Urban storm water workshops set for municipal, parish officials

Rodney D. Hendrick, Bogren, Richard C.  |  3/4/2008 8:41:30 PM

News Release Distributed 02/20/08

The LSU AgCenter and EPA Region VI will conduct a series of three workshops across the state to help local officials and consultants develop storm water management plans and make sure the ones they have will fulfill the requirements of the new storm water permit.

More than 100 municipalities or parishes in Louisiana have Phase II Urban Stormwater Permits, which require them to develop measurable goals in six areas to reduce substances moving into waterways from urban areas and to develop a storm water management plan detailing how they will use these programs to manage their storm water runoff, said Dr. Rod Hendrick, a water quality specialist in the LSU AgCenter’s W.A. Callegari Environmental Center.

Hendrick said the workshops will answer many common questions, including:

-- How do you set goals?

-- How do you measure your progress toward achieving those goals?

-- How detailed should your storm water management plan be?

-- How do you fit the goals of the mandatory programs within the plan?

-- How do you incorporate the water standards for the streams in the area in this planning?

“A number of streams and estuaries in Louisiana are considered polluted from urban runoff,” Hendrick said. “As part of the Clean Water Act, the U.S. EPA is required to require urban areas over a certain size to develop and implement storm water protection programs in six areas to reduce this pollution.”

The required areas are:

-- Public Education and Outreach

-- Public Involvement/Participation

-- Illicit Discharge Identification and Elimination

-- Pollution Prevention/Good Housekeeping for municipal areas

“The permitees also are required to have enforceable ordinances to enforce the construction storm water and post-construction storm water regulations in place nationwide,” Hendrick said.

Workshops will be held at three locations across the state to provide easy access for all who need to attend, he said.

Sessions will be in Baton Rouge March 17 in the auditorium at the Louisiana Transportation Research Center on Gourrier Lane, at the Alexandria Civic Center on April 9 and in the Sky Box at Independence Stadium in Shreveport on May 15.

Registration for all sessions will begin at 8 a.m. The workshops will begin at 9 and end at 4:30. Lunch will be furnished.

The training will be conducted by Hendrick and Thea Lomax, EPA Region VI enforcement agent for Louisiana and Arkansas.


Details on the training, including an agenda, location maps and registration information can be found on the LSU AgCenter Web page at http://www.lsuagcenter.com/en/environment/water_issues/quality/Workshops/

A registration fee of $150 will include lunch, workbook, an information CD and other handouts. Additional information may be obtained from Hendrick or Val Johnson at (225) 578-6998.

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Contact:

Rod Hendrick at (225) 578-6998 or rhendrick@agcenter.lsu.edu

Writer:

Rick Bogren at (225) 578-5839 or rbogren@agcenter.lsu.edu

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