U.S. EPA’s Green Infrastructure Program and Office of Sustainable Communities are teaming up to present a webcast on green infrastructure and smart growth. This presentation, which will take place on Sept. 3 from 1-2:30 p.m. EDT, will highlight communities that are successfully leveraging green infrastructure as part of wider planning and community development initiatives. Practitioners will discuss land-use strategies for clean water, including green streets, local code review and stormwater banking. This webinar is part of the EPA Green Infrastructure Program’s 2014 Webcast Series. It qualifies for 1.5 certification maintenance credits from the American Planning Association. Register at https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/829823872.
The conference will include a full day of stormwater sessions on Wednesday, Sept. 10 and a stormwater workshop “Life After BMP Construction: Monitoring, Tracking, and Maintenance” on Thursday, Sept. 11 from 12:00 to 4:30 pm. The workshop will include local government representatives sharing their lessons learned regarding best management practice monitoring, tracking, and maintenance.
This course offers 6 Professional Development Hours (PDH) for Professional Engineers. PA DEP credit is not available.
Municipal stormwater management is no longer just about engineering and building stormwater basins. Municipal stormwater managers must create a holistic program; one that incorporates planning, education, policy, finance, and compliance activities. Such an integrated program will lead to more cost-effective flood mitigation and water quality projects; and additional community benefits such as land preservation and urban greening.
The course will cover:
- The benefits of a comprehensive stormwater program;
- How Pennsylvania communities are partnering together to reduce the cost of stormwater management; and
- How new legislation enables the creation
- of Stormwater Authorities that can
- establish sustainable, dedicated, and
- legally defensible funding sources for
- stormwater management activities.
Active community leaders with responsibility for or interest in stormwater, such as a Stormwater Manager, DPW Manager, Borough/Township Manager, Council/Authority Member, Civil/Environmental Engineer, Planner, Non-Profit and/or Regulatory Agencies
As part of the Pennsylvania Water Environment Association (PWEA) Stormwater Committee’s (SWC) mission to share knowledge and experience with stormwater professionals in Pennsylvania, the SWC is initiating a series of informative workshops on issues concerning the implementation of stormwater management and compliance with MS4. These workshops are a good opportunity for you to interact directly with your colleagues and to gain new ideas related to stormwater management in keeping with the latest science.
- Seth Brown, Water Environment Federation
- Steve Norcini, Radnor Township
- Jeff Sholly, York Township
- Ruth Ayn Hocker, Chesapeake Bay Foundation
- State Senator Edwin Erickson, 26th District
- Shannon Rossman, Berks County Planning Commission
- Lee McDonnell, PA DEP
- Larry Coffman, Prince George’s County, MD
- Charlotte Katzenmoyer, City of Lancaster
8:00-9:00am……….Registration – coffee & pastries
9:00-9:10am……….Welcome & Introduction
9:10-9:45am………..WEF Perspective on Stormwater
9:45-10:15am………Evolution of Municipal Stormwater Management
10:15-10:40am…….Chesapeake Bay Update
10:40-11:00am…….Networking & Vendor Break
11:00-11:20am……..Stormwater Enabling Legislation
12:00-1:00pm………Lunch & Networking
2:00-2:45pm…………Stormwater Fees & Authorities
Vendors will be on hand with tabletop displays to promote their products, equipment and services.
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Join Alex Johnson of The Freshwater Trust to explore how a water quality trading program might be the right solution for meeting your Clean Water Act compliance obligations.
Water quality trading programs can bring together a watershed’s dischargers for a holistic approach to improving water quality, restoring habitat and applying public money in more cost-effective and ecologically appropriate ways.
This informative webinar will cover:
- What is water quality trading and who can participate (regulated entities, farmers, landowners, others)
- How your local ecology as well as your projected future exceedance factor into the size and cost of a trading program
- When and why you should conduct a feasibility analysis and identify gaps
- How to determine if you should move ahead and develop a WQT program for your facility
- How to build an RFP and manage a WQT program to achieve compliance
Alex will provide examples of successful water quality trading programs for wastewater utilities, including the temperature programs for the Cities of Medford and Eugene/Springfield, OR. Ongoing feasibility studies with the Cities of Santa Rosa, CA and Meridian, ID will also be discussed, as well as a phosphorus trading project in the Klamath Basin. These examples all use a “brokered transaction model” for developing credits and implementing water quality trading programs.
Who should attend:
- City and municipal managers
- Wastewater treatment/clean water managers and operators
- Consulting engineers
- Watershed group members
- Restoration professionals
If you can’t attend the live presentation, this webinar will be recorded and made available at a later date.
Alex Johnson has been closely involved in the analysis, development and implementation of some of the first water quality trading programs in the Pacific Northwest. He has deep experience working directly with private and public entities on regulatory issues to build natural compliance solutions. He leads The Freshwater Trust’s role as trading program broker to ensure regulatory compliance with the Clean Water Act and is intensely familiar with the logistics, costs and contracting necessary to achieve both trading project success and watershed restoration.