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To keep up with ever-increasing state and federal regulations on stormwater management, state departments of transportation (DOTs) are shaking up their stormwater management programs to make them more effective at curbing pollutants in stormwater runoff. This was the topic of a March 17 web forum held by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials. The web forum, Stormwater Program Organizational Structure, presented by AASHTO's Center for Environmental Excellence Stormwater Management Community of Practice and the Federal Highway Administration, was held for DOT stormwater practitioners to discuss organizational attributes and practices key to promoting surface water quality protection, and how to integrate stormwater program requirements into the agency's daily business practices. The web forum was facilitated by Anna Lantin with Michael Baker International on behalf of AASHTO and FHWA.
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A web forum was held for Departments of Transportation (DOT) stormwater practitioners to discuss the lessons learned, and process improvements for temporary construction BMP practices and administrative processes regarding DOT construction projects. This was the second of three planned web forums on topics that are relevant to the implementation of DOT NPDES Programs.
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This webinar addresses how water quality is affecting the project delivery process, describes post-construction treatment best management practices, and discusses green infrastructure and low impact development implementation for highways.
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Anna Lantin, P.E., Facilitator, AASHTO Stormwater Community of Practice, Michael Baker International
Water Quality and the Project Delivery Process
Andrew McDaniel, P.E., Highway Stormwater Program Manager, North Carolina Department of Transportation
Emerging BMPs and Issues
Scott McGowen, P.E., Chief Environmental Engineer, Caltrans, Chair AASHTO Stormwater Work Group
Green Infrastructure/Low Impact Development Implementation
Kenneth Stone, P.E., Environmental Manager, Washington State Department of Transportation
Webinar first conducted December 8, 2015 as part of the AASHTO Stormwater Community of Practice Web Forum, made available by AASHTO in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration.
This webinar of AASHTO's 2014 National Stormwater Practitioner's Meeting, held on July 28-31, 2014, in Washington, D.C., brought together department of transportation stormwater experts from more than 35 states to exchange ideas, best practices, and lessons learned related to improving DOT stormwater programs.
On July 28-31, 2014, the Center for Environmental Excellence by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), in conjunction with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), District of Columbia Department of Transportation (DDOT) and the Environmental Technical Assistance Program (ETAP) held the fourth National Stormwater Practitioners Meeting in Washington, DC. The meeting brought state DOT stormwater experts from 35 states together with representatives from AASHTO, FHWA, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), and the Association of Clean Water Administrators (ACWA). The meeting brought experts together to share best practices, issues, and opportunities in an effort to continue improving DOT stormwater programs, understand compliance with water quality regulations, and incorporate solutions in day-to-day practices.
This webinar provides information presented and discussed at the AASHTO National Stormwater meeting. The presentations provide support for DOTs facing new and more complex state and federal regulation to reduce pollution in stormwater discharges.
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Kate Kurgan, Senior Program Manager for Environment, American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials
Scott McGowen, P.E., Chief Environmental Engineer, California Department of Transportation
Rachel Herbert, Physical Scientist, USEPA Headquarters, Water Permits Division
Anna Lantin, P.E., Vice President, RBF Consulting, a Company of Michael Baker Corporation
Webinar first conducted October 23, 2012 by AASHTO, in cooperation with FHWA.
This webinar emphasizes the experience that DOTs have gained regarding the design, operation and maintenance of BMPs to meet increasingly more stringent and pollutant specific permit requirements. The webinar highlights the increasing permitting requirements, the availability and use of several NCHRP reports intended to assist DOTs in the selection and design of BMPs to meet water quality goals for new projects, as well as retrofits and actual DOT experiences and methods for meeting permit requirements.
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G. Scott McGowen, P.E., Chief Environmental Engineer, California Department of Transportation
Eric Strecker, P.E., Principal, Geosyntec Consultants
Le Nguyen, P.E., Hydraulics Engineer, Washington State Department of Transportation
Michael Barrett, Ph.D., Research Associate Professor, University of Texas
Peter Mattejat, P.E., NPDES Coordinator, Maryland Transportation Authority
Webinar first conducted June 7, 2012 by AASHTO, in cooperation with FHWA and FTA.
This webinar discusses proven strategies to achieve better environmental performance for DOTs facing increasing challenges from stormwater-focused environmental regulations, stringent budget shortfalls, and audits. Presenters describe how some DOTs are responding to old and new requirements, how maturing TMDLs and the Endangered Species Act are impacting the transportation world, and how to achieve the transparency and accountability needed to meet increased DOT responsibilities.
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Rik Gay, Colorado Department of Transportation, Deputy Water Quality Program Manager, Making it Easy, Eliminating the Hurdles to Compliance
William Fletcher, Oregon Department of Transportation, Water Resources Program Coordinator, Efficient & Innovative Permitting Approaches in Oregon
Karuna Pujara, Maryland State Highway Administration, Chief, Highway Hydraulics Division, Planning for Efficient Treatment of Runoff from Many Untreated Miles of Highways; - Maryland?s Response to TMDLs
Webinar first conducted June 28, 2011 by AASHTO, in cooperation with FHWA and FTA.
This webinar provides an overview of the emerging requirements and highlights the current state of practice in controlling transportation construction runoff and strategies for meeting permitting requirements as well as how effluent guidelines may be implemented in State Construction Permit Renewals.
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Jesse Pritts, P.E., US Environmental Protection Agency and Project Manager, Effluent Limitations Guidelines and Standards for the Construction and Development Point Source Category; Final Rule
Elsa Piekarski, Washington State Department of Transportation, Environmental Services Office, Statewide Erosion Control Lead
David Harris P.E., North Carolina State Department of Transportation, Roadside Environmental Unit, Roadside Erosion Control & Vegetation Management Engineer
Webinar first conducted April 28, 2011 by AASHTO, in cooperation with FHWA and FTA.
This webinar discusses effluent guidelines to control discharges of pollutants from construction sites, per the December 1, 2009 final rule. The webinar is intended primarily for construction, engineering and environmental staff in FHWA Division Offices, Federal Lands Offices, and State Departments of Transportation, and reviews the requirements for implementation of effluent guidelines.
Mr. Jesse Pritts, Construction and Development Rule USEPA, Office of Water, Engineering and Analysis Division
Mr. Greg Schaner, Construction Permits,USEPA, Office of Water, Office of Wastewater Management
Webinar first conducted December 18, 2009 by FHWA, in cooperation with EPA and AASHTO.
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