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Stormwater Management Toolkit: Urban Watershed Planning Game

June 1, 2013

As part of the Stormwater Management Toolkit, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) developed the Urban Watershed Planning Game. This game helps the SFPUC understand community priorities by presenting a diverse group of community members with the task of updating San Francisco’s sewer system. The game fosters the development of green infrastructure solutions that help San Francisco adapt to the impacts of climate change in a financially feasible, community driven manner.  This game is a great resource for city planners, watershed managers, public engagement officers, and citizens.

Related Organizations: San Francisco Public Utilities Commission

Resource Category: Education and Outreach

 

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Clean Water Act: Section 319 Grant Program

April 12, 2013

This US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) funding program is designed to help states reduce nonpoint source pollution (pollution caused by rainfall running over the ground and carrying pollutants including trash, oil and grease, and fertilizers into nearby waterways).  The program was authorized by Section 319 of the Clean Water Act which requires states to adopt a nonpoint source management program and assess nonpoint source pollution responsible for the water quality impairments. EPA provides funding to states under Section 319, and states can subgrants to local governments. EPA’s program guidance recognizes the “importance of green infrastructure … in managing stormwater” and supported awarding funding to green infrastructure projects.                                

Related Organizations: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Resource Category: Funding

 

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Town of Centreville, Maryland Ordinance 06-2012: To Develop a Stormwater Utility

February 21, 2013

On February 21, 2013 the Town of Centreville, Maryland approved Ordinance 06-2012 to develop a stormwater utility to finance the operation, construction, and maintenance of storm water devices, for stormwater planning, reviewing of development plans for compliance with stormwater management codes, and for protection of local waterways.

Related Organizations: Maryland Department of Natural Resources

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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EPA Community Resilience Pilot Project Wilmington, North Carolina

February 2013

This pilot project, sponsored by the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), identifies potential risks from sea level rise to the water and wastewater infrastructure in coastal communities of North Carolina, and provides potential adaptation measures to reduce the risks to existing assets as well as future service areas. The City of Wilmington in partnership with New Hanover County and the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority (CFPUA), requested assistance from USEPA’s Office of Sustainable Communities to help identify adaptation strategies that could help to reduce the vulnerability of water and wastewater infrastructure to potential SLR and more intense storms.

Related Organizations: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Clean Rivers, Green District Agreement

December 2012

In 2012, the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority (DC Water), and the Government of the District of Columbia (Washington D. C. ) joined in a partnership agreement to to advance green infrastructure in D. C. The “Clean Rivers, Green District” agreement outlines the collaborative steps to support green infrastructure to achieve sustainable stormwater management, more livable communities, and other environmental improvements in the District.

Related Organizations: District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority (DC Water), District of Columbia, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Adaptive Response Framework for Drinking Water and Wastewater Utilities

November 2012

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Climate Ready Water Utilities Adaptive Response Framework provides guidelines for local water agencies to implement adaptive and mitigating actions to build climate readiness and increased resilience to climate change. The Framework promotes adaptive management, in which agencies can actively respond to the changes and uncertainties of climate data and climate science.

Related Organizations: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Evaluation of Combined Heat and Power Technologies for Wastewater Treatment Facilities

September 25, 2012

The report was developed by Columbus Water Works, under an assistance agreement awarded by the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in support of their Columbus Biosolids Flow-Through Thermophilic Treatment National Demonstration Project. The report examines common combined heat and power (CHP) technologies for converting anaerobic digester gas to electrical power and produce heat.  The document includes technical and cost information to assist users in considering using more efficient, sustainable, and cost-effective wastewater treatment and in-plant wet weather management technologies.

Related Organizations: Water Environment Research Foundation, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Authors or Affiliated Users: Jason R. Wiser, James W. Schettler, John L. Willis

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Miami Beach, Florida Stormwater Management Master Plan

August 17, 2012

In 2012, the City of Miami Beach, Florida approved an updated city-wide Comprehensive Stormwater Management Master Plan (SWMMP). The plan includes strategies for improving stormwater management practices, coastal infrastructure, funding, and regulatory policies. The plan accounts for sea level rise impacts on stormwater in the City, and provides planning flexibility for various rates of sea level rise. The SWMMP is intended to be a guide for improving Miami Beach’s stormwater management system flood control and water quality performance for the next 20 years, with considerations of potential sea level rise over 20-years of stormwater infrastructure and a 50-year planning horizon for sea wall heights.

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Climate Change Vulnerability Assessments: Four Case Studies of Water Utility Practices

March 2011

This report presents a series of case studies describing the approaches currently (as of 2011) being taken by four water utilities in the United States to assess their vulnerability to climate change. The report is not intended to be a comprehensive listing of assessment approaches or utilities conducting vulnerability assessments. Rather, its purpose is to illustrate a range of issues and current approaches taken by selected utilities that are proactive in climate adaptation to understand and respond to climate risk.

Related Organizations: National Center for Environmental Assessment, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Climate Ready Water Utilities: Final Report of the National Drinking Water Advisory Council

January 2011

This Climate Ready Water Utilities (CRWU) report contains recommendations to assist drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater systems across the nation to increase their resilience to climate change impacts. EPA convened a CRWU Working Group under the National Drinking Water Advisory Council (NDWAC) in 2009, and the CRWU Report was delivered to EPA in January 2011. The general premise is that climate change represents an important challenge for drinking water and wastewater utilities and should be considered in all aspects of utility planning.

Related Organizations: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Resource Category: Planning

 

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