Green Infrastructure Helps Coastal Lands

From Forester Daily News:

In coastal North Carolina, stormwater managers are looking to green infrastructure to solve stormwater problems.  One successful green infrastructure project in Wilmington is the Wade Park Wetland. It was a $4 million joint project by the city of Wilmington, New Hanover County, and the state of North Carolina. The 17-acre park is on the site of a former wastewater treatment plant. Before the plant was constructed, the area was a natural wetland.

Completed in 2007, the wetland at Wade Park helps clean stormwater before it runs into the Hewletts Creek watershed and also reduces flooding in the area. The largest wetland in the area, it receives runoff from 590 acres, which is about 10% of the Hewletts Creek watershed…

Read the rest of the article at Forester Daily News HERE.

Recent Articles of Interest

Check out the links below for some recent articles of interest to the Stormwater Management community.

NOAA Report: Coastal Wetlands Loss Costly and Continuing:

NEW ORLEANS – March 24, 2015 – An important study and corresponding conservation planning tool recently released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) should help officials protect the most important areas along our nation’s coastlines. According to NOAA’s analysis, the U.S. lost more than 1,500 square miles of coastal wetlands between 1996 and 2011.

Methods in Construction Site Sediment Control:

In Part Two of this continuing series on the topic of sediment control methods at construction sites, author Linda Robinson discusses a highway widenting project that manages sediment and erosion control in order to protect the water quality of a nearby stream.

SITES Program Certifies 12 Sustainable Landscapes:

AUSTIN, Texas, March 31, 2015The Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES) program has certified sustainable landscapes at a dozen new locations across the country for meeting rigorous standards for environmental design and performance. These 12 landscapes include George Washington’s historic Maryland home, a pocket park in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood, and a public children’s garden in Austin, Texas.

Drawing Attention to the Soil

From Erosion Control:

As we’ve mentioned before on this site, the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization has designated 2015 the International Year of Soils. The intent is to raise awareness of the importance of healthy soils, and while it’s in many ways a symbolic designation, there are some interesting and important events associated with it…

Read the rest of the article on the Erosion Control Editor’s Blog here.

Watershed Academy Webcast on “Using New Water Quality Portal”

On October 23, from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. ET, EPA’s Watershed Academy will host a webinar for water quality managers and others to learn more about the new Water Quality Portal (Portal) for water quality data – a team effort by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Geological Survey, and the National Water Quality Monitoring Council (NWQMC). The Portal brings together chemical, physical and microbiological data from EPA’s Storage and Retrieval Data Warehouse (STORET) and USGS’s National Water Information System (NWIS) and provides it to scientists, policy-makers, and the public in a single, user-friendly web interface. The Portal reduces the burden to data users of searching, compiling, and formatting water monitoring data for analysis  This Webinar will also highlight EPA’s Water Quality Exchange (WQX-Web) which is a web-based data entry tool that enables data owners to upload their data so the public has access to the data through the new Water Quality Portal.  This webinar will include both informational presentations and a demonstration of the Portal in action. Users can access the Portal at www.waterqualitydata.us<http://www.waterqualitydata.us/>.

Webcast participants are eligible to receive a certificate for their attendance.  Register for this free webinar at www.epa.gov/watershedwebcasts<file:///C:/Documents%20and%20Settings/AWeinber/Local%20Settings/Temp/notes87944B/www.epa.gov/watershedwebcasts>.

US Liquids of Louisiana, LP, Fined for Violating the Clean Water Act

(DALLAS – July 17, 2012) The Environmental Protection Agency has fined US Liquids of Louisiana, LP, of Jennings, Louisiana, $13,552 for violating Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) regulations outlined under the Clean Water Act.

A federal inspection of the company’s Bateman Island marine terminal in St. Mary Parish revealed the terminal’s SPCC plan failed to provide a prediction of equipment failures that could result in discharges, personnel working at the facility had no training on the operation and maintenance of equipment to prevent discharges, and facility inspections had not been conducted.

The company also failed to schedule periodic spill prevention briefings, address secondary containment of truck loading, unloading and transfer areas, and to regularly inspect above-ground valves, piping and joints.

SPCC regulations require onshore production or bulk storage facilities to provide oil spill prevention, preparedness and response to prevent oil discharges. The SPCC program helps protect our nation’s water quality since a spill of only one gallon of oil can contaminate one million gallons of water.

More about activities in EPA Region 6 is available at http://www.epa.gov/aboutepa/region6.html

For more information contact Dave Bary or Jennah Durant at 214-665-2200 or r6press@epa.gov

 

EPA Fines

HOUMA, La. (AP) – A Houma towboat company has been ordered to pay $525,000 in fines and penalties after pleading guilty to violating federal environmental regulations.

The Courier reports (http://bit.ly/NPQt5K ) that Cenac Towing violated the Clean Water Act between June 2008 and January 2010 by failing to collect samples of the raw sewage discharged by its former yard, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in New Orleans.

Cenac Towing’s permit allowed it to discharge certain pollutants in limited amounts as long as it tested samples and submitted reports to the state Department of Environmental Quality.

The company, owned in part by businessman Arlen “Benny” Cenac, did not do this, prosecutors said.

Of the penalty, $375,000 is a fine and the rest a community-service payment.

The company pleaded guilty in March.

Information from: The Courier, http://www.houmatoday.com