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The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) is holding an MS4 Stakeholder meeting Tuesday, March 21 to begin efforts related to the TPDES Phase II MS4 General Permit renewal due December 2018. The meeting will take place at 1:30 p.m. at TCEQ headquarters located at 12100 Park 35 Circle; Building E; Conference Room 201S in Austin, Texas. The meeting will also be broadcast online at

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) finalized the Clean Water Rule in May 2015 in an attempt to more clearly define waters of the U.S. This rule is not currently in effect as it is now under federal review. The U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit is to evaluate if they have the authority to challenge the legality of the final rule.

The final rule identified four categories of regulated...

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A recent amendment to stormwater utility laws in Texas, House Bill 1662, passed during the recently concluded session of the Texas Legislature that includes two key changes. The amendment clarifies the availability of partial exemptions for tax-exempt religious institutions and adds closed cemeteries to the list of properties that can be exempt. The new law went into effect May 28, 2015.

Local Government Code 552.053(d)

(d) A municipality may exempt property owned by...

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Co-authored by Lesley Brooks

The City of Frisco established a Stormwater Utility Fee (SWUF) in 2009 with the help of Freese and Nichols to offset the increased costs of stormwater management practices, such as maintenance and the cost of capital improvement projects. In 2014, the City asked Freese and Nichols to perform a review of the fee structure and to update the fees to account for increased requirements due to the City’s Phase II MS4. The project also included the development of a SWUF credit system that would allow non-residential properties to reduce their SWUF...

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The Water Environment Federation is hosting a free webcast on Wednesday, Aug. 27, titled “Innovative Approaches to Financing and Funding Stormwater and Green Infrastructure Investments” from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. (Central). 

The webcast, worth 2 PDH credits, will cover three alternatives to traditional funding streams for stormwater infrastructure investment, and will be delivered by thought-leaders in this space. Topics covered will include community-based...

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