Federal Agencies Required to Reduce Stormwater Runoff
Stormwater runoff in urban and suburban areas is one
of the leading sources of water pollution in the United States. Runoff
can cause increased flooding and erosion and more pollution to surface
EPA is using sustainable techniques for reducing the
effects of stormwater runoff at its facilities, such as installing a
3,000 square foot green roof as well as using rain gardens and cisterns
to capture and reuse stormwater.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has
issued guidance to help federal agencies minimize the impact of federal
development projects on nearby water bodies. The guidance is being
issued in response to a change in law and an Executive Order signed by
President Obama, which calls upon all federal agencies to lead by
example to address a wide range of environmental issues, including
Peter S. Silva,
assistant administrator for EPA's Office of Water said, "By taking these
steps to create more sustainable facilities, federal agencies can lead
by example in reducing impacts in the local watershed."
EPA worked closely with other federal agencies to
develop this document, which provides background information, key
definitions, case studies and guidance on meeting the new requirements
of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007.
Under the new requirements, federal agencies must
minimize stormwater runoff from federal development projects to protect
Federal agencies can comply using a variety of
stormwater management practices often referred to as "green
infrastructure" or "low impact development" practices, including
reducing impervious surfaces, using vegetative practices, using porous
pavements and installing green roofs.
More information on the guidance: http://www.epa.gov/owow/nps/lid/section438/
Edited by Carolyn Allen, Managing Editor of Solutions For Green