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About the Center

2014-2015 Work Plan

Stormwater Community of Practice (COP)

The Center will host a stormwater COP to discuss current and emerging issues in stormwater management and the development and implementation of the NPDES Programs.  The COP will be open to varying disciplines within the 52 AASHTO member departments.  The calls will be facilitated by a consultant who will develop and distribute summary notes as a result of each of the calls. In addition, work will be completed from the FY14 workplan. 

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Expediting Project Delivery

The Center will work with FHWA to progress the following tasks:

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Priority Topics

The Center will work with FHWA and state DOTs to develop and progress the following tasks:

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Extreme Weather Impacts on Transportation Infrastructure

Develop extreme weather sessions at key AASHTO summer meetings and regional meetings.  Sessions will provide updates on FHWA efforts and overviews of new research and tools available since the 2013 National Symposium: Impacts of Extreme Weather Events on Transportation.  

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Stochastic Empirical Loading Dilution Model (SELDM )- Peer Exchange and Knowledge Transfer

The peer exchange and knowledge transfer to be organized and hosted by FHWA will consist of a three day discussion for approximately 20 state DOT stormwater and hydraulic experts to analyze and critique the new joint FHWA/USGS water quality runoff model which replaces the 1990 FHWA Driscoll model.   This will provide a forum for participants to discuss water quality challenges, utilization of the software, technical assistance needs as well as incorporating the model into NEPA.  The results will help identify state DOT water quality needs. The Center will provide input to FHWA and their consultant regarding the peer exchange and assist in providing travel assistance to the state DOTs attending.

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Environmental Compliance at Highway Maintenance Facilities Practitioner's Handbook

Publish a Practitioner’s Handbook on Environmental Compliance at Highway Maintenance Facilities, including effective and cost efficient stewardship practices. Hold a webinar to present and provide an overview of this Handbook. Also develop maintenance flip book on priority topics in the Handbook. 

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Stormwater Management Flip Books for Construction and Maintenance Practitioners

Utilizing Practitioners Handbook 13: Developing and Implementing a Stormwater Management Program in a Transportation Agency, develop two flipbooks- one for construction practitioners and one for maintenance practitioners.

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National Stormwater Practitioner's Meeting, Webinar and Whitepaper

Conduct a 2014 National Stormwater Practitioner’s Meeting geared to stormwater practitioners at State DOTs and FHWA who work in environment, design, construction, maintenance, hydraulics and hydrology to provide them a forum to share state of the art practices and discuss plans for implemented new requirements.  Develop and conduct a post meeting webinar to share highlights from the meeting with a wide range of practitioners.  Develop and post a post meeting white paper to further share best practices, success, challenges and research.

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NEPA/404 Merger

The Center will bring together state DOT representatives, FHWA, EPA and USACE to discuss how to efficiently merge NEPA and Section 404 requirements.

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Center Website

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Environmental Research

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Speakers Bureau

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Oversee and Coordinate the Work of the Center in Consultation with the Advisory Board

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AASHTO (American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials)
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