Strategies for Addressing Impaired Waters and Achieving Project Delivery, Regulatory Compliance, and Watershed Management Goals
The web forum, held for Department of Transportation (DOT) stormwater practitioners, covered the organizational attributes that are key to promoting surface water quality protection, including insights into the practice of these attributes, and the integration of stormwater program requirements into day-to-day business practices of the DOT organization.
This webinar discussed innovative best management practices for state DOT stormwater programs. The webinar covers innovative linear BMPs that fit well in transportation corridors, the importance of infiltration and current research to support use of roadway embankments as a BMP, winter storm management BMPs and technologies, measuring winter storm BMP performance, and addressing total maximum daily load and regulatory issues. The webinar also addresses open graded friction course (OGFC) as a BMP and performance and uses of OGFC.
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.
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.
The following is a brief summary of the main points discussed by each of the presenters.
Barry Fagan, PE/PLS, CPESC, CMS4S, CESSWI, Environmental Program Engineer, Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT), DOT Construction Stormwater Program Effectiveness
A discussion of the program effectiveness approach that is integrated into ALDOT's construction program was provided, as well as the management techniques they use to ensure effectiveness. ALDOT's has developed a management approach by defining the symptoms (sediment), source (erosion), cause (water), and implementation (work) to enhance the effectiveness of their program. In addition to internal operations, communication with the environmental community, regulators, and stakeholders about ALDOT's program and how it is implemented is essential to its success. The stakeholders' awareness of the program and how it's implemented has created an atmosphere of cooperation between all parties. An example of their effective communication is the information available on a website developed for the Birmingham Northern Beltline Project.
Rob Shreeve, Deputy Director, Maryland State Highway Administration (MSHA), Erosion and Sediment Control Program
An overview of MSHA's construction management program was presented, including design, education, policy development and tools, and research. MSHA issues its own permits for construction projects due to the quality of its program and its robust quality assurance program. Their Erosion and Sediment Control Certification Program provides online and field training related to MSHA's environmental commitments and stewardship. In addition, a Field Guide for Erosion and Sediment Control manual was developed to educate staff, contractors, and the environmental community on MSHA's best erosion and sediment control practices. MSHA's success is due in part to its commitment to excellence at every level of the organization.
Gabe Robertson, Highway Stormwater Specialist, Nebraska Department of Roads (NDOR), Inspection and Tracking Program
An overview of the NDOR Construction Inspection and Tracking Program was presented. The Inspection and Tracking Program includes training and certification for all inspectors, identifying the items to track during the environmental review process, documenting inspections during the project's construction, and reporting commitments after the project is constructed. The information contained in the inspection database was summarized. In addition, an overview of the database layout and data required was also provided.
After the presentations, the panelists addressed the questions submitted by the attendees.
Water Quality Post-Construction BMPs and Project Delivery
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.
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.
Connecting the DOTs through Collaboration in Stormwater Management
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.
Post Construction BMP Selection - Runoff Management to Meet Quantitative Pollution Limits
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.
Efficient and Innovative Strategies for Achieving Better Environmental Performance
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.
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.
Construction Effluent Guidelines: Numerical Limits are Coming
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.
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.