Ensuring Clean Water Through Stormwater Rulemaking


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The U.S. EPA’s stormwater rulemaking process that is currently underway is a great opportunity for you to speak up for policies that will ensure cleaner water in the Great Lakes. Our workshop presenters will highlight the most important elements of the proposed rule. They will also describe how the policies they recommend will make a difference and why it’s critical for you to get involved and help actively promote the rule’s final adoption.

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  • Ensuring Clean Water Through Stormwater Rulemaking

    1. 1. <ul><li>Ensuring Clean Water Through Stormwater Rulemaking </li></ul><ul><li> Crystal Ballroom Thursday, October 13 10:15-11:15 a.m. </li></ul>
    2. 2. <ul><li>Hal Sprague </li></ul><ul><li>Manager, Water Policy </li></ul><ul><li>Center for Neighborhood Technology </li></ul>Healing Our Waters – Great Lakes Coalition Great Lakes Restoration Conference Will a Strong National Stormwater Rule Hurt Economic Development? October 13, 2011, Detroit, MI
    3. 3. Clean Water for Healthy Communities Coalition Members Commission Study <ul><li>Smart Growth America </li></ul><ul><li>American Rivers </li></ul><ul><li>Center for Neighborhood Technology </li></ul><ul><li>River Network </li></ul><ul><li>Natural Resources Defense Council </li></ul><ul><li>Contractor: EcoNorthwest, Eugene, OR </li></ul><ul><li>Final report: July 2011 (30 pages) </li></ul>
    4. 4. Study Question “ How will stronger stormwater regulations influence how and where developers decide to build, and what impact, if any, are they likely to have on overall development patterns and trends?”
    5. 5. Methodology 1. Literature review 2. Interviews of public agency staff and others in 3 jurisdictions where stricter stormwater regulations have been in place for at least 3 years.
    6. 6. Subject Jurisdictions Olympia, WA Philadelphia, PA Montgomery County, MD
    7. 7. Study Highlights <ul><li>Are strong standards “new”? </li></ul><ul><li>Not really. Stronger stormwater </li></ul><ul><li>standards have been developing </li></ul><ul><li>since the 1980s. </li></ul>
    8. 8. Study Highlights <ul><li>2. Can developers meet the stronger standards? </li></ul><ul><li>Absolutely. Those that have </li></ul><ul><li>say it takes creativity and </li></ul><ul><li>willingness to experiment. </li></ul><ul><li>Those that have not are </li></ul><ul><li>skeptical (minority). </li></ul>
    9. 9. Study Highlights <ul><li>3. What drives developers’ </li></ul><ul><li>decisions? </li></ul><ul><li>Complying with stormwater </li></ul><ul><li>standards is one of many </li></ul><ul><li>factors that influence project </li></ul><ul><li>costs, but is rarely if ever </li></ul><ul><li>the driving factor. </li></ul>
    10. 10. Study Highlights <ul><li>4. How do stronger standards </li></ul><ul><li>affect costs? </li></ul><ul><li>Site specific - difficult to predict </li></ul><ul><li>how strict standards will affect the </li></ul><ul><li>cost of any particular project, and </li></ul><ul><li>the variability is most pronounced </li></ul><ul><li>in complex redevelopment projects. </li></ul><ul><li>Note: The long-term trend in stronger standards has already reduced costs of implementation. </li></ul>
    11. 11. <ul><li>Session Name Day and time Room </li></ul><ul><li>Presenter Names </li></ul>
    12. 12. Study Highlights <ul><li>5. What factors will offset increased costs from stronger standards? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Availability of necessary materials and expertise </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Regulatory and financial incentives (e.g., lower cost alternatives; permit review time reductions) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>But: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Some markets have traditional expectations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Some customers are wary of maintenance requirements </li></ul></ul>
    13. 13. Study Highlights <ul><li>6. What are some strategies for increasing the cost effectiveness of implementing stronger standards? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Consider SW management at earliest stages of design </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Integrate professionals from different disciplines throughout the process </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Especially important with complex redevelopment projects </li></ul></ul>
    14. 14. Conclusions <ul><li>Will a strong national stormwater rule harm economic development? Short answer: No. </li></ul><ul><li>Developers are currently meeting new stronger standards. </li></ul><ul><li>The developers say they will continue to build in these areas. </li></ul><ul><li>A minority of developers were skeptical that they could make a profit using green infrastructure. </li></ul><ul><li>Municipal staff have not observed that developers are choosing greenfield over brownfield locations to develop due to the rules, consistent with the literature. </li></ul>
    15. 15. Conclusions <ul><li>It is common for the standards to have “off ramps” where meeting the strict requirements is demonstrated to be infeasible. </li></ul><ul><li>Developers say stormwater requirements are a minor consideration and generally don’t drive their decisions. </li></ul><ul><li>Regulatory uncertainty increases risk and cost, and the training and attitude of the developers and the regulators both play a role. </li></ul><ul><li>There are a number of successful strategies for reducing the costs associated with stricter standards. </li></ul>
    16. 16. <ul><li>Thank You! </li></ul><ul><li>Questions? </li></ul><ul><li>Hal Sprague </li></ul><ul><li>Manager, Water Policy </li></ul><ul><li>Center for Neighborhood Technology </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>773-269-4046 </li></ul>
    17. 17. <ul><li>Spread the word! </li></ul><ul><li>Wireless password: HOW11 </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Conference website: Conference.healthylakes.org </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Email us photos, comments, tweets or video & we will post online: healthylakes@gmail.com </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>On Twitter? Use the hashtag: #healthylakes </li></ul>