. Charles

Maps have historic significance for the City of St. Charles, MO. This city on the banks of the Missouri River was the 1804 launching point for the Lewis and Clark expedition and mapping of the American West and Northwest. In 2004, that moment in history celebrated its bicentennial. The city’s

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