EPA Awards $150,000 to five communities for long-term stormwater projects

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced five communities selected nationally to receive $150,000 each in technical assistance to develop stormwater projects consisting of long-term stormwater management plans. The pilot communities will use a new package of tools EPA developed to help communities plan long-term strategies for managing stormwater pollution. EPA’s tools promote the use of flexible solutions that spur economic growth, stimulate infrastructure investments, and help compliance with environmental requirements.

The communities selected to initially use the draft guide and receive technical assistance for stormwater projects include:

  • Burlington, Iowa
  • Chester, Pennsylvania
  • Rochester, New Hampshire
  • Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • Hattiesburg, Mississippi

These communities will also be the beta testers for EPA’s web-based toolkit, which will be refined and released more broadly next year.

Stormwater runoff is one of the fastest growing sources of pollution across the country and it can overwhelm wastewater systems and overflow sewers. Many cities have utilized green infrastructure as part of a comprehensive, long-term approach to managing stormwater.

Steel Tube Inc. completes expansion, appoints quality assurance & safety manager

Steel Tube Inc., a powerhouse in the mid-Atlantic and Southeastern steel tubing industry, recently completed a multimillion-dollar expansion that will move them forward for years to come. Increased focus on quality and safety is a natural response to expansion and scaling of manufacturing businesses. Most recently, Steel Tube named Steve Davis to head their Quality and Safety department. Born and raised in Canton, Ohio, Davis has lived and worked in Ohio, California, Arizona and North Carolina. His career in manufacturing spans 33 years, including both small companies and large corporate environments. He is also an entrepreneur and has owned and operated two small businesses.