EPA Expects to Release Revised Ammonia Aquatic Life Criteria by End of August [-]
On August 8, at a meeting with water and wastewater associations’ representatives in Washington, DC, Betsy Sutherland, Director of the Office of Science and Technology, announced that EPA will publish the final revised aquatic life criteria for ammonia by the end of August. In addition, Sutherland announced that the other criteria such as for selenium and chlorides are likely to enter external peer review by the end of 2013 and early 2014 respectively. For more information on the ammonia aquatic life criteria, click here.
EPA Announces Plan for TMDL Implementation Reforms to be Released Fall 2013 [+]
On August 6, in Santa Fe, NM, during the annual meeting of the Association of Clean Water Administrators (ACWA) (as reported by BNA), EPA announced a joint federal-state effort to reform the total maximum daily load (TMDL) program so to allow for more flexibility in order to both protect healthy waters and prioritize efforts to restore impaired ones. John Goodin, chief of the EPA’s Watershed Branch, told attendees that the “vision plan” will provide “a new lens to view the [TMDL] program” and that “it’s not a new mandate, not a new policy, and a new regulation.” The “vision plan”, to be released this fall, is expected to include details of how EPA and the states expect the TMDL program to be implemented in the next 10 years. For the first time, the plan will encourage states to prioritize efforts to protect healthy waters and to restore waters listed as impaired in TMDL plans starting in 2016.
EPA CFO Warns Against Proposed Cuts to FY14 Budget [+]
According to a blog post by the EPA’s Chief Financial Officer, Maryann Froehlich, proposed cuts to the EPA budget in the House version of the fiscal year 2014 Interior & Environment Appropriations bill “would severely curtail the EPA’s ability to fulfill our mission to protect the environment and the health of the American people.” The bill will make deep cuts to the entire EPA budget, in particular the Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Loan Fund programs. Ms. Froehlich’s post states the House bill “would represent the lowest EPA budget level since FY 1990.”
EPA, WEF, NACWA and NRWA to Conduct Webinar on Proposed NPDES Electronic Reporting Rule [+]
On September 4, 2013, 2-4 pm EDT, WEF, NACWA and the NRWA will be conducting a webinar on the recently published proposed NPDES Electronic Reporting Rule. This webinar will cover EPA's proposed electronic reporting rule affecting processes for hundreds of thousands of municipalities, industries, and other facilities. It will convert the current system to an electronic data reporting system. The webinar will start at 2:00 PM EDT on September 4, 2013 and is expected to last two hours. Here is the link to register: https://epa.connectsolutions.com/r15tuppl493/; Audio Conference Details: Conference Number(s): 866-918-0772; Participant Code: 2509409317#
Inaugural Stormwater Congress to Debut at WEFTEC® 2013 [+]
This week WEF announced it will debut the inaugural Stormwater Congress this October in Chicago, Ill. Featuring an extensive line-up of stormwater programming, well known and recognized speakers and dedicated exhibit space, this new event offers attendees the opportunity to participate at WEFTEC 2013, the world’s largest annual water quality conference and exhibition and focus on stormwater.
Following WEF’s Stormwater Symposium in 2012, this “conference-within-a-conference” was developed to maximize networking opportunities for stormwater professionals and facilitate participation programming dedicated to stormwater-related issues. Featuring 17 technical sessions and more than 70 world-class speakers, the event’s technical programming will include changing regulations and policies, climate change impacts, stream restoration, flow-based TMDLs, stormwater financing strategies, and more. Co-locating the Stormwater Congress with WEFTEC provides an added benefit by giving attendees easy access to WEFTEC’s technical program, events and record-setting exhibition.
The Stormwater Congress will be held at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place from October 5-9 and the Stormwater Pavilion will be open from October 7-9 at McCormick Place. To register for the Stormwater Congress and to learn more about WEF’s stormwater program, visit www.wef.org/stormwater.
WEFTEC 2013—WEF’s 86th Annual Technical Exhibition and Conference—will feature more than 140 technical sessions, 27 workshops, numerous events and the largest exhibition in WEFTEC history! Scheduled for October 5-9 at McCormick Place, this year’s conference offers a new pricing structure that helps THE Water Quality Event become YOUR Water Quality Event by making it more accessible than ever. Visit www.weftec.org for registration and conference details.
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