DDOE Letter on Evaluation of Permeable Pavement Systems

Dear Mr. Bishop,

The District Department of Environment (DDOE) appreciates your interest in assisting us with meeting our water quality commitments under the District’s new Municipal Seperate Storm Sewage System (MS4) Permit. Permeable pavement systems are an important technology that the District is evaluating for greater use due to its ability to reduce stormwater pollution from entering our rivers and streams.

While DDOE can’t officially endorse a proprietary product, PaveDrain™ does appear to be a very promising solutions for the District. Particularly, the product’s apparent ease of installation that does not require certification for contractors and can be installed during any temperature, and the fact that PaveDrain™ can easily be removed and replaced for underground maintenance activities are especially appealing. These attributes would overcome problems that have been encountered by other permeable pavement solutions.

To meet the District’s water quality objectives, numerous technologies and design solutions will be required. I look forward to seeing PaveDrain™ and similar products installed and evaluated in the District to determine the best solutions to protect our waterways.

Jeffrey Seltzer, P.E.
Associate Director
Stormwater Management Division
District Department of Environment

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$300 Million Chesapeake Bay Bond Stalls in Virginia House

Source:  dailypress.com
Written by:  Cory Nealon
February 9, 2012

Virginia lawmakers declined to back a $300 million bond package that would fund wastewater treatmet plant improvements in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.   The bond, which passed unanimously in the Senate, hit a wall Wednesday in the House of Delegates.  An Appropriations subcommittee voted to shelve the matter until next year.

The decision is a setback for environmental groups, localities, sewer authorities and others that want to use bonds to help pay for upgrades that would reduce nitrogen and phosphorus discharges in the bay and its tributaries.

The legislation springs from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s 15-year effort to restore water quality in the bay, where algae blooms, fish kills, and beach closures occur every year.

The EPA directed six watershed states, including Virginia and the District of Columbia, to devise ways to reduce pollution.  In addition to targeting wastewater treatment plants, states are clamping down on agricultural operations, stormwater runoff and other sources.

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Study: Restoring the Chesapeake Bay Could Create 230,000 jobs

Source:  WTOP.com   Written by:  Dick Uliano

WASHINGTON  — Environmentalists devoted to restoring and protecting the Chesapeake Bay say cleaning the bay not only will produce more crabs and oysters, but also create almost a quarter of a million jobs.

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation issued a report on Tuesday that is aimed at “debunking the myth” that environmental regulations kill jobs.  “If you look across Maryland, Virginia, the other Chesapeake Bay states, it’s predicted that 230,000 jobs will be created to help reduce pollution in the Chesapeake Bay,” says Will Baker, foundation president.  “It’s a cynical myth that cleaning up the water and the air kills jobs.”

The projections include engineering and construction jobs and also rely on a multiplier effect — jobs created as a result of increased economic activity based on the improvements.

In December 2010, the Environmental Protection Agency ordered Maryland, Virginia, four other states and D.C. to reduce pollution flow into the bay by 25 percent by 2025.

But with the economy slumping and the unemployment rate high, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., warned in a memo last August that environmental regulations are hampering job creation.

A 2001 study by Massachusetts Institute of Technology economist Michael Greenstone found that two decades of clean air amendments aimed at polluting plants caused a loss of 600,000 jobs.

But the foundation’s report, “Debunking the ‘Job Loss’ Myth,” says Chesapeake Bay cleanup and monitoring jobs increased by 43 percent across the region between 1990 and 2009.

Virginia and Maryland are expected to invest as much as $3 billion over the next 15
years building and upgrading 147 sewage treatment plants.  Construction also is underway on stormwater pollution control devices that catch and filter rain water.

Montgomery County is spending $305 million on such systems to limit pollution into the
bay.  “These are programs which require good technology to be put in place, they have to create jobs,” Baker says.