Stormwater Standards for the future: How modelled pollution load reductions can result in adoption of up-to-date stormwater standards

Monday, September 28, 2015 - 11:55am

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EPA Pollution Prevention Webinar Stormwater Standards for the future.

Agenda:

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

Summary: 

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.