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During summer, it is not unusual to see the surfaces of ponds, lakes, bayous and other stagnant or still bodies of water covered with a green layer.
Urban areas with their concentrations of people, vehicles, homes, parking lots, streets, small and large business, industry and sewage can create heavy loads of pollutants in their stormwater runoff.
Stormwater is the water that runs off the land following rains. It is the primary source of most of the water in our rivers and streams.
The EPA Stormwater Phase II program went into effect March 10, 2003 for urbanized areas with population densities of over 1,000 people per square mile and other designated areas. At this time the Stormwater control program for all small construction sites (1 to 5 acres) also went into effect. The program requires all affected areas to obtain a general permit and to file a Stormwater Management Plan for their Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4).
Information from the Stormwater Academy workshop held on June 12, 2006.
Information from the The BMP Design Workshop held on June 13, 2006. The curriculum is primarily for engineers, landscape architects, architects and planners. Topics include: What is a Design Storm?, Stormwater BMP Maintenance, Stormwater Wetland Design and Bio-retention Design.
Discusses and demonstrates ways to prevent pollution in water.
Discusses the causes and mitigations of soil erosion by water through a presentation created by the NRCS.
Demonstrates the construction pollution prevention plan through images, illustrations, and examples.
Demonstrates construction BMP's through various images and illustrations. Topics include: Erosion Control, Sediment Control and Stormwater Management on Construction Sites and Urban Areas.
Discusses the Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) pertaining to storm water management on small construction sites.
Discusses the inspections and maintenance associated with handling storm water on small constructon sites.
On March 10, 2003, the Small Construction Site Stormwater Program went into effect.
Giant salvinia is considered the most noxious aquatic plant species in the country.
Links to other useful sources on water quality.
A TMDL is a pollution budget for a specific waterbody (river, lake, stream, etc.). It is the maximum amount of a pollutant that can be released into a waterbody without causing the waterbody to become impaired and/or violate state water quality standards. Information on point and nonpoint sources and the history of TMDLs is included.
An online form to register for the Urban Stormwater Academy's Urban Stormwater Management Seminar on June 12 & 13, 2006.