WEF’s inaugural stormwater event, the Stormwater Symposium 2012, which took place from July 18-20 in Baltimore, MD, brought together close to 350 stormwater professionals from across the country to focus on top issues facing the stormwater sector today. EPA Acting Assistant Administrator for Water, Nancy Stoner (above photo), provided comments during the opening general session focusing on the rise of water quality impacts associated with stormwater, jobs associated with this sector, and also announced that EPA is providing close to $1 million for green infrastructure projects in 17 communities across the country.
WEF volunteers and staff met with EPA officials to discuss the status of the national stormwater rulemaking. Also, WEF hosted a meeting on behalf of EPA as well as the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) focusing on cost-efficiency and performance of retention/infiltration-based stormwater practices. The meeting was intended to provide technical insights on cutting-edge stormwater practices to not only EPA, but OMB and CEQ as well, who are key reviewers of proposed rules such as the upcoming national stormwater rule.
In this meeting, expert low impact development and green infrastructure practitioners presented information on specific projects to illustrate the technical advantages of these approaches.