NMSA August 2017 Newsletter | Volume 1 Issue 1

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Welcome to the inaugural issue of the NMSA newsletter!  The purpose of this newsletter is to keep you informed of national news stories related to MS4 programs, as well as items from state programs and events that may interest you.    The format of this publication is to provide a bulleted overview of the item (one or two sentences) followed by a hyperlink that has much more in depth coverage.  It is purposely kept short, the newsletter will be published quarterly.  All issues will be kept on the NMSA website archive.


National and International News

EPA released a publication providing recommendations on integrating Green Infrastructure into parks.  The objective is to encourage partnerships between park agencies and Stormwater agencies. Read more. 

The EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers are moving to rescind the 2015 Waters of the US (WOTUS) rule.  The objective is to ‘re-codify’ the regulatory text that existed prior to 2015.  A second rulemaking is then contemplated. Read more. 

EPA recently announced is annual Rainworks Challenge, a design competition open to US universities.  The purpose is to engage college students in designing green infrastructure projects.  Read more.

The EPA is no longer pursuing a post-construction rulemaking, instead they will provide technical tools. Read more.


Grant Opportunities

National Science Foundation- Environmental Sustainability Grants

EPA Wetland Program Development Grants

Economic Development Administration—Public Works and Economic  Adjustment Assistance Programs Grants

EPA Announces 2017 Campus RainWorks Challenge

USDA Announces $15 Million Public-Private Investment to Improve Critical Wetlands

Partners for Places Grant Program

NPS Community Assistance in Conservation and Outdoor Recreation Program

FWS National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grant Program

FWS North American Wetlands Conservation Act 2018 U.S. Standard Grants

DHS FY 2017 Cooperating Technical Partners Program

FWS Tribal Wildlife Grants Program

FWS Coastal Program Grants


Tools and Reports

U.S. EPA report Promotes Cooperation between Parks and Stormwater Managers

EPA’s Publishes MS4 Compendium Part 3:  Water Quality-Based Requirements

Estimating Monetized Benefits of Groundwater Recharge from Stormwater Retention Practices

Water Quality Monitoring: A Guide for Informed Decision Making

Urban Street Stormwater Guide

Removal of Fallen Leaves Can Improve Urban Water Quality

New EPA Tool Helps Communities Access More Than $10 Billion in Water Infrastructure Financing

Animal Agriculture Education Project: As part of EPA’s efforts to protect water quality through voluntary collaborations with the animal agriculture sector

EPA Releases Materials for Cyanobacterial Bloom Management in Recreational Waters

Sustainable Materials Management: At Your Fingertips Materials Management Wizard

The Transportation Research Board’s (TRB’s) National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) Research Report 840: A Watershed Approach to Mitigating Stormwater Impact
This report provides a practical decision-making framework that will enable state departments of transportation (DOTs) to identify and implement offsite cost-effective and environmentally beneficial water quality solutions for stormwater impacts when onsite treatment and/or mitigation is not possible within the right-of-way.



Environmental Justice Grantee Showcase: Community-based Efforts to Improve Local Water Quality
August 3, 2017 | 1:00PM – 2:00 PM ET
Learn more.

EPA Tools and Resources Webinar: National Stormwater Calculator
August 23, 2017 | 3:00 to 4:00 PM ET
Register here

Soak Up the Rain New England Webinar Series
A webinar series by the U.S. EPA that highlights innovative approaches to addressing stormwater in New England. Schedule and registration.

Water Research Webinar Series
EPA’s Office of Research and Development is hosting bimonthly webinars to share information on its Safe and Sustainable Water Resources Research Program. Schedule and registration. 

Small Water Systems Webinar Series
EPA’s Office of Research and Development and Office of Water are hosting this monthly webinar series to communicate current small systems research along with Agency priorities. Schedule and registration.

Economic instruments
Click here to access the webcast recording.

NRPA Webcast
Green Infrastructure in Parks: Small-Scale, Low-Cost Green Stormwater Management Projects for Parks and Public Lands
Click here to access the webcast recording.



The 3rd International Conference on Sustainable Development of Rivers
Lyon, France | June 4 – 8

Seattle, WA | August 27-31, 2017

Indiana Association for Floodplain and Stormwater Management (INAFSM) 2017 Annual Conference
Century Center in South Bend, IN | September 6-8
21st Conference, Celebration and Vendor Showcase

Florida Stormwater Association
Demonstrating and Achieving Progress in Reducing Pollutant Loads
Orlando Hilton | September 8, 2017
A seminar to help MS4s identify approaches to reduce loadings to TMDL waterbodies

The National Recreation and Park Association Annual Conference
New Orleans, Louisiana | September 26-28

NMSA Annual Meeting
To be held at WEFTEC
October 4
Members Meeting: 8:00 to 10:00 AM | Public meeting 10:15 AM to 12:00 PM

SESWA Annual Conference
Louisville, KY | October 11-13, 2017

The Tennessee Stormwater Association Annual Conference
Fall Creek Falls State Park, TN | October 17-19, 2017

11th Annual Ohio Stormwater Conference
Kalahari Resort in Sandusky, OH | May 9-11, 2018
Also see: https://www.facebook.com/OhioStormwater/

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