Industry groups say WOTUS must be vacated | Pa.'s shortfall ignored at Chesapeake Bay cleanup meeting, groups say | Dutch group to review Manhattan flood protection plan
September 12, 2019
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Industry groups say WOTUS must be vacated
US District Judge Lisa Godbey Wood should have vacated the Waters of the US rule instead of remanding it to the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers, according to a new filing from industry groups. The groups said that failing to vacate WOTUS will mean a "patchwork regulatory environment" continues.
E&E News (subscription required) (9/9) 
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Pa.'s shortfall ignored at Chesapeake Bay cleanup meeting, groups say
Governors from the six Chesapeake Bay watershed states and others gathered last week to discuss progress in cleaning up the bay, with all agreeing that much remains to be done. However, environmental groups complained that the Chesapeake Executive Council's annual meeting failed to discuss the severe shortcomings in Pennsylvania's cleanup efforts.
The Bay Journal (Seven Valleys, Pa.) (9/10) 
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Stormwater Management
Dutch group to review Manhattan flood protection plan
Dutch environmental consulting group Deltares will review a $1.3 billion plan to add flood protections along a section of lower Manhattan's east side waterfront. The latest proposal would cover the East River Park with several feet of fill and exclude use of the park for about three years.
Curbed/New York (9/10) 
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Southern Calif. pilot project to explore capturing stormwater
The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California will be studying ways to address the tens of billions of gallons of rainwater shed annually by hard urban surfaces with a $5 million pilot project. The goal is to find methods to capture and use the otherwise wasted resource.
Daily Breeze (Torrance, Calif.) (9/10) 
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Wetlands & Coastal Restoration
Shoreline a focus for Nashville-area Public Lands Day
This year's National Public Lands Day on Sept. 28 will feature the theme of "Connecting to Nature through Service." In the Army Corps of Engineers' Nashville District, volunteers will clean up the shoreline of Dale Hollow Lake.
Overton County News (Livingston, Tenn.) (tiered subscription model) (9/10) 
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MS4 Management
Local Pa. authorities to share costs of meeting stormwater rules
Pennsylvania's South Williamsport Borough has agreed to work with DuBoistown and the Lycoming County Water and Sewer Authority on ways to meet federal stormwater regulations. The three entities will focus on finding ways to share costs for engineering and construction.
Williamsport Sun-Gazette (Pa.) (9/11) 
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Policy & Regulation
New Orleans mandates permeable paving for some parking lots
New Orleans mandates permeable paving for some parking lots
New Orleans (Scott Olson/Getty Images)
All new commercial parking surfaces in New Orleans are now mandated to use permeable materials. The new type of porous paving will allow water to flow through to the soil beneath, which will also reduce runoff flowing into Lake Pontchartrain.
The Times-Picayune | The New Orleans Advocate (9/11) 
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From Around the World
Nigerians urged to plant trees as erosion measure
Planting trees, which helps prevent erosion and flooding, is a practice that all Nigerians should cultivate, said Nnamdi Arum, director of climate change at Enugu State Ministry of Environment. "People living in flood and erosion-prone areas should develop the habit of planting and replacing of trees when they are cut down in their environment," Arum said.
Vanguard (Nigeria) (9/11) 
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Rising seas erode parts of West Africa
Rising seas are taking a heavy toll in West Africa, where a third of the population lives near the coast. The problem is compounded by the use of easily-eroded coastal sand in building, with regional losses mounting to an estimated $3.8 billion a year.
Reuters (9/10) 
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IECA News
Get TCEQ and EPA Region 6 Updates at the IECA Texas Stormwater Conference
Learn more about EPA Region 6's recent organizational realignments and the Region's Water Division priorities through 2020 at the IECA Texas Stormwater Conference Oct. 7-8 in Houston. Learn more!
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IECA Seattle Regional Event Advance Registration Ends TODAY
Register now to save for the IECA Seattle Regional Event on Sept. 19 in Seattle. Don't miss your chance to network with industry peers and get regional permit updates, learn more about stormwater management in construction sites and gain new insight into erosion and sediment control materials. Register now!
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