Stormwater Monitoring—A Primer on Basic Data & Methods

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Stormwater Monitoring—A Primer on Basic Data & Methods

By Rebecca Kauten, MPP, CISEC

Just as there are multiple contaminants and causes for concern threatening our waterways, there are multiple methods to collect the data required to assess the situation. Stormwater monitoring shows us how to efficiently get the best, most accurate results in your surface water quality monitoring efforts. From the basics of data collection to building your monitoring plan, Kauten’s years of in-the-stream experience have proven invaluable in getting the most value out of stormwater monitoring efforts.

Stormwater monitoring covers it all, including:

  • The toxicity of stormwater
  • The clean water act and NPDES requirements
  • Construction site monitoring
  • Basic monitoring concepts
  • Data collection
  • Understanding monitoring equipment
  • Building your monitoring plan

Rebecca Kauten, MPP, CISEC, has served in various regional, statewide and local capacities as coordinator, project manager, and principal investigator for erosion and sediment control, stormwater management, and surface water-quality monitoring projects for more than a decade. She holds a masters of public policy degree, with a research emphasis on land use policy. As part of her research, Rebecca also helps facilitate planning processes related to stormwater management for non-municipal MS4 permit holders.


Straight Talk Strategies for Environmental Compliance

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Straight Talk Strategies for Environmental Compliance
by Jennifer Hildebrand, MBA, CPESC, CPSWQ

Straight Talk shows us that compliance can achieve significant savings for the owner and big profits for the contractor. It makes the business case for how a profitable transition to environmental compliance for the construction and development industry can be achieved…Hildebrand’s refreshing and crystal-clear approach merits serious attention and has already won support across the regulatory and construction spectrum.

Ten simple, but necessary strategies for stormwater compliance: understandable and experience-based, combined with useful tips and explanations. Covers such topics as:

  • Know the rules
  • Do your homework
  • Agree to a SWPPP
  • PreCons: The “underutilized” tool of the century
  • Set a precedence for compliance
  • Keep your dirt on your site
  • Hazardous materials: This is not your mother’s construction site
  • Maintenance and documentation: Tell your story
  • Stabilize as you go
  • Tidy up and get out

Jennifer Hildebrand, MBA, CPESC, CPSWQ, has over two decades of experience in the construction, stormwater, and erosion industries. She specializes in environmental compliance and site plan strategies, inspection programs, and program design for the private sector and has worked to endure in-the-field compliance on hundreds of projects. In addition to her onsite work, she has led thousands of presentations and training sessions on compliance principals and specification techniques throughout the US and Canada.


The Use of Best Management Practices (BMPs) in Urban Watersheds

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The Use of Best Management Practices (BMPs) in Urban Watersheds
By Richard Field, Anthony N. Tafuri, Swarna Muthukrishnan, Bethany AnnMadge Acquisto, Ariamalar Selvakumar

Learn critical design tools for practical implementation of techniques to control runoff and sediment from construction sites. Written by three leading experts, this book contains many original illustrations and examples for meeting regulations with appropriate measures for different types of development, soil, and rainfall amounts.

  • Design examples for a variety of basic erosion and sediment controls, including diversion structures, slope mulches, stable channels, detention ponds, and filter fences
  • Design alternatives to address different design periods, hydraulic failure rates, and
    pollutant control objectives
  • A unique combination of scientific principles and engineering design allowing performance prediction of erosion controls for specific site and rain conditions
  • An indispensable source for meeting the EPA’s stormwater regulations
  • Erosion data for all regions of the US
  • Heavily illustrated with dozens of case studies and solutions to common problems

This manual is a must-have for anyone tasked with planning, implementing, or monitoring stormwater in urban, suburban, and rural settings.


Construction Site Erosion and Sediment Controls: Planning, Design, and Performance

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Construction Site Erosion and Sediment Controls: Planning, Design, and Performance
By Robert Pitt, University of Alabama – Shirley E. Clark, Penn State University at Harrisburg – Donald Lake, Erosion and Control Specialist

Learn critical design tools for practical implementation of techniques to control runoff and sediment from construction sites. Written by three leading experts, this book contains many original illustrations and examples for meeting regulations with appropriate measures for different types of development, soil, and rainfall amounts.

  • Design examples for a variety of basic erosion and sediment controls, including diversion structures, slope mulches, stable channels, detention ponds, and filter fences
  • Design alternatives to address different design periods, hydraulic failure rates, and pollutant control objectives
  • A unique combination of scientific principles and engineering design allowing performance prediction of erosion controls for specific site and rain conditions
  • An indispensable source for meeting the EPA’s stormwater regulations
  • Erosion data for all regions of the US
  • Heavily illustrated with dozens of case studies and solutions to common problems

This manual is a must-have for anyone tasked with planning, implementing, or monitoring stormwater in urban, suburban, and rural settings.


American Alchemy: The History of Solid Waste Management in the United States

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American Alchemy: The History of Solid Waste Management in the United States
By H. Lanier Hickman Jr.

Lanny Hickman helped define the solid waste industry for nearly four decades and provides invaluable insights into virtually every aspect of integrated solid waste management. You will want this book handy, both as a constant reference source and just for diving into at random. This is a great primer for solid waste management planning and packed with fascinating historical images, charts, and graphs—an absolute classic.

Topics include the following:

  • The beginnings of the federal environmental effort
  • Pioneering efforts to improve refuse collection and disposal
  • Implementing a national MSW management strategy
  • America’s organic solid waste legislation
  • The federal program, 1965–1976: The golden years
  • Developing state MSW management programs
  • Solid waste collection and transfer systems
  • Composting MSW: Sometimes a good idea does not sell
  • Processing MSW and fulfilling the resource recovery promise
  • The use of waste-to-energy (WTE) technologies
  • Reduction, diversion, and recycling: The last frontier
  • Sanitary landfills and integrated solid waste management
  • Key moments in MSW management history

 


Designing for Effective Sediment and Erosion Control on Construction Sites

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Designing for Effective Sediment  and Erosion Control  on Construction Sites
By Jerald S. Fifield, Ph.D., CPESC

This book provides the reader with proven and practical methods for minimizing erosion and sedimentation on construction sites. Based on decades of in-the-field experience, this book tells readers what they need to know:

  • Water-quality impacts from nonpoint-source pollution
  • Regulatory requirements
  • NPDES general permits, SWPPPs, and how to develop effective plans
  • Erosion, sediment transport, and sedimentation
  • Designing effective sediment containment systems
  • Using barriers as sediment containment systems
  • Evaluating erosion control methods
  • Inspection and maintenance of sediment and erosion control measures
  • Performance goals and effectiveness of sediment and erosion control

Written for designers, regulators, teachers, students, government agencies, developers, contractors, inspectors, and resource management professionals, Designing for Effective Sediment and Erosion Control on Construction Sites is generously illustrated with dozens of diagrams and planning tools that can be put to use immediately.

Third Edition:

Jerald S. (Jerry) Fifield has more than 30 years of experience in methods used for reducing sediment and erosion on construction sites. Educated as an engineer at Utah State University, he is a Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control (CPESC), a registered professional hydrologist (PH), and a Certified Inspector of Sediment and Erosion Control (CISEC). He has authored numerous papers and taught hundreds of courses on the subject, training thousands of professionals in how to design and review effective sediment and erosion control plans for construction sites. Those who have benefited from his experience include designers, planners, engineering firms, contractors, inspectors, developers, municipalities, counties, and state and federal agencies, as well as the general public.


Stormwater BMPs Selection, Maintenance, and Monitoring

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Stormwater BMPs Selection, Maintenance, and Monitoring
By Gordon England and Stuart Stein

Choosing the Right Municipal Stormwater BMPs Just Got Easier!
If you are an engineer, contractor, home builder, planner, or public official, you face a bewildering array of choices for municipal stormwater BMPs. This book gives you easy-to-use BMP selection tools and practical advice on BMP selection, based upon decades of experience integrating the design, implementation, maintenance, and testing of BMPs to meet municipal NPDES and TMDL goals. Covering everything from structural BMPs to low-impact development, this is a must-have reference for your office.

  • The only book on BMPs to compare virtually all standard and manufactured stormwater treatment devices.
  • Features a BMP selection matrix that enables the user to match appropriate BMPs to site conditions and pollution control goals in order to provide optimal cost benefits for construction as well as longterm maintenance.
  • Discusses standards for monitoring pollutant removal effectiveness, as well as techniques for modeling pollutant loadings and removals.

Gordon England, P.E., D.WRE, is President of Stormwater Solutions, Inc., with over 25 years of both public and private experience in stormwater management, including 10 years with Brevard County, Florida’s stormwater utility.

Stuart M. Stein, P.E., D.WRE, is President of GKY & Associates, Inc. and has more than 20 years of experience in stormwater and water resource management for municipal, Federal, and private sector clients and is adjunct faculty at Virginia Tech.

“In the rapidly evolving field of stormwater management technology, this book provides a concise summary to guide professionals through the maze of techniques, regulations, and issues in current practice for reducing urban pollution.” – Betty Rushton, Ph.D., Researcher, University of South Florida

“This volume is a valuable compendium describing urban stormwater pollutants, their effects on surface waters, stormwater treatment BMPs and their effectiveness, and BMP selection criteria.” – Dan Smith, Ph.D., former professor, University of South Florida, and current President of Applied Environmental Technology


Field Manual on Sediment and Erosion Control Best Management Practices for Contractors and Inspectors

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Field Manual on Sediment and Erosion Control Best  Management Practices for  Contractors and Inspectors
By Jerald S. Fifield, Ph.D., CPESC

Field Manual is just that: an extremely practical book intended to be used out on the job site. Take it with you; you’ll want a copy nearby whenever you’re out in the field-and that means all the time! Based on decades of firsthand, on-the-site experience, Field Manual is written specifically for both contractors and inspectors-those of you doing the work and those of you checking on it!

Topics include the following:

  • Preconstruction planning
  • Installing and inspecting drains
  • Sediment containment systems
  • Maintaining established vegetatio
  • EPA rulings for construction sites
  • Federal, state & local regulations
  • Evaluating, inspecting & maintaining BMPs
  • Illustrations of the most widely used BMPs
  • Reducing wind erosion
  • Methods for cutting down on offsite runoff

… and much, much more. Packed with clear, easy-to-follow diagrams that show just what to look for in proper installation and maintenance, Field Manual is loaded with time-saving tips and techniques you can put to use right now that will help you get the job done right the first time.

Jerald S. (Jerry) Fifield has more than 30 years of experience in methods used for reducing sediment and erosion on construction sites. Educated as an engineer at Utah State University, he is a Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control (CPESC), a registered professional hydrologist (PH), and a Certified Inspector of Sediment and Erosion Control (CISEC). He has authored numerous papers and taught hundreds of courses on the subject, training thousands of professionals in how to design and review effective sediment and erosion control plans for construction sites. Those who have benefited from his experience include designers, planners, engineering firms, contractors, inspectors, developers, municipalities, counties, and state and federal agencies, as well as the general public.


Designing and Reviewing Effective Sediment and Erosion Control Plans

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Designing and Reviewing Effective Sediment and Erosion Control Plans
By Jerald S. Fifield, Ph.D., CPESC
3rd Edition

Newly revised and indexed, Designing and Reviewing Effective Sediment and Erosion Control Plans is the one book you cannot afford to be without if you’re in the designing, reviewing, and construction site business.

Buy this extensively updated book, and learn from Fifield’s decades of experience and knowledge on such topics as:

  • Water-quality impacts from nonpoint-source pollution
  • Regulatory requirements
  • Risk determination
  • NPDES general permits, SWPPPs, and how to develop and review effective plans
  • How to save money and do it right the first time
  • Erosion, sediment, and sedimentation BMPs
  • Using polymers in designing effective sediment containment systems
  • Evaluating the effectiveness of erosion control methods
  • Assessing the limitations of sediment control methods
  • Inspection and maintenance of sediment and erosion control measures
  • Calculating performance goals and effectiveness of sediment and erosion control plans

Jerald S. (Jerry) Fifield has more than 30 years of experience in methods used for reducing sediment and erosion on construction sites. Educated as an engineer at Utah State University, he is a Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control (CPESC), a registered professional hydrologist (PH), and a Certified Inspector of Sediment and Erosion Control (CISEC). He has authored numerous papers and taught hundreds of courses on the subject, training thousands of professionals in how to design and review effective sediment and erosion control plans for construction sites. Those who have benefited from his experience include designers, planners, engineering firms, contractors, inspectors, developers, municipalities, counties, and state and federal agencies, as well as the general public.

 


The Sustainable Site: The Design Manual for Green Infrastructure and Low Impact Development

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The Sustainable Site: The Design Manual for Green Infrastructure and Low Impact Development
By Rodney W. Tyler, Alexander Marks, Dr. Britt Faucette

The concepts in this book are so critical to a project’s success and reducing the long-term costs of our infrastructure, you’ll wonder why it wasn’t written sooner.

The Sustainable Site is an essential tool for all project engineers, designers, regulators and planners, managers, contractors, engineers, consultants, policymakers, builders, landscape designers, irrigation professionals, academicians, and water resource managers. This book provides you with:

  • An understanding of site design that is new, proven and performance-based
  • A standardized reference to specify and design sustainable management practices into site   and master plans
  • An understanding of the current state of sustainable stormwater management and the trends affecting this growing discipline
  • 10 standard specifications and design criteria for construction activity stormwater
    management and land-disturbing activity applications
  • 14 standard specifications and design criteria for post-construction, retrofit, and green infrastructure stormwater management applications

This design manual should be a must-read for all landscape architects, landscape designer, horticulturalists, agronomists, hydrologists, land use planners, and public works engineers, to name a few. Anyone who either disturbs the soil or wants to restore the soil should read and use the information in this book.

Rodney W. Tyler is a certified professional agronomist and CEO of Filtrexx, Inc. He has authored scores of technical articles and instructed at dozens of soil and compost industry-related events over the past 20 years.

Alexander Marks has taught at numerous national conferences including ASCE, StormCon, and the Landscape Contractors Association.  Alex directs field education & training for stormwater professionals and has written and managed storm water plans as part of NPDES permit requirements as well as providing site design for both stormwater management and restoration work.

Dr. Britt Faucette, Ph.D., CPESC, LEED AP, has developed national and state specifications on organic materials used in stormwater management. He has contributed to over 100 articles and peer-reviewed journals after earning his doctorate researching soil-water-plant performances of BMP’s used in soil erosion and stormwater management practices.


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