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The New NPDES General Permit pays special attention to the 303(d) list of impaired streams with a criteria violated for Bio M and Bio F.  You may ask....What in the world is a Bio M or F, and who cares?!
We're talking bugs (Bio M) and fish (Bio F), and Rainbow Trout w Stonefly Numphstreams that have a hard time sustaining those life forms as a result of too much sediment in the water (otherwise known as "impaired stream segments").
If a stream cannot sustain life in the form of bugs that make their homes and set their food traps where sediment settles under rocks and on top of gravel beds, then fish will also be unable to sustain a healthy population and will stop existing in that stream as well. 
CLICK HERE for the GA EPDs 303(d) List (by County) of Impaired Stream Segments.
If you enjoy fishing, then you should be concerned!  
"Tie all the fly's you want, cast all the worms you can throw...there won't be any fish there to rise to the challenge!"
Bio M SurveyAccording to the GA EPD, roughly half of the new construction permits for land disturbances greater than one acre are in the Georgia Mountains.  Freshwater trout require a lot of oxygen and a healthy supply of food primarily in the form of bugs, "unless my tied fly or salmon egg can entice them."
Let's work together to keep the dirt out of the creek!
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by Dr. 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 see rock filter dams catching sediment; but the toe of the dam is eroding away.  Net benefit is zero.  What should I do?  
Response:  Once the stream dumps its sediment.Rock Filter Dam load upstream, it regains energy and scours the toe of the slope.  Try extending the toe further downstream. Always have the extension lying over a non-woven geotextile material to prevent scour of the streambed.
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Clean Water Act Enforcement
Senior Housing Clean Water Act Settlement (Jan. 7, 2009)
Five defendants associated with the construction of the Liberty Village housing development in Lynchburg, Va., will pay a $300,000 penalty and fund more than $1 million in stream and wetlands restoration work for alleged violations of the Clean Water Act and permit restrictions during construction.

The consent decree would resolve allegations that the defendants discharged and/or controlled and directed the discharge of pollutants including dredged and/or fill material, sediment, and other pollutants carried by stormwater into waters of the United States during the construction of a housing development without required permits, and then in violation of the stormwater permit after one was obtained.

Duck Nesting Success:
What Is It, and What Are The Important Things That Affect It?
The Bottom Line:
"The population growth rate of upland nesting ducks is influenced more by their nesting success than by any other aspect of their life cycle. No factor is more important in determining nesting success than habitat."  
Click the link to read the EPAs proposed Effluent Limitations Guidelines and Standards for Construction and Land Development .  These new laws will more than likely require additional water treatment and sampling as stormwater leaves a Georgia construction site.
At the NPDES Training Institute, we believe that KNOWLEDGE is POWER!  This newsletter in intended to be a useful tool for all individuals involved stormwater management. 
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