Tunnel Vision

In January, the editorial staff of Water & Wastes Digest (WWD), Storm Water Solutions and Water Quality Products had the pleasure of touring the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago’s (MWRDGC) Mainstream Pumping Station in Hodgkins, Ill. The station is a key component of the district’s Tunnel and Reservoir Project, better known as the Deep Tunnel system, which alleviates flooding and protects Lake Michigan from backflows and sewer overflow pollution from an area of 375 sq miles.

On the Storm Water Front

Storm water management is an issue that affects everyone, and education is a key component of storm water management. This is why I am happy to announce that Storm Water Solutions and Stormwater USA have partnered to deliver the Storm Water Solutions Virtual Expo.

The SWS Virtual Expo is a unique online learning and networking event featuring live state-of-the-industry storm water and erosion control webinars offering Professional Development Hours credits.

Advanced Drainage Systems Joins Forces with The Recycling Partnership To Help Create a Sustainable Future

Advanced Drainage Systems, Inc., has joined The Recycling Partnership and its Polypropylene Recycling Coalition to advance the company’s commitment to developing innovative solutions that promote environmental stewardship by protecting water and keeping millions of pounds of plastic out of landfills each year. 

Caltrans & CSU, Sacramento Team Up for RUSLE Software Application

The application will assist in determining  the soil loss (erosion) to compare pre-construction conditions to post-construction conditions to meet final stabilization requirements. 


soil erosion

The storm water industry in California needs a software application that will easily determine the soil loss (erosion) to compare pre-construction conditions to post-construction conditions to meet final stabilization requirements. 

EPA Seeks Public Comment on Proposed 2022 Construction General Permit for Storm Water Discharges

The industry that will be impacted in the short term includes construction operators in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Mexico, and the District of Columbia.


The EPA is seeking public comment on its proposed 2022 Construction General Permit (CGP) for storm water discharges from construction activity.

“Once finalized, this permit will replace the 2017 CGP, which expires on February 16, 2022, and will cover storm water discharges from construction activities in areas where EPA is the NPDES (National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System) permitting authority,” according to EPA.

Quincy, Massachusetts, to Remediate Sanitary Sewer System Discharge Violations

The settlement requires Quincy to minimize the discharge of sewage and other pollutants.


The U.S. Attorney’s Office entered into a consent decree with the city of Quincy, Massachusetts, to resolve violations of the Clean Water Act (CWA) regarding the City’s storm water and sanitary sewer systems. 

According to the Department of Justice, water sampling revealed untreated sanitary sewage discharging from numerous Quincy storm water outfalls. Some of these outfalls include outfalls discharging at beach areas.

Enviropod LittaTrap™ Inlet Filter

A modular gross pollutant capture device that is an effective and user-friendly solution for capturing floatable trash, plastic and gross sediments conveyed in stormwater runoff. With 25 years of development and over 50,000 installations worldwide, the LittaTrap™ is available across the USA.

The LittaTrap™ Inlet Filter is quick and easy to install and maintain.
The LittaTrap™ Inlet Filter is quick and easy to install and maintain.

The Enviropod LittaTrap™ is an innovative catch basin inlet filter device designed for easy retrofit installation into new and existing stormwater catch basins to specifically target sediment, trash, debris, and gross pollutants, capturing them at source and preventing stormwater runoff pollutants from entering into lakes, streams, harbors, and beaches.

Proposed Solar Farm Project in Pennsylvania Sparks Storm Water Concerns

Questions dealing with storm water, insurance, and performance bond requirements were of concern at a meeting about the proposed project

solar farm

Over 100 North Annville Township residents verbalized their opposition to a proposed 1,200 acre solar farm west of Route 934 at the Union Water Works Fire Company.

According to LebTown, representatives of Lebanon Solar I, LLC., a Colorado based company, outlined plans for using 12 agricultural zoned properties to create interconnected banks of solar panels and sell the generated power to utility companies.

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