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Green infrastructure demonstration sites at East Lyme beach parking lot

After 7 years of diligent stormwater infiltration, it seems like a lot of people know about the green stormwater infrastructure (GSI) practices at the Hole-in-the-Wall beach parking lot in East Lyme – in no small part due to the stormwater classroom held here every year.

Permeable paver demonstration

Each May, town staff with help from many partners including CT DEEP, Southern Connecticut Regional Resources Recovery Authority, Ledge Light Health District, and teachers and students from East Lyme’s Middle and High schools host a stormwater classroom at the beach for all third grade students (and this year students from Salem participated too). This event has become a time-honored East Lyme tradition and a key part of their MS4 public outreach and education program.

It’s worth visiting anytime if you’re interested in seeing many different types of pervious surfaces and how they’ve fared after many years with minimal maintenance.  Bill Scheer (bscheer@eltownhall.com) Deputy public works director or Victor Benni (vbenni@eltownhall.com) Town engineer, would be happy to share their insights and favorite treatments from the perspective of people responsible for their original installation and ongoing maintenance.

In addition to ten different types of pervious surfaces, you can see an above ground hydrodynamic separator (very rare opportunity!), a tree box filter, a rain garden, and a series of detention/infiltration basins which are the last line of defense before stormwater and all it carries with it from a 23-acre watershed empties into Long Island Sound.

Take a look at this PowerPoint for pictures of all the green stormwater infrastructure practices at Hole-in-the-Wall Beach.

 

MS4 Management Software Demos

Several folks have been asking if there is a software program available to help manage MS4 activities and reporting under the new permit. We have found a couple of options: PermitTrack and MS4Front.

To help you compare the two and evaluate whether they would be of use to you, we held webinar demos for each on Feb. 15. See recordings of the webinars below.

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Webinar – Getting Started with Your SWM Plan

NEMO is holding a webinar on Tuesday February 7 at 2pm focused on the first step in your journey through the new MS4 General Permit requirements – registration and your Stormwater Management (SWM) Plan.

For the 121 communities (plus institutions) covered under CT DEEP’s newly revised “MS4” stormwater regulations, the first requirements are to develop (or revise) a Stormwater Management Plan (SWMP) and register as an MS4. Draft SWMPs are to be posted for public comment and submitted to CT DEEP by April 1, 2017. That’s 2 months away. Yikes!

Fear not, this presentation will cover what’s required to be in the plan, share a template for a SWM Plan that you can adapt and use, and introduce you to NEMO’s new MS4 Online Guide (the website you are on now) – a repository for tools, maps and information related to the permit.

The webinar will be presented by our new MS4 Circuit Rider, Amanda Ryan, and Dave Dickson.

The webinar recording can be found on our Webinars Page (in the Tools section).

NEMO’s MS4 Circuit Rider is Here!

Confused about the new MS4 permit?  Wondering what DCIA is and how you calculate it? Need someone to come talk your various departments about their role in complying with MS4? Time to call NEMO’s new MS4 Circuit rider (a.k.a., Municipal Stormwater Educator) Amanda Ryan for help.

20160322_113504Amanda Ryan joined the NEMO team in November and is specifically img950826tasked with serving as a resource for CT Towns and Institutions on MS4 issues. Amanda has worked on conservation, climate resilience , and planning issues for the Town of Greenwich, The Nature Conservancy, and the Central Connecticut Regional Planning Agency. She  has a Masters in Environmental Science and Management from URI and is a graduate of the United States Coast Guard Academy.  Amanda is also a Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve – so watch out!

If you have any questions about the new permit or need help in educating others in your town or region, Amanda can be reached at amanda.ryan@uconn.edu or at (860) 345 5231.

 

Welcome to the CT MS4 Guide!

The NEMO program at UConn’s Center for Land Use Education and Research (CLEAR) is pleased to bring you, the intrepid town staffer tasked with MS4 compliance, the CT MS4 Guide. This website is and will be a growing resource for you as you seek to keep your town in compliance with the new MS4 (Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System) general permit issued by CT DEEP.storm-drain

Lets face it, the new MS4 regulations are going to require a significant amount of work, time, and money
on the behalf of MS4 towns and institutions. In recognition of this, DEEP has provided the NEMO program with funding to launch a multi-faceted support effort that is anchored by this guide/website. Here you will find guidance on meeting permit requirements, key deadlines and dates, examples and templates, tutorials, mapping data, and other resources as they are developed.

This is what we call a growing website because we will be building it as we go. While the overall structure will remain the same, we will be adding tools, templates, and tutorials as we develop them. Materials will be developed and released in response to the deadlines in the permit such that they will be made available well in advance of when the action must be taken.

In addition to this website, we will also be providing regional and statewide training opportunities, webinars, and MS4 listserv and have hired a new staff person to serve as an MS4 “circuit rider” available to come to your town and help you work through the intricacies of the permit (more on her in a future post!).

The overall goal of this effort is to reduce the burden of the MS4 permit.  We can’t do the work for you, but we do hope this website and the overall effort is a part will make things a bit easier to navigate and implement.  If you have any suggestions for resources you would like to see, please contact us!