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Lori Harrison, (703) 684-2480
Launches MS4 Stormwater and Green Infrastructure Awards Program
Submissions for Phase I and Phase II
communities accepted through August
ALEXANDRIA, Va., July 20, 2015 – The Water
Environment Federation (WEF), is pleased to announce a
new national municipal stormwater and green infrastructure awards program.
Developed through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency (EPA), the program aims to recognize high-performing
regulated Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4s) and inspire them to
exceed requirements through innovative and cost-effective approaches.
WEF’s utility members, along with a cadre of
stormwater professionals nationwide, are leading the way in effectively
addressing stormwater and wet weather issues,” said WEF Executive Director Eileen O’Neill. “To
remain on top of this challenge, they need opportunities to exchange best
practices and learn about cutting-edge approaches for treatment, management,
and financing. With EPA’s support, WEF is able to provide such an opportunity
that not only recognizes the success of stormwater professionals but encourages
the new ideas, programs, and leadership that is
needed for tackling the growing demands that stormwater is placing on our
a steering committee review and selection process, award winners will be
announced in September at the 2015 Stormwater Congress, WEF’s popular
stormwater conference that is co-located with WEFTEC 2015 in Chicago. All
participants will receive a certificate in either the gold, silver or bronze
levels with three winners from each category selected for program management,
innovation, and overall winner with the highest score.
Applicants for Phase II—which include small MS4s in urbanized areas, as well as small MS4s outside the urbanized areas that are
designated by the local permitting authority—are required to fill out the Phase
II application form
by 11:59 p.m., EST, August 19, 2015.
for Phase I—which include medium and large cities or certain counties with
populations of 100,000 or more to obtain NPDES permit coverage for their
stormwater discharges— are required to fill out the Phase I application form by 11:59
p.m., EST, August 26, 2015.
The diverse steering committee
includes members and volunteers from WEF’s Stormwater and Watershed national
committees, as well as representatives from each of the following
organizations: the Association of Clean Water Administrators, American Rivers, the American Society
of Civil Engineers, the American Society of Landscape Architects, EPA, the National
Association of Clean Water Agencies, the National Association of Flood and
Stormwater Management Agencies, and the Water Environment Research Foundation.
more information about this inaugural recognition program, visit www.wef.org/ms4awards
or contact MS4Awards@wef.org.
To learn more about the Stormwater Congress and WEFTEC 2015, visit www.weftec.org.
Water Environment Federation (WEF) is a not-for-profit technical and
educational organization of 36,000 individual members and 75
affiliated Member Associations representing water quality professionals around
the world. Since 1928, WEF and its members have protected
public health and the environment. As a global water sector leader, our
mission is to connect water professionals; enrich the expertise of water
increase the awareness of the impact and value of water; and provide a
platform for water sector innovation. To learn more, visit www.wef.org.