Stormwater Rules & Regulations

  • Infrastructure then and now

    From Roman roads to the Panama Canal through the New Deal programs of the 1930s, infrastructure has, and always will, define great civilizations.

  • Flow-based surrogates in TMDLs

    Is EPA backing down on using surrogates or buying time to continue examining the issue?

  • New Year 2015 and Old 2014,Render 3D. Over white background

    Eight predictions for 2015

    Editor's predictions include the weather, transportation funding, Clean Water Act, and more.

  • CH2M HILL selected as program manager on the Miami-Dade Ocean Outfall Legislation Program

    Program will eliminate wastewater from being discharged to ocean and boost the local economy by creating new jobs.

  • No environmental permitting necessary!

    The most recent highway bill directed U.S. DOT to list projects that don’t require full National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) review. These new categorical exclusions (CEs)  offer excellent partnering opportunities for highway and rail projects.

  • 4 FREE water management resources

    Drought, flooding, toxic algae … if your agency isn’t dealing with a major water-related issue right now, consider yourself lucky.

  • At long last: new water funding

    Water and sewer construction and rehabilitation projects expected to cost $20 million are eligible for funding through a new federal program. In communities with less than 25,000 people, $5 million projects are eligible.

  • High & dry: water supply in an era of drought

    Organized by the California-Nevada Section of the American Water Works Association, the Whole Water Conference is open to anyone interested in resource planning, integrating recycled water, storm water, desalination, and groundwater management. Speakers include Marsi Steirer of San Diego Public...

  • Want to host the PW editor?

    Editor Stephanie Johnston wants to spend more time with readers as they work.

  • Five million feet of Fusible PVC has been installed in North America, signaling tremendous market acceptance.

    The merits of Fusible PVC

    Fusible PVC is highly compatible with ductile iron, which facilitates connections and extensions. Here are two cases where it was used.

  • Effluent vs. runoff: separate and definitely not equal

    Teach regulators the difference between MS4s and POTWs vis-a-vis nutrient control.

  • Billions could be needed to comply with stormwater regs in Calif.

    Newly approved rules could compel cities in California'a Los Angeles County to spend billions to prevent pollution from surface runoff.

  • Dust: Regulators take aim at next pollutant target

    How to prepare your operation for increasingly stringent wind and water erosion controls.

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    3 alternatives to federal water, wastewater financing

    Three proposals for expanding federal support beyond state revolving loans.

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    Getting to ‘yes’

    How to modify a consent agreement EPA and the Justice Department can't refuse.

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    Rain dance

    ‘Nonpoint' sources are responsible for three-quarters of California's most polluted waters. Unable to recoup remediation costs from developers or taxpayers, stormwater managers in the state that laid the groundwork for the Clean Water Act test the law's bottom line: Who pays?

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    Multipurpose solutions are on the rise

    Primed by regulatory imperatives and the national focus on sustainability, operations integrate stormwater control measures into parks and streetscapes of all kinds.

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    How much is your time and effort worth?

    Calculating the point of diminishing returns when pursuing outside funding opportunities.

  • Bill would require EPA to study pharmaceuticals in sewer systems

    The U.S. Senate's Committee on Environment and Public Works is considering giving EPA two years to identify pharmaceuticals and personal care products in wastewater and analyze the amount, sources, and potential treatment options to prevent them from entering the nation's drinking water.

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    Bacteria in the Bayous

    In urban waterways, bacteria can come from many sources: storm-water runoff, illicit discharges, wildlife, leaking septic systems, sanitary sewer overflows, stream sediments, wastewater effluent, topsoil, and leaking sanitary sewer systems. Some contribute pollutants during dry weather and some...


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