United States National Research Council concludes that EPA Stormwater Program Needs a Significant Overhaul

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's stormwater program -- which oversees stormwater discharged by cities, industries, and construction activities -- needs radical changes if it is to improve the quality of the nation’s waters, says a new report from the National Research Council. It recommends that permits be based on watershed boundaries, and the program focus on the impact of increased water volume rather than chemical pollutants.

The Elephant in the Living Room

The 'elephant in the living room' was created by Banksy, the famed British graffiti artist. The elephant has been made to stand in a makeshift living room, to blend in to its surroundings. In elaborating on the story behind the image, Kate Miller of the Cowichan Valley Regional District told the Learning Lunch Seminar audience that "there is an elephant in our room right now...which is around how do we deal with rainwater management...how do we deal with the larger policy issues...what's the objective."