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EPA Stormwater Rules Set to Go Before Congress

The EPA’s long awaited rule making is ready to submit to Congress for review and approval in November 2011.  These regulations will be the catalyst for future changes in stormwater management with more stringent water quality standards and retrofit planning for developed areas. Last week, EPA's session in California was heavily covered by media, industry professionals, bloggers and more. For a look into the proposed changes and what others are saying about the proposed regulations, please follow the links below: United States Environmental Protection Agency NPDES Program http://cfpub.epa.gov/npdes/stormwater/rulemaking.cfm Stormwater Magazine http://www.stormh2o.com/blogs/sw-editors-blog/epas-new-stormwater-rule-85432.aspx...

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Stormwater Planning – 2014 is Just Around the Corner?

Stormwater utilities and fees are not a new concept– many areas across the Country have had utilities and fees since the early 1990s – and, with the increase emphasis of stormwater quality, spear headed by the Chesapeake Bay TMDL, and other mandates, municipalities throughout the Commonwealth need to find alternate sources of revenue to support a local or regional stormwater program.  It’s time to start planning early – 2014 will be here before we know it.  Communities, including the City of Roanoke, see the writing on the walls and are starting the dialogue on how to fund stormwater management requirements and mandates to be handed down as part of the new Virginia Stormwater Management Regulations and/or MS4 permits.  There are many options on the table - a stormwater utility fee, appropriation of the general funds and potential tax increases, and cooperative regionalization of stormwater management.  Regardless of the funding mechanism, one...

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Virginia Stormwater Regulations Approved – Now What?

Prior to the Memorial Day holiday (May 24th to be exact), the Virginia Soil and Water Conservation Board unanimously adopted the revised stormwater regulations. The new regs have been seven years in the making, so the uncertainty and speculation that has surrounded this process is finally behind us. The new rules require increased levels of stormwater quality and quantity control to  "benefit water quality throughout the state," said David Dowling, policy and planning director for the state Department of Conservation and Recreation. The new rules should not take effect until October. The regs represent a compromise between those changes being advocated by both the development community and environmentalists. The complete Regulations are located on DCR's web site at  http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/lr2d.shtml Have you or your organization prepared for this moment? How will you change the way you look at and deal with stormwater as a result of these new regulations? Let us know your thoughts....

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Discount Retailer Goes Above Minimum Standards and is Recognized for Conservation Efforts

Stormwater regulations and local watershed are becoming more rigorous to preserve and protect the eco-systems that are so vital for a sustainable future.  In Onley, Virginia, Wal-Mart  both during construction and with its day-to-day operations implemented strategies and programs that are helping to protect the “limited and sensitive water supply” in the community.  These extraordinary actions of today will become the norm tomorrow with the implementation of the  Chesapeake Bay TMDL and pending EPA Stormwater Rule scheduled to be approved in 2012. Learn more about the strategies applied to the new Wal-Mart store and the award in this article from DelmarvaNow.com http://www.delmarvanow.com/article/20110223/ESN01/102230409/Onley-Walmart-recognized?odyssey=mod%7Cnewswell%7Ctext%7CEastern%20Shore%20News%7Cs...

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Potential Changes in Store for Dam Safety?

While the 2011 Virginia General Assembly considers numerous legislation to aid the Commonwealth moving forward, one bill introduced by Senator Ryan T. McDougle (R-Hanover) proposes a rollback of the State's current criteria for dams subject to State-regulated safety inspections. As proposed, the bill (SB 1060) would reduce the number of dams subject to regulation throughout the State by more than half. There is a cetain level of irony that while over 1500 dams in the State have been identified as subject to inspection, less than 42% of those dams have certifications. The debate around this issue is not around the vast majority of high-hazard dams, but moreso over significant-hazard and low-hazard dams which would no longer be subject to inspection. The bill is supported by certain local officials and private dam owners as they contend the cost associated with the plans are prohibitive. However, State officials as well as the American Council of Engineering Companies of Virginia  point out that the current standards...

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