The next SEPA CD Engineer Workshop is coming soon! Regististration is now open!

The four Conservation Districts of Bucks, Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery County will be holding a local training program on NPDES Construction Permitting and Post Construction Stormwater on May 22, 2014.  We will be organizing it under the 501 (C)(3) we sponsor called the Southeastern Pennsylvania Resource Conservation and Development Council, the same group that is the vehicle for our bi-annual newsletter.  We are pulling State, Regional, and local Conservation District speakers together to address issues from the Notice of Termination Process to the Manual Calculation Changes for Sediment Basins.   The registration fee will be $90.00 and will include Continental Breakfast, Boxed Lunch, and also an attendance certificate for Professional Engineer Professional Development Hours (P.D.H.’s)

The event will be held at the Science Center auditorium 213 at Montgomery County Community College, 340 DeKalb Pike Blue Bell, PA  19422

The registration form and additional information are available by clicking here.

“Montgomery County Community College is not affiliated with the event and the College should not be contacted regarding the program.”

DEP has developed a new form to help with Notice of Termination filing requirements

DEP Central Office has developed a new form to help with the filing requirements associated with the Notice of Termination (NOT).  DEP has worked with the Recorder of Deeds Association to come up with a form that meets what they need for filing as well as meeting the regulatory needs of DEP.  Please follow the link http://www.elibrary.dep.state.pa.us/dsweb/View/Collection-11947 to access the new form.

This form should be used by permittees when filing instruments and plans/record drawings with the recorder of deeds offices so that the recorder knows what to do with the instruments and how to file them.  Please note that applicants are instructed to attach certain items to the filing form for filing such as the instrument, record drawings, and other pertinent information.  Permittees should begin to use these forms now.  Please note that these forms  are strictly to ease and standardize the filing process at the Recorder of Deeds level.  The Recorder of Deeds Association will be passing along information to all of their constituents informing them of the form and its use concurrently.

Notice From NRCS Web Soil Survey - Issue opening general soil maps within soil surveys

Customers and employees have reported issue with opening scanned soil surveys from http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/soilsurvey/soils/survey/state/ web page.  Actually, they can open the survey but cannot open the bookmark for General Soil Map or Index to Map Sheets.  The solution is to go to Start | All Programs  | Adobe then open Adobe Acrobat X (or XI) Standard OR Start | All Programs | Adobe Acrobat X (or XI) Standard.  The first time you open Acrobat the application will install or configure. Close Acrobat after it finishes installing/configuring itself.  Now go back and open the soil survey then open the general soil map.

Registration is now open for the 2014 Schuylkill River Watershed Congress

2014 Watershed Congress along the Schuylkill River

Sat, March 15, 2014 7:30AM to 3:30PM (Eastern)

Pottstown, PA

Montgomery County Community College

Hosted by Delaware Riverkeeper Network

The Watershed Congress is a an annual gathering of citizens interested in watershed protection and restoration.

The 2014 Watershed Congress program kicks off with a keynote panel presented by staff of the William Penn Foundation who will be speaking about the Foundation’s Delaware River Watershed Protection Grant Program.

Concurrent sessions for the upcoming program include presentations on the Schuylkill River water trail, abandoned mine drainage, invasive rock snot, habitat restoration, green construction, native meadow management, rain barrels and rain gardens, living with flood plains, watershed education, and much more.

Registration fees start at $40 (covers participation in Saturday’s program, Saturday morning’s refreshments, and lunch).

Attend as a representative of your local stream!

DEP to Hold Webinars on Permit Revision for Temporary Road Crossings

The Department of Environmental Protection announced today that it will be holding two webinars, one on Friday, Dec. 20, at 10 a.m., and one on Tuesday, Jan. 7, at 2:30 p.m., to discuss proposed revisions on a permit used for temporary road crossings.

The webinars will focus on a DEP proposal to modify a permit for temporary road crossings which allows for the construction, operation, maintenance and removal of various types of temporary crossings through bodies of water and wetlands.

The proposed permit includes a standardized format of definitions of terms, instructions, forms, examples and sample drawings.

The proposal also revises the scope of the permit for temporary activities, such as a pipeline, electric transmission line, telephone or water line; and environmental testing or monitoring activities, such as temporary soil sampling and seismic testing lines. The activities covered under the permit proposal will be held to the specific permit conditions provided when the proposed permit modifications become final.

Public comments on the proposed permit revisions are welcome. The public comment period runs until Jan. 10, 2014. Written comments can be mailed to the Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Waterways Engineering and Wetlands, Division of Wetlands, Encroachments and Training, P. O. Box 8460, Harrisburg, PA 17105-8460 or emailed to RA-GP8Comments@pa.gov.

A copy of the draft modified permit is available at www.dep.state.pa.us, keyword: Proposals Currently Open for Comment. Once the webpage is accessed, the section titled ”Proposed Reissuance of General Permit BWEW-GP-8: Temporary Road Crossings and Associated 401 Water Quality Certification” will contain the information.

For more information or to register for the webinars, visit the above website link and click the “Public Participation Center” button, then select “Webinars.” After registration, an email will be sent containing a link to the webinar. The webinar will be recorded and posted on the webinars webpage for future viewing.

For more information, call 717-787-3411.

Register for Webcast on the “National Stormwater Calculator”

Join EPA for a Watershed Academy Webcast on Oct. 2, 2013 from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm Eastern on the new “National Stormwater Calculator.”  (See Post Below)  This new calculator is designed for anyone interested in reducing runoff from a property including: site developers, landscape architects, urban planners, homeowners and others.  It can help users decide which stormwater management practices to install such as a rain garden or a green roof.  This calculator is a desktop application that estimates the annual amount of rainwater and frequency of runoff from a specific site anywhere in the United States (including Puerto Rico). Estimates are based on local soil conditions, land cover, and historic rainfall records.

You can download the Stormwater Calculator at www.epa.gov/nrmrl/wswrd/wq/models/swc/.

Register for the Webcast at www.epa.gov/watershedwebcasts

MCCD non-permitted application inadequate letter response time

Effective August 20, 2013, on motion of Director Erlbaum, seconded by Vice-Chair Moulton, it was unanimously adopted that the time frame for a complete response to a District inadequate review letter, for non-permitted project applications, be 60 calendar days from the date of the inadequate review letter.  The application will be considered withdrawn when the 60 calendar day timeframe has passed without a complete response to the listed deficiencies put forth in the inadequate review letter.  At that time a new submission will be required, inclusive of all applicable fees.

New DEP Online Tool Speeds Pre-Application Process for Permit Applicants

As part of its continuing effort to create a more efficient permit application procedure, DEP has developed an online Permit Application Consultation Tool (PACT).  For a news release explaining more about the tool, please click here.  If you would like to go to the PACT Page, you may click here to use the tool or learn more about it.

Attention MS4 permittees, engineers, consultants, and others within the Southeast Region:

EPA’s National Stormwater Calculator is Now Available to the Public
http://www.epa.gov/nrmrl/wswrd/wq/models/swc/

EPA’s National Stormwater Calculator is a desktop application that estimates the annual amount of rainwater and frequency of runoff from a specific site anywhere in the United States. Estimates are based on local soil conditions, land cover, and historic rainfall records.
It is designed to be used by anyone interested in reducing runoff from a property, including
• site developers,
• landscape architects,
• urban planners, and
• homeowners.

The Calculator accesses several national databases that provide soil, topography, rainfall, and evaporation information for the chosen site. The user supplies information about the site’s land cover and selects the types of low impact development (LID) controls they would like to use. The LID controls that the user can choose are seven green infrastructure practices:
1. Disconnection
2. Rain harvesting
3. Rain gardens
4. Green roofs
5. Street planters
6. Infiltration basins
7. Porous pavement

Green infrastructure promotes the natural movement of water, instead of allowing it to wash into streets and down storm drains. Green infrastructure also has the added benefit of beautifying neighborhoods and increasing property values.
The stormwater calculator (SWC), like any model, estimates an outcome based on available information such as soil type, landscape and land-use information, and historical weather. These estimates can be affected by limitations on site-specific information and uncertainties about future climate. To better inform decisions, it is recommended that the user develop a range of results with various assumptions about model inputs such as percent of impervious surface, soil type, and sizing of green infrastructure. An update to the SWC, which will include the ability to link to several future climate scenarios, will be released by the end of 2013. Climate projections indicate that heavy precipitation events are very likely to become more frequent as the climate changes. Green Infrastructure can increase the resiliency of stormwater management approaches to a changing climate, and this update will allow users to consider how runoff may vary based both on historical weather and potential future climate. Please check with local authorities about whether and how use of these tools may support local stormwater management goals and requirements.

The Erosion and Sediment Control Manual training held at Villanova is available for viewing.

Link to Villanova E&S training catalog

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