Online Stormwater Inspector Training Launched!

Announcing our new Online Stormwater Inspector Training for Construction Sites!

Part one is online and you can complete it at your own pace. Part two is a hands-on in the field training day. Once you have completed the course, you will be certified as a level one Stormwater Inspector for Construction Sites.

Cost is $245 for both parts (including the in person day).

To sign up for this course, visit and make an account (which is free). Once you have signed up, go to the Catalog, where you will see the course. Add it to your cart, pay, and begin!

Please contact us if you have any questions, and look for more online courses coming soon!


Waterway trash cleanup on Ward Creek March 2nd

The Bayou Manchac Group will be conducting a litter cleanup on Ward Creek behind PetSmart on Siegen (next to Lowes) all day Saturday, March 2nd.  Join us if you can make it even for a little while.  Bring your canoe/kayak or borrow one of ours.  Much of the litter is on land, but on the opposite bank so we will ferry volunteers across the creek.  As of now we expect about 10 people to show up.  Compare this to the 1,300 people who participate in the Bayou Lafourche annual cleanup on the same day and which is sponsored by BTNEP, the municipal governments along the waterway, and Nicholls State Univerity.

Directions to the Ward Creek site: Park behind PetSmart in the Siegen Shopping Center and cross the 4-lane Mall service road on foot.  Be careful crossing the road and we hope to see you there!

Don’t try to launch at the private rail crossing immediately southwest of the Siegen overpass (!  Met a member of the Bayou Haystackers ( paddling Ward Creek today while I was scouting the areas behind PetSmart for our March 2nd cleanup.  He received a trespassing ticket last weekend for using the rail crossing to scout for easier launch spots.  The BRPD Officer refused to believe that anyone would paddle Ward Creek for recreation and accused the paddler of scoping the area for items to steal.

BREC does own Gentilly Court Park directly across the tracks from our litter cleanup location on Ward Creek ( but there is no trail.

On a somewhat related note, the Louisiana Wildlife Federation passed our trash resolution this morning at their annual meeting in Baton Rouge.  The next step is to seek a member of the Louisiana Legislature to sponsor a resolution directing LDEQ to add trash to the Louisiana list of water impairments and begin assessing Louisiana waters for trash impairment and possible TMDLs.  Municipalities that enact programs such as sponsoring periodic waterway cleanup events will avoid TMDLs since their waterways will not be listed as impaired by trash.


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December 2012

Stormwater Workshop 

December 14, 2012
8:30am to 4:30pm
Louisiana Transportation Research Center

An interactive workshop to navigate the water quality regulations and permit requirements for construction sites.  Learn what to do during inspections and enforcement actions.  

Registration Fee: $75 (Includes lunch and refreshments)

Please see the Agenda & Attendee Form for more information, including a detailed agenda, and to register.


Customizing Your Stormwater BMP Design for Specific Pollutants

The Center for Watershed Protection wanted you to know that registration for their next webcast is open! Its titled Customizing Your Stormwater BMP Design for Specific Pollutants and will be held on Wednesday, December 12th, 2012.

About the Webcast:

Customizing Your Stormwater BMP Design for Specific Pollutants:

Stormwater design requires specializing and customizing. This is due in part to TMDLs that specify a particular pollutant of concern (e.g., bacteria, nutrients, sediment) or parts of the country or world that have unique considerations (e.g., coastal waters, cold-water fisheries). This webcast will describe how stormwater BMP designs are being adapted to remove particular pollutants. We will review the research on pollutant-specific removal pathways and provide case studies and resources for designing pollutant-targeting BMPs.

For more information and to register, please visit


Free Watershed Academy Webcast on March 21st 1-3pm EDT on “History and Evolution of the Clean Water Act”

Interested in learning about the history and evolution of the Clean Water Act?

Register at<> for a free EPA Watershed Academy Webcast on Wed., March 21, 2011 at 1-3pm EDT on “History and Evolution of the Clean Water Act.”

Join us for a free Watershed Academy webcast entitled “History and Evolution of the Clean Water Act” on March 21, 2012 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm EDT. The Clean Water Act (CWA) is the cornerstone of surface water quality protection in the United States and 2012 marks the 40th anniversary of the 1972 amendments to this landmark environmental law.

This webcast is the first in a series to commemorate the anniversary of the CWA. The Webcast will provide a brief introduction to the CWA including an overview of key components of the Act and some basic terminology. It will also include a brief history of the Act and some reflections on the evolution of the CWA. EPA’s Watershed Academy will host additional webcasts this year on different aspects of the CWA such as the Clean Water State Revolving Fund, the National Nonpoint Source Program, the National Estuary Program and other aspects of the law. To register for this webcast, please visit<>.

The presentation will be posted in advance at<>. Participants are encouraged to download the presentation prior to the webcast. Also, Webcast participants are eligible to receive a certificate for their attendance.

2 hour audio Webcast at:
Eastern: 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Central: 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Mountain: 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Pacific: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m.

Please register at:<>

Volunteers Needed to Assist with a Cypress Marsh Restoration Project Near Chalmette

The Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana (CRCL) and the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation are looking for interested volunteers to participate in a cypress swamp restoration project near the Caernarvon Diversion in Plaquemines Parish, LA. This project will promote a healthy cypress forest on land that has been accumulating from sediment outflow from the Caernarvon Diversion. The restored cypress forest will provide critical habit for wildlife and provide storm protection to the adjacent marsh and communities.

Project Details:

When: Friday March 9, 2012
9:00 a.m. to no later than 4:00 p.m.
Where: Caernarvon Diversion Outfall Canal

Detailed direction will be sent out closer to the event.

All volunteers must register with CRCL to attend the event!  All planting equipment (gloves, shovels, etc.), lunch, and refreshments will be provided.

Volunteers will be planting 250 three-gallon pots of cypress trees and wrapping the trees with protectors to shield them from predators.

Volunteers will be transported to the planting site by boat. This will be a muddy day. This is a strenuous and dirty activity, so physical fitness is required.

Additional information, including directions and what to bring, will be provided a few days prior to the event.

If you would like to volunteer your boat for this event, please let us know! It would be used to help transport volunteers and trees to the site. A flat bottom boat that can navigate shallow water is preferred. If you are interested, please email Hilary Collis at for more information.

We understand that plans can change. If, after registering, you find you are unable to attend the event, please email and let us know you have to cancel so we can make your spot available to other potential volunteers.