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Stormwater July 2006 Bulletin

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Regulatory Updates

TCEQ:

  • Response to public comments on the Multi Sector General Permit (MSGP) were recently completed and TCEQ is scheduled to tentatively present it to Commissioner’s Court in August.
  • TCEQ has tentatively indicated the release of the Small MS4 permit is now set for late summer.
  • TCEQ Commissioners meetings are now available through life, free Webcasts at http://www.texasadmin.com/cgi-bin/tnrcc.cgi.

EPA:

  • EPA recently revised the Stormwater rule to comply with the Energy Policy Act, which exempts oil and gas exploration and development from construction Stormwater regulations.
  • EPA also released the “Qualifying Local Program” provision to allow states to streamline construction Stormwater requirements. TCEQ must modify the Construction General Permit to allow this provision in Texas.

Supreme Court:

The Court ruled that the government can block development on hundreds of millions of acres of wetlands, even on land miles away from waterways, as long as regulators prove a significant connection to the waterways.

04-1034 RAPANOS, ET AL. V. UNITED STATES Questions Presented:
1. Does the Clean Water Act prohibition on unpermitted discharges to "navigable waters" extend to nonnavigable wetlands that do not even abut a navigable water?
2. Does extension of Clean Water Act jurisdiction to every intrastate wetland with any sort of hydrological connection to navigable waters, no matter how tenuous or remote the connection, exceed Congress'
constitutional power to regulate commerce among the states?

For additional information on this case, visit the links below.

http://www.cnn.com/2006/LAW/06/19/scotus.rulings/index.html

http://enn.com/today.html?id=10701

Opinion of the Court: http://www.supremecourtus.gov/opinions/05pdf/04-1034.pdf

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Report from the MS4 Conference

Keith Kennedy presented at the MS4 Conference held on June 26-30th in San Antonio. Click here to read his overview of this year's conference.

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FY07 Work Scope and Budget Approved

The Regional Stormwater Management Coordinating Council approved the FY07 work scope and budget at their June 14th meeting. A detailed summary of the meeting is now available by clicking here.

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July 12 EPA Webcast: Financing a Municipal Stormwater Program
The free two-hour audio Webcast will be taught by Andy Reese, who will describe various Stormwater funding methods. Webcast is free, but advance registration is required.

Wednesday, July 12, 2006
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Click here for more information

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Take an e-Journey of the Trinity River Watershed
Have you ever wondered what our watershed looks like from a perspective of hundreds of miles high up in the air? The CBS 11 e-Life web site is helping North Texans to see the Trinity River from a different angle. The virtual journey uses the latest satellite imagery to give a realistic perspective of where we live in the context of our Upper Trinity River watershed and helps us all understand the natural flow of the Trinity River. The journey begins with a fly over the West Fork of the Trinity tracing its trajectory as it joins the Mainstem Trinity, and ultimately flowing into the lower Trinity watershed and beyond. This and other public education tools are now available by visiting the CBS 11 e-Life web site at http://ktvt.iewatershed.com and clicking on the Featured Media link. Local governments and others are encouraged to link to the e-Life site from their homepages to make these tools more accessible to the public.

Be Featured on e-Life

Do you have an interesting and educational story that can be featured on e-Life?
How about interesting photos of people and the Trinity River watersheds?
Know of any upcoming public outreach events in your city or in the region?
Email your information to Leslie Rauscher at lrauscher@nctcog.org or call 817-608-2341


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Upcoming Landscape Ordinance Workshop

The Landscape Ordinance Workshop will be held at the Irving Central Library on September 7th. Experts from throughout the region will present on topics such as amending ordinances to promote or allow landscaping with native plants; overcoming problems associated with landscape ordinances; incorporating water conservation techniques into ordinances; and making ordinances easy to interpret and use.

What: Landscape Ordinance Workshop
When: Thursday, September 7, 2006 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Where: Irving Central Library, 801 W. Irving Blvd., Irving, TX 75060
Cost: Free, Click here to register.

For more information please contact Katy Skipper at kskipper@nctcog.org or (817) 695-9229.

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Upcoming meetings and other events

What: Stormwater Public Education Task Force Meeting
Who: open to all Stormwater program participants interested in sharing experiences, ideas and learning about public education and involvement practices and implementation techniques.
When: July 28th, 9:30 am - 11:30 am

What: Stormwater Pollution Prevention During Construction Training Course
Who: This course is designed for Municipal Inspectors but will also benefit contractors, engineers, and other personnel involved with the responsibility of preventing Stormwater pollution during construction.
When:
August 29th, 8:30 am - 4:00 pm. Click here to register.

What: 2nd Annual Water Educators Workshop & Reunion
Who: municipal staff, NGOs, formal and informal educators involved in conducting public education and outreach on water related issues such as: pollution prevention, conservation, watersheds, etc.
When: September 15, 2006 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM at the Dallas Arboretum

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