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TitleDescriptionCityDate & TimeCategorySelection
Post-fire BMP's and Erosion and Storm Water Run-off Management: What Does the Research Tell Us?With wildfires becoming the new "norm" in California and record heat, drought and drier land fueling more frequent and extreme fires, it's critical that we focus on the threats that emerge after the fires are out and we are faced with unpredictable rain events leading to the potential for mass flooding, landslides and severe storm water erosion and hazardous pollution run-off. This workshop will feature current research on what works and what doesn't when it comes to mitigating post-fire damage and how to "mimic" Nature to help repair the damage. University research findings as well as field experience from CalRecycle disaster recovery professionals and erosion control specialists will be presented with examples of the most cost effective and highest performing BMPs. (Includes Lunch)Irvine9/25/2018 - 11:30 AMConstruction
Post-fire BMP's and Erosion and Storm Water Run-off Management: What Does the Research Tell Us?With wildfires becoming the new "norm" in California and record heat, drought and drier land fueling more frequent and extreme fires, it's critical that we focus on the threats that emerge after the fires are out and we are faced with unpredictable rain events leading to the potential for mass flooding, landslides and severe storm water erosion and hazardous pollution run-off. This workshop will feature current research on what works and what doesn't when it comes to mitigating post-fire damage and how to "mimic" Nature to help repair the damage. University research findings as well as field experience from CalRecycle disaster recovery professionals and erosion control specialists will be presented with examples of the most cost effective and highest performing BMPs. (Includes Lunch)Irvine9/27/2018 - 11:30 AMConstruction
Lessons from the Sandbox - Part 1Do you need PDHs for your storm water certification? This is the perfect class to attend for those needing PDHs or to learn about the installation and maintenance of erosion and sediment controls. This class and the following class together are a shorten version of WGR's popular BMP Roundup event. We will have hand's on learning opportunities. Stay for lunch and Part 2 of the Lessons from the Sandbox.Lodi9/28/2018 - 11:30 AMConstruction
Lessons from the Sandbox - Part 2Do you need PDHs for your storm water certification? This is the perfect class to attend for those needing PDHs or to learn about the installation and maintenance of erosion and sediment controls. This class and the following class together are a shorten version of WGR's popular BMP Roundup event. We will have hand's on learning opportunities. Make sure you also sign-up for Part 1 of the Lessons from the Sandbox, which starts at 11:30 AM and stay for lunch in-between the two sessions.Lodi9/28/2018 - 01:00 PMConstruction
The Chemistry of Storm Water at Construction SitesThis year's theme "The Chemistry of Storm Water" continues with a third, and final, keynote session. Does chemistry happen at construction sites? You bet! WGR and Active Treatment Systems, Inc. chemists will talk about chemical processes at work at construction sites. We will look at pH, turbidity, and electrocoagulation. You can come to our studio and be a part of the live audience or you can watch it online.Online9/28/2018 - 09:00 AMConstruction
The Future of the Construction General PermitState Water Board staff will join WGR for a discussion about the current Construction General Permit and what to expect for the upcoming renewal of the permit. We will discuss what has been working with the current permit and what needs to be changed. The Water Board staff will also talk about the process of renewing the permit and how dischargers and the public can get involved in the process.Online9/28/2018 - 10:15 AMConstruction
Understanding Construction SWPPP AuditsManaging SWPPP compliance programs is different than simply performing SWPPP inspections. This program will address the primary differences between inspection and audit programs.San Diego9/26/2018 - 09:00 AMConstruction
Decentralized Treatment Systems for Post-Construction BMPsPost-construction stormwater (SW) treatments systems can be costly and tend to be centralized systems (e.g. vaults). A new generation of treatment systems allow designers to both reduce footprints and costs associated with properly treating SW discharges.San Diego9/26/2018 - 01:00 PMConstruction
Decentralized Treatment Systems for Post-Construction BMPsPost-construction stormwater (SW) treatments systems can be costly and tend to be centralized systems (e.g. vaults). A new generation of treatment systems allow designers to both reduce footprints and costs associated with properly treating SW discharges.San Diego9/26/2018 - 03:00 PMConstruction
Going From a Washout to Solid GroundWe will be discussing how Total Suspended Solids and what issues we ran into when we started with the Numeric Action Levels and what we have done to remedies the issues we were having. The importance of being proactive and continuing to look at different solutions until you find the right mixture of things that work.Gilroy9/27/2018 - 10:00 AMIndustrialFull
What to know if you need a Stormwater Treatment System?So you need a Stormwater Active or Passive Treatment System? Learn about temporary and permanent stormwater treatment systems. Clear Creek Systems will give an overview of the types of equipment used for stormwater treatment, techniques for reducing turbidity, treatments for pH, metals, and more. We will go into the lab and see how different polymers react with dirty water. Bring a small jar sample of your own dirty construction/Industrial ground water and we demonstrate how a bench test can be used to model your sites. Attendees will leave with a base of knowledge on how to put together a treatment system, including cost considerations. Deli lunch provided.Livermore09/26/2018 - 11:00 AMIndustrial
Success stories bringing facilities to BaselineAaron Ortiz from WGR and Bryan Hofmann from Filtrexx will give combined success stories of steps industrial permittees took to return their facilities back to Baseline compliance. Aaron and Bryan will provide an overview of specific sites and methods taken along with the BMPs, both minimum and advanced, that brought facilities from Level 2 to Baseline. Lunch provided before the workshop begins at 12:30 PM.Lodi9/24/2018 - 01:00 PMIndustrial
Annual Training for Industrial FacilitiesQISP Aaron Ortiz will be presenting a class that your facility can use to meet the annual training requirements of the Industrial General Permit. Topics to be covered include: an overview of the industrial SWPPP and its role at your facility; pollution prevention and best management practices; spill prevention and response; and inspection and sampling requirements. We normally charge for this class, so take advantage of this free workshop by sending as many of your facility staff that can possibly attend. This class will be offered three times during the week, so if this class is full, look for the other two sessions.Lodi9/24/2018 - 02:15 PMIndustrial
Annual Training for Industrial FacilitiesQISP Aaron Ortiz will be presenting a class that your facility can use to meet the annual training requirements of the Industrial General Permit. Topics to be covered include: an overview of the industrial SWPPP and its role at your facility; pollution prevention and best management practices; spill prevention and response; and inspection and sampling requirements. We normally charge for this class, so take advantage of this free workshop by sending as many of your facility staff that can possibly attend. This class will be offered three times during the week, so if this class is full, look for the other two sessions.Lodi9/27/2018 - 08:30 AMIndustrialFull
Annual Training for Industrial FacilitiesQISP Aaron Ortiz will be presenting a class that your facility can use to meet the annual training requirements of the Industrial General Permit. Topics to be covered include: an overview of the industrial SWPPP and its role at your facility; pollution prevention and best management practices; spill prevention and response; and inspection and sampling requirements. We normally charge for this class, so take advantage of this free workshop by sending as many of your facility staff that can possibly attend. This class will be offered three times during the week, so if this class is full, look for the other two sessions.Lodi9/27/2018 - 02:00 PMIndustrial
Beating Level 2 with New BMP Strategies!Learn about how your facility can avoid Level 2, or return to baseline from Level 2, by understanding flow-based versus volume-based BMPs. It takes the right tool set to get out of Level 2 and meet the challenges of today's Industrial General PermitLong Beach9/26/2018 - 10:30 AMIndustrial
Managing Stomr Water on the Roof - A Sustainable StrategyThis workshop will discuss a number of ways in which storm water may be managed on the rooftop, including vegetated and blue roof strategies - and the ecological, economic, and environmental benefits associated with each.Los Angeles9/27/2018 - 04:00 PMIndustrial
The Chemistry of Storm Water for Industrial Facilities.Kick off this year's theme "The Chemistry of Storm Water" with an exciting workshop in which chemists from WGR and McCampbell Analytical laboratories join up to do some cool chemistry experiments but also give a chemistry lesson applicable to anyone subject to the Industrial General Permit. You can come to our studio and be a part of the live audience or you can watch it online.Online9/24/2018 - 09:00 AMIndustrial
The Chemistry of Storm Water: Common Misconceptions about Industrial PollutantsChemists from WGR and McCampbell Analytical discuss common misconceptions regarding BOD and COD, nutrients, and heavy metals. You can come to our studio and be a part of the live audience or you can watch it online.Online9/24/2018 - 10:15 AMIndustrial
The Chemistry of Storm Water: Laboratory BasicsChemists from WGR and McCampbell team up to talk about basic information that industrial dischargers need to know about sampling and understanding laboratory reports. Topics covered include: Good sample management; mistakes made in the field that cause problems for the laboratory; hold times, preservatives, and sample containers; how to read a laboratory report and what is all that QA/QC stuff about?; Method detection levels, reporting limits, and j-flags; Electronic data deliverables - how does it work with SMARTS? You can come to our studio and be a part of the live audience or you can watch it online. Lunch provided after the workshop.Online9/24/2018 - 11:30 AMIndustrialFull
A New ERA in Industrial Storm Water RegulationsThis is a must for QISPs! Jonathan Meronek of SCS Engineers is going to give the presentation that he gave at StormCon 2018 on considerations, strategies, and lessons learned for NPDES regulated industrial dischargers with the exceedance Response Action models of California, Washington, and Oregon. You can come to our studio and be a part of the live audience or you can watch it online.Online9/27/2018 - 10:00 AMIndustrial
Industrial General Permit - General Refresher Training
  • Meets annual training requirement
    • SMARTS - Navigating and basic review for industrial facilities
    • Types of users and their capabilities
    • Attachments vs Changes of Information vs Reports
    • Regional initiatives to upload historical documents
Orange9/28/2018 - 10:30 AMIndustrial
Level 2 Status
  • Action Plan structure vs. Technical Report structure
  • Non-industrial demonstrations and staying in Level 2 (reference "Managing Public Attention" class)
  • Industrial demonstration and structural BMP requirements, feasibility
  • "Automatic" six-month extension and requirements
  • Ownership changes affect Discharger Status
  • Proposed IGP Amendment - a brief discussion of where the IGP is headed in terms of encouraging discharge elimination
  • Proposed Storm Water Parcel Tax - a brief discussion of how this ties into IGP coverage and compliance
Orange9/28/2018 - 01:00 PMIndustrial
Managing Public Attention - Basic discussion of how third-parties view industrial facilities and their public and non-public information
  • Environmental groups vs. Boutique firms
  • Low-hanging fruit and the importance of complete SMARTS submittals, thorough SWPPPs, and minimum BMPs, which affect public appearance
  • Application of receiving water regulations on industrial facility discharge
  • Requests to add unnecessary and non-required parameters
  • Rain gauges - a good idea
  • Ensuring you've selected an ELAP-certified laboratory
  • 2018: Year of Plastics Facilities - discussing the importance of Plastics Facilities special requirements and the implications of pellet migration offsite
  • United States' Statement of Concern - Department of Justice's take on potentially frivolous lawsuits targeting metal manufacturing facilities
Orange9/28/2018 - 02:30 PMIndustrial
Reviewing Post-Construction Standards PlansWGR's John Teravskis currently performs reviews of submitted Project Storm Water Plans on behalf of several Phase II MS4 municipalities. Using an actual project, he will walk the audience through the review process and talk about common errors and omissions in submittals. This presentation is ideal for both municipal plan check reviewers and for engineers and developers who prepare post-construction standards plans.Lodi9/26/2018 - 11:30 AMMunicipal
The Chemistry of Storm Water for MunicipalitiesThis year's theme "The Chemistry of Storm Water" continues with another keynote session. This time we turn to Municipal NPDES Permits and talk about how chemistry plays an important role with these permits. WGR chemist and municipal permit experts will talk about using chemistry to detect sources of illicit discharges and watershed problems. You can come to our studio and be a part of the live audience or you can watch it online.Online9/26/2018 - 09:00 AMMunicipal
The Future of the Phase II MS4 Permit - Year 5 and beyondBill Hereth of the State Water Resources Control Board will be talking about what is coming up next for the Phase II MS4 Permit. He will cover the Year 5 requirements and, in particular, the program evaluation and modification requirement. He will also provide some insight for what municipalities can expect with the future Phase II MS4 Permit renewal and possible permit changes. You can come to our studio and be a part of the live audience or you can watch it online.Online9/26/2018 - 10:15 AMMunicipal
Public Outreach and Participation-Storm Drain DetectivesCome join the City of Lodi's Storm Drain Detective students who will be monitoring the effects of the City's storm water runoff on the river's water quality. Winner of a 2018 CASQA Award for Outstanding Public Outreach, this program has been around since 2000, constantly evolving and improving, hoping to educate and involve Lodi's students as stewards of Lodi most precious resource: the Mokelumne RiverLodi9/25/2018 - 02:45 PMWater Quality