MS4 Series: A Local Perspective on Addressing MS4 Requirements

Ever wonder how other local governments in Western Pennsylvania are managing their Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) Program? Tim Schutzman, Waterworks Coordinator, highlights what Cranberry Township, Butler County, is doing to meet their MS4 permit requirements.

August 23, 2016

  1. Sign-In Sheet

 

  1. Workshop Agenda
  2. Presentation Part 1: MCMs 1 & 2
  3. Presentation Part 2: MCMs 3-6
  4. EPA Violations Handout
  5. Cranberry Township Website - MS4

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MS4 Series: Screening/Monitoring - Wet Weather Sampling vs. Dry Weather

Wet weather outfall monitoring and sampling provides one of the most powerful sets of information to support and measure program effectiveness as required by regulations. This workshop will highlight benefits and considerations of both wet weather outfall monitoring and appropriate dry weather monitoring used for illicit discharge detection processes and how the two types sampling approaches support each other. You will gain an understanding of how sampling approaches encompass “prior to system entry”, “in the system”, and “system discharge” concerns.

August 30, 2016

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August 31, 2016

Sign-In Sheet
  1. Presentation
  2. Pitt Flow Chart
  3. Pollutant Guidance Table

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Administering the National Flood Insurance Program 

August 18, 2016

Sign-In Sheet

September 30, 2016

Sign-In Sheet

  1. Presentation
  2. Resource Sheet

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MS4 Series: Stormwater BMP/Facility Inspection

This workshop will highlight appropriate procedures and considerations for facility/BMP inspections, appropriate documentation, and supporting processes with physical examples (such as inspection checklists).

October 27, 2016

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October 28, 2016

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  1. Presentation
  2. Detention Basin Inspection Checklist

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Make Brine Work for You: Brine Making Workshop

Learn about using brine as a tool in your winter maintenance program to increase your level of service while saving money. Topics covered will include: Benefits of using brine, types of winter maintenance practices that incorporate brine, how to make brine and types of equipment needed depending on your needs, how to retrofit trucks and calibrate your equipment, and how the MS4 program affects your winter maintenance practices

November 17, 2016

Sign-In Sheet

  1. How to make brine work for you! - Presentation from Sam Gregory
  2. Salt Brine as a Winter Maintenance Tool - Presentation from Tom Bowling, Cargill Deicing Technology
  3. Salt Brine Winter maintenance Resources
  4. Oil and Gas Brine Resources

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MS4 Program Management: Introduction to Pollutant Reduction Plans (PRPs)

The 2018 PADEP General MS4 Permit outlines requirements associated with development and implementation of Pollutant Reduction Plans (PRPs) varying from pathogens to sediment. This workshop was developed to outline considerations and processes for development of PRPs applicable to the southwest Pennsylvania region; including, but not limited to, plan development process, estimating loadings, implementation schedules & tasks, and “right-sizing” BMPs and control measures.

January 18, 2017

Sign-In Sheet

January 19, 2017

Sign-In Sheet

  1. Presentation
  2. Primary MS4 Program Considerations

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MS4 Program Overview and Mock Inspection

Introduction to MS4. New permit obligations and a discussion of common problem areas found during MS 4 inspections by regulators. Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination and Municipal Good Housekeeping will be emphasized as a precursor to the afternoon “mock inspection” walking tour. How to draft Good Housekeeping written plan will also be covered.

February 14, 2017

Sign-In Sheet

  1. Presentation
  2. Speaker Bio
  3. MCM 6 BMP Worksheets
    1. BMP 1
    2. BMP 2
  4. Example Bethel Park O & M Plan

 

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PRPs - Digging into the Details

Obtaining General and Individual Permits for Phase II (Small) System; Preparing Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) Plans; Developing Nutrient/Sediment Pollutant Reduction Plans (PRP); Reviewing Sample Plans

March 1, 2017

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  1. Presentation

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NOI Workshop

9am – 10:00 am - Morning session will cover the introduction to the MS4 workshop series, my background, the basics of the MS4 program, with upcoming permit obligations, and a discussion of common problem areas.
10:00 am – 11:00 am - Review pre-submitted documents / Q and A
11:00 am – 12:00 pm – Overview of the NOI and its contents and a look at what tools are needed.
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm – Lunch
1:00 pm to 4:30 pm – Everyone to actively fill out their NOI either electronically with their own laptops, or to work off of paper copies.

March 21, 2017

Sign-In Sheet

  1. Presentation
  2. PAG-13 Notice of Intent (NOI)
  3. NPDES Individual Permit Application
  4. Municipal MS4 Requirements Table

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MS4 Toolbox: Compliance, O&M and BMPs for successful PRPs

The workshop will provide an overview, review and discussion of activities related to MS4 permit renewal and preparation of Pollutant Reduction Plans. The workshop will focus on types of BMPs available to municipalities for selection and implementation as part of the PRP, including design and location considerations, pollutant reduction effectiveness and long term operation and maintenance requirements, along with anticipated costs. The workshop will also discuss using the written Stormwater Management Program to better organize and coordinate compliance activities and documentation responsibilities among all members of the Municipal Staff, including administration, code enforcement and public works.

May 17, 2017

  1. Presentation
  2. Sign-In Sheets

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Wetland/Stream Regulations and Implications for Routine Maintenance Practices

An overview of wetland and stream regulations, as well as, basic waters identification techniques will be provided. These will focus on how Pennsylvania Chapter 105 waterways, federal Clean Water Act Sections 404 dredge-and-fill, and floodplain regulatory jurisdiction intersects with routine infrastructure maintenance practices. Topics will include: permit requirement thresholds, exemption and waiver eligibility determination, protective stormwater control maintenance practices, and common regulatory pitfalls discussed through case studies.

May 23, 2017
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May 24, 2017
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  1. Presentation

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Using ArcGIS for your MS4 Data Management

Are you interested in how ArcGIS can help you manage your MS4 program? During this workshop, you'll learn how GIS addresses the needs of today’s local governments with real-world examples. There will also be a live demonstration showing how you can use an app to streamline your data collection process.

June 14, 2017
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June 15, 2017
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  1. ESRI Presentation
  2. HRG Presentation
  3. PA State Geospatial Coordinating Board

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MS4 Program Management: Funding Strategies for BMP Implementation

This workshop will scan across various funding strategies and mechanisms for stormwater BMP implementation including, but not limited to, various conventional grants (DEP, DCNR, NFWF, etc.) to public-private partnership (P3) approaches. Case studies of the varying mechanisms will also be discussed, as multiple approaches may need to be considered.

August 17, 2017
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August 18, 2017
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  1. Presentation

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National Flood Insurance Program

This course is designed to provide local officials who are responsible for administering floodplain management ordinances with additional resources to do their jobs. Some of the requirements of the NFIP are less clearly spelled out in the regulations, and the aim of this course is to present locals with guidance and tools on those areas. The course will offer a refresher of the mapping and regulatory basics of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and will focus on the day-to-day duties of the floodplain administrator, linking the relationship between floodplain management and flood insurance. Agenda topics will include mapping tools, suggestions on the establishment of administrative procedures, the incorporation of higher regulatory standards, permitting considerations pre- and post-disaster, and the challenges and benefits of ordinance enforcement.

October 5, 2017
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October 6, 2017
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  1. Presentation

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MS4 Program Management: TMDL Implementation

This workshop will delve into details behind implementation for a successful TMDL Plan, including real-world examples. Certain TMDL Plan implementation strategies apply towards PRPs and will be referenced. Topics ranging from developing to monitoring implementation to modifying your plan will be covered, along with innovative techniques and considerations for a cost-effective and successful implementation. 

October 25, 2017
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October 26, 2017
Sign-in Sheet

  1. Presentation

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Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4)
 

Upcoming Trainings

 

"Make Brine Work for You!" Workshop

This workshop will cover best practices for an effective and efficient winter maintenance program, how chemicals work, environmental concerns, focusing on the brine-making process, pre-wetting and anti icing operations, sensible salting concepts, use of liquid fuels funds for equipment and materials, and equipment calibration. This workshop will also discuss how the MS4 program affects your winter maintenance practices. 

Registration at 8:30 AM, Workshop 9 AM – 12 PM

Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Borough of Ellwood City
525 Lawrence Avenue, Ellwood City, PA 16117
Click here to register.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Rostraver Township Municipal Building
Public Meeting Room
201 Municipal Drive, Belle Vernon, PA 15012
Click here to register.

     

Stormwater and MS4 101 Workshop

This beginner's workshop will provide an overview of stormwater management and the MS4 program for municipal employees and officials. Topics covered will include an introduction to PA Act 167, stormwater best management practices, an MS4 program overview, public education and outreach programs, and good housekeeping practices for municipal operations.

Registration at 8:30 AM, Workshop 9 AM – 12 PM

Thursday, November 16, 2017
Penn State Fayette Campus
Eberly Building, Room 116
2201 University Drive, Lemont Furnance, PA 15456
Click here to register.

 
Past Trainings

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MS4 Program Management: TMDL Implementation


National Flood Insurance Program


MS4 Program Management: Funding Strategies for BMP Implementation

Using ArcGIS for your MS4 Data Management


Wetland/Stream Regulations and Implications for Routine Maintenance Practices


MS4 Toolbox: Compliance, O&M and BMPs for successful PRPs


MS4 Program Management: NOI Workshop

MS4 Program Management: PRPs - Digging into the Details

MS4 Program Management: MS4 Program Overview and Mock Inspection

MS4 Program Management: Introduction to Pollutant Reduction Plans (PRPs)

Make Brine Work for You: Brine Making Workshop

MS4 Series: Stormwater BMP/Facility Inspection

Administering the National Flood Insurance Program 

MS4 Series: Screening/Monitoring - Wet Weather Sampling vs. Dry Weather

MS4 Series: A Local Perspective on Addressing MS4 Requirements

MS4 Permit Program Management: A Perspective Based on USEPA Expectations

Act 167 Implementation Workshop

MS4 Series: Public Education and Participation: It’s Where Your SWMP Ends! (MCMs 1&2) (A perspective based on USEPA expectations)

MS4 Series: Construction Site and Post Construction Stormwater Management & Long-Term Stormwater Management (MCMs 4&5)

MS4 Series: Pollution Prevention/Good Housekeeping for Municipal Operations (MCM #6)

MS4 Series: Recognizing, Reporting, & Eliminating Illicit Discharges Training (MCM #3)

Make It Drain! Training

MS4 Series: MS4 Mock Inspection Training

MS4 Series: Path to MS4 Compliance: Mastering the Minimum Control Measures and Preparing for the Future

MS4 Series: Ordinance Enforcement and Funding Resources Workshop

Flooding Workshop

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  MS4 Fact Sheets

Explore the links below to access PDF fact sheets and resources about a variety of stormwater-related topics such as best management practices, green infrastructure, and more.

  1. Introduction to MS4 Program
  2. MS4 Program - MCM #1: Public Education & Outreach
  3. MS4 Program - MCM #2: Public Involvement & Participation
  4. MS4 Program - MCM #3: Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination
  5. MS4 Program - MCM #4: Construction Site Stormwater Runoff Control
  6. MS4 Program - MCM #5: Post-Construction Stormwater Management (PCSM) in New and Re-Development Activities
  7. MS4 Program - MCM #6: Pollution Prevention / Good Housekeeping for Municipal Operations
  8. Quick Resource Guide to the MS4 Program
  9. MS4 Acronym References
  10. EPA Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan Inspection Checklist

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 Educational Materials
 

Who We Are

Staff
Erin Kepple Adams
Marti Battistone

Pennsylvania Stormwater Regulations

State & Federal Water Laws
Federal Laws | Pennsylvania Code

Regulatory Agencies & Legislative Resources

 

Watershed Information and Regional Watershed Conservation Plans

GIS Data Sources

Green Infrastructure

 

Regional Stakeholders

Key Contacts

Tools

Grants & Funding Resources

Land Use/Land Cover
Allegheny | Armstrong | Beaver |
Bulter | Fayette | Greene | Indiana |
Lawrence | Washington |
Westmoreland

 

Water Resource Maps
MS4 Communities in the SPC Region
Act 167 Watersheds

Impaired Waterways by Source
Designated Uses in SPC Region
Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs) for Impaired Waterways
Population Density
Bedrock Formations

 

Municipal Separate Stormwater System (MS4)

SPC Educational Resources

SPC Workshop Materials

Glossary

Stormwater Management & Best Management Practices

Free Educational Webinars and Online Training

Resources for Student Education

 

SWPA's Homeowner's Guide To Stormwater

Climate Change and Water Resources

Resources for Water Suppliers & Wastewater Managers

Additional Water
Quality Information

NEW! Quick Resource Guide to the MS4 Program

NEW! Quick Resource Guide for Winter Maintenance BMPs

MS4 Series: Recognizing, Reporting, & Eliminating Illicit Discharges Training (MCM #3)

August 4, 2015

Sign-In Sheet

August 5, 2015

Sign-In Sheet
  1. Workshop Flyer
  2. Presentation: Path to Compliance IDDE

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Make It Drain! Training

June 16, 2015

  1. Sign-In Sheet

June 18, 2015

  1. Sign-In Sheet

Workshop Flyer

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MS4 Series: MS4 Mock Inspection Training

May 20, 2015

  1. Sign-In Sheet
  2. Flyer

May 21, 2015

  1. Sign-In Sheet
  2. Flyer

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MS4 Series: Path to MS4 Compliance: Mastering the Minimum Control Measures and Preparing for the Future

April 29, 2015

  1. Sign-In Sheet

April 30, 2015

  1. Sign-In Sheet
  1. Workshop Flyer
  2. Presentation: Path to Compliance - 6 MCMs

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MS4 Series: Ordinance Enforcement and Funding Resources Workshop

Sign-In Sheet

  1. Presentation - Ordinance and Funding
  2. DEP Model Ordinance 11-2008
  3. Washington County SWM Ordinance
  4. Lawrence County SWM Ordinance
  5. Butler County Model Ordinance Act167
  6. HRG Field Observation Report
  7. Agenda & Bio

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Flooding Workshop

  1. Practical Considerations for Flood Management and Planning
    Erin Kepple, Water Resource Manager
  2. DEP Presentation
  3. PEMA-Final Initial Damage Reporting SWPA Workshops Version

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MS4 Series: Construction Site and Post-Construction Stormwater Management & Long-Term Stormwater Management (MCMs 4&5)

January 12, 2016

  1. Sign-in Sheet

January 13, 2016

  1. Sign-in Sheet
  1. Workshop Flyer
  2. MCMs No. 4 & 5 Construction Site and Post-Construction Stormwater Management
  3. MCM 5: A Simplified Approach & Stormwater Management Design Assistance Manual Option

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MS4 Series: Pollution Prevention/Good Housekeeping for Municipal Operations (MCM #6)

October 20, 2015

  1. Sign-In Sheet

October 21, 2015

  1. Sign-In Sheet
  1. Workshop Flyer
  2. MCM 6 Module 1 - MS4 Overview
  3. MCM 6 Module 2 - MCM6 Overview
  4. MCM 6 Module 3 - Interactive Scenarios
  5. MCM 6 Module 4 - Group Quiz Activity
  6. MCM 6 Module 5 - Sample Information
  7. End of Presentation Quiz

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MS4 Series: Public Education and Participation: It’s Where Your SWMP Ends! (MCMs 1&2) (A perspective based on USEPA expectations)

This workshop outlines considerations for building and facilitating cost-effective Public Education and Outreach Plans (PEOPs) for MCM #1 and Public Involvement and Participation Plans (PIPPs) for MCM #2 of an issued MS4 Permit. A perspective based on USEPA expectations.

March 30, 2016
Sign-in Sheet

March 31, 2016
Sign-in Sheet

  1. Workshop Flyer
  2. Speaker Information
  3. Agenda
  4. Public Education and Participation (MCMs 1 & 2): It’s where your SWMP ends! PowerPoint Presentation
  5. MCM 1&2 Worksheets
  6. Workgroup Activity
  7. Additional Resources from presentation
    EPA Resources:
    1. EPA Field Test Inspection Manual
    2. EPA NPDES Compliance Inspection Manual
    3. EPA Protocol for Audits
    4. City of Baltimore Compliance Inspection

    Mapping Resources:
    1. DEPWave
    2. National Hydrography Dataset

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Act 167 Implementation Workshop

April 14, 2016
Sign-In Sheet

  1. HRG Ordinance Enforcement Presentation

 

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MS4 Permit Program Management: A Perspective Based on USEPA Expectations

Why do I have to develop a map of my regulated MS4? Why do I need to keep an inventory of development and redevelopment projects that discharge stormwater to the MS4? Why do I need to distribute educational materials to target audiences? In simplest terms, these activities are designed to help support an effective Stormwater Management Program (SWMP) that has appropriate goals—but more importantly an appropriate purpose based on the facilitation of a program that reduces the discharge of pollutants from an MS4, protects water quality, and is aligned with three primary water quality requirements of the Clean Water Act. The six Minimum Control Measures (MCMs) in a SWMP are not the SWMP itself, but elements and vehicles to facilitate a SWMP with established goals and objectives. This workshop provides considerations for effective program management based on USEPA expectations and the intent of the Clean Water Act.

May 18, 2016
Sign-in Sheet

May 19, 2016
Sign-in Sheet

  1. Workshop Flyer
  2. Speaker Information
  3. MS4 Permit Program Management Perspective based on USEPA Expectations PowerPoint Presentation
  4. MCM Summaries
  5. SWMP Guidance Flowchart
  6. Basic Annual Review Document
  7. Additional Resources from presentation
    EPA Resources:
    1. EPA Field Test Inspection Manual
    2. EPA NPDES Compliance Inspection Manual
    3. EPA Protocol for Audits
    4. City of Baltimore Compliance Inspection

    Mapping Resources:
    1. DEPWave
    2. National Hydrography Dataset
 

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