industrial stormwater discharge

On-Demand Webinar – 2-Day NPDES Compliance for Industrial Stormwater Dischargers

May 19, 2020

Clues for NPDES Compliance: Pacific Precursors and Lessons Learned for Industrial Stormwater Dischargers

Live Broadcast Dates are May 19 and May 21 at 2:00 pm EDT and 11:00 am Pacific

With the final draft of the new 2020 Federal Multi-sector General Permit (MSGP) imminent, what lessons have we learned from states that have already moved forward with increased National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) regulations for Industrial Stormwater Permittees and Dischargers?

Join Forester University for this live, educational, two-part webinar as returning speaker Jonathan J. Meronek, QISP-ToR, ENV SP, CPESC, QSP/D of SCS Engineers reviews the fundamental changes of the upcoming MSGP and highlights some of the new regulations it sets forth.

We will discuss changes that include Benchmark Exceedance Response mechanisms under Advanced Implementation Measures (AIMs), including Tier 1, 2, & 3 Triggers, Responses, Deadlines, and Exceptions. To assist stormwater dischargers in achieving compliance, we will also look at the “Inspection Only” options for identified “Low Risk” and light manufacturing facilities, potential No Exposure Certifications (NECs), and the proposed modifications for determining background pollutant contributions.

After reviewing the fundamental Draft MSGP tenets, we will then shift our focus to examining the current statewide General Permits of the Pacific States (California, Washington, and Oregon). These states are beginning to see the benefits of overall compliance and better receiving water quality. Under the exceedance and tiered compliance, facilities are now held more accountable and can better compare themselves to other companies within their industry sector. Questions arising from the Exceedance Response Action (ERA) scenario include:

Are they facing the same challenges with elevated pollutants of concern from their facility’s industrial stormwater discharge?

What BMPs have they implemented, and have they been effective in reducing and/or eliminating pollutants in stormwater discharge?

How do 303d water impairments and Total Maximum Daily Loads affect the dischargers?

These become the considerations and strategies for industrial stormwater managers and facility owners as they move from Baseline Tiers to ERA Level 1 and, subsequently, ERA Level 2 Status.

Stormwater regulation is evolving, pushing more responsibility onto dischargers by holding them accountable through categorization based on their ability to meet numeric benchmarks and determining their status based on how they respond and implement effective BMPs. Ultimately, it is up to the industrial permittee to take initiative, with an eye to priorities and feasibility for the future of their stormwater compliance program.

Learning Objectives
By participating in this webinar, attendees will:

  • Understand the significant changes that are imminent in the upcoming Federal 2020 MSGP
  • Explore how those changes (including benchmarks, exceedance responses, and directives) could potentially influence states’ NPDES Industrial General Permits
  • Examine and learn by example from states that currently have elements in place that mirror the new MSGP requirements and what those regulations require of their permittees/dischargers
  • Discuss lessons learned so far by those permittees/dischargers
  • Know how to better prepare and your stormwater management program for the future as stormwater managers, consultants, and owners under the increasing regulatory trajectory

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Posted by Diane Samuels at 2:00 pm

Webinar Deadline: NPDES Industrial Stormwater Compliance Regulations

November 29, 2018

Recommended for Managers and Facility Compliance Personnel Responsible for NPDES Industrial Stormwater Compliance

The new Exceedance Response Action (ERA) paradigm has wide-reaching implications for future NPDES permittees of industrial stormwater discharges. This growing regulatory compliance mechanism is already being implemented in California, Washington, and most recently in Oregon. These states are viewed as precursors of future trends throughout the United States, as several key components of the forthcoming Multi-Sector General Permit (MSGP) will influence other states to move toward similar ERA response scenarios and regulations.

Join Forester University for this live, educational, two-part webinar as speaker Jonathan Meronek, QISP ToR, CPESC, QSDP/D, of SCS Engineers discusses the future of the tiered ERA paradigm and why stormwater managers and facility compliance personnel have only begun to come to terms with it. He will help you better understand if your site is covered and how an Industrial Permittee can come into compliance.

The webinar will examine past lessons, including the implementation of effective best management practices, water quality characterizations, and successful compliance strategies. It will also project what the compliance paradigm will look like during the first years of an industrial General NPDES Permit.

Attendees can expect to learn to:

  • Identify your enemy: Keys to effective industrial facility site pollutant source assessments and water quality characterization
  • Observe the successful components of a stormwater management program, including a strong foundational Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP)
  • Learn how to select and implement effective BMPs using a tiered approach to compliance, especially under a compliance level escalation scenario
  • Analyze the ever-increasing effects of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) on industrial discharges and permittees
  • Discover emerging alternative regulatory compliance options under Industrial Permits and what they might mean for the future
  • Understand Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs) and potential applications of additional Numeric Effluent Limits (NELs)

Attendees can expect to earn credits: 2 PDH / 0.2 CEU




Posted by Diane Samuels at 6:00 am