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December 4, 2012

1) EPA Revises Stormwater Regulations for Stormwater Discharges from Logging Facilities
2) Success Spotlight: Crystal Brook, Vermont


1) EPA Revises Stormwater Regulations for Stormwater Discharges from Logging Facilities
EPA has revised its stormwater regulations to clarify that a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit is not required for stormwater discharges from logging roads. EPA is taking this action in response to Northwest Environmental Defense Center v. Brown, in which the court held that stormwater runoff from certain logging roads is a point source discharge of industrial stormwater that requires an NPDES permit. EPA did not intend for logging roads to be regulated as industrial facilities and has revised its stormwater regulations to clarify the Agency's intent. Click here for more information. 

2) Success Spotlight: Crystal Brook, Vermont
EPA's Clean Water Act Section 319 Program provides funding for restoration of nonpoint source-impaired water bodies. This week's success spotlight shines on Crystal Brook,Vermont. Crystal Brook is a 3-mile-long stream in north central Vermont that ultimately drains into Lake Memphremagog, a large lake that straddles the Vermont-Quebec border. The stream water is classified for fully supporting aquatic life, good aesthetic value, swimming and recreation, irrigation and agricultural uses, and public water supply uses with filtration and disinfection. Nutrient runoff from agricultural sources had impaired Crystal Brook, prompting the state to place the stream on its 2006 Clean Water Act list for aquatic life use impairments due to excessive sediment and nutrients. Improvements to a waste management system on an adjacent farm were made, bringing the stream into compliance with Vermont's water quality standards. The state removed the stream from its impaired list in 2012. Click here for more information.

 


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