ECOS’ Cooperative Federalism 2.0 paper details the organization’s collective thoughts, observations and recommendations on what cooperative federalism means to the states and describes the essential roles and functions that ECOS believes the states and EPA should each perform.
This document highlights the activities and accomplishments of ECOS between October 1, 2014 and September 30, 2015.
The following is ECOS’ Priority Areas for a Time of Political Transition (Paper). The Paper realizes a key goal in ECOS’ Strategic Plan –reaching out to federal leadership during periods of political transition and discussing opportunities and challenges for State-Federal Relationships. Web Version Printer-Friendly Version
To address future pollutant-discharge requirements and potential temperature exceedances, the Metropolitan Wastewater Management Commission—a regional wastewater entity in Eugene/Springfield, Oregon—launched a pilot program to demonstrate the viability and cost-effectiveness of a water quality trading program for thermal load compliance with its future NPDES permits.
New York State’s Storm Mitigation Loan Program (SMLP) was created in 2014 to assist local governments in strengthening long-term resilience for wastewater and drinking water treatment facilities in areas impacted by Hurricane Sandy. Elevating power systems, reducing infiltration and waterproofing electrical components are some of the projects being funded through the program.
Under its CWSRF Program, the New York Environmental Facilities Corporation has created a Green Innovation Grant Program to encourage the use of green infrastructure. One project under this program has funded work to reconnect streams to their floodplains and constructing and restoring wetlands on the Upper Susquehanna Watershed.
Camden City (population 80,000), one of the most economically distressed cities in the US, had a combined sewer system that was in a serious state of disrepair, creating serious human health issues due to flooding. This project implemented various green and grey infrastructure projects to address stormwater and combined sewer issues through a partnership between…
Montana trains wastewater treatment plant operators to operate their facilities differently than originally designed, facilitating the removal of nutrients. Through this targeted education and some additional on-site, site-specific assistance, wastewater facilities are able to meet nutrient standards without incurring the significant capital costs that would be necessary to upgrade the existing treatment plants.
Crisfield, Maryland, a small, economically-disadvantaged city on the Maryland’s Eastern Shore, is combining CWSRF and other funding to design and construct a wind turbine at their wastewater treatment plant. The turbine will reduce the city’s electric bill and its carbon footprint.
The City of West Monroe used CWSRF funding to upgrade an existing wastewater treatment plant (WWTP). As a result of this water efficiency project, the facility now treats wastewater to drinking water standards using dissolved air floatation followed by pressurized granular activated carbon and chlorination. The treated effluent from the City’s WWTP is pumped to…