30 Minute Presentation
Juggling all of the tasks required to successfully implement requirements in an NPDES Municipal Stormwater permit is a daunting endeavor. It's daunting even with a sizable staff and budget, but more so for many MS4 administrators with limited staff and budgets and whose responsibilities include other engineering and planning programs besides stormwater. Successfully implementing an MS4 permit program requires innovation, and part of that is just being aware and taking advantage of existing resources at the local, state, and national levels. In other words, you don't have to do and create everything on your own. Are you aware of all of your municipal programs that do trash and debris cleanup? You should be, as they can count toward meeting your municipal good housekeeping requirements. Do you need inspection forms, education documents, and stormwater maintenance procedures? Well don't create them when you can borrow and edit documents happily provided by other programs. What about grants? There are many organizations offering grants, mostly at the state and federal levels, that can help pay for projects and programs. Also, there are a growing number of regional stormwater partnerships that combine resources to accomplish permit goals such as public education and outreach. These are just some of the many ways that MS4 administrators can leverage, borrow, and partner in order to maximize existing resources.