WEF Provides Technical Assistance for Innovative Stormwater Infrastructure Bill

On April 14, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D−N.M.) and U.S. Rep. Donna Edwards (D−Md.) re-introduced legislation to provide support for innovative stormwater strategies, improving the water sector’s ability to manage runoff and collection system overflows while relieving pressure on aging infrastructure.

The Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.), National Association of Clean Water Agencies (Washington, D.C.), American Rivers (Washington, D.C.), the American Society of Landscape Architects (Washington, D.C.), and Natural Resources Defense Council (New York) have provided technical assistance to the bill’s sponsors and worked to appeal for broad Congressional support.

The Innovative Stormwater Infrastructure Act of 2015, S. 896/H.R. 1775, would

  • promote the use of innovative stormwater infrastructure;
  • provide implementation grants for community-based stormwater control projects; and
  • establish as many as five Centers of Excellence throughout the U.S. to conduct research, develop recommendations, and provide training and technical assistance for implementing management practices for stormwater control and management.
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