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Green Infrastructure

The Straight Scoop on Integrated Planning

The 2019 Water Infrastructure and Improvement Act (WIIA) codified EPA’s Integrated Municipal Stormwater and Wastewater Planning Approach Framework  in the Clean Water Act. This webinar highlighted WIIA legislation, key elements of integrated planning and what it means for EPA, states and municipalities.

In addition to EPA staff,  the webinar featured the City of Richmond, Virginia’s (RVA) Department of Public Utilities experience developing their 2017 RVA Clean Water Integrated Plan and permit. For the state perspective, the Director of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment’s Bureau of Water discussed how they worked with a metropolitan wastewater utility through a collaborative integrated planning approach that addressed multiple wastewater issues, including POTW upgrades, asset management, wet weather management and nutrient reduction across multiple watersheds.


January 21, 2020
1:00 - 2:30 pm EST


Grace LeRose is the Program Manager for Water Quality Compliance for the City of Richmond Virginia Department of Public Utilities. She worked on the effort to obtain the first in Virginia Integrated permit for the City, a unique stakeholder driven and data intensive project. She has been involved in the clean water field for 29 years as a laboratory analyst, compliance officer and as a water quality specialist. She focuses on the interconnectedness of wastewater, stormwater and combined sewer systems.  Grace earned a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.

Tom Stiles is the Director of the Bureau of Water at KDHE, overseeing the Public Water Supply, Underground Injection Control, NPDES permitting, TMDL, water quality standards and monitoring programs for the State of Kansas.  Prior to his stint at KDHE, he spent 16 years with the Kansas Water Office as a hydrologist and assistant director, where he established the minimum streamflow and water assurance programs and oversaw development of the Kansas Water Plan. Stiles serves on the Board of Directors for the Association of Clean Water Administrators (ACWA), as well as acting as co-chair of its Permitting and Compliance Committee.  He is a past chairman of the Interstate Council on Water Policy and the Western States Water Council Water Quality Committee.  Stiles received a B.S. in Watershed Science at Colorado State University and an M.S. in Forest Hydrology from the University of Minnesota.

Robyn DeYoung is a Senior Environmental Specialist in EPA’s Office of Water in Washington, D.C.  She is leading OW’s integrated stormwater and wastewater planning efforts. For the past ten years, she has worked with states, municipalities and utilities helping them incorporate innovative programs and quantify pollution reductions to meet state and federal environmental regulations.  In 2015, she led a cross-office effort to quantify both air, health and water impacts of green infrastructure for Kansas City, MO.  Prior to joining the U.S. EPA, Robyn worked at the Ohio EPA Air Pollution Division, where she created and managed a state-wide Emission Reduction Credit (ERC) Trade and Banking Program. Robyn holds a B.A. in Environmental Science and an M.A. in Energy and Environmental Analysis both from Boston University.