PAG's Stormwater Regulations for the Construction Industry Seminar
Managing stormwater flow on construction sites is required by state law to prevent erosion and transport of soils and contaminants. Controlling stormwater discharge is important to prevent harm to washes and fragile desert ecosystems in Arizona.
Stormwater management information and guidance is provided to the construction industry through Pima Association of Governments’ annual Stormwater Construction Seminar.
Operators can learn what is required under the Arizona Pollutant Discharge Elimination program and see examples of best management practices (BMPs) to include in Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plans. The seminar provides an opportunity for business to interface with all the local and state regulatory agencies to understand their individual permitting requirements.
Post construction stabilization methods, including rainwater harvesting practices, are shared as well.
The free seminar occurs each spring and is limited to 120 people. Attendees may register by clicking on the registration link at top left or by calling (520) 792-1093. Professionals in private and public sectors, including planners, designers, engineers, outreach personnel, regulators and inspectors are welcome to attend. Seminar participants receive Flood Plain Manager Continuing Education credits.
Resources provided by the 2012 seminar, including presentations, are available here. Our next seminar will take place in May 2013 and will cover the 2013 ADEQ Construction General Permit. In the meantime, you may contact one of your local MS4 contacts to request on site training. Contact information is available on the resources page linked above.
Arizona Statewide MS4 Summit
The Arizona Statewide MS4 Summit will be held on June 18, 2013. The summit is a stormwater meeting run by permittees for permittees to network, provide presentations and answer questions. Summit topics include: enforcement, audits, the 2013 construction general permit, low impact development and the watershed approach to treatment.
Those invited to attend include: AZDPES MS4 Coordinators, Public Works Managers, Water Quality Managers, Environmental and Construction Managers and Inspectors, and those interested in AZDPES municipal compliance.
Pima Association of Governments serves on the planning committee for the MS4 Summit, with ADOT, Maricopa County, the City of Phoenix, and the City of Tempe. STORM (STorm Outreach for Regional Municipalities) is sponsoring the Summit, in addition to PAG's Clean Water Starts With Me outreach campaign.
Arid LID Conference
Green Infrastructure and Low Impact Development in Arid Environments
Arid LID is an annual Southwest regional conference for professionals, advocates, educators and academics. Sessions include Green Infrastructure (GI), research, best practices, policy and regulation, and community based approaches including hands-on activities. The emphasis is finding multiple benefits and integrated approaches among various disciplines and sectors in our arid region.
LID/GI reduces water pollution by capturing and purifying rain runoff using green roofs, permeable materials, alternative street and building design, trees and rain gardens. The EPA has found that implementing well-chosen LID practices saves money for developers, property owners, and communities while protecting and restoring water quality. Beyond cost savings, amenities include enhanced property values, improved habitat, natural aesthetics, and improved quality of life. For these reasons, EPA is incorporating LID provisions in state issued stormwater permits (NPDES permits) which are required in large towns in cities.
PAG was among the planning and sponsoring agencies that brought this conference to the Tucson region in 2012. PAG's LID resources relating to the construction industry are located here and information for the general public can be found here. For more information on conference results and proceedings, research and future conferences, click here.