EPA offers free webinar about GI retrofits December 18

Getting Started on Green Infrastructure and Stormwater Retrofits

December 18, 2012, 
2:00 – 4:00 pm EST

Matt Millea, Onondaga County, NY
Franco Montalto, PhD, Drexel University
Hal Sprague, Center for Neighborhood Technology

Green infrastructure and stormwater retrofits can present an array challenges stemming from variable costs and performance and stakeholder coordination. Uncertainty and complexity can hinder even highly motivated communities from finding and taking advantage of cost effective opportunities to improve infrastructure and water quality. This webinar will present strategies that have helped others reduce such challenges to a manageable level. Mr. Millea will speak about the practical experiences and challenges faced by Onondaga County, a U.S. EPA Green Infrastructure Community Partner. Dr. Montalto will then present an overview LIDRA, a tool designed to reduce technical uncertainty and solicit stakeholder input. Finally Mr. Sprague will present “How to Retrofit you MS4 Cost-Effectively with a Green Infrastructure Portfolio Standard,” which will provide an overview of the Center for Neighborhood Technology’s innovative work with Milwaukee and Grand Rapids.

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EPA Requests Comments on Draft NPS Grants Guidance

The USEPA has published draft revised guidelines for the Clean Water Act Section 319(h) Non-point Source Pollution control grants program.  The revised guidelines include closer coordination with NRCS Farm Bill programs.  The draft guidelines are posted at www.epa.gov/nps/319. EPA is requesting comments from states and territories, and any other interested stakeholders, by Dec. 14, 2012. Comments should be sent to [email protected]

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2013 Arid LID Conference in Albuquerque

Planning is well underway for the 2013 Arid LID Conference, which will be held in Albuquerque in conjunction with the 2013 Xeriscape Conference (http://www.xeriscapenm.com/).  The conference will be held at the Marriott Pyramid, February 28-March 1.  The conference will be followed by an expo at the NM Expo Creative Arts Building, March 2-3.  Check back often for more details!

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EPA Announces GI Website

Building on our 2011 Strategic Agenda, EPA’s Green Infrastructure Program is pleased to unveil our new website and to announce the availability of technical assistance to 10-20 partner communities.

Our new website repackages and expands upon our previous website to showcase EPA’s research on green infrastructure and to serve as a gateway to the wealth of resources developed by governmental agencies, academia, non-profits, and the private sector.  Stakeholders will be able to consult our website for up-to-date information on green infrastructure publications, tools, and opportunities.

Tamara Mittman
US EPA Office of Water, Water Permits Division
1200 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20004

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New study links green infrastructure and job creation

Green for All, in collaboration with the Economic Policy Institute and American Rivers, has published a report analyzing the job-creation potential of a major investment in green infrastructure practices to reduce pollutant discharges to water bodies in the US.  You can read the report here.

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Useful LID Information from OSU

Oklahoma State University maintains a very useful low impact development website, including several no-cost webinar opportunities.  For more information, visit the website at http://lid.okstate.edu/.  (Thanks to Roland Renttila, Stormwater Engineer with the City of Albuquerque for the referral!)

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House and Senate Introduce Bill Promoting Green Infrastructure

On May 26, U.S. Sens. Tom Udall (D–N.M.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D–R.I.), and Ben Cardin (D–Md.) and Rep. Donna Edwards (D–Md.) introduced the Green Infrastructure for Clean Water Act. This legislation encourages the research, development, and promotion of green infrastructure, and it would require the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to accept green infrastructure in permitting activities. Finally, this bill would create as many as five regional research and development centers. (From Water Environment Federation Stormwater Report Vol.1 No. 3)

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U.S. EPA Releases Updated Strategy on Green Infrastructure

In early April, the Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) partnered with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to identify barriers and solutions to implementing green infrastructure. WEF will continue working in partnership with the agency on its Green Infrastructure Strategic Agenda and community partnership effort, which was announced April 29. So far, EPA has selected 10 municipalities to showcase green infrastructure benefits and work out implementation details. These cities include: Austin, Texas; Boston; Cleveland, Ohio; Denver; Jacksonville, Fla.; Kansas City, Mo.; Los Angeles; Puyallup, Wash.; Syracuse, N.Y.; and Washington, D.C. and neighboring Anacostia Watershed communities. Read more in EPA’s memo supporting green infrastructure.

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Free LID/BMP Tool for Stormwater Managers

The Water Environment Research Foundation has released their BMP SELECT tool.  From the WERF website:

SELECT is a simple planning level tool that enables a stormwater manager to examine the effectiveness of alternative scenarios for controlling stormwater pollution and the whole life cost associated with each scenario. Thus, the manager can make more informed decisions on which practices to permit with some confidence that they will meet imposed TMDL limits and also can have some confidence that the capital and O&M costs involved in implementing BMPs are known.

Learn more or download the SELECT tool for free at the WERF website.

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New Report: Green Infrastructure for Southwestern Neighborhoods

The Tucson-based Watershed Management Group has released a new publication called Green Infrastructure for Southwestern Neighborhoods, which is a must read for anyone interested in or practicing Green Infrastructure in arid climates.

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