12.04.2017  |  Conferences, News

CASQA 2017 – KJ Stormwater Team Talks Stormwater in California’s Capital


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Ross Dunning (Federal Way, WA), Katie McCoy (Rancho Cordova, CA), and Rachel Morgan (San Francisco, CA) represented the KJ Stormwater Team at the 2017 California Stormwater Quality Association (CASQA) 13th Annual Conference. The KJ team enjoyed three days of vibrant conversation in Sacramento, CA and presented in two sessions:

  • Ross Dunning – West Hylebos Pier Log Yard, Port of Tacoma, WA (2017 CASQA Award Winner – Outstanding Industrial Stormwater BMP Project)
  • Rachel Morgan – Redeveloping a Shipping Terminal with Stormwater in Mind, Port of Bellingham, WA

Both projects are at industrial facilities located in Washington State, and therefore are covered by the Washington State Industrial Stormwater General Permit (ISGP). Current ISGP benchmarks for turbidity, total zinc, total copper, total suspended solids (TSS), and chemical oxygen demand (COD) are equal to or more stringent than the California Industrial General Permit (IGP) Numeric Action Levels (NALs; see below), and therefore the lessons learned and successful projects KJ has completed in Washington are excellent examples for solving stormwater problems in California. CASQA must agree – the West Hylebos Pier Log Yard project won their 2017 award for Outstanding Industrial Stormwater BMP Project!

Stormwater BMP Chart

The stormwater treatment alternatives selected for both projects were designed with the future in mind. KJ realizes that stormwater requirements are going to become more restrictive over time, and that the industrial uses of one’s property may change over time. Smart engineering design, treatment alternatives to sanitary sewers, and advanced treatment systems that rely on mechanical filtration and chemical treatment can help industrial facilities comply with their applicable stormwater permit for the long-term.

Port of Tacoma log yard
Port of Tacoma log yard (Photo Credit: Google Maps 2017)

KJ enjoyed conversing with the many clients, consultants, regulators, and vendors in attendance, and learned from the wide variety of other presentations which covered the State’s Construction, Industrial, and Municipal Stormwater Permits in addition to using stormwater as a resource, monitoring program design, watershed planning, and other topics. We’re already looking forward to next year’s conference in Riverside, CA and hope to see you there!

Design team for the West Hylebos Pier Log Yard
Design team for the West Hylebos Pier Log Yard project with the CASQA Award for Outstanding Industrial Stormwater BMP Project

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