NLC Urges Complete Overhaul of Stormwater Management Program
Kocheisen, Carol, Nation's Cities Weekly
"To accomplish the objective of wet weather pollution abatement, NLC believes Congress must repeal the current municipal stormwater management program and enact an alternative program which addresses stormwater pollution on a watershed basis, looking at all nonpoint, not just municipal, sources of remaining pollution to the nation's rivers, lakes and streams," Rutland, Vt. Mayor Jeff Wennberg told the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee last week.
The Senate committee, which began hearings on a potential modest reauthorization of the Clean Water Act focused on municipal issues, including combined and sanitary sewer overflows, reauthorization of the State Revolving Fund and privatization of municipal wastewater treatment plants at their recent hearing.
Wennberg, a member and former chair of NLC's EENR Committee, focused his remarks on the stormwater management program. He challenged the current Clean Water Act assumption that "the application of a proven tool" (i.e., wastewater treatment facilities) is appropriate "to address a new challenge" (i.e. stormwater). "Stormwater shares none of the characteristics of wastewater," he said. Stormwater is inconsistent, unpredictable, and not necessarily within the control of local governments. …