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WEBINAR: Case Studies: Implementing Green Infrastructure under Enforcement Orders
Wednesday, March 04, 2015-- EPA's green infrastructure program will host a webcast on implementing green infrastructure under enforcement orders, which will highlight two communities which have successfully integrated green infrastructure into EPA enforcement agreements to meet regulatory requirements, better manage combined sewer overflows and stormwater runoff, and meet other community goals. -- (full text)

Changes to Safe Drinking Water Acts lead free requirements for pipes, pipe fittings, plumbing fittings and fixtures.
Wednesday, April 09, 2014-- Did you know the Safe Drinking Water Acts lead free requirements for pipes, pipe fittings, plumbing fittings and fixtures have changed? In 2011 the Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act was signed into law. The changes in the law took effect in January 2014. The Act reduces the lead content allowed in plumbing materials. You must comply with the new standards if you introduce into commerce any pipe or plumbing product providing water for human consumption or are engaged in the installation or repair of any plumbing providing water for human consumption. -- (full text)

Monday, April 07, 2014-- The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2014 (Pub. L. 113-76, January 17, 2014) appropriated $600 million to be awarded by the Department of Transportation (DOT) for National Infrastructure Investments. As with previous rounds of TIGER, funds for the FY 2014 TIGER program are to be awarded on a competitive basis for projects that will have a significant impact on the Nation, a metropolitan area, or a region. In addition to supporting capital grants, DOT has the flexibility to use up to $35 million of TIGER funds for planning grants. The TIGER 2014 funding opportunity opened yesterday on grants.gov. The application closes on April 28th but interested parties are encouraged to apply by April 25th as there will be scheduled downtime over the weekend of April 26-27. Please be aware you must complete the registration process before submitting an application, and that this process can take 2-4 weeks to complete. Please see Grants.Gov parameters below. TIGER Website is: http://www.dot.gov/tiger Funding Opportunity Number: DTOS59-14-RA-TIGER6 Funding Opportunity Title: FY 2014 National Infrastructure Investments CFDA Number(s): 20.933 -- National Infrastructure Investments -- (full text)

MS4 Need Survey
Thursday, March 20, 2014-- Welcome to the Center for Watershed Protection's national needs survey of municipal separate storm sewer system (MS4) communities. The Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to fostering responsible land and water management through applied research, direct assistance to communities, award-winning training, and access to a network of experienced professionals. As national experts in stormwater and watersheds, our strength lies in translating science into practice and policy for our audience of stormwater professionals, of which MS4s are a growing constituency. The survey will collect information on the current status of stormwater programs across the country, the most pressing needs of MS4s and future trends in each state/region so that we can improve and better tailor our national guidance and locally applicable tools. -- (full text)
[Center for Watershed Protection]

Plan for Affordable Housing in Philadelphia
Thursday, March 20, 2014-- As many cities look for ways to house their neediest residents, officials here on Monday announced a plan to increase this citys stock of affordable housing by using tax incentives and bond proceeds to redevelop 1,500 vacant, city-owned properties over the next two to three years. -- (full text)
[New York Times]

EPA Releases Resource to Help Guide Green Infrastructure
Wednesday, March 12, 2014-- EPA scientists helped develop a resource guide to help more communities manage stormwater and wastewater with green infrastructure. The resource, released Greening CSO Plans: Planning and Modeling Green Infrastructure for Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) Control (pdf), will help communities make cost-effective decisions to maximize water quality benefits. The resource explains how to use modeling tools such as EPAs Stormwater Management Model to optimize different combinations of green and grey infrastructure to reduce both sewer overflow volume and total number of overflow events. The guide also has relevant case studies to showcase how different communities are using green infrastructure. -- (full text)

WEBINAR: Innovative Transportation Stormwater Management: Green Infrastructure in Road Projects (Web-based)
Wednesday, March 05, 2014-- Roads can convey a variety of pollutants into our waterways and can increase the volume and velocity of stormwater generated. Green infrastructure techniques are one solution that can be used to reduce and treat stormwater runoff. This webcast will include brief overviews about green infrastructure from FHWA and USEPA and showcase two state transportation organizations committed to innovative initiatives to improve water quality and manage the quality and quantity of stormwater runoff from road surfaces. The speakers will highlight collaborative projects, policy recommendations to strategically incorporate green infrastructure into the roadway funding and approval process, and describe a programmatic approach to the design and construction of stormwater BMPs along with a chloride offset program. This webinar is co-sponsored by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Wastewater Management and the Federal Highway Administration's Office of Project Development and Environmental Review. -- (full text)