EBC Water Resource Management Program: Clean Water Act Requirements and Limited Dollars: Is Integrated Planning the Answer?
Over the past 40 years of the Clean Water Act, the burden of improving the quality our region’s waters has fallen largely upon public utilities and municipalities. However, with dwindling resources and demand for other uses of public monies, public utilities and municipalities find it increasingly difficult to meet not only the core requirements of the CWA, but also the more stringent, broad reaching, and costly regulatory requirements imposed through the CWA.
Most of these requirements are unfunded by federal or state governments. Local communities and rate payers say they are tapped out. At the same time, public monies are needed to address aging wastewater infrastructure, drinking water resources, stormwater discharges, and impacts from nutrients to our waterways.
EPA has recently recognized these financial constraints and that communities need flexibility to sequence and prioritize CWA compliance. Through a policy document, EPA has offered a framework for integrated planning approaches to municipal wastewater and stormwater management. See EPA’s 2012 Integrated Municipal Stormwater and Wastewater Planning Approach Framework.
At this EBC program we will hear from EPA Region 1, MassDEP, the regulated communities and others on how integrated planning is working and might be utilized to prioritize, sequence and allow for innovative approaches to CWA compliance.
Continuing Education Certificates are awarded by the EBC for this program (2.75 training contact hour). Please select this option during registration if you wish to receive a certificate.
- Robert Cox, Partner, Bowditch & Dewey, LLP
- Phil Guerin, President and Chair, Massachusetts Coalition for Water Resource’s Stewardship (“MCWRS”)
- Gary Moran, Deputy Commissioner of Operations, MassDEP
- Ron Poltak, Executive Director, New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission (“NEWIPCC”)
- David Webster, Region 1 US EPA, Water Permits Branch
Visit the Presentations section of the EBC website to view the available presentations from this program.View Final Agenda