As noted in the previous newsletter, the Water Environment Federation held a meeting in Alexandria, Va., associated with the Stormwater Testing and Evaluation for Products and Practices (STEPP) initiative in the summer of 2017 to bring together groups with an interest in testing/evaluating stormwater controls. An outcome of this event is the concept of the formation of a consortium of groups committed to developing a national framework consistent with the goals of the STEPP program. These Consortium Partners, which include the American Society of Testing and Materials International (ASTM), the Interstate Technology and Regulatory Council (ITRC), and the Water Research Foundation (WRF), have the potential to bring a variety of services and strengths to the table to better enable WEF-SWI to lead STEPP into the future.
WEF staff have recently re-engaged with the Consortium Partners to start the process of bringing all interested parties back to the table for continued discussions. Additionally, the STEPP Advisory Committee has transitioned into an SWI work team with a kick-off call tentatively scheduled for early/mid-April and have a follow-on meeting during Water Week as well. WEF staff will continue to work with the Consortium partners and will connect this group with SWI STEPP work team throughout the initiative. Ongoing efforts will be made to develop a pathway to the development of a functional framework by leveraging past efforts and current partnerships.