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There is no doubt that the US EPA is much more active with stormwater awareness and enforcement.  If you are involved in stormwater permit management as a permit holder, a land developer or builder, it is important to be active in your awareness the USEPAs activities.  Take some time out to participate in stormwater meetings and/or webinars like the ones identified in this newsletter.  Some are free and some you have to pay.
EPAWebcast for EPA's Listening Sessions on Proposed Stormwater Rulemaking

EPA has announced plans to initiate national rulemaking to strengthen its stormwater program, and is announcing a webcast as a virtual listening session on February 3, 2010 from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm Eastern time. This webcast is intended for anyone who could not participate in the on-site listening sessions in last two weeks of January.

Registration information for the listening sessions and webcast is available at
Written comments must be submitted on or before February 26, 2010 to the address specified in the Federal Register notice.
What to expect:

EPA will give a brief presentation at the beginning of each listening session, but the intent of these listening sessions is to receive feedback from the public. The focus of the listening sessions is on the following preliminary rulemaking considerations as described in the Federal Register Notice:

-Redefine the area subject to federal stormwater regulations

-Establish specific requirements to control stormwater discharges from new development and redevelopment

 -Develop a single set of consistent stormwater requirements for all MS4s

-Require MS4s to address stormwater discharges in areas of existing development through retrofitting the sewer system or drainage area with improved stormwater control measures

-Explore specific stormwater provisions to protect sensitive areas

Please note that these listening sessions are not intended to solicit comments on the recently finalized Construction and Development Effluent Limitation Guidelines ( nor the Construction General Permit (

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The following webinar is sponsored by AGC of America and not the NPDES Training Institute.  We are providing notice of this to you as a service to our readers
What the New Mandated Discharge Limits, Monitoring Requirements and Prescriptive E&S Controls Mean for Contractors
A WEBINAR SPONSORED BY AGC of America may be helpful in understanding the EPAs national stormwater focus with the new Effluent Limitation Guidelines (ELGs) for construction sites. Keep in mind that most states manage their stormwater general permits differently.  This webinar will not apply specifically to Georgia Construction sites. AGC of America
For the first time, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has set a nationwide numeric discharge limit for construction site stormwater runoff and set strict stormwater discharge monitoring requirements for sites that are subject to the numeric limit.

The rule dictates the allowable level of turbidity (i.e., murkiness) of stormwater discharged from a construction site during a storm event, and it also specifies the exact best management practices that contractors must include (at a minimum) in their stormwater pollution prevention plans for all job sites that disturb one or more acres of land. For companies found in noncompliance, EPA enforcement can yield significant penalties (up to $37,500 per day per violation) and onerous decrees requiring implementation of compliance programs that go well beyond the requirements of general permits. The new rule is called Construction and Development Effluent Limitations Guidelines (C&D ELG).

Join AGC for this important webinar as EPA experts explain:

  • When the C&D ELG rule will apply to "operators" of construction projects; and
  • The new numeric turbidity limit and discharge monitoring requirements;
  • The mandatory erosion and sediment controls and pollution prevention measures for all sites required to obtain stormwater permit coverage; and
  • The process by which EPA and state water permitting authorities are working to establish the details of how to sample stormwater from construction sites (through their respective NPDES construction general permits) and report on results.
  • A proposed first-time nationwide rule planned for November 2012 that would restrict stormwater discharges from newly developed and redeveloped sites.

In addition, AGC's outside legal counsel will discuss why the C&D ELG rule is likely to result in increased exposure of construction stormwater permittees to state and EPA enforcement actions and the Association's response to recent national stormwater initiatives aimed at restricting stormwater runoff from construction sites. CLICK HERE

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Haiti and Clean Water Haiti
Haiti is hurting!  Nearly every water source is contaminated with human waste and disease.  This of course results in a dramatically high rate of waterborne diseases -- diarrhea, typhoid and hepatitis, which in turn results in high death rates. 
Even before the earth quake, Haiti faced key challenges with its water supply and sanitation.  Notably, access to public services were low, inadequate water quality was very weak despite foreign aid and the government's declared intent to strengthen the its institutions.
Can you imagine saying that about the United States?!  However, our history shows that we had much higher rates of water born diseases before the Clean Water Act. In recent years however, we've shared abundant clean water. Our nation is spoiled with clean water, but that's being challenged in the southeast US, Georgia included, primarily due to our massive population growth rate.  Nevada, also faces challenges.  The water we have now is clean and somewhat plentiful! 
However, abundant clean water is not the case in many parts of the world.  Let's keep that in mind and help others who need it; and while we are helping others, let us also keep our water free from sediment and other contaminants that hurt our nations future.  It's the smart thing to do!
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Floc Log Water Treatment for Down Drains

A down drain is a temporary or permanent pipe used to convey stormwater safely down a slope. By introducing Floc Logs to the turbid water within the permanent storm water structure, the polymer reacts with the metals and clays within the soil to bind it into particulate. A layer of jute matting is laid around the outlet at the bottom of the slope and applied with a soil-specific polymer powder. The reacted sediment attaches to the matting creating a highly erosion-resistant surface and clarifying the runoff water.


a) Soft Armor the soil around the top of the down drain to prevent erosion and undercutting. Soft Armor application is outlined in the Soil Stabilization section of this guide.


b) The appropriate site-specific Floc Log should be placed in the down drain at the top of the slope to treat turbid runoff water.


c) At the bottom of the down drain, create a dispersion field by laying jute matting applied with the appropriate site-specific polymer powder, allowing the water to spread out and slow its velocity to 0.5 ft/sec before hitting the silt fence or Sediment Retention Barrier (SRB).


d) The silt fence should be designed to allow water to pass through it. The silt fence shall allow water to pass at a rate of 70 GPM/ft2 or greater.

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 Landowner Fined for Filling Wetlands

(ATLANTA - Jan. 15, 2010) Rodney O. Corr will pay $100,000 for illegally filling wetlands on his property in violation of the federal Clean Water Act (CWA). The impacted wetlands are adjacent to a tributary in Hancock County.

"By taking this enforcement action, we are sending a strong message about the importance of protecting wetlands across the Southeast," said Stan Meiburg, EPA Region 4 Acting Regional Administrator. "Wetlands are important resources that serve as habitats for critical fish and wildlife and also help control floods, recharge groundwater, capture pollutants and cycle nutrients."

Beginning in May 2004, Mr. Corr or those acting on his behalf illegally discharged fill material into approximately 14 acres of wetlands while using earth moving machinery to clear a site for commercial development. Mr. Corr did not obtain the required CWA Section 404 permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers prior to performing this work.
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Dunwoody-Chamblee Area Elementary School "D" project site/Dunwoody; order issued to Dekalb County School System

Location: Dekalb County

Order Number: EPD-WQ-5167

Date of Issue: January 15,2010

Cause of Order: Improper Erosion, Sedimentation and Pollution Control Plan; failure to provide adequate (or no) daily, weekly inspection reports or sampling reports; improper erosion and sediment controls  

Requirement(s) of Order: Project completed and school has filed Permit Notice of Termination  

Settlement Amount: $30,000
Even though the economy is horrible and many of us have lost our jobs, let's not forget our US military men and women for the sacrifice they give daily!  The next time you go driving, hiking, fishing or hunting, give thanks and honor to our past and present military men and women!
This 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!  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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