Udall proposal takes aim at storm water pollution

Posted at: 11/16/2013 8:49 AM
By: The Associated Press

ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall has introduced legislation that aims to reduce pollution caused when storm water runoff carries chemicals and sediment into rivers and streams.

The New Mexico Democrat says storm water runoff is the leading cause of water pollution nationwide.

The legislation would encourage the use of innovative and economic approaches to managing and reducing such pollution. Solutions could include permeable pavement, restoring natural drainage features and building green roofs.

Udall says these approaches can be more cost-effective than using large amounts of concrete and steel for collection structures.

Under the measure, up to five centers of excellence would be established to conduct research, develop recommendations and provide training for implementing management practices for controlling and managing storm water runoff.

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