W&M Participates in Earth Month Events for TCCD

W&M was invited by Tarrant County College District (TCCD) to host a booth at each campus for their four Earth Month events throughout April to educate students about stormwater pollution prevention. Small municipal separate storm sewer systems (MS4s), such as those located at colleges or universities located in urbanized areas, must apply for a permit and develop/implement a Stormwater Management Program (SWMP). W&M has worked with TCCD’s Division of Environmental Management over the past 10 years to write their Stormwater Management Program. For TCCD’s Earth Day, Spring Fest, International Spring Fest, and Arbor Day events, W&M’s Lori Siegelman, Ava Lindstrom, and Lydia Gross educated students on the causes and effects of stormwater pollution. They notified students on how to alert the TCCD Division of Environmental Management if students see potential stormwater pollutants on campus and provided insight on preventing stormwater pollution in their own residential neighborhood. The W&M booth was
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Stormwater Compliance In Practice

The history of stormwater regulation dates all the way back to 1972 with the passage of the Clean Water Act (CWA) by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The CWA, and subsequent legislation over the years, is both the precursor and the framework for current stormwater permits today.  The laws were initially passed to create some control over the amount of pollution entering waterways through industrial stormwater runoff.  The EPA has given the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) the authority to regulate stormwater permits in Texas.  The permit most commonly used by industry is the TXR050000 Multi-Sector General Permit. So what is a “sector?” The TCEQ has broken the TXR050000 permit down into industry specific sectors, from A through Z and on to AD.  Each sector covers a specific industry or group of industries.  You can find which sector you might fall into based on your SIC code.  With
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Stormwater Management Program

W&M provided assistance on this municipal project which consisted of developing a Storm Water Management Program (SWMP) for all campuses.  This included developing awareness materials (brochures, posters, public service announcements), training materials and conducting training, developing SWMP maps for the campuses, writing the policy for storm water management, and developing a procedure manual for implementing the SWMP.