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May 28, 2013

1) EPA's 2nd Annual Campus RainWorks Challenge to Begin in September
2) Clean Water State Revolving Fund Highlight: New Mexico Environment Department
3) Success Spotlight: Noxontown Pond in Delaware


1) EPA's 2nd Annual Campus RainWorks Challenge to Begin in September
Mark your calendars! EPA is preparing to launch its second annual Campus RainWorks Challenge to encourage faculty and students on college and university campuses across the country to develop innovative approaches to sustainable stormwater management. The goals of the competition are to help raise awareness of green design and planning approaches at colleges and universities, and train the next generation of landscape architects, planners, and engineers in green infrastructure principles and design. Challenge registration will begin this September. To see last year's challenge winners and for details on this year's challenge competition, see EPA's Campus RainWorks Challenge website. Details on this year's challenge will be available beginning in late July.

2) Clean Water State Revolving Fund Highlight: New Mexico Environment Department
EPA's Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) programs provide funding for water quality protection projects for wastewater treatment, nonpoint source pollution control, and watershed and estuary management. This week's CWSRF highlight is on the New Mexico Environment Department. New Mexico has developed a new priority ranking system for selecting CWSRF projects that target point source, nonpoint source, and brownfields redevelopment projects. The new system is water quality driven and introduces criteria that specifically address water quality improvement of both surface and groundwater resources. The criteria utilize a surface water quality improvement factor that integrates both traditional and green infrastructure applications to address water quality impairments from stormwater and agricultural runoff pollution. New Mexico's new priority ranking system also introduces criteria targeting projects that encourage the development of more sustainable communities and cost-effective infrastructure investments.  Click here for more information.

3) Success Spotlight: Noxontown Pond in Delaware
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 Noxontown Pond in Delaware. Stormwater runoff from agricultural and urban areas contributed to elevated bacteria and nutrient levels in Delaware's Noxontown Pond, prompting Delaware's Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control to add the pond to the 1998 list for bacteria and nutrients. Watershed stakeholders provided technical assistance, installed agricultural best management practices, implemented low impact development designs and restored stream banks using cover crops and grass buffers. Bacteria levels declined, and the state removed the Noxontown Pond from the state's 2006 list of impaired waters for bacteria. Click here for more information.

 


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