Action Continues on the Stormwater Front
Posted Dec. 2, 2013
WEF held the inaugural Stormwater Congress in October, co-located with WEFTEC 2013, brought a renewed level of attention and focus to stormwater issues with a solid technical program and dynamic related exhibition. And thanks to a couple of major new developments, stormwater continues to be the talk of the 'water quality' town here in Washington.
On November 14, WEF applauded the introduction of the Innovative Stormwater Infrastructure Act of 2013, which will provide essential tools for communities looking at investing in advanced stormwater strategies to manage polluted runoff and protect clean water. This very significant bi-partisan legislation would establish technical stormwater centers of excellence and seek financing solutions to stormwater infrastructure needs, all closely aligned with WEF’s goal to drive innovation in water.
On the regulatory side, WEF was proud to participate at an important U.S. EPA Green Infrastructure Summit on Oct. 21, when the agency announced a new GI Strategic Agenda. This effort to raise public awareness about the need for GI to manage wet weather emphasizes local community engagement, partnerships, and technical assistance programs. The new agenda identifies federal coordination, regulatory support, research and information exchange, funding and financing, and capacity building as areas that can help further successful GI approaches to address water quality issues.
Plans are well underway for the Stormwater Congress to be cohosted for the second time at WEFTEC 2014, where we expect to build on the impressive technical program and Stormwater Pavilion for exhibitors seen at WEFTEC in Chicago. Meanwhile consider subscribing to Stormwater Report and joining the Stormwater or Watershed Management Committees to keep on top of developments in this amazing and evolving field.