A Rainy Day at a Solar Farm

A Rainy Day at a Solar Farm

Elevated ground-mount solar photovoltaic (PV) facilities present a unique situation for stormwater management because they usually involve an impervious surface elevated above a pervious vegetated surface. In this blog post, we will discuss the unique hydrologic processes at these solar PV facilities and the associated stormwater permitting requirements in various states across the country. Hydrologic … Read more

StormCon 2017 – The KJ Stormwater Team Celebrates All Things Stormwater

StormCon 2017 – The KJ Stormwater Team Celebrates All Things Stormwater

The Kennedy/Jenks Stormwater Team went all out to showcase our stormwater engineering expertise and our enthusiastic stormwater team as we wrapped up an exciting week in Bellevue, WA at StormCon 2017, the North American Surface Water Quality Conference and Expo. The Kennedy/Jenks team represented by staff from Massachusetts, California, Hawaii, Oregon, and Washington, presented in … Read more

Final Oregon 1200-Z Permit – Issued

Final Oregon 1200-Z Permit – Issued

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has issued the final 1200-Z industrial stormwater general permit, which became effective 1 August 2017. DEQ received over 500 comments on the draft permit from over 50 commenters. DEQ prepared a response to comments letter that identified and individually addressed each comment. Comment responses were grouped into pertinent … Read more

Draft Oregon 1200-Z General Industrial Stormwater Permit Changes

Draft Oregon 1200-Z General Industrial Stormwater Permit Changes

If adopted, the industrial stormwater permit will expand permit coverage to more industries and trigger the need for advanced treatment to reach benchmarks Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is currently seeking public comment on the draft 1200-Z General Industrial Stormwater Permit (1200-Z), which becomes effective 1 July 2017. Comments will be accepted through 20 … Read more

Oregon Industrial Permit Makeover

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

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

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

Summer 2016 Conferences and International Press Coverage

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

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