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EPAEPA Requests Comments for Upcoming Stormwater Rule

This is your opportunity to influence the stormwater regulations coming out of Washington.  Take advantage of it!
Post Construction SW ImpactsConcern over water quality in our fast growing urban areas has the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposing a survey to help strengthen stormwater regulations to reduce stormwater discharges from newly developed and redeveloped sites.  Stormwater discharges can harm water quality through increases in stormwater volume and pollutant loadings into nearby waterways. 

EPA plans to propose a rule to control stormwater from newly developed and redeveloped sites and to take final action no later than November 2012.  In support of this rulemaking, EPA is proposing to require three different groups to complete questionnaires about current stormwater management practices: 1) the owners, operators, developers, and contractors of newly and redeveloped sites; 2) the owners and operators of municipal separate storm sewer systems; and 3) states and territories.
The proposed survey will be open for public comment for 60 days following publication in the Federal Register.

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Assisting Stormwater Professionals 
throughout the United States
GDOT's Contractor, E.R. SNELL 
McGinniss Ferry Extension Project
Conforming to Georgia's strong E&SC rules can be challenging, especially due to inconsistent enforcement of the requirements found in the NPDES General Permit.  Once ER SNELL became aware of some issues on their site, they decided to step up and take responsibility...the evidence is seen above with photo's taken last week. 
E.R. SNELL and GDOT are commended for their efforts to prevent erosion on their site.
Griffin's E&S Day is a BIG SUCCESS!
Offerring Continuing Education Units for all who attended! 
The audience exceeded the facility seating space and Griffins BMP Demonstration area was full of activity.  It was a great day for all who attended, with an excellent combination of classroom and field BMP application exhibits!
Polyacrylamide Demo on ES DayLuke Owen (NPDES Training Institute) demonstrated "Making Sense of the NPDES General Permit"; Jim Spotts of Southeast Environmental Consultants demonstrated "Water Clarification is Simple for Sediment Basins"; and Seva Iwinski of Applied Polymer Systems Inc demonstrated "Floc Log Applications for Construction Stormwater".  Many other exhibitors were present and included Siltsaver, Inc., and GeoHay. 
EPA will be announcing their effluent regulations for construction sites in December, which will most likely not influence Georgia's Permits until they expire in 2012.
Contact Chris Edelstein for more information about their test site at the Griffin Stormwater Department at 770-229-6424 or email at
Lake Lanier - Buford dam
On October 14th, Kit Dunlap, Chair of the Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District, and Sam Olens, Chair of the Atlanta Regional Commission, issued the following joint statement:
For the first time since October 2005, Lake Lanier is at full pool at 1071feet above mean sea level. Given the drought conditions our region and state have experienced during the past four years, it is appropriate to take a moment to acknowledge this good news.

However, this milestone is no reason to abandon responsible water conservation practices.  It is imperative that we make water conservation a way of life in the Atlanta region (because of our fast growing population placing an evergrowing strain on our water resources).  While Lake Lanier may be full today, metro Atlanta's water resources are still precious and finite. We must use them wisely and responsibly.
The Metro Water District, ARC and the State of Georgia offer water conservation strategies to help individuals, institutions and businesses in redoubling their commitment to water savings.  Please visit or for water conservation information.  Thanks for your continued help and cooperation.
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Carol Couch Resigns as Georgia EPD Director....

as F. Allen Barnes is elected to be Georgia's next Director.

"I can say without hesitation that I work with the finest public servants in Georgia government and it is a privilege and honor to do so."  Ms. Couch, after six years and some time off in December, will join the faculty of the College of Environment and Design at UGA.

On October 28, 2009, the Georgia Board of Natural Resources appointed F. Allen Barnes as Georgia's next Director of the Georgia Environmental Protection Division.
Mr. Barnes is a partner in the law firm King & Spalding, in environmental practice. From 2002 to 2005, he was chief of staff for the federal Environmental Protection Agency's Region 4, the agency's eight-state Southeast region. Before working at the EPA, he taught natural resource policy and law at Mississippi State University, from 1996 to 2002.  Barnes also has been a prosecutor in the Florida State Attorney's Office and a special assistant U.S. attorney, handling criminal, tort and environmental litigation. He graduated from the University of West Florida and got his law degree from the University of Mississippi.
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Silt Stop powder is a group of EPA approved non-toxic, soil specific tailored polyacrylamide co-polymer powders for erosion control.  They reduce and prevent erosion of fine particles & clay particles.
"This Stuff Works!"
Sampling your soils before polymer application is an absolute essential.  If someone tells you that one polymer works for all soils, don't believe it!  A simple soils test with your sample sent to the APS, Inc. laboratory will prevent any mismatch from occuring in the field.  They anaylyze your sample for free and GeoLOGIC (the NPDES Training Institute) is very helpful by providing field assistance.
***APS Polyacrylamide Reduces Liability and Environmental Risk***

Call 678-469-5120 for solutions at your site!
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Southeast Facilities Ordered to Comply with Clean Water Act
(ATLANTA - Oct. 20, 2009) The U.S. Environmental EPA Region 4Protection Agency (EPA) issued Consent Agreements and Final Orders (CA/FOs) against 17 entities throughout the Southeast from July 1, through September 30, 2009, for violations of the Clean Water Act (CWA).  As part of the settlements, the responsible parties in Georgia, Alabama, Florida, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina and Tennessee agreed to come into compliance and pay $231,200 in civil penalties.  
"By taking these enforcement actions, we are sending a strong message about the importance of protecting rivers, lakes and streams across the Southeast," said Stan Meiburg, EPA Region 4 Acting Regional Administrator. "To protect our region's waters, these regulated entities must comply with the Clean Water Act and promptly take the steps needed to resolve the violations noted in our inspections."
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Settlement Amount: $10,000
Facility: Powers Court Phase II; order issued to Mr. Jack Treadwell
Location: Spalding County
Date of Issue: October 22,2009
Order Number: EPD-WQ-5143
Cause of Order:
1) Violations of General NPDES Permit/failure to install or maintain erosion and sedimentation controls;
2)no sampling after now asking to permanently vegetate site and terminate coverage under Permit
Requirement(s) of Order:     Stabilize site with permanent vegetation by May 2010; provide certification from design professional after restoration completion; submit plan certified by design professional to remove any sediment discharged to adjacent properties and/or into state waters; upon approval from EPD, implement plan; perform any needed maintenance for applicable homeowners from Phase I.
DeKalb Peavine Creek, water and sewer project site/City of Decatur
Location: Dekalb County
Order Number: EPD-WQ-5142
Date of Issue: October 22,2009
Cause of Order: Failure to submit Notice of Intent; no General NPDES Permit issued; County had not issued Land Disturbing Activity Permit for project; County has completed project and has done buffer restoration  
Requirement(s) of Order:     Obtain all Permits required by GA E&S Act, Water Quality Act and Dekalb Co. Ordinance, for all future projects; all projects should be reviewed and approved by local issuing authority; develop proper standard operating procedures to ensure coordination between LIA, contractors and Dekalb County departments; develop restoration plan to provide additional restoration of impacted area of site incorporating native vegetation; upon approval complete restoration  
Settlement Amount: $22,000
The NPDES Training Institute Newsletter is intended to be a useful tool for all individuals involved stormwater management, especially those on construction sites. 
There is a lot happening now with water regulations nationally and state wide!  If you have areas of interest you would like to discuss, questions, or comments, please contact me at 678-469-5120.
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