Monthly Archives: July 2013

New Rule Delays Show Continued Challenges of Federal Stormwater Regulation

This script is becoming familiar.  EPA, working since late 2009 to develop a new national post-construction stormwater rule, approaches a deadline to release a draft of the rule proposal for public comment.  But the deadline comes and goes, no proposal is released, and there is confusion as to whether any new deadline exists.  This pattern […]

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The Case for Green and the Need for Strong NGO Collaboration

Green infrastructure (GI) is entering a “make it or break it” phase; certain communities, with support from federal and state agencies, are now willing to invest broadly in GI, such as vegetated bioswales or green roofs, as a way to manage urban stormwater. These forward-thinking communities, many of whom see the challenge of wet weather […]

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NACWA/AMWA Report Analyzes the Critical Importance of Tax Exempt Municipal Bonds to the Water Sector

For more than a century, tax-exempt municipal bonds have been the most important source of funding for water and wastewater infrastructure projects in the United States. Since 2003, municipalities have issued $258 billion worth of tax-exempt municipal bonds to fund water and wastewater infrastructure – comprising approximately 16% of all municipal bond issuance for all […]

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We Applaud Our Members’ Ongoing Commitment to Coastal Water Quality

I applaud our public agency members for their ongoing commitment to ensuring clean water progress following the release of the Natural Resources Defense Council’s 23rd Annual Beach Report. The Report found a total of 20,120 beach closing and advisory days in 2012, a decrease of 14 percent from 2011.
Although the Report notes that the reduction in closures is largely due […]

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