So let’s talk framework for managing stormwater from EPA
WASHINGTON – Today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a new framework to help local governments meet their Clean Water Act obligations. The Integrated Municipal Stormwater and Wastewater Planning Approach Framework also assists EPA regional offices, states, and local governments. I mean managing stormwater is such a real thing!
All to develop voluntary storm and wastewater management plans. In addition, to implement effective integrated approaches. Most importantly that will also protect public health. That’s especially by reducing overflows from wastewater systems. Finally and pollution from stormwater.
In developing the framework, the EPA worked in close coordination with a variety of stakeholders. That’s including publicly owned treatment works, state water permitting authorities, local governments, and nonprofit environmental groups.
Framework Stormwater EPA
EPA’s framework outlines new flexibility to pursue innovative, cost-saving solutions, like green infrastructure, and will help communities as they develop plans that prioritize their investments in storm and wastewater infrastructure.
The framework also highlights the importance of controlling and managing releases of storm and wastewater. That’s especially into the nation’s waters. Because many wastewater systems are aging. That’s the truth. Therefore, the overflow can release untreated sewage and other pollutants. Most importantly into local waterways. These overflows can also carry a variety of harmful pollutants. Those that can threaten communities’ water quality. For that’s including bacteria, metals, and nutrients, and can contribute to disease outbreaks, beach and shellfish bed closings, and fishing or swimming advisories.
Stormwater discharges can also contain many of these pollutants. Therefore municipalities are often faced with difficult choices about how to direct their funds. Especially to solve the most critical problems first.
In conclusion, the framework document is available on EPA’s website. All where the agency will also provide practical examples of how municipalities are implementing this approach, as they become available.
More information: http://cfpub.epa.gov/npdes/integratedplans.cfm