Education is the key to gaining public support for stormwater management projects. Engagement with your community is vital for helping to spread information that will keep your city’s water systems safe and clean.
When I graduated from college, I thought I was finished learning. The diploma I held in my hand was proof of the knowledge I possessed, and the world of education was behind me. Little did I realize how off the mark my thoughts were. In this ever-changing world we live in – especially when our work involves regulations – the learning process is never ending!
As Indiana marches forward with job creation, solid relationships between municipalities and private industry are vital for the state. In the last three weeks, three companies chose to invest in Indiana - GE Aviation investing $100 million in Lafayette; Becks Hybrids investing $60 million in Atlanta; and Casey's General Store investing $30 million in Terre Haute. Economic development in Indiana is strong and getting stronger!
My new living room sofa came with a furniture care plan that included various products to use to protect my beautiful, white (What was I thinking?) couch. The company providing these products has been in business for nearly 100 years, so their protection plan should work, right? We all know, though, that a protection plan is only as good as the implementation. If I never open these products and apply them to my couch, I’ll end up with a very stained (and not-so-white) couch from all the accidental spills.
Stormwater runoff from construction activities can have a significant impact on water quality. As stormwater flows over a construction site, it can pick up pollutants such as sediment, debris, and chemicals and transport these to a nearby storm sewer system or directly to a river, lake, or coastal water. Polluted stormwater runoff can harm or kill fish and other wildlife. Sedimentation can destroy aquatic habitat, and high volumes of runoff can cause stream bank erosion. Debris can clog waterways and potentially reach the ocean where it can kill marine wildlife and impact habitat.
Mountains of paperwork, deadlines looming, hazardous chemical concerns…Are you feeling the stress at your water and wastewater treatment facilities because of regulatory requirements?
I recently read an article in the Indianapolis Business Journal where the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) is encouraging Hoosiers to buy live trees grown in Indiana to help local farmers, the economy and the environment. However, each year after the holidays, I see an abundant number of Christmas trees on the side of the road or in a ditch. “I can’t believe someone dumped their tree there” is my first thought. Then it dawned on me, some may not realize how or where to dispose of their trees.
You might be thinking, “Here we go again.”
Although regulations are important, they can sometimes cause confusion or frustration. Have you been hearing about the Boiler MACT (Maximum Achievable Control Technology) or the Boiler NESHAP (National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants) at conferences or from other sources? The information below will help you determine if the Boiler MACT applies to your wastewater treatment plant, drinking water plant, and other municipal operations.
If your employees frequently handle chemicals or are around chemicals at sites or plants, they will need training on the new Global Harmonization System (GHS) requirements for labeling and Safety Data Sheets (SDS).
The leaves are changing colors, the temperature is cooler, and the college football season is in full swing. Fall is my favorite time of year in Indiana!
Do you have a plan for disposal of your leaves this year? Although leaves may seem harmless, and are biodegradable, excess leaves pose a threat to water quality. In large quantities, leaves block drains and contribute to localized flooding. In small quantities, the rain washes leaves down stormwater drains and they make their way into our lakes and streams. Once they get into the water, excess leaves shade aquatic life that need sun to live; decomposing leaves release nutrients that stimulate algae growth and algae blooms can lead to fish kills.