Stormwater Policy and Advocacy

Water Week 2021 – Stormwater Events

Stormwater Asks for Water Week 2021 Webcast

Water Week 2021 and the National Water Policy Fly-In will be held virtually again this year. To prepare for potential meetings with your Members of Congress, the WEF Stormwater Institute hosted a webcast on Monday, April 19th to discuss the stormwater specific asks in the 2021 Recommendations to Improve the Stormwater Program in the U.S. document. We also explained how you can participate in Water Week and the Fly-In virtually.

Stormwater Policy Forum Webcasts – Parts 1 and 2

During Water Week 2021, WEF’s Stormwater Institute will virtually host the fifth annual Stormwater Policy Forum. Join us to hear the latest legislative and regulatory updates as well as policy trends and emerging topics.

Part 1 Webcast

Register through GoToWebinar to participate on Monday, April 26 at 1:00 PM Eastern Time. You will hear from US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) officials on a variety of topics including stormwater permits, integrated planning, and wet weather issues:

  • Andrew Sawyers, Director, Office of Wastewater Management, Office of Water, US EPA
  • Jamie Piziali, Municipal Ombudsman, Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Relations, US EPA
  • Lisa Biddle, Municipal Branch, Water Permits Division, Office of Water, US EPA
  • Rachel Urban, Stormwater Team, Office of Water, US EPA
  • Robyn DeYoung, Municipal Stormwater Program, Water Permits Division, Office of Water, US EPA

Additionally, Capitol Hill legislative staff will explain recent and pending legislation pertaining to stormwater:

  • Annie D’Amato, J.D., Majority Professional Staff Member, Environment and Public Works Committee – invited
  • Ryan C. Seiger, Staff Director/Senior Counsel, Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment, Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure – invited

Part 2 Webcast

Register through GoToWebinar to participate on Thursday, April 29 at 1:00 PM Eastern Time. During this webcast, you will hear from John Putnam, who was recently appointed as the Deputy General Counsel for the US Department of Transportation (invited). A hot topics panel will also include discussions on resilience, trash, maintenance, and equity in the stormwater sector. The panelists include:

  • Marissa Aho, Chief Resilience Officer, City of Houston
  • Todd Hill, Deputy Commissioner Office of Watershed Protection, City of Atlanta, Department of Watershed Management
  • Matthew Robinson, Environmental Protection Specialist, DC Department of Energy and Environment

For more information on Water Week 2021, visit www.waterweek.us


Federal Stormwater Policy Update – September 2020

In a YouTube video update, WEF’s Legislative Director, Steve Dye, and the National Municipal Stormwater Alliance’s Executive Director, Seth Brown, provide an overview of activities at the federal level around stormwater policy, including the Economic Stimulus Package, America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2020, and FY21 Appropriations.


WEF Comments on Proposed 2020 Multi-Sector General Permit

In March 2020, EPA sought public comment on a proposed 2020 National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Multi-Sector General Permit (MSGP) for stormwater discharges from industrial activity. WEF submitted comments to EPA on June 1, 2020, available here.


Water Week 2020 – Stormwater Events

Stormwater Asks for Water Week 2020 Webcast

Water Week 2020 and the National Water Policy Fly-In were held virtually last year. To prepare for potential meetings with Members of Congress, the WEF Stormwater Institute hosted a webcast on April 20, 2020 to explain and discuss the stormwater specific asks in the 2020 Recommendations to Improve the Stormwater Program in the U.S. document. View previous versions of the document at the bottom of this page.

Webcast Recording

Webcast Slides

Stormwater Policy Forum Webcasts – Parts 1 and 2

During Water Week 2020, WEF’s Stormwater Institute virtually hosted the fourth annual Stormwater Policy Forum. Listen to the recordings below to hear legislative and regulatory updates as well as policy trends and emerging topics. You’ll hear from federal, state and local officials on a variety of topics including agriculture/stormwater nexus dynamics, efforts focusing on stormwater funding/financing issues, nation-wide research efforts focused on stormwater runoff characteristics, and updates on legal rulings in the stormwater sector. Priorities and initiatives from the state regulatory perspective on stormwater issues were shared.

Part 1 on April 28, 2020 featured Chris Kloss with the U.S. EPA Office of Water and Charles C. Glass with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. Additionally, Capitol Hill legislative staff from both sides of the aisle explained recent and pending legislation pertaining to stormwater, including Jonathan R Pawlow with the Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment, Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, U.S. House of Representatives and Shannon Frede with the Office of U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD).

Webcast Recording

Part 2 on May 4, 2020 featured Mark S. Osler with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; Sonia Brubaker with the U.S. EPA Water Infrastructure and Resiliency Finance Center; Christopher D. Pomeroy with AquaLaw PLC; Steven Rowe with Newtrient LLC; and Jason R. Masoner with the U.S. Geological Survey Oklahoma-Texas Water Science Center.

Webcast Recording

Webcast Slides

For more information on Water Week 2020, visit www.waterweek.us

2019 Recommendations to Improve the Stormwater Program in the U.S.

2018 Recommendations to Improve the Stormwater Program in the U.S.

Questions? Email Rebecca Arvin-Colon at rarvin-colon@wef.org.