In 2012, US EPA issued an Integrated Planning Framework (IPF) to provide community guidance on developing Integrated Plans for wastewater and stormwater master planning.  The Framework explained that the integrated planning approach provides municipalities with an opportunity to propose to meet Clean Water Act (CWA) requirements by:

·        Sequencing wastewater and stormwater projects in a way that allows the highest priority environmental projects to come first; and

·        Potentially using innovative solutions, such as green infrastructure.

The integrated planning approach is voluntary.  If a municipality decides to take advantage of this approach, the integrated plan that it develops provides information for the permit and enforcement processes and can support the development of conditions and requirements in permits and enforcement orders.  (For more information, please see EPA’s website: )

This community insight survey, as a part of a project funded by the Water Environment Research Foundation(WERF), is intended to identify the barriers to integrated planning, including data gaps and lack of knowledge, and tools and challenges.

Wherever possible, please answer this survey as a representative of your community’s management group, rather than simply from an individual perspective.
if you want to preview the entire survey before completing it,you can access a copy here. WERFIntegratedPlanningSurvey.If you have questions or difficulty completing the survey, please contact Jeff Rexhausen at the Economics Center at (513) 556-3047 <> or Adrienne Nemura at Geosyntec Consultants at (734) 476-0357 <>. Thanks in advance for your input!

(Note: To ensure confidentiality, responses will be aggregated.  If verbatim answers are cited, they will only be attributed by EPA Region)

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