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June 18, 2012

1) EPA Announces Framework to Help Local Governments Manage Stormwater Runoff and Wastewater
2) EPA Issues Post-Construction Compliance Monitoring Guidance
3) Blog Spotlight: Gone with the Wind (and Waves)


1) EPA Announces Framework to Help Local Governments Manage Stormwater Runoff and Wastewater
EPA has issued a new framework to help local governments meet their Clean Water Act obligations. The Integrated Municipal Stormwater and Wastewater Planning Approach Framework assists EPA regional offices, states, and local governments to develop voluntary storm and wastewater management plans and implement effective integrated approaches that will protect public health by reducing overflows from wastewater systems and pollution from stormwater. In developing the framework, the EPA worked in close coordination with a variety of stakeholders, including publicly owned treatment works, state water permitting authorities, local governments, and nonprofit environmental groups. EPA's framework outlines new flexibility to pursue innovative, cost-saving solutions, like green infrastructure, and will help communities as they develop plans that prioritize their investments in storm and wastewater infrastructure. For more information: http://cfpub.epa.gov/npdes/integratedplans.cfm.

2) EPA Issues Post-Construction Compliance Monitoring Guidance
EPA has issued final guidance on conducting effective post-construction compliance monitoring to assess the performance of measures implemented under long-term combined sewer overflow (CSO) control plans, as provided in EPA's 1994 CSO Control Policy. This guidance will assist CSO permittees in developing post construction compliance monitoring plans that collect sufficient data for evaluating the effectiveness of CSO controls and assessing compliance with the requirements of the Clean Water Act. The Agency developed a draft of the guidance, and received comments from state National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System authorities and other stakeholders. For more information: http://cfpub.epa.gov/npdes/home.cfm?program_id=5.

3) Blog Spotlight: Gone with the Wind (and Waves)
Kelly Mercer, intern for EPA's Office of Water, blogs about how being out on the water helped lead to her college major. To read the blog, visit: http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2012/06/gone-with-the-wind-and-waves/.

 


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