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Stormwater Quality

During and after every heavy rainfall or storm event, surface runoff washes away loose sediment, chemicals, trash, pet waste, and every other pollutant that the rainwater can carry. This is how surface runoff gets polluted. Polluted water is then carried downstream and ends up in desert washes or detention-retention basins, or seeps underground and adversely affects our fragile desert environment. 

Pima Association of Governments’ Stormwater Program coordinates stormwater pollution prevention outreach on behalf of its member jurisdictions through its annual Clean Water Starts With Me campaign for the public and through a half-day seminar for the construction industry.

The annual outreach and education helps jurisdictions and the construction industry meet state and federal regulatory requirements.

PAG’s Stormwater Management Working Group, which meets as needed, oversees the public outreach process and collaborates to present the annual seminar. In addition to local jurisdictions, members include representatives from the building and construction industry, state government, the University of Arizona and Davis-Monthan Air Force Base.

Responsible stormwater management practices conducted today will help achieve a more sustainable future.

Program Coordination

Pima Association of Governments’ Stormwater Management Working Group meets on an as-needed basis in order to pool resources and coordinate jurisdictional efforts across the region to keep stormwater clean. The Working Group includes jurisdictional staff, state agency representatives, community interest groups and industry professionals.

Arizona Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (AZPDES) regulations require that jurisdictions help protect the stormwater quality of the region. In response, the Working Group provides a forum for consistent messaging on stormwater pollution prevention and collaboration on such activities as the annual outreach campaign and construction industry seminar,where members share information on local and permitting requirements and information on best management practices.

Since its inception in 2001, the SWMWG has grown into an important forum for planning, program development, information exchange, regulatory updates, and cooperative projects. The group and its joint activities also provide networking opportunities for planners, outreach personnel, regulators and inspectors. 

For information about the Stormwater Management Working Group or its meeting schedule, please click here.

For a list of member jurisdictions, please click here.
 
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For more info contact Mead Mier at MMier@PAGregion.com or 495-1464

Stormwater Construction Seminar

PAG's Stormwater Regulations Guidance for the Construction Industry

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’ semi-annual Stormwater Construction Seminars as well as upcoming efforts with our partner jurisdictions to provide tail-gate trainings and demonstrations on site.
Professionals in private and public sectors, including planners, designers, engineers, outreach personnel, regulators and inspectors are welcome to attend the seminar. Seminar participants receive Flood Plain Manager Continuing Education credits. 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.  Resources provided by past seminars, including presentations, are available here.

Between seminars, you may contact one of your local MS4 contacts to request on site training. Contact information is available here.  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.

Highlights of the 2013 Seminar

Chris Henninger, Supervisor of the Stormwater and General Permits Unit at Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ), presented the updated Arizona Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (AZPDES) 2013 Construction General Permit (CGP).  A panel of stormwater managers from the local jurisdictions within Pima County were available to answer questions.

Topics at the 2013 Seminar included: Stormwater discharges generated during construction activities can cause an array of physical, chemical and biological water quality impacts. The CGP authorizes stormwater discharges from construction-related activities where those discharges have a potential to enter surface waters of the United States or a storm drain system. Construction operators may continue to apply for stormwater permit coverage under the 2008 CGP, until the Department's approval and issuance of the 2013 CGP, effective June 3, 2013 (Updates: http://www.azdeq.gov/environ/water/permits/cgp.html).

Pima Association of Governments’ 2013 Seminar on Stormwater Regulations for the Construction Industry

DATE HELD: May 8, 2013.  2:30-4:30 pm
LOCATION: Joel D. Valdez Main Library, lower level meeting room, in downtown Tucson.

Brought to you by PAG and the Stormwater Management Working Group.
Snacks and drink sponsored by SAHBA

PRESENTER: Chris Henninger, Supervisor of the Stormwater and General Permits Unit at Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ), will present the updated Arizona Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (AZPDES) 2013 Construction General Permit (CGP).  A panel of stormwater managers from the local jurisdictions within Pima County will also be present to answer questions.

TOPICS: Stormwater discharges generated during construction activities can cause an array of physical, chemical and biological water quality impacts. The CGP authorizes stormwater discharges from construction-related activities where those discharges have a potential to enter surface waters of the United States or a storm drain system. Construction operators may continue to apply for stormwater permit coverage under the 2008 CGP, until the Department's approval and issuance of the 2013 CGP. The new 2013 CGP became effective Monday, June 3, 2013 (see updates here: http://www.azdeq.gov/environ/water/permits/cgp.html).

RESOURCES: Pima Association of Governments (PAG) will provide handouts describing local regulations, contacts, and maps delineating permit areas will be provided to attendees.

AUDIENCE: The seminar targets both new and experienced stormwater managers, operators, regulators, developers, contractors, designers and inspectors.

PAST ANNUAL SEMINAR RESOURCES: Past PAG Stormwater Construction Seminars provided presentations on additional related topics that are available online. Presentations included: the governance of the AZPDES program; requirements for the development and implementation of an operator’s Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP); guidance on new tools for Low Impact Development (LID), rainwater harvesting and Green Infrastructure (GI). 

CREDIT: Certified Floodplain Managers (CFMs) will receive 2 Continuing Education Credits (CECs) through the Association for State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM).

Resources

For more info contact Mead Mier at MMier@PAGregion.com or 495-1464

Construction Industry Resources

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