Integrated planning is a cost-effective approach for meeting our shared objective of clean water that protects public health and the environment. Integrated planning does not remove regulatory obligations, but rather recognizes flexibilities for the appropriate scheduling of necessary work. The Department fully encourages the CSO regulated community to incorporate integrated planning in the development of Long-Term Control Plans required as per their permits, as well as to aid in affordability analyses. As explained in a June 5, 2012 memorandum from USEPA:
“Integrated planning will assist municipalities on their critical paths to achieving the human health and water quality objectives of the Clean Water Act by identifying efficiencies in implementing requirements that arise from distinct wastewater and stormwater programs, including how to best prioritize capital investments. Integrated planning can also facilitate the use of sustainable and comprehensive solutions, including green infrastructure, that protect human health, improve water quality, manage stormwater as a resource, and support other economic benefits and quality of life attributes that enhance the vitality of communities.”
To provide further guidance on developing and implementing effective integrated plans, USEPA developed an “Integrated Municipal Stormwater and Wastewater Planning Approach Framework document” which was presented as an attachment to its June 5, 2012 memorandum.
For additional information on integrated planning, please visit USEPA’s Integrated Municipal Stormwater and Wastewater Plans website.
For examples of the use of integrated planning in the development of Long Term Control Plans, please refer to the following links: