Georgia Erosion & Sediment Control
UPDATE for December
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EPAs Proposal for More Sampling and Stormwater Treatment on Construction Sites
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NPDES Permit For Vessels (Update/Correction)
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Georgia Cities are setting the national pace and  making a difference with water quality efforts!
Five Georgia Utilities-Vidalia, Newnan, Douglasville, Buford, and Alpharetta-Recognized for Outstanding Water Quality Achievement!

December 15, 2008) Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) presented the Southside Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) in Vidalia, Ga., with a 2008 Regional Operations and Maintenance Excellence Award during a ceremony at the EPA's Atlanta office. WWTP is one of six facilities recognized in the Southeast and one of 24 winners nationally in the 2008 National Clean Water Act Recognition Awards competition.
"EPA is proud to recognize the municipalities that go far beyond the minimum requirements needed to meet the Clean Water Act," said EPA Region 4 Administrator Jimmy Palmer.
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Proposed Guidelines to Control EPAPollution from Construction Sites

Will the EPA require stormwater sampling for some construction sites?  How will this effect Georgia?  Stay Tuned!
EPA is seeking comments on its proposed guidelines to control the discharge of pollutants from construction sites. The proposal would require all construction sites to implement erosion and sediment control best management practices to reduce pollutants in stormwater discharges.

For certain large sites located in areas of the country with high rainfall intensity and soils with a high clay content (like Georgia), stormwater discharges from the construction site would be required to meet a numeric limit on the allowable level of turbidity, which is a measure of sediment in the water. In order to meet the proposed numeric turbidity limit, many sites would need to treat and filtertheir stormwater discharges.

Construction activities such as clearing, excavating and grading significantly disturb the land. The disturbed soil, if not managed properly, can easily be washed off the construction site during storms and enter streams, lakes, and other waters. Stormwater discharges from construction activities can cause an array of physical, chemical and biological impacts.

Sediment is one of the leading causes of water quality impairment nationwide, including reducing water depth in small streams, lakes and reservoirs.

Information on the proposal:

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In November's Update Newsletter, we referenced an EPA news article that was outdated by more recent legislation concerning the NPDES Permitting requirements for Vessels.  
Read the following summary update.....
On July 29, 2008 Congress passed SB 2766 which exempted recreational vessels from the CWA's NPDES permit requirements.  On July 31, 2008 Congress passed SB 3298, which provided a 2-year moratorium from NPDES permit requirements for non-recreational vessels less than 79 feet in length. 
I hope this newsletter is beneficial for you.  Please contact me directly at 678-469-5120 with your questions or suggestions.
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T. Luke Owen, PG
Director, NPDES Stormwater Training Institute
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