Attorneys speak at Kentucky Stormwater Association conference

by Mandy Hicks

Three ELPO attorneys recently spoke at the Kentucky Stormwater Association conference in Owensboro, Ky.

Attorneys Sarah Jarboe and Samantha Propp spoke on the topic “In Concrete? . . .With Green Infrastructure Looming Large,  Consent Agreements Aren’t What They Used To Be” on Wednesday, June 25. This presentation focused on “green infrastructure” and municipal stormwater management programs. In some cases, EPA will reopen consent agreements and incorporate or substitute green infrastructure construction projects to accomplish compliance, with considerable cost savings and added environmental benefits.

LaJuana Wilcher was the featured keynote speaker on Thursday, June 26, speaking on the topic of “Inside the Eye of the Storm.” LaJuana addressed the development of the stormwater program under the federal Clean Water Act, specifically touching on the promulgation of the first stormwater regulations by EPA in 1990, when she served as the head of EPA’s Office of Water in Washington, DC. She also advised attendees about recent developments in the program, and suggested regulatory changes that could be made that would improve the stormwater program’s implementation.

ELPO has an extensive environmental law practice, which you can read about here. The firm is a member of the Kentucky Stormwater Association.