Announcing the Winners of WEF’s First Annual MS4 Stormwater and Green Infrastructure Awards

The Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) announced the first winners of a new national municipal stormwater and green infrastructure awards program. Developed through a cooperative agreement between WEF and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the program recognizes high-performing regulated Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4s).

“Housed within the new WEF Stormwater Institute, the awards were developed to inspire MS4 program leaders toward innovation that is both technically effective and financially efficient,” said WEF Executive Director Eileen O’Neill. “The success of this first year shows great promise for the program as a means to continually support, encourage, and recognize this important and growing segment of the water sector.”

The program recognizes Phase I and Phase II communities. Phase I includes medium and large cities or certain counties with populations of 100,000 or more that obtain National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit coverage for their stormwater discharges. Phase II includes small MS4s in urbanized areas as well as those outside urbanized areas that are designated by a local permitting authority.

Winners were recognized during the Stormwater Congress at WEFTEC® 2015. All participants received a certificate in gold-, silver-, or bronze-levels. Three winners in the categories of overall highest score, program management, and innovation, both for Phase I and Phase II, were selected. The top winners in each category are listed below.

Overall Highest Scores

Phase I – Charlotte Stormwater Services (Charlotte, N.C.)

Phase II – City of Fairbanks, Alaska

Innovation

Phase I – City of Santa Monica, Calif. and City of Tacoma, Wash.

Phase II – City of Alexandria, Va.

Program Management

Phase I – Montgomery County (Md.) Department of Environment Protection

Phase II – Lafayette (La.) Consolidated Government

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