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Stormwater and the Clean Watersheds Needs Survey

July 18, 2007

Stormwater and the Clean Watersheds Needs Survey

This year, EPA will begin working with stormwater Phase I and II communities and state permitting authorities to better document stormwater capital needs (costs for stormwater infrastructure that will be needed over the next twenty years) in the Clean Watersheds Needs Survey (CWNS). The CWNS is a report to Congress (issued every four years) on the capital needs for wastewater, stormwater, and nonpoint sources. While stormwater has been a listed category in the CWNS for some time, reporting of these needs by Phase I and II communities has been very limited. In preparation for the 2008 CWNS, EPA would like to work closely with community stormwater managers to better document and report these important needs.

In order to help improve reporting and reach out to local government managers, EPA is announcing a series of webcasts on the CWNS process. The first few webcasts will provide an overview of the CWNS and the process used to document and report capital project needs. In the early fall, there will be a webcast targeted toward Phase I and II stormwater managers. We encourage you to attend these webcasts so that your capital needs for stormwater infrastructure are documented and recognized in the next CWNS and presented to Congress. For more information on these free webcasts, visit EPA's Office of Water web site.

 

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