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Integrated Planning: Understanding How to Approach “Affordability” and Available Resources

December 4, 2013 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

| Free

Affordability is a key issue among municipalities trying to build or upgrade their stormwater and wastewater infrastructure to address overflows, as well as those building or upgrading drinking water systems.

In some cases, municipalities must meet compliance schedules under court-approved consent decrees or are required to make upgrades under a new or updated Clean Water Act permit.  EPA, in its final 2012 integrated planning framework for managing wastewater and stormwater, stated it will allow municipalities to prioritize spending on the basis of affordability as long as the projects improve water quality and meet Clean Water Act obligations.

The framework allows municipalities to modify discharge permits, long-term control plans for combined sewer overflows, and enforcement orders.  EPA has been working on a document that will clarify factors other than the median household income that can be used as metric of community affordability to comply with Clean Water Act obligations.

This webcast will address this issue and discuss important aspects of how to approach it in the context of integrated planning.  In addition, this webcast will provide information on resources available to the water sector community to help in assessments, approaches, and activities necessary or helpful to completing an integrated plan in your community.


  • Erika Powers, Barnes & Thornburg, LLC
  • Adrienne Nemura, Geosyntec Consultants
  • Gary Sheely, Utilities Director, Lima, OH
  • Robert Raucher, Stratus Consulting
  • Linda Blankenship, Chair, WEF Government Affairs Regulatory Subcommittee (Moderator)

To register, visit https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/416401856

There will be 2.0 Professional Development Hours (PDHs) offered for this webcast. Please check with your state accreditation agency to determine if you qualify. Log-on information will be e-mailed to you 24 hours prior to the webcast. Included in this email will be information regarding attendance verification, PDH distribution, and procedures to follow during the live event.


December 4, 2013
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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