There is a special location within Glacier National Park called the Triple Divide Peak. In this location the placement of a rain drop within mere inches takes it on an adventure that ends in either the Pacific Ocean, Hudson Bay, or the Gulf of Mexico. This is where three huge watersheds meet, and the result is the beginning of drastically different journeys. Likewise, your participation in SESWA, no matter how small, can help propel us to achieve our future goals. We have spent this year listening to our members and charting our future path and we are excited to unveil SESWA’s new Strategic Plan at our upcoming Annual Stormwater Conference, please join us to discover what SESWA can do with your support.

The 16th Annual Regional Stormwater Conference will be held at the Hilton Head Marriott Resort & Spa in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina on October 6-8, 2021. Our exciting conference agenda is developed by stormwater professionals for stormwater professionals. The Conference will feature thought provoking speakers, innovative stormwater technologies in the exhibit hall, time to network with other stormwater professionals and the opportunity to earn continuing education credits. This is the event you don't want to miss, and space is limited due to social distancing so sign up today!

Scott Hofer
SESWA President
Membership Renewals!

Don’t miss out on all of SESWA’s member benefits, including this newsletter! If you haven’t already renewed your membership this is your LAST newsletter, make sure your organization’s primary contact renews today! If you aren’t sure if your organization has renewed or who your organization’s primary contact is, contact SESWA as soon as possible!
Why Should My Community Consider a Stormwater Utility? – A Stormwater Utility Factsheet

SESWA is excited to unveil a one-page stormwater utility factsheet intended to be used as a resource to illustrate the importance and benefit of stormwater utilities. Thanks to SESWA members Damien DiVittorio (Columbia Engineering), Steve Leo (Ardurra), Dave Mason (CDM Smith), and Steve Peene (ATM) who have been hard at work putting this resource together for your use. Visit the SESWA website to download your free copy today!
SESWA Photo Contest Winners

We want to thank all of the members that submitted so many great photographs! The winning photos are now featured on the SESWA homepage. Other submittals can also be seen throughout the website, highlighting exceptional stormwater projects and programs throughout the Southeast! And the winners are...
Communications Sponsors
SESWA Board of Directors

Executive Committee

Scott Hofer
Jefferson County, DOH, AL

Vice President
Cory Rayburn
City of Johns Creek, GA

W. Dave Canaan
Mecklenburg County, NC

Board Representative
Synithia Williams
Richland County, SC

To access a full listing of the SESWA Board of Directors, please click here.
Greenville County, SC
Brushy Creek Stream Restoration
BMP Demonstration Project
Gwinnett County, GA
Regenerative Stormwater Conveyance
at Ronald Reagan Park
City of Union City, GA
Mayors Park Green Infrastructure Project
W.K. Dickson
Ramblewood Stream & Drainage Improvements, Raleigh, NC
16th Annual Regional Stormwater Conference – Join us in Hilton Head Island, SC!

The 16th Annual Regional Stormwater Conference will be held at the Hilton Head Marriott in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina on October 6-8, 2021. SESWA offers the only Regional Conference focused solely on stormwater education and challenges in stormwater management. The comprehensive agenda was developed by your peers throughout the Southeast with YOU in mind. The conference will feature great keynote and breakout speakers, innovative stormwater products in the exhibit hall, networking opportunities with other stormwater professionals, access to continuing education, and much more. Register by August 6th to take advantage of discounted early-bird rates!
Waterway Cleanup at the SESWA Annual Conference 

The Southeast Stormwater Association is excited to announce its plans to host a waterway cleanup project in conjunction with this year’s 16th Annual Regional Stormwater Conference. A limited number of conference participants will have the opportunity to volunteer for this fun, meaningful and practical exercise to help keep Beaufort County Beautiful. Conference registrants will be contacted directly with details on how to sign up. Watch your email for details coming soon!
The Free Conference Registration Goes To…

Thank you to all that participated in the recent membership survey pertaining to SESWA’s services. We value your feedback! To show our appreciation, we have awarded a complimentary registration to SESWA’s 16th Annual Regional Stormwater Conference to one lucky survey participant. Congratulations to Neil Desai with Beaufort County! We hope you enjoy the conference!
Did You Miss SESWA's July Webinar?

If you missed the July webinar but still want to take advantage of this free member benefit, don’t worry. SESWA members have access to the A Flood Mitigation Project Success Story webinar recording at no cost thanks to our 2021-22 Communications Sponsors!
Now Hiring? Post Your Vacancies on the SESWA Job Board!

With all of the job opportunities that are now opening up, it can be hard to get your vacancies in the spotlight. The SESWA Job Board is the perfect place to connect with other stormwater professionals across the Southeast and let them know you are hiring. Posting job openings is easy and FREE for SESWA members. All postings are featured for up to 30 days. Visit the SESWA Job Board and post your vacancies today!
Join the Community – SESWA’s Online Forum 

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WOTUS Update
Kurt Spitzer, SESWA

A federal district court in South Carolina has granted EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers’ request to remand the previous Administration’s 2020 definition of waters of the United States (WOTUS) for further revision but declined to vacate the rule itself. Vacating the 2020 rule would have resulted in the reinstatement of the 2015 WOTUS policies. Remanding the rule in effect grants the new Administration more time to develop its own WOTUS definitions. The Court’s ruling carries no binding precedent but may be viewed as being “persuasive” in other jurisdictions. Visit SESWA's Advocacy page for WOTUS timeline and summary of impacts.
Wastewater Discharge Required to Obtain Surface Water Permit
Kurt Spitzer, SESWA

The wastewater treatment (WWT) plant in Maui County (Hawaii) is now being required to obtain a Clean Water Act (CWA) permit to govern discharge of treated wastewater into injection wells that eventually finds its way to a jurisdictional waterbody - the Pacific Ocean. This is the first time that the US Supreme Court’s decision requiring surface water permits for pollutants that travel through groundwater emerge in surface waters or where there is a functional equivalent of a direct discharge to a WOTUS waterbody. The decision will likely have implications for other WWT and similar discharges, such as those from animal feeding operations and coal ash disposal sites.
Construction General Permit Revisions
Kurt Spitzer, SESWA

The window to comment on proposed revisions to the NPDES general permit for stormwater discharges from construction activities has now closed. Sometimes referred to as the Construction General Permit (CGP) the current permit will expire in February of 2022. A recording of a webinar on the proposed changes along with additional information can be found on EPA’s website. For more information, contact Michael Mitchell at EPA Region IV or Greg Schaner at the Office of Water at EPA Headquarters.
10th Annual EPA Campus RainWorks Challenge
Danielle Hopkins, SESWA

Stormwater pollution is a problem that impacts public health and water quality in communities across the country. The Campus RainWorks Challenge invites today’s students to become part of the solution.  EPA is pleased to launch its 10th Annual Campus RainWorks Challenge, a green infrastructure design competition for American colleges and universities that seeks to engage with the next generation of environmental professionals and showcase the environmental, economic, and social benefits of green infrastructure practices. Registration opens September 1, 2021, and the deadline for entries is December 10, 2021. Please share this announcement with college students and faculty in your networks. Visit the official 2021 Campus RainWorks Challenge Competition Brief or contact for more information.
Infrastructure Funding Bills Advance
Kurt Spitzer, SESWA

There has been much discussion in the media concerning the efforts of Congress to provide more funding for infrastructure. As of the publication of this newsletter, three bills are the primary vehicles for changes and increases in funding during this Session of Congress.

HR 3684 (INVEST in America Act) is a $715B surface transportation and water infrastructure bill that has passed the House. It addresses provisions related to federal-aid highway, transit, highway safety, motor carrier, research, hazardous materials, and rail programs of the Department of Transportation (DOT). It extends funding for federal-aid highway, transit, and safety programs; reauthorizes several surface transportation programs, including the federal-aid highway program, transit programs, highway safety, motor carrier safety, and rail programs; addresses climate change through strategies to the impacts on surface transportation systems; and includes vulnerability assessments to identify opportunities to enhance the resilience of the surface transportation system and ensure the efficient use of federal resources.

HR 1915 (Water Quality Protection and Job Creation Act of 2021) creates or reauthorizes several grant programs for infrastructure to treat water pollution, such as wastewater or stormwater. It reauthorizes programs to control water pollution and pilot projects to address wet weather discharges and authorizes alternative water source projects and measures to manage, treat or recapture stormwater. Lastly, the legislation requires EPA to award grants to owners of publicly owned treatment works for the treatment of perfluoroalkyl or polyfluoroalkyl (PFAS). HR 1915 has passed out of committee and is on the House Calendar. It would provide about $40B over five years for the Clean Water State Revolving Fund programs.

S 914 (Drinking Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Act of 2021) reauthorizes or establishes a variety of programs for water infrastructure. It supports programs to provide safe drinking water or to treat wastewater, such as sewer overflows or stormwater. It reauthorizes and revises the clean water state revolving fund (SRF) and the drinking water SRF. S 914 has passed the Senate and would provide about $35B in new funding for water infrastructure.
Leveraging CWSRF Funding for Stormwater Infrastructure
Lisa Wells, W.K. Dickson

Did you know State Revolving Fund programs have a Green Project Reserve (GPR) that is 10% of a state's annual Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) allotment; that most states have a lower interest rate for GPR projects; and that most don't get enough GPR applications to fully utilize it? So how do you leverage these funds for stormwater needs?  First, know how your state prioritizes GPR projects. All prioritize projects that utilize green infrastructure and have water quality benefits but understanding your specific state's criteria and how to gain the maximum points is important. For instance, intersections with impaired waters and total maximum daily load (TMDL) implementation will garner more points. Second, develop a stormwater Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) that allows annual prioritization of needs and identification of projects that will be most competitive for outside funding. Third, know your state's application deadlines and what is required. Each state has a different schedule and process that may impact when you need to apply and the level of detail required. Finally, apply for these funds when you have an eligible project! Only GPR projects compete for these funds and each year this funding resource for stormwater projects goes largely untapped.
Florida Mandates 20-Year Stormwater Needs Assessment
Kurt Spitzer, SESWA

House Bill 53 passed during the recently completed 2021 Legislative Session and requires local governments with wastewater or stormwater management systems to create a 20-year needs analysis for those systems. The analysis must include a description of the system, the number of future residents served, revenues and expenditures, maintenance costs, etc. The compiled information will be filed with the Legislature’s Office of Economic and Demographic Research (EDR). The first analysis is due on June 20, 2022, and every five years thereafter. EDR is currently refining the survey instrument that will be used to gather information.
NACWA Corner
Provided by the National Association of Clean Water Agencies 
Emily Remmel, Director of Regulatory Affairs

EPA Sends Integrated Planning Report to Congress Emphasizing Clear Municipal and Water Quality Benefits

After much anticipation, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on July 12, 2021 finalized and sent its Report to Congress on Integrated Plans to Comply with the Water Infrastructure Improvement Act (WIIA) of 2019 to both the Senate’s Committee on Environment and Public Works and the House’s Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. The Report is now publicly available on EPA’s Integrated Planning website.

NACWA has long supported EPA’s integrated planning framework and as a result of advocacy efforts alongside other municipal and water sector partners, Congress codified Integrated Planning (IP) into the Clean Water Act (CWA) in January 2019—a monumental revision to the Act that can significantly help communities prioritize actions with the most meaningful water quality benefits while simultaneously recognizing a community’s affordability constraints.

Congress directed EPA to develop this Report to track nationwide IP implementation and to further examine the costs, control measures, and compliance schedules of those communities that have effectively pursued IP. EPA highlights in the Report a total of 27 municipalities that have developed an integrated plan, including 13 integrated plans that are part of a CWA National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permitting scheme, an administrative order, or a consent decree.

While there is tremendous variability between community needs and specific CWA drivers, EPA’s Report notes that on average the cost to implement an integrated plan can range from $15 million to $2 billion, with an average of $745 million. EPA also highlights in the Report that, of the integrated plans that are part of a CWA obligation and not a volunteer effort, communities are mostly using an integrated plan to address CSOs and SSOs and further progress on stormwater management. It is important to note that the compliance schedules for those integrated plans EPA discusses are long-term, with an average compliance schedule of 21 years.

EPA’s Report exemplifies how an integrated plan can present a community with considerable cost-saving opportunities as well as provide significant water quality improvements beyond what a singular improvement project could achieve. This information will be tremendously helpful to other municipalities looking to integrate a more flexible process to address water quality challenges in their community and best prioritize key dollars accordingly. At the same time, it is clear that more can be done at the local, state, and federal level to continue promoting IP and make it easier for more communities to take advantage of it.

Since publishing its 2012 Integrated Planning Framework, EPA has demonstrated its continued support for municipal clean water utilities seeking to develop and implement an integrated plan. NACWA is encouraged by EPA’s work done to date and supports EPA providing critical communication and assistance as communities begin to conceptualize an IP framework.

To help further IP progress across the country, EPA has partnered with the Environmental Finance Centers of the University of Maryland and University of North Carolina to provide a complimentary technical assistance program to review integrated plans and provide critical feedback. NACWA encourages communities seeking feedback on developing an integrated plan to take advantage of this technical assistance through the end of August 2021.

If SESWA members have questions on EPA’s Report to Congress or what is ahead for EPA’s IP program, please contact Emily Remmel, NACWA’s Director of Regulatory Affairs.
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