Efforts are under way to find ways to alleviate combined sewer overflows (CSOs) through the use of green-infrastructure (GI) programs. The District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority has explored the use of GI techniques since 2011 as a means to reduce CSOs to local waterways.

WEF hopes to establish national standards for professionals seeking to work on GI projects.WEF hopes to establish national standards for professionals seeking to work on GI projects.The Water Environment Federation (WEF) recently announced plans to work with DC Water to develop a national GI skills-certification program. Housed within the WEF Stormwater Institute, the skills certification will verify that people who install, inspect and maintain GI projects have the required knowledge, skills and abilities.

WEF is a not-for-profit technical and educational organization. By working with DC Water to develop a National Green Infrastructure Certification Program, it hopes to support community-based job creation, and establish national standards for professionals seeking to work on GI projects.

WEF and DC Water expect to begin issuing GI certifications early in 2017. To provide a national perspective on stormwater-management needs and green-workforce goals, WEF seeks to work with other stormwater leaders from across the country.

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