MSC IECA 2016 Newsletter Volume II

MSC IECA Monthly News & Updates


2016 IECA Annual Conference Recap - San Antonio, Texas

The annual IECA conference - EC16 was held in San Antonio, TX from February 17 to February 19, 2016.  The day before the conference began offered several full day classes that were well attended.  There were approximately 60 attendees at the conference that are members of the Mountain States Chapter.  Chapter meetings were held on Wednesday evening and 16 people from MSC discussed a few topics of general interest.  The main topics were the types of education classes the members would like to have made available in 2016. Please stay in touch with the MSC through the chapter's webpage and quarterly newsletter to learn more about these upcoming education classes and events.  

2016 MSC IECA Election 

In May the IECA MSC will be holding an election for several positions. Everyone is invited to run, recommend and vote on the following positions. 

State Represenatives - Utah, Wyoming and Montana
Denver Board of Directors - 3 Open Positions

Upcoming Events

MSC IECA Earth Day Tweetup
Mountain States Chapter Social Event for Front Range Members

Date: Friday, April 22, 2016
Time: Meet up at 2:30 at CitySet - 660 S Colorado Blvd, Glendale, CO (This is one block west of CDPHE and right next to Cherry Creek.)
Creek Clean Up from 2:30-4:00
Happy Hour at World of Beer from 4:00-...
Parking: There is plenty of parking is available at CitySet, including a free covered parking garage.

Event: We will meet at CitySet and start our creek clean up along the City of Glendale's stretch of Cherry Creek.  The City has volunteered to dispose of the trash we pick up.  From there, we will plan to head to World of Beer for Happy Hour. The Mountain States Chapter will provide appetizers for volunteers at Happy Hour and will have water and soft drinks available during the cleanup.

For more information on the Glendale Cherry Creek cleanup, contact Carrie Powers.  Her email is and phone number is (303) 639-4507.

What Is a TWEETUP?

What is a Tweetup? A tweetup is an event where people who use Twitter and share a common interest come together to meet in person. At a tweetup you meet the people you might only otherwise know virtually. While attending the event, individuals can tweet: where they are, who they are with and what they're doing using the hashtag #IECAEarthDay. Uploading pictures of the event is encouraged!

If you are participating in a different cleanup effort in your area for Earth Day, please tweet about it using the hashtag #IECAEARTHDAY +@IECAREGION1 to take part in the IECA effort.  We would like to have members participate in your own communities if you can't join us in Denver.


Wyoming Habitat Restoration Workshop

The Wyoming Reclamation and Restoration Center (WRRC) at the University of Wyoming (UW)
is hosting a conference on April 19-20, 2016 in Casper, WY.  The event will focus on natural resource production, wildlife and land management and restoration and reclamation in Wyoming and the Rocky Mountain Region.
The WRRC is an interdisciplinary program between the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and that works closely with the School of Energy Resources. Their vision is to establish a premier regional center for restoration, reclamation and rehabilitation of disturbed ecosystems based on sound ecological, agricultural and economical practices.
Some of the session topics are:
  • Past Efforts & Future Concerns
  • Industry & Agency Collaboration
  • Effectiveness of the Governor's Sage Grouse Executive Order (SGEO)
  • Industry Conservation Efforts
The WRRC events are always very popular and well attended. Make sure to register soon!
for a detailed agenda of speakers, discussion topics, call for posters, and sponsorship opportunities.

IECA MSC Membership Meeting

What: Lunch and Learn, CDPHE WQCD Roundtable Discussion
Where: AGC Education Center, 1114 W 7th Ave, Denver, CO
Date: May 20th, 2016
Time: 11:00 - 1:00
Limit: 45

The meeting will allow, in a casual setting, the WQCD staff to communicate to industry professionals and stakeholders anything that the WQCD thinks is important regarding CDPS topics (Stormwater, groundwater, MS4 phase 2, etc.). Then, address any specific industry questions submitted. 

Please submit questions 2 days in advance of meeting to Bill Robinson:

More information will be coming in a formal meeting invitation in the following weeks. Keep your eye out.

Part 1 of 5 Part Recipe for Compliance Success: 

Corporate Commitment 

Creating a successful stormwater program is like baking a cake. If you leave out any of the key ingredients, your program, like your cake, will fall flat. With fines of up to $37,500 per day per violation, you may not be able to stomach the results of a failed program. There are basically only five ingredients to a cost-effective, sustainable stormwater compliance program.

The first and most important ingredient is making a Corporate Commitment to achieve regulatory compliance.

But, before ownership or upper-level management can make a real commitment they must have some idea of what they are committing the company to. They need to know what will be required of their employees to achieve compliance goals and clearly communicate that expectation to everyone in the organization. If left to the folks at the project or facility level, complying with many of the regulatory requirements often doesn't seem to make common sense, or, may seem counter to project goals like saving money or cutting time out of the schedule. Therefore, compliance probably won't happen unless the employee is certain that following the regulations is always the right priority.

Because the stormwater regulations are relatively new to our industry, many executives didn't have to deal with them during their own field careers. They find the level of stormwater regulatory expectations hard to believe until a stop work order is issued or they suffer through an enforcement action on one of their projects. Most folks in the field have a better understanding of the current expectations and are willing and able to do what is required. They need to know meeting those expectations is important to the company and they need to be provided the training and the tools to get the job done right. Providing them the right tools is another commitment the company must make. The next article in this series talks about implementing a standardized management system which is the most important compliance tool a company can employ. 

Executives should be encouraged to know that Corporate Commitment is by far the easiest of the five ingredients to implement. It really is as easy as making the decision to comply with the regulations, empower the employees with the training and tools they need and then commit 30 minutes each month thereafter to follow through. It may even be easier than baking a cake!

Bill Robinson is the Founder and President of Stormwater Risk Management, LLC and ComplianceWise Technologies, LLC in Denver, CO, and serves as Treasurer of the Mountain States Chapter of IECA.

State of WY Large and Small Construction General Permit Renewals

The Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality (WDEQ) released the proposed permit changes for public comment on February 16, 2016 for storm water discharges associated with construction activities.  These permits are for covering storm water discharges from any clearing, grading or excavation projects. The current general permits expire March 15, 2016.  Operators with active permit authorizations will maintain coverage under WDEQ administrative extension until the drafts get finalized.

Some of the permit changes are:
  • Additional verbiage indicating the need to comply with other regulations (NEPA, ESA, NHPA) and the Sage Grouse EO that apply to the Operator's project
  • Additional uses of the NOI to include renewal of authorizations with early expiration dates
  • An electronic system (nForm) for submitting NOIs 
  • Allowance of partial project transfers with new form - Notice of Partial Transfer (NPT)
  • Project maps need to indicate stormwater run-on areas
  • Permit renewal fee submitted upfront for entire duration of requested permit term 
  • Verbiage that prohibits discharges that lead to deposition of sediment within storm water conveyance systems

Operators with current permits will need to renew their permits to continue coverage using the renewal Notice of Intent (NOI) from WDEQ and must complete and submit this within 60 days of receipt.  Operators must also update their current Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plans (SWPPP) to meet the new General Permit conditions before October 1, 2016. The new Construction General Permits are expected to be issued around the middle of April 2016.

Aaron Peterson with SWCA Environmental Consultants shared this update. 

Is all Silt Fence Created Equal? 

I have been asked to explain how silt fence is "measured" or quantified. 

Is silt fence all the same? Oh no... It seems that in our business all things are measured in different ways. Just as a ruler is a unit of measure of distance many items are quantified by their weight (light, heavier, etc)

There are many different weights of silt fence. That's why there are so many different stripe patterns. Most of it comes from Asia so instead of being measured in ounces by weight per square yard it's measured weight in grams per square meter. 

A CDOT approved weight will be between 95 and 100 grams per square meter but lighter weights can go all of the way down to 60 grams. What's the difference in the field? On installations in a windy area like DIA it means the difference between ripping or not. 

There is also a monofilament silt fence available for very high wind areas. The threads used in the vertical weave are monofilament (think fishing line- very strong) and it passes quite a bit more water than traditional slit tape threads.

So when you see a great price there might be a reason. 

Don't forget that Silt Fence is available not only in the 100 foot rolls with the stakes attached but also in bulk rolls without the stakes so that it can be installed using a silt fence machine. These rolls come in 500, 1000, 1200 and 1500 foot rolls depending on the type. 

There are also some alternatives to traditional silt fence that can be reused multiple times over many jobs. They are usually made out of a thicker more durable plastic. Big surprise though they cost more. However once used multiple times the cost per use us significantly lower per job than single use products.

Ron Whiteman has served on the Mountain States Chapter Board for IECA since 2007. He works for Bowman Construction Supply Inc. in Denver.

Salt Lake County to pay $280k to resolve water-pollution violations

EMMA PENROD|The Salt Lake Tribune

After years of failing to meet state and federal expectations for storm water pollution control, Salt Lake County has agreed to pay a $280,000 penalty to settle the matter - the largest fine related to storm water in state history.
The fine is just one of more than a dozen provisions for restitution included in a consent decree the state hopes to finalize in the coming months. Walter Baker, the director of the Utah Division of Water Quality, said his division and the Environmental Protection Agency hope the decree will bring an end to what they view as the county's long-running failure to enforce measures intended to prevent pollution from reaching Utah's waterways.....
To continue reading the article follow this link. SLC Violations.

Gregory Baptist shared this article with IECA. He works for Salt Lake County Townships in Utah.

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