Monthly Archives: August 2013

Webinar: Urban Stormwater and MS4 Compliance

Do you manage a Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4), or play a role in their planning, finance, regulatory compliance, infrastructure building or maintenance?

If so, you might be interested in a free webinar, “Urban Stormwater and MS4 Compliance,” to be presented by the International City/County Management Association and the U.S. EPA at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, September 10, 2013.

The 90-minute webinar will address MS4 permit compliance challenges, effective finance and regional coordination approaches, new tools for assessing program costs and future capacity needs, and pollution prevention.

Speakers will be Andrew Dinsmore, EPA Stormwater Team Leader Region 3; Joanne Throwe, Director of the University of Maryland Environmental Finance Center; and Mark Heidecker, MS4 Coordinator at the City of Tallahassee, Florida.

The webinar is free for the first 250 registrants on the webinar web page.

 

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Water Dialogue Flowing on Beacon Hill

August is the driest month of the year in Massachusetts, but what has been prominent in the news? Water. And that’s a good thing.

With the transportation funding-dominated state budget finalized in late July, lawmakers are turning their attention to what many have been saying is another one of the state’s biggest needs – dedicating more resources to repair the state’s old and inefficient water infrastructure.

Senator James Eldridge of Acton has been one of the leading voices in the legislature. He told State House News Service this week that he is working on a legislative package that would propose a separate fund for providing cities and towns grants for water infrastructure projects, especially innovative ones. That was one of the recommendations in a 2012 report of the state’s Water Infrastructure Finance Commission, which was charged with developing a comprehensive, long-range water infrastructure finance plan for the Commonwealth and its municipalities.

Eldridge spelled out the water infrastructure crisis in a newspaper op-ed column this week written with State Rep. Carolyn Dykema of Holliston, his co-chair on the Water Infrastructure Finance Commission.

“Water infrastructure is crucial to our public health, quality of life issues and economy and it’s significant that Senate President Therese Murray highlighted water infrastructure as a priority this legislative session,” the legislators wrote. “It’s up to all of us . . . to work together to protect our state’s water supply and water resources for future generations. The quality of life of our residents and economic prosperity depend on it.”