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Watch as Palencia Mobley, Deputy Director and Chief Engineer of the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department (DWSD), and Carol Hufnagel, National Wet Weather Practice Leader for Tetra Tech, share their presentation from WEFTEC 2021 in Chicago.
They describe a project from the Detroit area that used green stormwater infrastructure both to reduce the amount of flow going to the combined sewer system and to help reduce surcharging that was resulting in basement backups.
Hear from Scott Taylor, chair of WEF's Stormwater Institute, as he discusses the request that Congress establish a permanent program at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to control stormwater pollution at the source, which would be more effective and affordable.
On January 31, 2022, the White House released a comprehensive guidebook on the funding programs in the Infrastructure Investment & Jobs Act (IIJA), also known as the bipartisan infrastructure package.
The federal district court in Charleston, South Carolina, has given “preliminary approval” to a proposed Class Action Settlement regarding wipe products between Plaintiff Charleston Water System and Defendant Kimberly-Clark Corporation.
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In embracing the spectrum of resilience, cities and stormwater utilities are looking towards new technologies, partnerships, and approaches to continue to safely provide reliable and affordable services while maintaining regulatory compliance.
Urban and suburban stormwater runoff is a growing source of water pollution in many watersheds across the country, contributing nutrients, bacteria and sediment. Further, the existing stormwater infrastructure is aging and underfunded. Stormwater runoff is currently addressed through protection and water quality improvement strategies developed by utilities, municipalities, state governments and the US EPA. However, the nation lacks a comprehensive uniform plan of action at the federal level to cohesively, economically and effectively mitigate stormwater runoff impacts to water quality. Further, funding for research and infrastructure is insufficient at all levels.
New York City (NYC) is implementing the largest green stormwater infrastructure program in the nation. Initiated in 2011, the NYC Green Infrastructure Program (the Program) was created to implement green infrastructure, or stormwater source controls, to manage stormwater runoff and to reduce combined sewer overflows (CSO) in NYC waterways. New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is the lead agency for the Program. Through the Program, DEP and its partner agencies have built over 4,000 green infrastructure assets in the last seven years and continue to scale up green infrastructure implementation on public and private property citywide [see Figure 1]. This proposed paper/presentation provides a detailed description of and explanation for the Program's goals, current project implementation, and adaptive management strategies.
A must-read for agencies and public works departments interested in developing charge systems for stormwater programs based on fee structures. User-Fee-Funded Stormwater Programs will specify the drivers for stormwater user-fee formation and explore the responsibilities, costs, and entire implementation process.