Udall, Edwards reintroduce stormwater legislation; water, environmental groups applaud efforts

Senator Tom Udall and Representative Donna Edwards reintroduced legislation to provide critical support for innovative stormwater strategies, improving the nation's ability to effectively manage polluted runoff and sewage overflows while relieving pressure on aging infrastructure.

April 15, 2015 -- On Tuesday, April 14, Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) and Representative Donna Edwards (D-MD) reintroduced legislation to provide critical support for innovative stormwater strategies, improving the nation's ability to effectively manage polluted runoff and sewage overflows while relieving pressure on aging infrastructure.

"S. 896/H.R. 1775, The Innovative Stormwater Infrastructure Act of 2015," would promote the use of innovative stormwater infrastructure, provide implementation grants for community-based stormwater control projects, and establish up to five Centers of Excellence throughout the country to conduct research, develop recommendations and provide training and technical assistance for implementing management practices for stormwater control and management.

The National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA), American Rivers, the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), and the Water Environment Federation (WEF) have provided technical assistance to the bill's sponsors and worked to appeal for broad Congressional support.

See also:

"Innovative Stormwater Infrastructure Act legislation introduced"

"Stormwater legislation passes in Pennsylvania State Senate"

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