Course 1 - Street Dirt: A Better Way of Measuring BMP Effectiveness
Stormwater programs have spent (and will spend) millions of dollars characterizing discharges from stormwater outfalls, and yet the complexity and limitations persist. There must be a better way to measure BMP effectiveness.
There is! Join international stormwater quality expert Roger Sutherland to explore a radically different and more effective means to measure BMP effect and progress—street dirt.
In this webcast, we’ll discuss how studying the change in street dirt chemistry is more effective in measuring BMP effectiveness than outfall monitoring. We’ll begin our discussion with the material itself, including its physical and chemical characteristics, its sources, and its source controls. We’ll discuss the traditional challenges and shortcomings of discharge outfall monitoring, and compare the study of the change in street dirt chemistry in terms of effectiveness, limitations, cost, and complexity and identify the advantages. Additionally, we’ll explore street dirt monitoring, sampling and analysis, how easy and inexpensive it is, and identify the best management practices for progress monitoring via street dirt collection, including the necessary equipment. Finally, we’ll explore the growing body of evidence that demonstrates that street dirt (not outfall monitoring) is the better way of measuring BMP effectiveness.
Attendees can expect the discussion and education of the following learning objectives:
- Learn about the shortcomings associated with discharge outfall monitoring as the traditional way of measuring best management practice (BMP) effectiveness.
- Review the important physical and chemical characteristic associated with the contaminated sediment like material called street dirt that accumulates on urban highways, streets, driveways, and parking lots.
- Explore the known sources of street dirt contamination and how the successful control of these sources through targeted BMPs are reflected in the chemistry of the street dirt.
- Learn about the advantages of using street dirt chemistry as an indicator of change and historic examples of how it has already been used.
- Identify the management practices and activities that are the most amenable to progress monitoring via street dirt collection along with the typical pollutants that are targeted.
- Review the history of street dirt monitoring and the established street dirt sampling and analytical procedures including a complete list of the necessary equipment.
- Learn what we know and don’t know about street dirt chemistry.
- Review the growing body of evidence that demonstrates street dirt not outfall monitoring is a better way of measuring BMP effectiveness.
Course 2 - Clean Streets Mean Clean Streams
Improve your street cleaning and stormwater quality program by joining internationally renowned sweeping expert, Roger Sutherland, as he explores the science behind the relationship between an effective street sweeping program and its ability to significantly reduce pollutants found in stormwater.
Join Sutherland as he starts at the source of the problem – “Street Dirt” – exploring the contaminated sediment-like material that accumulates on urban streets and highways, the pollutants it contains, and its chemical and physical characteristics that influence the effectiveness of a cleaning program. We’ll discuss its influence on street runoff and why the quality of street runoff is important to an effective stormwater management program. Additionally, we’ll review the essential elements of a street sweeping program for maximum effectiveness, outline the appropriate way to manage these elements, and identify the associated program and water quality benefits. In this webcast, Sutherland will also introduce and discuss the various types of street cleaners exploring both their advantages and disadvantages. And, we’ll learn how to test street sweeper pickup performance, how to evaluate the results, and why both matter.
Sutherland will also introduce to the unique Simplified Particulate Transport Model (SIMPTM) which can be used to optimize the sweeping frequency of various land uses needed to cost effectively reduce the amount of pollutants being transported by Stormwater, as well as discuss these results and results from other SIMPTM applications. We’ll overview the various available best management practices (BMPs) and show how the unit cost of street sweeping compares to these alternative stormwater treatment technologies. And, finally we’ll explore the growing body of evidence that demonstrates Clean Streets Means Clean Streams.
Webcast attendees can expect the discussion and education of the following learning objectives:
- Review the results of the historic Nationwide Urban Runoff Program’s assessment of the stormwater quality benefits of street cleaning, and why those 1982 conclusions are no longer valid today.
- Learn about the contaminated sediment-like material that accumulates of streets and highways and why its effective control results in a reduction of the pollutants normally found in stormwater.
- Identify the important elements of a street cleaning program that can be controlled and learn how these elements should be managed.
- Acquire the knowledge needed to test the pickup performance of street sweepers and the evaluation of the results and why this matters.
- Obtain an introduction to the Simplified Particulate Transport Model (SIMPTM) and learn how it has been used to optimize the frequency of sweeping that maximizes pollutant reductions from stormwater.
- Compare the cost of street cleaning to other alternative stormwater treatment practices using the uniform unit cost basis of removing a pound of sediment from stormwater.
- Review the growing body of evidence that demonstrates how an effective street cleaning operation can reduce the mass and concentration of pollutants normally found in stormwater.
* 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.
* Purchase of this special allows you access to the presentations for 6 months from the order date.