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ASLA Backs Federal Stormwater Legislation

The American Society of Landscape Architects is actively supporting the Innovative Stormwater Infrastructure Act, legislation introduced in both houses of Congress in November that would allow states, localities and other qualified entities to plan, design, and implement green infrastructure projects to address stormwater management and other water issues with grant assistance from the Environmental Protection Agency.

The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) has joined a number of environmental groups in support of the Innovative Stormwater Infrastructure Act, proposed in the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives as S. 1677 and H.R. 3449, respectively, by Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) and Representative Donna Edwards (D-MD). The legislation seeks to provide support for stormwater strategies that will manage polluted runoff and sewage overflows and relieve pressure on aging infrastructure.

The legislation would establish up to five regional centers to conduct research, develop recommendations, and provide training and technical assistance for implementing practices for stormwater control and management. It would also promote the use of innovative stormwater solutions within the Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Water and provide technical assistance to states, local governments and the private sector.

"ASLA applauds Senator Udall and Representative Edwards for introducing the Innovative Stormwater Infrastructure Act, which will help provide research and support to communities across the country in managing polluted stormwater runoff," said Nancy Somerville, CEO and executive vice president of ASLA. "Landscape architects are on the front lines designing advanced stormwater management controls that reduce polluted stormwater runoff and reduces costs for cities and municipalities while adding tremendous value to communities."

Organizations allied with the ASLA in providing advice and technical assistance to the bills' sponsors include American Rivers, the Natural Resource Defense Council, the National Association of Clean Water Agencies and the Water Environment Federation. The American Planning Association and the National Parks and Recreation Association also support the legislation.

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October 15, 2019, 5:00 am PDT

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