Presentation on theme: "Central Massachusetts Regional Stormwater Coalition Part 5 Standard Operating Procedures September 26, 2013 Community Innovation Challenge Grant 2013."— Presentation transcript:
Central Massachusetts Regional Stormwater Coalition Part 5 Standard Operating Procedures September 26, 2013 Community Innovation Challenge Grant 2013
Central Massachusetts Regional Stormwater Coalition Objectives of the Task Original: Develop a standard approach for actions each community should be doing to create a “common benchmark”. Expanded: Integrated forms into the online mapping and inspection platform. Created training presentations on key tasks. Clarified parts of the MS4 Permit that are tricky to navigate.
Central Massachusetts Regional Stormwater Coalition SOPs Developed 1.Dry Weather Outfall Inspection* 2.Wet Weather Outfall Inspection* 3.Catch Basin Inspection and Cleaning* 4.Spill Response and Cleanup Procedures 5.Construction Site Inspection 6.Erosion and Sedimentation Control 7.Fuel and Oil Handling Procedures 8.Managing Private Carwash Events 9.Inspecting Constructed BMPs* 10.Locating Illicit Discharges * = Form has been incorporated into PeopleGIS
Central Massachusetts Regional Stormwater Coalition SOPs Developed (continued) 11. Oil/Water Separator Maintenance 12. Storage and Use of Pesticides and Fertilizer 13. Water Quality Screening in the Field* 14. Municipal Vehicle Washing 15. Private Drainage Connections SOPs are not intended to replace a Town’s existing program, just provide guidance where none existed previously. * = Form has been incorporated into PeopleGIS
Central Massachusetts Regional Stormwater Coalition Table of Contents shows which SOPs are related
Central Massachusetts Regional Stormwater Coalition SOPs 1 & 2: Dry/Wet Weather Outfall Goal: Describe process for performing inspections at outfalls (pipes or ditches) during dry or wet weather conditions. Dry weather: best for identifying illicit discharges Wet weather: best for capturing “first flush” Inspection forms incorporated into PeopleGIS; link to Water Quality Sampling (SOP 13). Include instructions for collecting a water sample.
Central Massachusetts Regional Stormwater Coalition SOP 3: Catch Basin Goal: Use catch basin cleaning activities as an opportunity to collect water quality information. Quantify volume of material removed. Collect water quality information to help identify illicit discharges. Evaluate structural and physical condition. Connects to numeric goals of pending new MS4 Permit (e.g: sump no more than 50% full) Inspection forms incorporated into PeopleGIS; link to Water Quality Sampling (SOP 13).
Central Massachusetts Regional Stormwater Coalition SOPs 8 & 14: Vehicle Washwater Goal: Inform (or remind) Towns that discharge of vehicle washwater to the MS4 is prohibited. MS4 Permit: “individual resident car washing” is OK Not permitted: -Washwater from carwash fundraisers on private property (SOP 8). -Washwater from municipal vehicles (SOP 14). SOPs are realistic; suggest ways to minimize noncompliance.
Central Massachusetts Regional Stormwater Coalition SOP 10: Locating Illicit Discharges Goal: ID’s can be observed from many activities. Some sources are obvious, but other sources are harder to track. Reviews ways to trace illicit discharges to source. Move upstream from where ID was observed. Incorporates fields for resident complaint or hotline. Document, document, document. Enforcement suggestions assume that Town has ID prohibition in Bylaw.
Central Massachusetts Regional Stormwater Coalition SOP 13: Water Quality Screening Goal: WQ monitoring can be expensive. Get the most out of the field kits and meters by knowing how to use them to prioritize where you collect full samples. How to select a WQ kits and meters for screening. Benchmark field concentrations: how to know when to collect a sample for analysis at the lab. How to document screening results and decision. Inspection forms incorporated into PeopleGIS; link to SOPs 1, 2, 3, and 10
Central Massachusetts Regional Stormwater Coalition Additional SOP’s SOP 4: Spill cleanup; info to be collected in event of a spill; minimum spill materials to keep on site; reviews good housekeeping. SOP 5: Instructions and form for inspecting construction sites. SOP 7: Guidance for observing delivery of fuels (bulk or drummed) and loading waste oil to prevent a spill. SOP 9: Inspection needs for eight common BMPs, from rain gardens to constructed wetlands.
Central Massachusetts Regional Stormwater Coalition Additional SOP’s SOP 11: Refresher on maintaining an oil/water separator, including what materials shouldn’t enter (detergents) and how to perform inspections. SOP 12: How to safely store and use pesticides and fertilizers to minimize stormwater pollution. Reviews MA-specific registration for applicators. SOP 15: Similar to the Sump Pump Policy, but for foundation /footing drains and area drains.
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