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:
http://keeplouisianabeautiful.org/programs-events/2016-state-conference/

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.

A State Plan for Prioritizing Watersheds for Restoration and Protection in Louisiana

The Clean Water Act (CWA) Section 303(d) Program provides a mechanism for integration of implementation efforts to restore and protect the nation’s aquatic resources. Through this process the nation’s waters are assessed, restoration and protection objectives are systematically prioritized, and Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs) and alternative approaches are adaptively implemented to achieve water quality goals with collaboration of State and Federal agencies, tribes, the regulated community, and the public. A new long-term vision for assessment, restoration, and protection under the CWA 303(d) Program for 2016 through 2022 (new vision) has been described whereby states may identify and prioritize watersheds for these restoration and protection efforts under the CWA 303(d) Program. The primary goals of this new vision of the CWA 303(d) Program include prioritization, assessment, protection, alternatives, engagement, and integration. The new vision will guide the realization of our clean water goals in a manner that recognizes lessons learned from the past two decades of CWA 303(d) Program implementation and addresses new challenges with innovative solutions.

The DEQ is seeking feedback on this framework. More information can be found HERE.

Thank you to Sami Khalil for the info!

Defining Waters of the US and the Effects on Stormwater

Thanks to Sami Khalil for the following:

The proposed rule, “Definition of ‘Waters of the United States’ Under the Clean Water Act,” has generated a firestorm of controversy as EPA struggles to reconcile 21st century ecological science, with its core concept of connectivity, and the Clean Water Act’s 19th century paradigm of navigability, which is the anchor of the act’s jurisdiction and scope. Congress has declined to resolve this tension and even the Supreme Court has contributed to the confusion.

Read more at the WEF Stormwater Report website HERE.