Airport Cooperative Research Program Clean Water Act guidebook is now available

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ARCP Research Report 169: Clean Water Act Requirements for Airports
ARCP Research Report 169: Clean Water Act Requirements for Airports

Have you ever wondered what “Section 404” in permits for projects that disturb wetlands refers to, and the difference between regional, nationwide and individual 404 Permits?

Do you know if your facility is required to have a Pesticide General Permit, and what’s involved in obtaining one? When is a stormwater infiltration device subject to the Underground Injection Control program? And does “TMDL” really stand for “Too Many Damn Lawyers”?

These are just a few of the topics that are addressed in the recently published ACRP Report 169: Clean Water Act Requirements for Airports. Authored by Mead & Hunt and Barnes & Thornburg, this document provides a comprehensive yet concise guide to the various regulatory programs and related permits that pertain to water at an airport.

In addition to the examples mentioned previously, Clean Water Act topics include: definition of Waters of the United States, the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System program, Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act, and the Oil Pollution Act. Several related non-CWA programs are covered as well, such as the Safe Drinking Water Act and the Underground Injection Control program. A matrix is provided to help the reader understand which permits apply to different activities at an airport.

Although focused on airports, the information on the regulations and permitting programs is applicable to virtually any entity that discharges to Waters of the U.S.


Dean Mericas, PhD

About the Author

Dean Mericas, Ph.D., is a self-described problem-solver who helps airports diagnose and find innovative solutions for environmental compliance problems. His aviation experience began in the early 1990s working with large-hub airports to understand and control the impacts of deicing activities on storm water and aquatic environments.

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