EPA Pollution Prevention Webinar Stormwater Standards for the Future: How modeled pollution load reductions can result in adoption of up-to-date stormwater standards will be held on Oct 1, 2015 12:00 – 2:00 PM EDT.
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- 12:00 – 12:15 Introductions and Welcome: EPA Region 1
- 12:15 – 1:00 Modeling the Effect of Local Stormwater Regulations on Future Pollutant Loads: James Houle, UNH Stormwater Center and Bill Arcieri, Senior Water Resources Specialist, VHB
- 1:00 – 1:30 Overview of the Piscataqua Region Environmental Planning Assessment (PREPA) and funding initiatives to promote better stormwater management: Abigail Gronberg, Piscataqua Region Estuaries Partnership (PREP)
- 1:30 – 1:45 Southeast Watershed Alliance (SWA) work in the Great Bay Estuary: Alison Watts, Southeast Watershed Alliance
- 1:45 – 2:00 Questions, wrap up Background:
The Seacoast Region and the larger Great Bay watershed represents one of the fastest developing regions in the state of NH. Stormwater runoff from impervious surfaces has been shown to be one of the leading causes for declining water quality and increased flooding in our region’s water resources. The Great Bay Estuary, a critical ecological and economic resource in the NH Coastal Region is listed as impaired due to declining water quality conditions resulting from increased pollutant loads largely contributed from non-point sources. As future development continues to unfold, pollutant loads from development activity are only going to increase. In 2012, the Southeast Watershed Alliance (SWA) commissioned the UNH Stormwater Center and the Rockingham Planning Commission to develop model stormwater standards that communities could adopt in zoning or land development regulations to help minimize the environmental impacts of increased stormwater runoff from new and redevelopment activity. Using the Oyster River watershed as a pilot test case this presentation will review the results of a modeling studied funded by EPA evaluating the financial and ecological benefits of adopting the enhanced model stormwater standards to reduce future pollutant loads over the next 30 years.
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