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- In the 1600's, the public's respect for science was in it's infancy.  This was evidenced when a few scientists were widely criticized when they proclaimed that "the spawn of fish and other marine animals had been raised with the vapors from the sea, brought inland by clouds, and deposited by rain to permeate the interior of the earth and produce the fossil remains we find in the rocks today"  As you know, we've learned a lot about fossils since that time.

Dust Bowl Days

- In 1934, a dust storm worked its way from the Midwest, obscuring the sun and leaving a thick layer of dust covering an expanse of states as it traveled to the Atlantic Ocean.  The topsoil was blown and washed away leaving land unsuitable for growing crops.  It wasn't until this  catastrophe that we woke up and Congress realized that soil erosion truly did pose a menace to the national welfare, and which led directly to the enactment of the Soil Erosion Service in the early 1930's.


- In 1937, populations of whitetail deer in Georgia were down to 12,000 statewide.  Roughly 2/two thirds of those were in 4 counties.  Today we now enjoy a population of 1,400,000 deer and can shoot 12 deer per year per hunter right in Fulton County thanks to the wildlife conservation efforts which took place in the 50's and 60's.


DDT Spray on Kids- In 1947, DDT was considered a miracle Pesticide and  safe enough to spray on children and even Eat! Click Here to watch a video!  Obviously much has been learned since that time about the biological hazards and effects of DDT.


- In 1950, the Colorado River flowed freely into the Gulf of California (Pacific Ocean), and provided the most diverse desert wetland area in the world.  It now dries up in the desert due to over use.  Did we learn from this?


- In the 1960's, water pollution mostly from sewage and fertilizers caused the waters of the Chattahoochee and Savannah rivers to be void of fish for hundreds of miles!

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- In 1977, wild turkey's were virtually non existent in Georgia primarily due to the destruction of their habitat.  Today, we enjoy a population of over 340,000 birds due  to habitat re-construction efforts.

From 2000 to 2010, Georgia grew by 18.3% (nearly 2 Million people).  Georgia's population in 1900 was roughly 2.3 Million. 




WAS one of the MANY AMERICAN'S who failed to look at how we neglected wildlife and water resources and the consequences that resulted.  I've since learned that it is NOW more important than EVER BEFORE to properly use our environmental laws to protect our way of life.  Given our current population explosion, it wouldn't take much neglect for our Country's environmental resources to be in real trouble.  Look at China's environment as an example of what happens when a government blows off protecting their natural resources in favor of "unbridled" economic growth.  Neglect will catch us off guard.  For Georgia's growing population, erosion prevention and sediment control is a critical issue that must be taken seriously.


NPDES Training InstituteWe must continue to learn from our the past.  We must honestly  apply "real" science to our ongoing environmental challenges, and  utilize our free enterprise system that empowers American ingenuity if we are to move forward as a strong nation. 

To forget the damage we once caused, as well as the improvements we've made to our natural resources, would redefine stupidity. 

We ALL must deepen our gratitude and appreciation for the qualities that have made our country great!  Environmental laws like the Clean Water Act, if properly applied, will continue to make our country strong, both economically and environmentally!

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See if you can find where the pipe is that will take the mud to a creek that leads to the Chattahoochee River?
NPDES GAR100002 Infrastructure General Permit may not apply to your project even if it involves 1-acre or more of land disturbance?
CLICK HERE to read GAR100002, Part 1.C.1 for full details of the summary discussed below.
For discharges of stormwater that result in land disturbance of less than five (5) acres and consist solely of routine maintenance for the original purpose of the facility that is performed to maintain the original line and grade and the hydraulic capacity, as applicable.   IN ORDER TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR THIS EXEMPTION, the project must comply with the following conditions: 
1 - No mass grading shall occur on the project,
2 - the project shall be stabilized by the end of each day with temporary or permanent stabilization, and
3 - the project shall have a duration of less than 90 calendar days.
NOTE:  Although the above conditions exempt NPDES coverage, keep in mind that mucking out a drainage may still require coverage under an Army Corp 404 Permit for dredging and/or filling.
EPA Releases New Tool with Information about
Water Pollution Across the U.S.


EPAs Discharge Monitor ToolThe U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the release of a new tool that provides the public with information about pollutants that are released into local waterways. The Discharge Monitoring Report (DMR) Pollutant Loading Tool  brings together millions of records and allows for easy searching and mapping of water pollution by local area, watershed, company, industry sector, and pollutant. People can use this new tool to protect their health and the health of their communities.  
Facilities releasing water pollution, such as wastewater treatment plants or industrial manufacturers, must receive a permit to discharge under the Clean Water Act. Each permit sets specific limits for how much can be discharged. It also requires the permittee to frequently sample their wastewater discharges and report the data to their state or EPA permitting authority.
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As MS4 Training providers for cities and counties, we felt it was good to share an annual reporting software solution to your budget challenges.  The MS4 Web program is a customizable, state of the art software that can make annual reporting much simpler and easier


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You may wonder what is a Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4)? A MS4 is a conveyance or a system of conveyances that is owned by a state, city, town, village, military base, or other public entity (Universities) that discharges stormwater to waters of the United States.  A MS4 collects or conveys stormwater (including storm drains, pipes, ditches, etc.).   It's not a combined sewer system and is not part of a publically owned treatment works (POTW).  MS4s must report annually to the State administering the MS4 permit or the US EPA.

Georgia's New 303d List is Out! 


Bio M SurveyThe  State of Georgia has completed the compilation of a list of waters in accordance with Section 303(d) of the Clean Water Act. The listing was produced by the Georgia Environmental Protection Division in accordance with U. S. Environmental Protection Agency rules and  Guidelines.

The list and other supporting documents can be found on the Georgia DNR/EPD Web page http://www.gaepd.org/Documents/305b.html.


Dredging and Filling - CWA ViolationEPD ENFORCEMENT

 What happens when raw sewage get's discharged into our creeks, rivers and lakes?  It Happens A LOT MORE than you might think!


Facility:City of Savannah sewer system
Location: Chatham County
Order Number:EPD-WQ-5358
Cause of Order:Spills to waters of the state  
Requirement(s) of Order:     Submit approvable corrective action plan to ensure elimination or minimization of sewer system overflows; CAP to include: spill response, repair, replacement, maintenance, reporting, inspections, 2)Fats/Oils/Greese Program, 3)evaluation and replacement or upgrade of wastewater collection system; implement plan according to schedule (not to exceed 5 years), providing semi-annual progress updates  
Settlement Amount:$23,750.00 
Date Notice Posted: January 09, 2012

Aren't you glad that things like this get caught and corrected!  That's what the Clean Water Act is all about.  This is not to throw stones at any municipality!  Many times spills come from problems with old and outdated systems. We all need to support upgrades to our water and wastewater treatment systems!


Get involved and learn the truth behind environmental protection.  Sportsmen for Fish and Wildlife is a great organization to get involved with in the Western US.  The poorly handled introduction and management of wolves has damaged elk and deer populations in many areas.  Here, in the southeast US, we have a long history of environmental impact!  If it weren't for our environmental protection guidelines and regulations, many of our water ways would be severely impaired!  
Please write a letter or send a small gift to a soldier, thanking them for their willingness to serve our country.  Your small expression of gratitude will mean more to them than you will know!  
This Newsletter is intended to be a useful tool for all individuals involved land disturbing activities and stormwater management.  There is a lot happening now with water regulations that affects a diverse community of public and private entities!  If you have areas of interest that you would like included in this newsletter, please contact us at 678-469-5120. 


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T. Luke Owen, PG
Principal Trainer, NPDES Stormwater Training Institute