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Growth and Stormwater

A Tennessee bill to limit stormwater runoff regulations caught my attention recently. I am ill-equipped to provide much comment on the specifics, but just reading some of the rationale and quotes caused me to think. I have seen similar proposals in other states, including my own. Unfortunately, one of the real drivers of Stormwater awareness[…]

The Ratcheting Environmental Pendulum

I have been warned by some that we are currently living a ramped-up and trumped-up environmental fad that is sure to ease up as soon as the current administration is packed up and shipped off (pick your favorite “administration” to apply the statement to). I hear that our efforts to improve water quality are breaking[…]

The Clean Water Rule

I am still somewhat fascinated by the political nature of filed lawsuits and general fury caused by the new rule defining waters of the United States. A final draft was added to the Federal Register on June 29, 2015. The rule will be effective on August 28, 2015 unless one of the suits changes that.[…]

TS4

TS4 – a term sometimes used to describe a municipal separate storm sewer permit addressing urban discharges from transportation facilities. Its not a term used officially by EPA or supported by law, but it does get thrown around a lot. State DOTs are in a unique position. They have typically been seen as co-permittees with the[…]

Municipal or Urban

Some friends and I have been discussing the differences between the terms urban and municipal as they relate to stormwater (ok, its nerdy, but you knew that when you signed up). The term, municipal, has a nice familiar ring to it. And when connected to stormwater, there is an unmistakable relationship between land use associated[…]

Laudator Temporis Acti

The great philosopher Billy Joel once said, the good ole days weren’t always good, and tomorrow aint as bad as it seems. I am quite fond of the quote and have reached back to it for the last 25 years or so.(1) The Latin term for the anitithesis of one who subscribes to Billy Joel’s[…]

Stormwater in the Mainstream November 2014

I hope you are having a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend. Foremost in the mainstream news this month was the ending of the comment period for a proposal aimed at clarifying the definition of Waters of the US.  The mainstream news was a bit disappointing in relaying the facts.  But then again, so were the most vocal[…]

Response-Ability

Responsibility: our ability to respond. The level of concern in the general public over the recently proposed rule attempting to clarify the definition of Waters of the United States really didn’t surprise me much. If the subject was even on their radar, it was because of clips and snippets of information provided to them from their[…]

Stormwater in the Mainstream August 2014

Earlier this month the mainstream and citizens of Toledo were introduced to one significant potential harm regarding stormwater runoff – green algae. While the Toledo Mayor said the wake-up call was similar to that of a terrorist attack, a State Senator is leaning on a fertilizer management bill that should take effect at the end of 2017 according[…]