Oregon Industrial Permit Makeover

Executive Summary Oregon’s new National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) 1200-Z permit, slated to become effective 1 July 2017, will combine the Columbia Slough 1200-COLS and current 1200-Z into one permit. The two stakeholder meetings held by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) at the end of 2016 provided limited engagement for meeting attendees … Read more…

Zooming in on Particles

Facilities conducting industrial activities under certain Standard Industrial Classifications (SICs) are required to obtain National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits to discharge stormwater. In the Pacific Northwest, these Industrial operations obtain permit coverage either under the Washington State Department of Ecology (Ecology) Industrial Stormwater General Permit (ISGP), or the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality … Read more…

Hawaii Stormwater Enforcement Actions on the Rise

The State of Hawaii Department of Health Clean Water Branch (CWB) is responsible for ensuring that construction sites, industrial facilities, and municipalities are carrying out their operations in compliance with their respective stormwater permits. CWB inspectors regularly visit permittee facilities and job sites to inspect for noncompliance, identifying issues such as poorly maintained best management … Read more…

Recent Court Rulings on Stormwater Discharges, Part 2

This post is Part 2 of recent court decisions impacting stormwater permit holders.  As previously reported, one of the greatest concerns of stormwater dischargers is the potential for third party enforcement under the Clean Water Act (CWA).  While the vast majority of threatened or actual suits are settled out of court, a few have been … Read more…

Summer 2016 Conferences and International Press Coverage

Managing Stormwater in Oregon   On June 21st, Kennedy/Jenks Consultants was again the Title Sponsor for the second annual Managing Stormwater in Oregon conference in Portland, Oregon. This conference is hosted annually by the Northwest Environmental Business Council (NEBC). Oregon’s most comprehensive stormwater conference, the event brought together regulated companies, governments, solution providers, and regulators … Read more…

Recent Court Rulings on Stormwater Discharges of Concern to Permit Holders

This is the first of two blog posts on recent court rulings regarding stormwater One of the greatest concerns of stormwater dischargers is the potential for third party enforcement under the Clean Water Act (CWA).  Most actions are brought about in federal court in order to take advantage of the CWA’s citizen suit provisions.  Most … Read more…

Managing Stormwater In Washington 2016

    On March 9th, Kennedy/Jenks Consultants was the Title Sponsor for the Managing Stormwater in Washington conference, the most attended stormwater conference in the Northwest. This conference is hosted annually by the Northwest Environmental Business Council (NEBC). As the Pacific Northwest’s leading stormwater event, the conference brought together regulated companies, governments, solution providers, and … Read more…

California Draft TMDL-Based Action Levels Available for Public Comment

The California State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) adopted a revised NPDES General Permit for Storm Water Discharges Associated with Industrial Activities (IGP) in April 2014, which became effective last year (July 2015). Kennedy/Jenks Consultants previously discussed the permit changes on this blog in September 2014 . Under Section 303(d) of the Clean … Read more…

Washington’s New Construction Stormwater General Permit

The new Washington Construction Stormwater General Permit (Permit) has arrived and is now in effect! Most provisions of the new Permit are similar to the 2010 permit, but new definitions, clarifications, and provisions for Low Impact Development (LID) facilities are included and potential issues arising from onsite contamination are significant.  A copy of the new … Read more…

Employee Training: A Key Element of Successful Stormwater Compliance

Your employees are the front line of defense when it comes to protecting stormwater runoff quality.  Industrial stormwater discharge permits include requirements for employee stormwater awareness and best practices training.  Regulators know that employees’ day to day operations are the best way to keep pollutants from entering stormwater in the first place.  It is always … Read more…