Water Quality Investment Act of 2009 (H.R. 1262),
approved March 20, 2009, renews the federal government’s commitment to clean
water by authorizing $13.8 billion over the next five years for the Clean Water
State Revolving Fund and $2.5 billion for EPA grants to address combined sewage
overflows and storm sewer overflows.
action provides financial resources for the Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) Long
Term Control Plans. The measure encourages green infrastructure or low-impact
development approaches to wastewater treatment to take advantage of less
expensive and more efficient natural processes.
in the week, the House Water
Resources and Environment Subcommittee heard a testimony on how to reduce
barriers to adopting green infrastructure technologies for use as an additional
method of reducing stormwater runoff to sewer systems.
attempt to reduce the costs to local governments and building owners, the
subcommittee examined simple low-impact development technology solutions. These
solutions are expected to significantly reduce costs. These green technologies
include: green roofs, increased tree cover, disconnecting downspouts, and adding
more green space for enhanced infiltration and evaporation
technologies for controlling stormwater runoff will be featured in multiple
tracks at StormCon Anaheim ’09. In addition, we have a two-day pre-conference
workshop on Sunday, August 16, and Monday, August 17, 2009, both from 8:30
a.m.–4:30 p.m., Low-Impact Development: Introduction, Applications, and
Technical Implementation (1.0 Continuing Education Unit).
This workshop will provide
an in-depth introduction to the economic benefits, ecological goals, planning
techniques, design principles, analytical methodologies, and implementation
strategies and monitoring results of LID techniques for urban stormwater
management. Attendees will gain a thorough technical understanding of how to
apply integrated LID management practices to meet local watershed protection and
water resources restoration protection goals and regulatory
to take advantage of our early
bird registration and reserve a spot for this workshop and other valuable
classes at this very important event.