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October 21, 2013

WEF Supports U.S. EPA’s New Green Infrastructure Strategic Agenda  
EPA Deputy Administrator, Bob Perciasepe announced agenda during national summit 

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – The Water Environment Federation (WEF) is proud to support the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) new Green Infrastructure Agenda that was announced this afternoon by EPA Deputy Administrator Bob Perciasepe at the Green Infrastructure Summit in Syracuse, N.Y.

Since 2007, EPA has actively supported the use of green infrastructure to manage wet weather and has released a series of policy memos encouraging the use of green infrastructure to meet regulatory requirements, as well as a series of strategic agendas describing the actions the agency is taking to promote green infrastructure. 

A central theme of EPA’s activities has been to engage with local communities through community partnerships and technical assistance programs. Since 2011, the agency has established partnerships with 10 communities, and has provided technical assistance to more than 20 communities. The Summit is the first event that brings together all of these communities, making it the perfect venue for this noteworthy announcement.

This new Green Infrastructure Strategic Agenda is an updated version of the agency’s 2008 and 2011 agendas. Expanding on the previous two versions, the new agenda outlines five major areas of focus to help further the growth and success of green infrastructure approaches to address water quality issues across the country. These five areas include federal coordination, regulatory support, research and information exchange, funding and financing, and capacity building.

"WEF is a proud participant of this important Summit and fully supports EPA’s new strategic agenda for green infrastructure,” said WEF Interim Executive Director Eileen O’Neill. “WEF and EPA have a long tradition of working together on important water quality issues and we look forward to collaborating with them to meet the goals spelled out in this new effort."

For more information about EPA’s new Green Infrastructure Strategic Agenda, visit www.epa.gov. For more information about WEF’s work related to green infrastructure and stormwater issues, visit www.wef.org/stormwater

About WEF
Founded in 1928, the Water Environment Federation (WEF) is a not-for-profit technical and educational organization of 36,000 individual members and 75 affiliated Member Associations representing water quality professionals around the world. WEF members, Member Associations and staff proudly work to achieve our mission to provide bold leadership, champion innovation, connect water professionals, and leverage knowledge to support clean and safe water worldwide. To learn more, visit www.wef.org.