Get Engaged in River Protection Policies!

There are many ways to get involved with protecting your rivers. Through the Protection and Restoration Program, we help individuals and organizations engage in opportunities to strengthen policies that protect and restore rivers and watersheds.

Right now we have an action item that could use your attention!

Draft EPA Construction General Permit Out - Comments due June 24, 2011

On April 25, 2011, EPA released the proposed Construction General Permit (CGP) regulating the discharge of stormwater from large and small construction activities.

Draft permits is available:

Webcast May 24, 2011 - registration available!

The CGP includes new requirements that implement the technology-based Effluent Limitation Guidelines and New Source Performance Standards, which were issued by EPA for the construction and development industry on December 1, 2009. The CGP also includes new water quality-based requirements for construction sites discharging stormwater to waters requiring additional pollutant control.

Even though this permit applies only to states and territories where EPA is in charge of the NPDES permits, the states often follow the lead of the EPA permits. It is especially relevant to the many states currently in the process of renewing state Construction General permits.

EPA will host a webcast presentation on Tuesday, May 24 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm Eastern time to introduce owners and operators of construction sites, members of the public, and State or
Tribal permitting authorities to the new requirements of the proposed CGP. The webcast will include a summary of the permit’s requirements, highlight changes from the CGP 2008, and
discuss other elements of the proposed CGP. There will also be time dedicated to answering questions posed from the webcast participants.

Speakers: Greg Schaner, USEPA
Erika Farris, USEPA
Registration: You must register in advance to attend this webcast. Visit the NPDES Web site at to register.
Note: Your computer must have the capability of playing sound in order to attend this webcast.

if you have questions contact:
Greg Schaner
Attorney Adviser, Permits Division
Office of Wastewater Management
phone: (202) 564-0721

For more ideas about getting involved in river protection, please see River Network's Ready, Set, Action page!