Feb. 25, 2015

A storm rages over CT’s stormwater

A battle over stormwater has raged in Connecticut for months. Managing the water that flows into the thousands upon thousands of storm drains around the state — an otherwise standard municipal function — has become something close to a standoff between the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and a battalion of those municipalities. Click here to read more from the CT Mirror.

Feb. 10, 2015

Malloy sponsors ‘Blue Plan’ legislation to protect the future use of Long Island Sound

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy on Monday proposed a plan to compile an inventory of the natural and human resources of Long Island Sound, and use that information to guide decisions on uses of the estuary’s waters and submerged lands.  Read this article by Judy Benson of The Day.

EPA’s National Estuary Program releases two documents to assist municipalities in paying and planning for green infrastructure

EPA’s National Estuary Program releases two documents to assist municipalities in paying and planning for green infrastructure.

Coastal Stormwater Management through Green Infrastructure: A Handbook for Municipalities is designed to assist coastal municipalities within the Massachusetts Bay and Cape Cod Bay areas to incorporate green infrastructure into their stormwater management planning. The Handbook can also be applied more broadly by municipal infrastructure and resource managers located in other States. The document presents the following process for green infrastructure planning: 1) watershed assessment, 2) site identification and prioritization, 3) site planning, 4) selecting appropriate green infrastructure practices, 5) developing conceptual plans, and 6) effective plan review.

Getting to Green: Paying for Green Infrastructure, Finance Options and Resources for Local Decision-Makers summarizes various funding sources that can be used to support stormwater management programs or finance individual projects. Each type of funding source is illustrated by several municipal programs and contains a list of additional resources. A comparative matrix is included which describes the advantages and disadvantages of the various funding sources.

For more information on other National Estuary Programs, go to http://water.epa.gov/type/oceb/nep/resources.cfm

For more information on Green Infrastructure, go to http://water.epa.gov/infrastructure/greeninfrastructure/index.cfm

CT DEEP approves new Nonpoint Source (NPS) Management Program Plan

U.S. EPA recently approved DEEP’s Connecticut NPS Management Program Plan which is required as part of the Nonpoint Source (NPS) Pollution Management Program. Common NPS pollutants include: pathogens, nutrients, sediment, salt, hydrocarbons, heavy metals, pesticides and debris. These are typically carried by stormwater runoff into nearby streams, lakes, and estuaries from diffuse land use activities. Potential sources include: unregulated runoff from impervious surfaces and developed land, agricultural runoff, waste from domestic animals and wildlife, malfunctioning septic systems, landscape maintenance activities, marinas and boating, atmospheric deposition, and hydrologic and habitat modification.

Municipalities and businesses are encouraged to review elements of the plan, especially the tables listing actions and milestones, to identify ways to work collaboratively with DEEP to restore and protect affected waters.

To learn more about CT DEEP’s NPS Program visit http://www.ct.gov/deep/cwp/view.asp?a=2719&q=325588&deepNav_GID=1654.

To read and/or download a copy of the NPS plan go to http://www.ct.gov/deep/lib/deep/water/nps/planupdate/ct_nps_plan_final.pdf.