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Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District
The City of Griffin generously offers this one day stormwater seminar Free of Charge for general contractors, builders, municipalities, engineers, consultants, site inspectors, and others. This year promises to be very interactive and information packed!
This is an awesome opportunity to see first hand the new, old favorites, and emerging BMPs that if properly implemented can save money and keep the mud out!
FEAR IN A HANDFUL OF DUST
|Heard County, GA|
Photo: Jack Delano, 1941
What are the roots that clutch, what brances grow
out of this stony rubbish? Son of man, you cannot say or guess, for you know only a heap of broken images, where the sun beats, the dead tree gives no shelter, the cricket no relief, and the dry stone no sound of water. Only come in under the shadow of this red rock and I will show you something different from either your shadow at morning striding behind you, or your shadow at evening rising to meet you;
I will show you fear in a handful of dust.
Let us ever remember, never forget, and be fearful if we have!!
The USEPA is proposing a regulation that would require electronic reporting for current paper-based NPDES reports.
The CWA requires that municipal, industrial or commercial facilities that discharge wastewater directly into waters of the United States obtain a permit. The NPDES program requires that permitted facilities monitor and report data on pollutant discharges and take other actions to ensure discharges do not affect human health or the environment. The proposed Clean Water Act regulation would require permittees and regulators to use existing, available information technology to electronically report information and data related to the NPDES permit program in lieu of filing written reports. The proposal will also allow better allocation and use of limited program resources and enhance transparency and public accountability by providing regulatory agencies and the public with more timely, complete, accurate, and nationally-consistent sets of data about the NPDES program and potential sources of water pollution.
- We serve Breakfast for recertification & Lunch for all initial certification courses! This is included in your registration fee, and we did not raise our prices.
- Attendees receive a FREE FIELD MANUAL at all classroom trainings.
- We've added a Level 1A Fundamentals & 1A/1B and Level II Re-Cert courses in Dalton, GA!
- We have added a Saturday Level 1A Fundamentals & Level 1A/1B and Level II Re-cert courses in Norcross! (CLICK HERE to register for the next Saturday (August 24th) class.
- We have added Sub-Contractor Awareness certifications to all of our Re-Certification locations. The 2-Hour course will be held from 1-3pm.
- MS4 Stormwater Treatment System Certified Inspector (STSCInspector) training for Phase 1 and II Municipalities. Call Luke at 678-469-5120 to schedule a training session for your group!
If you have special requests, We Listen!
What kind of changes should I expect to see in the new NPDES General Permit for Construction when it comes out for public comment soon?"
Click here to see the EPDs Draft summary of changes.
How can a linear infrastructure project disturb more than 1- acre but less than 5-acres, and not be required to file a NOI?
To be eligible for this exemption in the
existing GAR100002 permit
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 (as indicted in Georgia's Green Book, and (3) the project shall have a duration of less than 90 days.
This language will change a little in the new permit. Cl
nk in Answer 1 above to see the proposed change.
EPA's National Stormwater Calculator is a desktop application that estimates the annual amount of rainwater and frequency of runoff from a specific site anywhere in the United States (including Puerto Rico). Estimates are based on local soil conditions, land cover, and historic rainfall records. It is designed to be used by anyone interested in reducing runoff from a property, including:
- site developers,
- landscape architects,
- urban planners, and
Click here to send other questions you may have, or send an email to
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CLEAN WATER LAW
Florida Man And His Corporation Sentenced For Illegal Dredging And Wetlands Violations In Panama City
July 17, 2013
PANAMA CITY, FLORIDA Brian Raphael D'Isernia, 69, of PanamaCity Beach, Florida, and Lagoon Landing, LLC, a corporation controlled by D'Isernia, were sentenced in federal court, Northern District of Florida for illegal dredging and felony wetlands violations. The defendants were ordered to pay a criminal fine totaling $2.25 million dollars, the largest criminal fine assessed for wetlands violations in Florida history.
Shipping Corporation & Two Engineers Convicted in 'Magic Pipe' Case, NorfolkVa.
Diana Shipping Services S.A., was indicted on May 22, 2013, in an 11-count superseding indictment alleging the illegal discharging of waste oil and oil-contaminated waste water in violation of the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships. In September 2012, crew members of the M/V Thetis, a cargo vessel operated by Diana Shipping Services, reported that the vessel was discharging its bilge waste and sludge illegally by various means, including a "magic pipe" that bypassed the oily water separator. Coast Guard inspectors boarded the vessel when it entered port in Norfolk and discovered the "magic pipe" and that the oily water separator was non-functioning. This case was investigated by the Coast Guard Investigative Service and the EPA's Criminal Investigations Division.
|Facility:||North Georgia Technical College/Toccoa; order issued to Talbot Construction|
|Date of Issue:||July 30,2013|
|Cause of Order:||Violations of General NPDES Permit for Storm Water Discharges from Construction Activities/sediment to waters of the state, poor record keeping |
|Requirement(s) of Order: ||Immediately install/maintain proper erosion and sediment controls at project site |
|Settlement Amount:||$6567.00 |
|Chicken House Construction - Doesn't look bad |
when it's NOT raining
|Facility:||BAXTER CHICKEN HOUSES|
|Date of Issue:||July 29,2013|
|Cause of Order:||Violations of General NPDES Permit for Storm Water Discharges Associated with Construction Activity/failure to conduct daily, weekly and monthly erosion/sedimentation control inspections, as required.|
|Requirement(s) of Order: ||Conduct all required inspection/reporting requirements in Permit, submitting proper certified implementation letter to EPD.|
|Settlement Amount:||$1500.00 |
|Facility:||Georgia Power - Plant Bowen/Cartersville|
|Date of Issue:||July 29,2013|
|Cause of Order:||Violations of NPDES Permit/failure to monitor |
|Requirement(s) of Order: ||Correct immediately |
|Settlement Amount:||$500.00 |
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- DON't FORGET ABOUT OUR ONLINE COURSES FOR THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY to name a few:
- Hazard Communication
- Heat Stress
- Lockout-Tagout Awareness
- Hearing Protection
- Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
We are here to Help YOU!
We can set you up so you can perform your own inspections and water sampling, or we can do them for you. We can give you a killer deal on an EPA Compliant Hanna Turbidimeter. We can also help even if it's just answering a question or two.
Contact us anytime at 678-469-5120 or firstname.lastname@example.org
DAMS ON THE CHATTAHOOCHEE
(actually two dams (Crop Hop Dam & Crow Hop Dam)
Built about the same time as Langdale, one river mile upstream, the Riverview dam and hydroelectric plant originally powered several West Point textile mills. In the 1930s, Georgia Power took over the plant. Riverview consists of two stone masonry dams (one known as Crop Hop Dam), both with free-flow spillways that create scenic, long waterfall drops. The older one is 10-feet high and extends 200 feet from the Alabama bank to Hill Island. The 1918 powerhouse located at the west end has two units that still produce 500 kilowatts. The later upper dam (Crow Hop Dam) is 15 feet high and 944 feet long and pushes the river to the western channel around Hills Island to provide more water to the generators. The dam and plant are directly behind the Riverview Mill, as is a small day-use Georgia Power park with a footbridge to a small island next to Hills Island. There are short trails to the lower spillway dam and the Chattahoochee, offering picturesque views of river shoals and distant hills. Directions: From CR 379 in River View, turn east at Milner's Grocery & Deli and take the first left (north) almost immediately. About a 0.5 later the road forks into three sections. Take the furthest right one, which leads to the Riverview Mill.
After taking the MS4 STORMWATER TREATMENT SYSTEM CERTIFIED INSPECTOR (STSCI) course, you will receive a certification card with your photo. The MS4 certification card proves that you have been properly trained and have been educated about the MS4 program, inspections, and reporting requirements!
We can also help you with your annual reporting. We have teamed with CBI, the nations premier MS4 Reporting Software company who are working stormwater professionals. If you are having a difficult time organizing all of those records and submitting that Annual Report to you state environmental agency, we can help! Not only do we provide MS4 Training for cities, counties, DOTs and universities, we also get you connected with a cost effective solution for your MS4 Annual Reporting Requirements!
The MS4 Web software is customizable state of the art software that can make annual reporting less expensive, much simpler, and a lot easier!
CONTACT US if you want to be MS4 certified and/or need more information about our highly rated training and MS4 reporting software!
- Who Needs to Be Certified, REALLY?
- Reporting and Plan submittal requirements, EPD style.
- What other training courses does GeoLOGIC provide? A lot actually!
As I sit in my nice comfortable house, protected from the elements & enjoying the treated water from my tap and cool air from my AC, I am reminded of the wisdom gained from hardship and the resultant sacrifice by so many Americans to provide me the blessings I enjoy today! Gratitude makes my soul happy and a desire to help someone else. Gratitude ALWAYS gives me more than the Fear that comes from Complaining for what I don't have.
Before the Clean Water Act was passed, sediment, sewage, and chemicals caused America's rivers, like the Chattahoochee River, to be void of fish. As Americans, we cannot take our eyes off of the importance of water quality. Respecting our neighbors downstream is what the Clean Water Act is all about! It's important that we sacrifice a little to give our future generations an equally great place to work, live, fish, hunt, and enjoy.
There is a lot happening today with water regulations that affect 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.
T. Luke Owen,PG
President/Principal Trainer and Consultant