WASHINGTON — EPA will provide $335,000 in technical assistance to five communities in order to help them develop components of integrated plans for wastewater and stormwater management, according to a press release.

Integrated planning lets communities sequence projects so they can start those with the highest priority first and EPA technical assistance will help recipients meet Clean Water Act requirements for water management in a cost-effective and environmentally beneficial way, stated the release.

The release reported that the five selected communities include: Burlington, Vermont; Durham, New Hampshire; Santa Maria, California; Springfield, Missouri; and Onondaga County, New York.

“EPA is committed to helping communities meet their requirements and goals for water projects that benefit public health, the environment and the local economy,” said EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. “Integrated planning provides the important flexibility that cities and towns need to address water challenges in an efficient and effective manner.”

You can find the release here.