Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Southwestern PA Water Resources Center Hosts Smart Green Corridors, MS4 Stormwater Refresher, Stormwater & Flood Management Workshops

The Southwestern PA Commission Water Resource Center is scheduled to hold a series of workshops on smart green corridors, a refresher on MS4 Stormwater requirements and comprehensive stormwater and flooding management in March.
  MS4: Smart Green Corridors
The development of a Smart Green Corridor is invaluable to the ideology of decision-making at the municipal and regional scale. 
The process of developing an SGC serves to identify particular "hot spots" or challenge areas and provide a visual representation of where the biggest environmental, financial, and social return on investments are. 
An implemented SGC is a linkage system tying together human, built, and natural capital to foster a dynamic closed-loop approach to bolstering the local economy, protecting the environment, and providing positive social impacts through implemented elements that are complementary to each other. 
An inherent and potential benefit of an implemented SGC is a reduction in overall MS4 program tasks and activities.
The workshop will be held--
-- March 18: Peters Township Municipal Building, 200 Municipal Drive, McMurray, Washington County. 9:00 a.m. to Noon.  Click Here to register.
Presenting the workshop will be Mike LaSala, LandStudies, Inc.
MS4 Stormwater Refresher
            Need a crash course to better understand MS4 permits? The MS4 Refresher Workshop is geared towards new employees, current employees with more MS4 responsibilities, or for individuals looking for more knowledge related to MS4 permit requirements.
           The workshop will provide high-level explanations of Stormwater Management Programs (SWMPs), Minimum Control Measures (MCMs), TMDL Plans and Pollutant Reduction Plans (PRPs), permit implementation, and how these items are supposed to interact with each other to facilitate a compliant MS4 program.
            The workshop will be held--
-- March 19: North Fayette Municipal Building, 400 North Branch Road, Oakdale, Allegheny County. 9:00 a.m. to Noon.  Click Here to register.
Presenting the workshop will be Mike LaSala, LandStudies, Inc.
Stormwater & Flooding Management
These workshops are essential to gaining a better understanding of how different aspects of water resource management topics are connected. 
The workshop will cover integrated approaches to water resources planning and management with an emphasis on the stormwater/flooding/water supply connection. 
Topics covered will include stormwater and flooding, integrated water resources planning, stormwater fee establishment, legal issues for stormwater and floodplain management, the driving forces and means for prioritizing flood mitigation initiatives over wide regions, an integrated approach to prioritizing flood mitigation efforts, where stakeholders can help craft and ultimately support the reasons for various targeted flood mitigation measures, and comprehensive watershed plan for a Pennsylvania watershed.
Speakers include: NTM Engineering, Inc.- Paul DeBarry, PE, PH, GISP , D.WRE; HDR - Chad Davis, PE; GTN Law - Vincent Tucceri, Esq.; and Brown & Caldwell. 
Who should attend: Municipal officials and staff, engineers, planners, agencies, Conservation Districts, watershed organizations, DEP and PennDOT staff. 
The workshops will be held--
-- March 31: Green Tree Municipal Building, Sycamore Hemlock Room, 10 Manilla Avenue in Pittsburgh from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  Click Here to register.
-- April 1: Cranberry Township Municipal Building Council Chambers, 2525 Rochester Road in Cranberry Township, Butler County from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Click Here to register.
The workshop is the same at both locations.
For more information on programs, initiatives, other upcoming educational opportunities and more, visit the Southwestern PA Commission Water Resource Center website.
[Posted: February 20, 2020]  PA Environment Digest

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