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Stormwater Quality...A Direct  Relationship to Fish Quality
2009 Fish Consumption Guidelines - Georgia
Stormwater, once it picks up pollutants on land, can affect the health of the fish, and bugs that fish feed on in our waterways.  Sediment has an affect on water quality by helping to concentrate pollutants.  The quality of sport fish caught in Georgia is very good; however, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), mercury, chlordane, DDT residues (DDT/DDE/DDD), toxaphene (and related compounds), and dieldrin have been found in some fish.  In most cases, the levels of these chemicals are low. However, to help ensure the good health of Georgians, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has developed guidelines for how often certain species of fish can be safely eaten. These guidelines are based on the best scientific information and procedures available.
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"The Instructor was passionate about the importance of construction for Georgia, as well as preserving our water resources, which I appreciated as a builder and outdoorsman."
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Draft Georgia 2010 305(b)/303(d) List Documents *NEW*- February 17, 2010

The Georgia 2010 305(b)/303(d) draft list of waters was prepared in accordance with Sections 305(b) and 303(d) of the Federal Clean Water Act and guidance from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Written Comments on the draft list are welcome. To ensure their consideration, written comments should be received before 4:30 p.m. March 19, 2010. Information regarding where to send written comments is included in the "Public Notice" link below.

303d List Public Meeting 3-19-10
USEPA Pays Special Attention to Florida Stormwater Quality
EPA Region 4South Coastal Georgia and much of Florida have a lot in common with regard to their stormwater challenges in the form of nutrient loading problems.  Piedmont Georgia has faster moving water and therefore different challenges.
Florida and South Georgia Nutrient Problem!
In 2009, EPA entered into a consent decree, approved by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida, with the Florida Wildlife Federation to propose limits to pollution. The proposed action, released for public comment and based heavily on state data and science developed in collaboration with the state, would set a series of numeric limits on the amount of phosphorus and nitrogen, also known as "nutrients," that would be allowed in Florida's lakes, rivers, streams, springs and canals. The proposed standards aim to make it easier and quicker to address the economic, environmental and health issues of nutrient pollution.

Nutrient pollution can damage drinking water sources; increase exposure to harmful algal blooms, which are made of toxic microbes that can cause damage to the nervous system or even death; and form byproducts in drinking water from disinfection chemicals, some of which have been linked with serious human illnesses like bladder cancer. Phosphorus and nitrogen pollution come from stormwater runoff, municipal wastewater treatment, fertilization of crops and livestock manure. Nitrogen also forms from the burning of fossil fuels, like gasoline. Nutrient problems can happen in local ambient water or much further downstream, leading to degraded lakes, reservoirs, and estuaries, and to hypoxic "dead" zones where aquatic life can no longer survive. High amounts of nitrogen and phosphorus in surface water result in harmful algal blooms, dead fish, reduced mating grounds and nursery habitats for fish.
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Clean Drinking Water Costs are Growing.....Learn How to Conserve!

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How much water are you using at your home?  Follow the easy steps below and fill in the information boxes on our Water Use Calculator to learn. Our Calculator will give you a water budget for the inside and outside of your home. A water budget tells you the right amount of water you should be using. Compare the water budget to your actual water bill and see how much water you could be saving. Then try the Water Use Calculator again with more water efficient landscaping added and see the difference in savings $$ this can make.  

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With all the rain, comes more slope instability and massive erosion unless measures are taken to remove the threat.  That's where Anionic Polyacrylamide comes in. 
Soft Armoring is the process by which soft, pliable open-weave matting (i.e. jute, coir, coconut, hemp, burlap, etc.) is placed onto the soil surface.  The soil-specific polymer is then applied, and reacts with the metals and clays within the soil to bind it together.  This complex attaches to the matting, creating a highly erosive resistant surface that will support vegetation along with aiding in attachment of fine particulate to the matting surface.
Polymer Application for Soft Armoring
Polymer-enhanced soft armor applications are cost effective and easy to install.  Place an open-weave geotextile fabric flush to the soil surface (do not allow tenting).  Apply the correct powder polymer for the specific soil and clay type to the surface of the matting.  Much of the polymer will fall through the matting and contact the soil, the rest will attach directly to the matting.  This system produces a matrix that is highly resistant to erosion.  Seed, fertilizer, lime (if needed) and polymer may be added together for ease of application
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The violations identified below are Fundamental NO NO's that thousands of Georgia's certified peronnel are taught about in the Level 1A, Level 1B and Level 2 certification courses.
Facility: DOT maintenance project/I-75 Southbound Ramp at Pio Nono Avenue; order issued to GA Department of Transportation
Location/Date of Order: Bibb County/March 8, 2010
Order No: EPD-WQ-5180
Cause of Order: Buffer breached; failure to provide Notice of Intent.
Requirements of Order:  Implement approved stream buffer restoration plan; submit proper NOI and applicable fees for land disturbing activities; implement abbreviated erosion control plan along with approved work plan submitted June 26, 2009; designate properly certified personnel to conduct inspections, as required in plan 
Settlement Amount: Only $8,300 
Obvious questions now being asked by Georgia's Blue Card, Red Card, Tan and Gray Card certified personnel.....
1) Why does GDOT continue to have permit noncompliance issues ... ESPECIALLY while our economy is suffering and citizen's have to pay for easily avoidable fines?
2) Should the EPD overlook GDOT's noncompliance of the laws that protect our water resources, or should GDOT step up their expectations for Clean Water Act and GESA compliance of themselves and some of their contractors?
3) Is the financial sting given by the EPD for GDOT's permit noncompliance, high enough for taxpayers to really hear about?! 
4) Does the GDOT take Georgia's required training serious for it's own projects? 
5) Do GDOT employees, and GDOT contractors understand their responsibility to set a good example for us all?
Finding agreement on how stormwater dollars and enforcement is performed may seem impossible at times, BUT although times are tough, we all have an amazing life when compared to what most of the world faces every day.  
The next time you take a drive, go for a hike, catch a fish or celebrate a successful hunt.....take a moment to think a grateful thought, make a difference somewhere with someone, and give thanks and honor to the United States of America and the sacrifice our past and present military men and women have provided so we can enjoy the liberty and freedom we share, and so easily take for granted!
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, or areas of concern you would like included in this newsletter, please contact us at 678-469-5120.
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