The Water Environment Federation (WEF) proudly announces the winners of the 2016 national municipal stormwater and green infrastructure awards. Developed through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the program recognizes high-performing regulated Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4s) and inspires them to exceed requirements through innovative and cost-effective approaches.

The winners were recognized today in New Orleans during the Stormwater Congress at WEFTEC 2016, WEF’s 89th annual technical exhibition and conference. All participants received a certificate in gold, silver, or bronze levels with three winners from each category selected for program management, innovation, and overall winner with the highest score.

Overall Highest Scores
Phase I – Santa Clara Valley Urban Runoff Pollution Prevention Program, CA
Phase II – Capitol Region Watershed District, MN

Phase I – Jefferson Parish Environmental Affairs, LA
Phase II – City of Auburn, AL

Program Management
Phase I – City of Austin, Texas Watershed Protection Department
Phase II – Kitsap County Public Works, WA

Launched last year, the program recognizes Phase II—includes small MS4s in urbanized areas, as well as small MS4s outside the urbanized areas that are designated by the local permitting authority and Phase I—includes medium and large cities or certain counties with populations of 100,000 or more to obtain NPDES permit coverage for their stormwater discharges.