Municipal Separate Storm Sewer (MS4) programs are stormwater programs required by the federal Clean Water Act. Municipal separate storm sewer systems collect polluted runoff that would otherwise make its way into local waterways. These webinars are offered as part of CBF's on-going commitment to helping communities reduce stormwater pollution.
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CITIES OF FALLS CHURCH AND LYNCHBURG, VIRGINIA
CBF hired the Williamsburg Environmental Group (now part of Stantec), to provide assistance to the City of Falls Church and the City of Lynchburg in preparing to meet new requirements under their Virginia Small MS4 permits. For Lynchburg, the project helped develop a public outreach and education plan. For Falls Church, the project helped develop standard operating procedures, tools, spreadsheets, and reporting mechanisms to capture its progress on meeting MS4 permit requirements, from education and outreach to nutrient management and Best Management Practices (BMPs) on the land. Two free webinars are now offered to provide municipalities with information on these kinds of activities.
"Local Record-Keeping, Tracking, and Operating Procedures for Compliance with the MS4 Permit"
This webinar offered the City of Falls Church guidance on developing standard operating procedures, tools, spreadsheets, and reporting mechanisms to capture progress in meeting MS4 permit requirements. Referenced documents are available for download:
- Centralized Event Tracking and Reporting Tool (PDF, 701KB)
- Task 1, Standard Operating Procedure—Nutrient and Habitat Management (PDF, 497KB)
- Task 1, Standard Operating Procedure—Public Education & Outreach (PDF, 994KB)
- Task 2, Coordination of MS4 Tracking Tool and Chesapeake Bay BMPs (PDF, 196KB)
- Task 3, Standard Operating Procedure—Nutrient Management Plan Development (PDF, 107KB)
- Task 3, Nutrient Management Plan Facilities Tracking (Excel, 14KB)
- Task 3, Thomas Jefferson Elementary School Detailed NMP—Part One (PDF 1.74MB)
- Task 3, Thomas Jefferson Elementary School Detailed NMP—Part Two (PDF 8.81MB)
"Developing a Public Education and Outreach Plan Under the MS4 Permit"
This webinar offered the City of Lynchburg guidance on developing a public outreach and education plan. Referenced documents are available for download:
- PowerPoint presentation available on SlideShare
- Lynchburg Public Education and Outreach (PDF, 9435KB)
- Appendix A.1—Pet Waste Tri-folds (PDF, 814KB)
- Appendix A.2—Lawn Care Tri-folds (PDF, 424KB)
- Appendix B—Activity Book (PDF, 5128KB)
- Appendix C—Pledge and Thank you (PDF, 157KB)
- Did You Know postcard (English) (PDF, 1046KB)
- Did You Know postcard (Spanish) (PDF, 1053KB)
- Door Hanger (English) (PDF, 1136KB)
- Door Hanger (Spanish) (PDF, 1146KB)
- Long Homeowner Guide (English) (PDF, 4723KB)
- Long Homeowner Guide (Spanish) (PDF, 4752KB)
- Short Rack brochure (English) (PDF, 3680KB)
- Short Rack brochure (Spanish) (PDF, 1640KB)
- Summer postcard (English) (PDF, 1046KB)
- Summer postcard (Spanish) (PDF, 1053KB)
- SepticSmart Week flyer (PDF, 1463KB)
BLAIR AND YORK COUNTIES, PENNSYLVANIA
In June 2014, CBF and the Center for Watershed Protection (CWP) offered two free webinars for Pennsylvania municipal officials and engineers in Blair and York Counties. The webinars assisted officials in developing Chesapeake Bay pollution reduction plans and local TMDL plans, both related to municipal stormwater permitting requirements.
CBF and CWP have been assisting communities in York and Blair Counties to develop their stormwater pollution reduction plans. The two webinars provide data and details, and also spotlight the stormwater successes happening in York and Blair counties.
"Pennsylvania Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) TMDL Planning"
This webinar offers details and suggestions for developing MS4 TMDL plans. Suggestions and examples are based on the innovative approaches being taken by 12 municipalities in Blair County to develop their MS4 TMDL Plan.
"Chesapeake Bay Pollution Reduction Plan Development for PA Jurisdictions"
This webinar offers details and suggestions for developing Chesapeake Bay Pollution Reduction plans. Recommendations are based on the successful and innovative approaches taken by 45 municipalities in York County. Together with the York County Planning Commission and other partners, these communities have developed a county-wide Chesapeake Bay Pollution Reduction Plan.
"MS4—Putting the Pieces Together"
This free Pennsylvania MS4 webinar was made possible by a grant from the William Penn Foundation and presented by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation Pennsylvania Office.This webinar provides
- an overview of the Chesapeake Bay TMDL and Pennsylvania's MS4 permit requirements;
- resources available to help local Pennsylvania government officials, technical staff, and communities comply with those requirements;
- and a discussion of developing an effective public education and outreach program.
"Estimating Pollutant Loads & Managing BMPs"
This free Pennsylvania MS4 webinar was made possible by a grant from the William Penn Foundation and presented by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation Pennsylvania Office.
This webinar provides
- an overview of a sampling of water quality models and tools available to estimate baseline pollutant loads;
- general input data requirements for developing models;
- and the pros and cons associated with each model.
Fact sheets and other resources on low-impact, environmentally sensitive, and green infrastructure practices, designs, and potential funding options.
"Seven Focus Areas for a Quality Urban Municipal Stormwater Plan to Reduce Pollutants"
The Pennsylvania Stormwater Workgroup of the Campaign for Clean Water encourages citizen-based groups interested in local watershed health, DEP permit reviewers, and municipal stormwater managers to use this outline to guide Pollutant Reduction Plan development, review, and evolution through the five-year permit cycle. Download PDF
"Best Practices Guide for Stormwater Utilities, Fees, and Authorities"
This 8-page guide by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation includes best practices in public education and outreach; fair local ordinances and state statutes; setting budgets and fees; innovative financing; and implementing effective programs. Download PDF
"Virginia Conservation Assistance Program Implementation and Design Manual"
The manual (and associated VCAP Program) were developed as a project of the Urban Committee of the Virginia Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts. Participating Soil and Water Conservation Districts are Thomas Jefferson, Culpeper, Hanover-Caroline, and Piedmont. The manual is divided into two parts. Part I deals with the development and implementation of a pilot program being carried out in the Culpeper, Hanover-Caroline, Piedmaont, and Thomas Jefferson Soil and Water Conservation Districts. Part II contains design standards developed for different Best Management Practices (BMPs). The manual is available on the Thomas Jefferson Soil & Water Conservation District website at www.tjswcd.org/UrbanProgram.html.
PDF documents to download
- Finding the Green! A guide to Pennsylvania state funding opportunities for conservation, recreation, and preservation projects
- Navigating the Stormwaters: What's available where for stormwater management within the Chesapeake Bay Watershed—A Companion Piece to the Finding the GreenGuide
- Dry Well Maintenance
- Infiltration Trench Maintenance
- Stormwater Pond Maintenance
- Rain Barrel Maintenance
- Green Roof Maintenance
- Underground Hydrodynamic Separators Maintenance
- Pervious Pavement Maintenance
- Vegetated Swale Maintenance
- Maintenance Summary: Recommended maintenance timeframes for bioretention areas and rain gardens, rain barrels, green roofs, permeable pavement, dry wells, and tree boxes
- The Economic Benefits of Green Infrastructure: A Case Study of Lancaster, PA, February 2014, EPA 800-R-14-007
- Polluted Runoff: How Investing in Runoff Pollution Control Systems Improves the Chesapeake Bay Region's Ecology, Economy, and Health, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, January 2014
- Bay Issues: Polluted Runoff cbf.org/pollutedrunoff
- EPA Low Impact Development "Barrier Busters" Fact Sheet Series water.epa.gov/polwaste/green/bbfs.cfm
- Cumberland County: Clean Your Water website stormwaterpa.org/cumberland-county.html
- International Stormwater Best Management Practices Database project website bmpdatabase.org