EPA Awards Jena Band of Choctaw Indians $95,000 to Protect the Environment

DALLAS (Aug. 23, 2016) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently awarded $95,000 to the Jena Band of Choctaw Indians in Jena, La. as part of the General Assistance Program (GAP). The tribe will use the funds to administer their environmental program and assist in the development of multimedia programs to address environmental issues.

The primary purpose of GAP is to support the development of core tribal environmental protection programs. Other activities to be carried out under the grant include, but are not limited to, attending environmentally related training and conducting community outreach.

In 1992, Congress passed the Indian Environmental General Assistance Program Act which authorizes EPA to provide GAP grants to federally-recognized tribes and tribal groups for planning, developing, and establishing environmental protection programs in Indian country, as well as for developing and implementing solid and hazardous waste programs on tribal lands.

18th Annual EPA Region 6 Stormwater Conference

Sunday, October 2nd to Thursday, October 6th
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 6, in partnership with Texas A&M University in Kingsville, the City of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4s), and States in Region 6, is hosting the 18th Annual EPA Region 6 Stormwater Conference on October 2 – 6, 2016, at the Sheraton Oklahoma City Downtown Hotel, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. This conference will address and discuss the various issues and challenges of managing municipal stormwater, as well as new and upcoming rules and regulations.

For more information and to register, click HERE.

Keep Louisiana Beautiful State Conference

Keep Louisiana Beautiful is holding their 2016 conference at the Galvez Building Conference Center, 602 N. 5th Street, Baton Rouge on Wednesday September 28 and Thursday, September 29.

This conference that will help spark new ideas and ways in which we can help protect Louisiana for generations to come. You’ll learn how to reduce waste at events, how to raise funds to support your work, how to calculate the cost of blight in your neighborhood and how to eliminate it, strategies to reduce roadside litter by targeting motorists, reducing plastic bag usage, establishing litter courts and so much more.

For information about how to register visit:

EPA Proposes New CGP for Stormwater Discharges on Construction Sites

From Construction Equipment:

Building contractors and developers need to be aware of the EPA’s newly proposed National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) general permit regulations that apply to construction site operators disturbing one or more acres of land or less than one acre, but part of a larger common plan or development.

Read the entire article and see the list of changes HERE.

Green Infrastructure Helps Coastal Lands

From Forester Daily News:

In coastal North Carolina, stormwater managers are looking to green infrastructure to solve stormwater problems.  One successful green infrastructure project in Wilmington is the Wade Park Wetland. It was a $4 million joint project by the city of Wilmington, New Hanover County, and the state of North Carolina. The 17-acre park is on the site of a former wastewater treatment plant. Before the plant was constructed, the area was a natural wetland.

Completed in 2007, the wetland at Wade Park helps clean stormwater before it runs into the Hewletts Creek watershed and also reduces flooding in the area. The largest wetland in the area, it receives runoff from 590 acres, which is about 10% of the Hewletts Creek watershed…

Read the rest of the article at Forester Daily News HERE.

Address Change

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