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USEPA Framework Helps Cities Manage Stormwater Runoff & Wastewater storm drain

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) has issued a new framework to help local governments meet their Clean Water Act obligations. The Integrated Municipal Stormwater and Wastewater Planning Approach Framework assists USEPA regional offices, states, and local governments with development of voluntary stormwater and wastewater management plans. It also lists effective methods to protect public health by reducing overflows from wastewater systems and pollution from stormwater. In developing the framework, the USEPA worked with publicly owned treatment works, state water permitting authorities, local governments, and nonprofit environmental groups.

The new framework outlines strategies to pursue innovative, cost-saving solutions, like green infrastructure, and will help communities as they develop plans that prioritize their investments in storm and wastewater infrastructure. It also highlights the importance of controlling and managing releases of stormwater and wastewater into the nation’s waters.

When wastewater systems overflow, they can release untreated sewage and other pollutants into waterways. Overflows can carry a variety of harmful pollutants that can threaten water quality. Such pollutants include bacteria, metals, and nutrients, and can contribute to disease outbreaks. The framework document is available on USEPA's website, which you can access by clicking here.





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