In 2009, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) exercised its Residual Designation Authority (RDA) in Maine’s Long Creek Watershed District – a commercial and retail district. In response to this precedent use of RDA, a public-private partnership was formed (the Long Creek Watershed Management District) between several stakeholder groups (e.g., EPA, Main DEP, Cumberland County Soil and Water Conservation District, municipalities, transportation, local non-profits, and 50+ local businesses) which implements stormwater permit requirements for 97% of the designated landowners in the watershed covering 70% of the watershed’s impervious area.
Join Tamara Lee Pinard as she discusses her experience developing the Long Creek Watershed Management District (a public-private partnership) through a two-year stakeholder collaboration, and lays out the steps for you to establish a working public-private partnership of your own.
In this presentation we’ll explore the crucial steps involved in establishing a working public-private partnership to develop a locally supported management plan, the process of developing a legal structure for cooperative implementation of the management plan, and how you can implement these in your community. Within this discussion, Pinard will review the Residual Designation Authority (RDA) – what it is, how it was used, and the results from its use in Long Creek. Additionally, we’ll discuss the Long Creek Watershed Management District design and implementation, and examine its accomplishments, including results from the Long Creek water quality monitoring program. Finally, we’ll explore the lessons learned, outcome strategies, and best practices you can implement in your design of a comprehensive public-private watershed program.
Attendees can expect the discussion and education of the following learning objectives:
- Learn how to build a public private partnership that works.
- Learn effective approaches to bring businesses to the table.
- Gain understanding of the Residual Designation Authority – what it is, how it was used and the results from its use in the Long Creek Watershed.
- Learn how to best plan and implement on a watershed scale.
* Presentations are scheduled for approximately one hour with a 15-20 minute question and answer session to follow. Presentation may exceed scheduled time.
* Each state and certification agency has different requirements; it is your responsibility to know what they are. Note that 1 PDH = 0.1 CEU.