EPA Helps Local Governments Deal with Water Pollution

June 13, 2012

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a new framework to help local governments deal with stormwater and wastewater issues that are a threat to the public health.

The Integrated Municipal Stormwater and Wastewater Planning Approach Framework (I.M.S.W.P.A.F…just kidding) is designed to help localities live up to the EPA’s Clean Water Act requirements. The framework came into existence due to the need to better protect the public health from overflows and pollution stemming from waste and storm water.

The new framework enables flexibility to combat these two water issues by utilizing green infrastructure. The EPA will also help communities figure out the best ways to invest in keeping water clean.

Controlling and managing storm and waste water from entering the nation’s water is no easy task. Wastewater can overflow from aging systems resulting in a number of pollutants, including bacteria and metals, released into waterways. This can lead to disease outbreaks and swimming and/or fishing advisories. Excess stormwater released into waterways carries the same unsafe consequences. Figuring out how to correctly manage these issues within the budgets of local governments has been a difficult process. The Integrated Municipal Stormwater and Wastewater Planning Approach Framework is set up to provide an adaptable outline to help municipalities effectively deal with the problem and the solution.

According to the Illinois Environmental Agency’s Public Act 96-26, green infrastructure refers to “methods of using soil and vegetation to promote soil percolation, evapotranspiration, and filtration. Green infrastructure includes the preservation and restoration of natural landscape features, such as forests, floodplains, headwaters, and wetlands. Green infrastructure also includes rain gardens, permeable pavements, green roofs, infiltration planters, trees and tree boxes, and rainwater harvesting for non-potable uses, such as toilet flushing and landscape irrigation.”

Visit the EPA and Illinois Environmental Protection Agency websites to find out more information.

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