Friday, October 30, 2009

Stormwater Management Including Discharges from Newly Developed and Redeveloped Sites

Stormwater Management Including Discharges from Newly Developed and Redeveloped Sites
Information Collection Request (ICR) for proposed rulemaking

EPA is proposing to disseminate a survey to owners, operators, developers, and contractors of developed sites, owners and operators of municipal separate storm sewer systems (MS4s), and states and U.S. territories, which is designed to inform a rulemaking to strengthen stormwater regulations and to establish a comprehensive program to reduce stormwater from newly developed and redeveloped sites. Stormwater discharges from developed sites can harm water quality through increases in stormwater volume and pollutant loadings into nearby waterways. Generally, as sites are developed there is an increase in areas where water cannot infiltrate, so stormwater volume increases. The resulting stormwater flows across roads, rooftops, and other surfaces, transporting pollutants that are then discharged into waterways.

EPA intends to propose a rule to control stormwater from, at minimum, newly developed and redeveloped sites, and to take final action no later than November 2012. In order to support the rulemaking EPA is proposing to require three separate questionnaires focusing on gathering data about current stormwater management practices, including those used at newly developed and redeveloped sites. EPA’s proposed survey would gather data from three groups: 1) the owners, operators, developers, and contractors of newly and redeveloped sites; 2) the owners and operators of municipal separate storm sewer systems; and 3) states and territories. The draft survey would require detailed information about stormwater management and control practices, local regulations, and baseline financial information.

On October 26, 2009, EPA signed a Federal Register notice announcing its intent to submit a Information Collection Request (ICR) for the three questionnaires to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).

EPA is requesting comments on the proposed Information Collection Request, including the associated burden estimate, but is NOT requesting completion of questionnaires at this time. The proposed ICR will be open for public comment for 60 days following publication in the Federal Register.

Here is the link for more information on the EPA website

Friday, October 9, 2009

Catch us at these storm water trade shows

Meet us in Beacon, New York
9th Annual storm water conference and trade show
Dutchess Manor, Beacon, NY

Date: Wednesday, October 14, 2009

We will be showcasing:
TerreKleen Hydrodynamic separator - water quality treatment vault
TerreArch - storm water infiltration units
TerreBox - storm water detention system with a patent pending water-tight seal

Great speakers, keep current and excellent networking opportunities

Click here for the details