GIS Trash Mapping of Jordan Lake & Watershed-Wide Litter Prevention May 18, 2022
Fran DiGiano (UNC - Chapel Hill) will demonstrate how Capstone Projects by four graduate students in NCSU's Geospatial Analytics Center resulted in mapping stormwater trash intensity (lb/100 ft of shoreline) from 150 cleanups over 12 years along 30 mi. of the most impacted shoreline on the Haw River Arm and up the New Hope Channel.
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The Joys and Pitfalls of Implementing a Phase II NPDES Stormwater Program at a Public University Apr 20, 2022 Janet Clarke, Jamie Smedsmo and Sharon Myers discussed the unique challenges and opportunities associated with implementing a stormwater program in a public university setting. Clarke has worked in the environmental field in private industry, as a civilian on a Marine Corps base, and currently as one of the UNC Environment, Health and Safety team members responsible for ensuring UNC’s compliance with its NPDES stormwater permit. She has a degree in forestry from NC State and recently earned her master’s degree in environmental assessment, also from NC State, and she is a Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control. Smedsmo is the Interim Stormwater Utility Manager at UNC. She has a master's in Civil Engineering from the University of Minnesota and a master's from UNC in Environmental Sciences and Engineering. Myers has worked as an environmental professional at NCDEQ, in consulting, and at UNC. Sharon is the Program Administrator for UNC's Phase II stormwater permit and is a licensed professional geologist.
NC Resilient Coastal Communities Program Feb 16, 2022 Tancreed Miller (NC Division of Coastal Management) described DCM's Resilient Coastal Communities Program, which provides funding to match communities with contractors to assess hazards vulnerability and develop shovel-ready resilience projects featuring both nature-based (green) and non-nature based (grey) elements.
New River Estuary Oyster Highway: Paving the Way for Stormwater Treatment Jan 19, 2022
Pat-Donavan-Brandenburg (City of Jacksonville) & Dr. Mark Bush (Virginia Institute of Marien Sciences, William and Mary University) discuss an ecosystem simulation model of the New River Estuary was expanded to include the oyster reefs restored as part of the New River Oyster Highway Project. The expanded model was then used to compute the ecological benefits of the restoration, including water filtration, associated removal of phytoplankton, sediments, nitrogen, and phosphorus, and resulting improvements in water quality. The resulting model is available online with a user-friendly interface to allow interested stakeholders to run their own restoration scenarios and compute the associated benefits.
Caswell Beach Dune Infiltration System Dec 15, 2021
Marc Horstman (WK Dickson) will discuss the implementation of a Dune Infiltration System (DIS) at Caswell Beach to address flooding and safety access on the only ingress/egress road in the Town. DISs are a new, innovative coastal Stormwater Control Measure (SCM) that can help build resiliency for coastal towns in mitigating flooding impacts. Also, these systems can provide an auxiliary benefit of improving water quality and can directly reduce the amount of post-storm beach closures.
Statewide Action Plan for Nature-Based Strategies Nov 17, 2021 Lauren Kolodij (NC Coastal Federation) identified barriers and opportunities to using nature-based stormwater strategies to address water quality, flooding and resiliency issues across the state. The resulting Plan focuses on a volume reduction approach to stormwater for new development projects, stormwater retrofits, roadways and working lands to make multi-functional use of the landscape.
SCMs: Inspections, Maintenance, Deficiencies & Solutions Oct 20, 2021
Thomas Moore (G2 Design PA) and Marc Burke (EDGE Environmental) discussed inspections and maintenance of SCMs and shared some specific examples of common deficiencies, less frequent failures & their associated corrective measures. Projects involving multiple device types with varying ages were explored
Resilient Stormwater Solutions Aug 18, 2021
Dr. Bill Hunt (NCSU) and Dr. Jon Hathaway (University of Tennessee) discuss the dizzy-ing number of needs faced by Stormwater Control Measures (SCMs), recently among them is resiliency due to extreme climatic events. Drs. Hunt and Hathaway predict the types of storm events might they be expected to "see" and what can be expected of SCMs in light of large rainfall events, and suggest design and maintenance practice to better prepare SCMs for our intense-rainfall-future.
Interactive Maps .... Why We Need Them! Jul 21, 2021
Jim Farkas, Paul Clark, and Annette Lucas (DEMLR) demonstrate how to use the Stormwater Program Interactive map functions, how to identify specific features and how to query underlying data. They also demonstrate the search feature to indicate if a property has a current permit or an expired one in need of renewal.
Water Supply Watershed Protection (WSWP) Program News Jun 16, 2021
Annette Lucas (DEMLR) provides updates and future plans for the WSWP Program, including survey results from local governments, the newly revised WSWP model ordinance, and new helpful resources.
Ecosystem Services Value of Stormwater Management Practices May 19, 2021
Dr. Marzieh Motallebi and Joan Ureta (Clemson University) present the factors affecting the NC coastal residents' intention to adopt low impact development based on a recent perception survey. "Understanding the Public's Behavior in Adopting Green Infrastructure" article Marzieh and Joan's presentation slides
How to Breeze Through Your Post-Construction Plan Review Apr 21, 2021
Corey Anen (DEMLR) discusses DEQ's post-construction permitting process. The goal is to educate design engineers on the permitting process and requirements for obtaining a post-construction permit. Corey discusses the different permitting options and common pitfalls that can slow down the permitting process. Corey's presentation slides
Putting the Green in Green Infrastructure Mar 17, 2021
Shannon Currey (Hoffman Nursery) and Debbie Hamrick (NC Farm Bureau) make the case for plants being a priority in stormwater control features. The webinar includes an overview of the benefits of plants in stormwater design, how to work with the green industry for success, and match up plants with their specific benefits. Presenters will share a list of resources stormwater practitioners can use to incorporate more plants into their work. Putting the Green in Green Infrastructure presentation slides Green Infrastructure Resources List
How to Create Clear, Specific, and Measurable SWMPs Feb 17, 2021
Jeanette Powell (DEMLR) presents the regulatory requirements for Clear, Specific, and Measurable Stormwater Management Plans (SWMPs) and Katherine Knight (WithersRavenel) presents her experience in developing the first approved SWMP in North Carolina. Jeanette's presentation slides
NPDES Industrial Stormwater Program 101 Jan 20, 2021
Isaiah Reed (DEMLR) explain two requirements common to all NPDES Industrial Permits: Non-Stormwater Discharge and Qualitative Monitoring. Isaiah also discusses how to achieve and maintain the No Exposure Certification. David Auge presents the stormwater practices that Grifols Therapeutics has put into place, including consolidating five environmental response plans into the SWPPP, expanding annual stormwater training, conducting monthly testing of all stormwater outfalls and adding interpretive signs in the wildlife habitat area to highlight specific stormwater protection features. Isaiah's presentation slides David's presentation slides
Nature-Based Solutions in Urban Areas Dec 16, 2020
Hunter Freeman (WithersRavenel) and Daniel Weibke (McAdams) showcase nature-based solutions that deliver triple bottom line benefits to developers, regulators, and residents. They discuss how SCM design elements can be adapted to fit within the urban form and how collaboration between researchers, regulatory agencies, environmental non-profits, and the design community can be leveraged to deliver sustainable projects to serve the increasing demand for housing and commercial space in North Carolina.
How to Rock Your MS4 Audit Nov 18, 2020
Jeanette Powell and Isaiah Reed (DEMLR) review how an MS4 permit compliance audit is conducted and provide tips and tools for preparing for a successful audit. Daryl Norris and Lisa Kirby from the City of Greenville discuss their recent MS4 audit and the steps they took to receive a Notice of Compliance.
Stormwater eDMR is Just Around the Corner! Oct 21, 2020
Annette Lucas and Suzanne McCoy (DEMLR) explain how industries will soon enter into a more modern, convenient and sustainable way to report stormwater data. They also show you how to make use of the new capabilities now available to you on the Stormwater Program website.