Georgia Erosion & Sediment Control
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Many Local Issuing Authorities attended Griffin's Annual Erosion and Sediment Control Day to learn about the new regulations and E&SC technologies available.  Vendors demonstrated sediment control BMPs while soil stabilization with Polymers and concentrated flow diversion techniques were presented by Dr. James Spotts. Luke Owen of GeoLOGIC demonstrated storm water sampling and site inspections. 

Thanks go to Dr. Brant Keller & Chris Edelstein with the City of Griffin for their hard work and providing an excellent training facility, as well as Frank Carruba with Georiga EPD for his presentation of the new NPDES Construction Stormwater General Permits.
OUR new RECERTIFICATION Courses for LEVEL 1A, 1B and 2 FOCUS on the New NOI, changes to the new General Permit, Georgia's 303(d) list of impaired stream segments, plus the NEW UPDATES to GESAs Local Enforcement requirements. 
Click on this link for a list of our TESTIMONIALS.
Call us at 678-469-5120 or click here to schedule your Georgia certification,  recertification, or to arrange a private training. 
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DO YOU KNOW......  
Mod Ord - pg 8 Finalthat when a county or city Inspector enforces the local LDA permit, the State of Georgia requires that they enforce it as if they are the EPD enforcing the NPDES General Permit for Construction Sites? 
In other words "The rules and regulations, ordinances, or resolutions adopted by the LIA for the purpose of governing land disturbing activities shall require, as a minimum, protections at least as stringent as the state general permit;"
That means that if you are a LIA Inspector (Level 1B Advanced Fundamentals certified person) you must have read, understood and should have in your possession, the NPDES General Permit if you are to properly enforce the land disturbance permit for your jurisdiction during a site inspection. 
By clicking on the model ordinance above, you will be directed to the entire 2004 Model Ordinance.  Page 8 identifies the responsibility and authority LIAs have accepted by signing this important document.
Call us at 678-469-5120 (or go to where you will be directed to the GeoLOGIC website) to schedule yourself or your organization for one of our courses.
We're All Running out of Water....not just Georgia!
"Isn't it strange when a property suffers land loss from record flooding when it rains just a little during a drought?"  
Lake Lanier Ramp ClosedWhen North America was virgin forest, well before Lake Lanier was a little rain drop as a figment in our imagination, Georgia and the rest of southeastern states were covered in old growth timber. Timber and grassland held drops of rain. Because floods were held back by so much vegetation, flooding came slowly and the banks of creeks weren't scoured by erosion. Shallow bank walls make it natural for streams to overflow and deposit silt. A healthy stream overflowing it's banks becomes wider and slower, eroding less in it's path.
Extremes Develop: As development of structures and roads expand, so do roofs and parking lots. Water moves faster off these hard surfaces (called impervious surfaces) eroding streams faster and sending water once destined to recharge the aquifer, out to sea. Municipal water systems pull water from the regions aquifer and that often discharges directly into streams instead of going back into the aquifer.  Retention ponds, planting high grasses in lowland areas and terracing are all methods that are being used to simulate nature, though looking at some new construction sites, you have to wonder if any thought was given to the new volume and velocity of runoff from these new impervious surfaces.

As many people know, "all that flood water is stuff that could go into the aquifer.  If  a creek turns into a dry bed that only has water in it when it rains, what good is that going to do anybody".

Newnan and Douglasville WIN NATIONAL CLEAN WATER ACT "Blue Ribbon Award"

Newnan UtilitiesGOOD NEWS about Georgia's Clean Water efforts!  The US EPA congratulates 2 Georgia Municipalities along with 22 other municipalities and industries in the US for making outstanding and creative technological achievements in wastewater treatment and pollution abatement programs this past year. 

The EPA recently recognized the City of Newnan (1st Place) and Douglasville (2nd Place) for demonstrating outstanding water quality achievements for projects and programs in  operations and maintenance of waste water treatment facilities.
The awards program, sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, recognizes wastewater treatment facilities and their contributions to protecting the public's health and safety and the nation's water quality.
List of the winners:
Jim Spotts - PolymersTECHTALK 
by Jim Spotts
TechTalk is a forum for resolving erosion and sediment control and/or construction related problems from a technical perspective.  Technical questions are submitted by the reader; suggestions may be from Southeast Environmental Consultants, LLC, (SEC) or other sources.  The reader is solely responsible for the results, if the suggestion is implemented.
Question:  I tried spreading polymer by hand, and got uneven distribution.  Now I have some protected and some unprotected areas.  What other methods are available? 
Response:  Uneven distribution of polymer in granular form is the common result of spreading polymer by hand.  Two better methods include spreading with a seed spreader, or slowly pouring the polymer into a funnel attached to the wand of a leaf blower.   Both methods get better results if the polymer is mixed with dry sand to help distribute the polymer over a broader area.  If this is to cover a long slope, consider splitting the load, distributing half from the top and half from the bottom.  This procedure should find those 'shadow' areas when distributed from one direction alone.  
A soil test is a good indicator as to how much polymer is needed per acre of exposed soil....and don't forget; you must wear a dust mask to avoid inhaling the material.  If you get a lot of material on your clothing, don't put the clothes in the washing machine.  You can really clog things up in a hurry.  HINT:  Always distribute the polymer in a 'downwind' direction.
If properly used, polymers offer a highly effective solution for soil stabilization and water clarification.  FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT POLYMERS, contact GeoLOGIC at 678-469-5120.  To sign up for a special field training, email us at
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North America's Threatened Wetlands Conservation Initiative
GOAL: Protect, restore and manage vital wetlands in strategic locations across the continent. Wetlands are among the richest and most valuable ecosystems in the world, providing a home to more than 900 wildlife species.

They are the lifeblood of our continent, serving as natural systems to purify water and alleviate the effects of flooding.  Wetlands provide people a place to enjoy the outdoors.

Annually, hundreds of thousands of wetland acres are still lost continentally.

The only course of action to stop the decline is to protect remaining wetlands and restore lost ones. Be a part of the solution now by investing in a regional conservation initiative important to you.

Now more than any other time in our nations history, it's critical that we wake up and place the proper importance on protecting our surface water resources!
In Georgia, sediment is filling up our reservoirs and emptying our streams of natural trout populations. 
These are just a few of the reasons why the US EPA is "cracking down" and encouraging all state and local governments to enforce the NPDES requirements more stringently! 
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e look forward to serving you!  Please contact me directly at 678-469-5120 with your questions or suggestions.
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T. Luke Owen, PG
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