CASQA Presentations

CICWQ was invited by the California Stormwater Quality Association (CASQA) to participate in their annual conference in Sacramento, September 25-27, 2017. Both Michael Lewis and Dr. Mark Grey were invited to give presentations on behalf of CICWQ.

Mr. Lewis participated in the Financing Workshop panel discussion: Bridging the Great Funding Divide. This panel included representatives from the League of Cities, Los Angeles County Public Works, and the LA Water Keeper. Mr. Lewis focused on what both the business community and the construction community would be looking for in a stormwater funding measure, along with financing stormwater projects and the politics of putting together a funding measure.

Mr. Lewis recommended the creation of a stormwater construction authority to manage construction of stormwater projects. Examples of this concept working elsewhere in the Los Angeles region are A.C.E. Construction Authority (Alameda Corridor East) and the MTA Gold Line Extension Construction Authority. Creating a construction authority would allow for one agency to coordinate projects, and direct the timing, the order, and location of the projects, and evaluate all environmental considerations. The construction authority would also manage hiring and contract negotiation. Once all projects are completed, the construction authority would cease and transfer all projects to L.A. County Flood Control.

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Michael Lewis PowerPoint presentation

Dr. Grey was invited to present on State of California Water Quality Control Board Stormwater Enforcement Program data and statistics. His presentation emphasized the value of using enforcement data in training programs, and how to use the information to learn where the industry can make improvements and avoid enforcement actions. It has been documented that 69% of all enforcement action is due to reporting deficiencies, and has very little to do with actual pollution. The second category which causes compliance issues are deficiencies in best management practices implementation at construction job sites. Attention to reporting requirements, and ensuring sufficient BMP implementation at job sites are the best way to avoid compliance actions.

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Michael Lewis PowerPoint presentation

Dr. Grey also had a technical presentation accepted by CASQA. The presentation focused on CICWQ's engineering case study analysis of the feasibility of using regional water quality credit generating facilities in Orange County, California, and CICWQ’s work assisting the County in developing a Model Low Impact Development Alternative Compliance Program.

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Michael Lewis PowerPoint presentation