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Rhode Island Stormwater Solutions is getting a new look in 2013!

Stay tuned.

 

Previous Workshops

Please click on the workshop title below to find information such as the agenda and handouts

Rhode Island Regulatory Setbacks and Buffers (November 21, 2013)

RI APA Brown Bag Lunch: RI Community Resource Maps (January 24, 2013)

Rhode Island Regulatory Setbacks and Buffers (Nov. 29, 2012)

Results of a Pilot Stormdrain Mapping Project in Johnston and Smithfield, RI
… and how your municipality can participate
(November 20, 2012)

2012 Rhode Island Soil Survey Planning Conference (June 28, 2012)

Small Scale Bioretention Installation Training (April 11 and 12, 2012)

RI Residential Rain Garden Training (April 3, 2012)

A New Approach to Financing Stormwater Management: Stormwater Utility Districts. Workshop 3: Rhode Island Moves Forward (January 26, 2012)

Communities Protecting Drinking Water Sources- Current Challenges, New Strategies for Municipal Officials (December 1, 2011)

A New Approach to Financing Stormwater Management: Stormwater Utility Districts. Workshop 2: Success Stories From New England (November 17, 2011)

RI Residential Rain Garden Training (October 27 & 28, 2011)

A New Approach to Financing Stormwater Management: Stormwater Utility Districts. Workshop 1: Managing Stormwater in Tough Budget Times (October 25, 2011)

LID for Linear Transportation Projects: Using the Rhode Island Stormwater Design and Installation Manual to Design Green Streets -(August 25, 2011)

LID for Linear Transportation Projects: Using the Rhode Island Stormwater Design and Installation Manual to Design Green Streets -(July 13, 2011)

RI Residential Rain Garden Training - (March 31 & April 1, 2011)

RI Stormwater Design and Installation Standards Manual: Workshop Part #4 - (March 24, 2011)

RI Stormwater Design and Installation Standards Manual: Workshop Part #3 - (March 22, 2011)

RI Stormwater Design and Installation Standards Manual: Workshop Part #2 - BMP Construction and Maintenance (January 19, 2011)

RI Stormwater Design and Installation Standards Manual: Workshop Part #1 - Manual Overview (January 13, 2011)

Nitrogen Dynamics in the Environment and Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems (Dec 9th, 2010)

RI Regulatory Setbacks and Buffers (Dec 2nd, 2010)

Stormwater Education Training: Using the Enviroscape Model (Nov 3rd, 2010)

Demonstration of the New ASIST Stormwater Program Management Software(August 10, 2010)

Institutionalizing Stormwater Education In Rhode Island Meeting (June 3, 2010)

Rhode Island Stormwater Design and Installation Standards Manual: Final Draft -- Public Informational Sessions (May 26, 2010 and June 2, 2010)

Preview of the Draft MS4 General Permit for 2010-2015 - IDDE and Pollution Prevention and Good Housekeeping Measures (April 9, 2010)

Regulating Land Use in Wetland Buffers (March 26, 2010)

Preview of the Draft MS4 General Permit for 2010-2015 - Public Education and Involvement Measures (March 12, 2010)

Nitrogen Sources and Environmental and Public Health Issues in Coastal Watersheds (February 22, 2010)

Comprehensive Community Wastewater Management (February 22, 2010)

Controlling Construction Site Runoff: Are Your Ordinances and Policies Making The Grade? (August 27, 2009)

Stormwater Education Training Using The EnviroScape Watershed Module (August 13, 2009)

Improving the Environment From Your Backyard: Training Master Gardeners (July 28, 2009)

Informational Session About The Draft RI Stormwater Design and Installation Standards Manual (June 4, 2009)

Reaching Out To Residents: Municipal Strategies for Public Stormwater Involvement (Nov. 13, 2008)

Healthy Lawncare (May 22, 2008)

Advanced Approaches: Addressing Community Growth (May 21, 2008)

Stormwater System Maintenance (April 29, 2008)

Recent Advances in Lawn and Landscape Management (April 24, 2008)

Certified Erosion, Sediment, and Storm Water Inspector (CESSWI) Review Course (Mar. 28, 2008)

Steal This Fact Sheet: Strategies For Reducing Stormwater Pollution
RI NEMO Presentation at the 2008 Land and Water Summit (Mar. 15, 2008)

Wastewater Management Made Easy Workshop #3 (Mar. 8, 2008)

Everything You Need to Know About Erosion and Sediment Control: Installation, Maintenance and Inspection (Feb. 27, 2008 and Mar. 10, 2008)

Stormwater Management At Your Public Works Facility: Employee Training (Dec. 12, 2007)

Wastewater Management Made Easy Workshop #2 (Nov. 30, 2007)

Using the New Rhode Island Site Specific Soil Mapping Guide (Nov. 15, 2007)

Wastewater Management Made Easy Workshop #1 (Oct. 26, 2007)

Building Stormwater Management into Local Ordinances (Oct. 25, 2007)

Tracking Onsite System Inspections, Operation and Maintenance Using the RIWIS Statewide Database (July 26, 2007)

Starting a Local Wastewater Management Program Using RIWIS (May 18, 2007)

TR-55 For Plan Reviewers (May 10, 2007)

Making an Impact with Low Impact Development: Helping RI Communities Use the Lessons Learned from Existing Projects (April 24, 2007)

Land and Water Conference (March 2007)

GPS, Digital Cameras, and Mapping: Finding the Link. A Summer 2006 Workshop Series (June-September 2006)

Local Wastewater Management: Starting It, Running It, and Clearing the Hurdles (March 14, 2006)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Rhode Island Regulatory Setbacks and Buffers

Date: November 21, 2013

Description:
This workshop will provide highly practical and current information on the science and regulation of wetland buffers for municipal officials who make land use decisions involving wetland buffers and Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems (OWTS).

State agency program supervisors from RI DEM Freshwater Wetlands, RI DEM OWTS Program, and the Coastal Resources Management Council will discuss current State setback and buffer requirements in review and approval of development plans.

URI researchers in the Natural Resources Science Department will summarize the latest findings on the need for wetland buffers and setbacks, focusing on local research in Rhode Island.

There will be ample opportunity for questions and discussion with all presenters.


Topics:
• Scientific findings on buffer functions for water quality protection,
• Overview of research supporting wildlife buffers,
• State setbacks and buffers to coastal features and fresh water wetlands, including recent updates and state/local coordination.
• Latest research on water table rise in marginal wet soils,
• Impacts of climate change on water tables and coastal flooding.
• Regulatory requirements: fill perimeters, setbacks to wells, roads, and more
• Ample opportunity for discussion with State regulators and URI researchers


Instructors:
• Jose Amador, URI Natural Resources Science
• James Boyd, RI CRMC
• Caitlin Chaffee, RI CRMC
• Chuck Horbert, RI DEM Freshwater Wetlands
• Brian Moore, RI DEM OWTS
• Peter Paton, URI Natural Resources Science
• Mark Stolt, URI Natural Resources Science

Presentations
Coastal Zone Management Issues, James Boyd
Relationships Between Soil Morphology and Water Table Levels, Mark Stolt
Importance of Buffers for Wildlife Habitat, Peter Paton
OWTS In A Changing Climate, Jose Amador
Water Quality Functions of Coastal Buffers, Caitlin Chaffee
Fresh Water Wetland Buffer Zones, Chuck Horbert
Regulatory Setbacks and Buffers , Brian Moore

Agenda

Flyer

Speaker Bios

 

RI APA Brown Bag Lunch: RI Community Resource Maps

Date: January 24, 2013

Description: Join us to explore using RI maps online at ArcGIS.com. We will introduce a new, expanded series of maps for non-GIS users created specifically to support local planning and land use decisions.

How is this different from previous workshops on online mapping?
• Features quick and easy ready-made maps with click on/off layers.
• More maps from the RIGIS database added.
• Example applications for planning and project review.
• We heard you! Improvements address your comments on the Beta version.
• Opportunity to schedule a workshop at your town hall.

Led by Marie Esten, Loon Environmental & Lorraine Joubert, RI NEMO, URI Extension

Hosted by the West Greenwich Planning Department.URI funding for this program provided by RI HEALTH, Office of Drinking Water Quality.

Workshop Flyer

Handouts

RI Community Resource Maps
Map Gallery FAQs
Suggested Reference Materials

Participant List

Evaluation Summary

Direct link to the maps

 

Rhode Island Regulatory Setbacks and Buffers

Date: November 29, 2012

Description: This workshop will provide highly practical and current formation on the science and regulation of wetland buffers for municipal officials who make land use decisions involving wetland buffers and Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems (OWTS).

State agency program supervisors from RI DEM Freshwater Wetlands, RI DEM OWTS Program, and the Coastal Resources Management Council will discuss current State setback and buffer requirements in review and approval of development plans.

URI researchers in the Natural Resources Science Department will summarize the latest findings on the need for wetland buffers and setbacks, focusing on local research in Rhode Island.

There will be ample opportunity for questions and discussion with all presenters.

Topics:
• Scientific findings on buffer functions for water quality protection,
• Overview of research supporting wildlife buffers,
• State setbacks and buffers to coastal features and fresh water wetlands, including recent updates and state/local coordination.
• Latest research on water table rise in soils,
• Implications of climate change on water tables, coastal flooding, and OWTS.
• Regulatory requirements: fill perimeters, setbacks to wells, roads, and more
• Ample opportunity for discussion with State regulators and URI researchers

Instructors:
• Jose Amador, URI Natural Resources Science
• James Boyd, RI CRMC
• Caitlin Chaffee, RI CRMC
• Chuck Horbert, RI DEM Freshwater Wetlands
• Brian Moore, RI DEM OWTS
• Peter Paton, URI Natural Resources Science
• Mark Stolt, URI Natural Resources Science

Presentations

Coastal Shoreline Features, James Boyd
Relationships Between Soil Morphology and Water Table Levels, Mark Stolt
Importance of Buffers for Wildlife Habitat, Peter Paton
Climate Change Implications on OWTS, Jose Amador
Water Quality Functions of Coastal Buffers, Caitlin Chaffee
Fresh Water Wetland Buffer Zones, Chuck Horbert
Regulatory Setbacks and Buffers , Brian Moore

Workshop Flyer and Registration Form

Agenda

Speaker Bios

 

Results of a Pilot Stormdrain Mapping Project in Johnston and Smithfield, RI
… and how your municipality can participate

Date: November 20, 2012
Time: 1:00pm-3:00pm
Location: RI Department of Environmental Management, Conference Room 300, 235 Promenade Street, Providence RI 02908

Description: RI DEM seasonal interns Michael Viola and Michaela Cashman, both recent URI graduates, spent July through September, 2012 working with the towns of Johnston, Smithfield and staff from RIDEM, RIDOT and EPA to create a GIS database of the Johnston stormdrain system within the Woonasqatucket River watershed.

Their results:
• Over 1,000 stormdrain components mapped.
• Preliminary town GIS stormdrain system map created from paper plat maps and drain line sketches.
• Stormdrain components accurately located or verified through field work.
• Illicit discharges red flagged for future investigation.
• Logical inventory of stormdrain system components created using a simple Excel spreadsheet.
• Catchment analysis created identifying land areas and drainage structures contributing to two major stormwater discharges in the impaired Woonasquatucket River watershed area.
• Town staff gained practical experience working with GPS, and were trained in using GIS to take over routine use of the newly created GIS database.

Workshop Flyer

Presentations

2012 Municipal Mapping Assistance Program, Michaela Cashman and Michael Viola, RIDEM Office of Water Resources (PDF)

 

2012 Rhode Island Soil Survey Planning Conference

Date: June 28, 2012
Time: 8:30am-12:30pm
Location: Weaver Auditorium, Coastal Institute in Kingston, 1 Greenhouse Road, Kingston RI 02881

Description: Please come to the 2012 RI Soil Survey Work Planning Conference to learn about the latest version of the Soil Survey of RI, provide input to future updates, learn about the site specific mapping, the latest research in soil science, and how to use and access soils data from a variety of sources. The conference is sponsored by URI Cooperative Extension NEMO, the RI USDA-NRCS, and the Society of Soil Scientists of Southern New England.

Soil Survey Work Planning Conferences are required by National Cooperative Soil Survey policy. The conference provides an opportunity to update partners and users about the status of their state's soil survey, serves as a forum to gather valuable feedback on users needs for data, interpretations, and training.

Workshop Flyer

Final Agenda

Speaker Bios

Participant List

Presentations

Introduction, Dr. Peter August, URI NRS (PDF)

The Rhode Island Soil Survey Past, Present and Future, Jim Turenne and Maggie Payne, RI NRCS (PDF)

RI Site Specific Soil Survey, Hydrologic Soil Groups, and Using ArcGIS Online for Soil Interpretive Maps, Jillian Phillips and Lorriane Joubert, URI Cooperative Extension (PDF)

Soil Research at URI, Dr. Mark Stolt, URI NRS

  • Insights and Approaches for Mapping Soil Organic Carbon as a Dynamic Soil Property (PDF)
  • Development of Subaqueous Soil Intrepretations (PDF)
  • Freshwater Subaqueous Soil Survey Investigations and Applications (PDF)

 

Small Scale Bioretention Installation Training

Date and Time: April 11 (classroom and fieldtrip) 8:00am-5:00pm and April 12 (field installation) 8:00am-12:00pm

Description: Bioretention facilities are rapidly becoming a mainstream way to control stormwater runoff. They are one of the most versatile new stormwater practices now required under Rhode Island ’s 2010 Stormwater Manual. Workshop attendees will learn how bioretention facilities work and how they are sited, designed, installed, and maintained. This one and a-half day workshop will start with a classroom session, include a field reconnaissance of how these practices are chosen and sited, and conclude with an actual installation of a facility. Instructors are from the Horsley Witten Group, authors of the 2010 RI Stormwater Manual.

Presentations are available at http://www.horsleywitten.com/biotraining/

 

RI Residential Rain Garden Training

Date and Time: April 3, 2012; 8:00am-5:00pm

Location: East Providence Public Library, East Providence

Description: The RI Residential Rain Garden Training Program provides professionals, volunteers, municipal officials and government agency staff introductory information on residential-scale rain garden implementation to reduce stormwater runoff. The training includes a classroom session and hands-on field experience building a rain garden. It introduces professionals to rain garden siting and design and helps prepare them to offer rain garden installation and maintenance services to clients and/or implement and maintain rain gardens in public spaces.

Certificate of Completion: Attendees who a.) attend both training days and b.) complete a short take-home examination will receive a Certificate of Completion from the URI Cooperative Extension, certifying attendance at the full program and demonstrating understanding of basic principles of rain garden siting, design, installation and maintenance.

 

A New Approach to Financing Stormwater Management: Stormwater Utility Districts. Workshop 3: Rhode Island Moves Forward

Date and Time: January 26, 2012, 9:45am-11am*

*This workshop was presented as a concurrent session at the RI League of Cities and Towns Annual Convention


Description: This workshop will present findings on the feasibility of utility districts in Westerly and Middletown based on studies now underway in those communities. This workshop included a discussion of State law and policy enabling muncipalities to implement utility districts in Rhode Island. This session was moderated by Ames Colt, Ph.D., Chair, Rhode Island Bays, Rivers, & Watersheds Coordination Team, Office of the Governor, RIDEM, and included speakers Elizabeth Scott, Deputy Chief, RIDEM-Office of Water Resources, Thomas O'Loughlin, Middletown Public Works Director,
Steven Hartford, Esq., Westerly Town Manager and Caswell Cooke, Jr., Westerly Town Council.

 

Communities Protecting Drinking Water Sources-Current Challenges, New Strategies for RI Municipal Officials

Date and Time: December 1, 2011; 8:30am-3:00pm

Description: The focus is on Source Water Protection Areas – groundwater aquifers serving public and private wells, well head protection areas, and surface reservoir watersheds. Most communities adopted overlay ordinances and other standards to protect these important resources years ago. Are your local ordinances and regulations adequate to protect critical drinking water supplies with future growth? Pressure to develop marginal sites with shallow ground water, increased density with comprehensive permit applications, and new storm water design standards all challenge community ability to manage impacts of changing land use. This workshop will explore these issues and discuss what’s needed to meet today’s land use challenges, focusing on current science, local planning and legal authority, and updated standards adopted by some towns in recent years.

AICP Members can earn 4.5 Certification Maintenance credits for this event.

Workshop Flyer (PDF)

Final Agenda (PDF)

Participant List (PDF)

Evaluation Summary (PDF)

Presentations

Overview of Source Water Protection, Ernie Panciera (PDF), RIDEM and Clay Commons, RI Dept. of Health (PDF)

Groundwater Flow and Wellhead Protection Areas: Science of Source Water Delineations, Paul Friesz, USGS (PDF)

Managing Stormwater to Protect Drinking Water Sources, Lorraine Joubert, URI Cooperative Extension, RI NEMO (PDF)

Costs of Public Water vs. Private Wells, Clay Commons, RI Dept. of Health and Robert Ferrari, Northeast Water Solutions (PDF)

Planning for Source Water Protection, Nancy Hess, RI Statewide Planning Program (PDF)

Balancing Safe Water Supply and Affordable Housing Goals, Nancy Letendre, Esq., Ursillo, Teitz & Ritch, LTD (PDF)

What's Working? Local Ordinance Examples, Lisa Bryer, Town of Jamestown (PDF), Tim Cranston, Town of North Kingstown (PDF), and Jane Weidman, Planning Consultant (PDF)

 

A New Approach to Financing Stormwater Management: Stormwater Utility Districts. Workshop 2: Success Stories From New England

Date and Time: November 17, 2011; 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Description: Increasingly Rhode Island's cities and towns are grappling with the impacts of uncontrolled stormwater runoff and its consequences- street flooding, property damage, beach closures, closed shellfishing waters, and impaired water quality. However, the majority of Rhode Island's municipalities are challenged to fully fund the program and operational expenses of complying with regulations that govern stormwater management in their communities. Faced with similar challenges, municipalities from across the nation are opting to establish stormwater utility districts as a means of establishing a dedicated, stable and predicatble funding source to pay for these services.

Stormwater utility districts have been successfully implemented throughout New England. This workshop will feature a panel comprised of municipal officials with experience in establishing stormwater utilities in their communities. Panelists from nearby Massachusetts as well as South Burlington, VT will share their experiences including how they arrived at a stormwater utility, practical realities, and how the steady revenue stream provided by the utility impacts programmatic efforts and capital improvement projects.

Flyer (PDF)

Final Attendance (PDF)

Presentations

City of Newton Stormwater Utility/Use Fee (Maria Rose, Environmental Engineer, Dept. of Public Works) (PDF)

Stormwater: Financing the Regulations (Robert "Brutus" Cantoreggi, DPW Director, Town of Franklin) (PDF)

South Burlington, Vermont: Stormwater Utility (Tom DiPietro, South Burlington Stormwater Superintendent) (PDF)

Summary Evaluation (PDF)

 

RI Residential Rain Garden Training Program

Date and Time: October 27, 2011; 8:30am-4pm and October 28, 2011;8:30am-12:15pm

Location: Louttit Library, West Greenwich

Description: The RI Residential Rain Garden Training Program provides professionals, volunteers, municipal officials and government agency staff introductory information on residential-scale rain garden implementation to reduce stormwater runoff. The training includes a classroom session and hands-on field experience building a rain garden. It introduces professionals to rain garden siting and design and helps prepare them to offer rain garden installation and maintenance services to clients and/or implement and maintain rain gardens in public spaces.

Certificate of Completion: Attendees who a.) attend both training days and b.) complete a short take-home examination will receive a Certificate of Completion from the URI Cooperative Extension, certifying attendance at the full program and demonstrating understanding of basic principles of rain garden siting, design, installation and maintenance.

Binder Cover (PDF)

Draft Agenda (PDF)

Louttit Library Rain Garden Factsheet (PDF)

NBC 10 WJAR Plant Pro: Rain Garden -Sejal Lanterman talks about a unique garden in West Greenwich

Participant List (PDF)

 

A New Approach to Financing Stormwater Management: Stormwater Utility Districts. Workshop 1: Managing Stormwater in Tough Budget Times

Date and Time: October 25, 2011; 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Description: Increasingly Rhode Island's cities and towns are grappling with the impacts of uncontrolled stormwater runoff and its consequences- street flooding, property damage, beach closures, closed shellfishing waters, and impaired water quality. However, the majority of Rhode Island's municipalities are challenged to fully fund the program and operational expenses of complying with regulations that govern stormwater management in their communities. Faced with similar challenges, municipalities from across the nation are opting to establish stormwater utility districts as a means of establishing a dedicated, stable and predicatble funding source to pay for these services.

This workshop will focus on current challenges faced by municipalities, discuss the future direction of municipal stormwater management, and introduce stormwater utility districts as a funding mechanism. Speakers will include stormwater expert Andrew Reese, who will speak about costs, drivers, and benefits of stormwater utilities; followed by a panel of local municipal officials discussing the costs of managing stormwater in their towns and the funding options they have explored.

Flyer (PDF)

Final Attendance (PDF)

Speaker Bio (PDF)

Articles and Presentations by Andrew Reese

Managing Stormwater in Tough Economic Times (PDF)
Developing Technical Policy With Citizen Groups
CSI Utility

Additional Resources

Frequently Asked Questions about Stormwater Utility Districts (PDF)
An Internet Guide to Financing Stormwater Management

Summary Evaluation ( PDF)

 

LID for Linear Transportation Projects: Using the Rhode Island Stormwater Design and Installation Manual to Design Green Streets

Date and Time: August 25, 2011; 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

Description: Linear transportation projects present unique challenges for design of stormwater management systems, especially when applying new LID standards within a limited right of way. This workshop will focus on using the new RI Stormwater Design and Installation Standards Manual to design typical projects RIDOT engineers are expected to encounter regularly. The morning session will provide an overview of the new stormwater manual. In the afternoon, case studies of current RIDOT projects will provide practice exercises for applying the new standards. Case study examples will include road re-surfacing, sidewalk replacement and road re-design.

Flyer (PDF)

Final agenda (PDF)

Final Attendance (PDF)

Presentations (PDFs):

Session 1
Session 2
Session 3
Session 4
Session 5
A
Session 5B
Session 5C

Summary Evaluation (PDF)

 

LID for Linear Transportation Projects: Using the Rhode Island Stormwater Design and Installation Manual to Design Green Streets

Date and Time: July 13, 2011; 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

Description: Linear transportation projects present unique challenges for design of stormwater management systems, especially when applying new LID standards within a limited right of way. This workshop will focus on using the new RI Stormwater Design and Installation Standards Manual to design typical projects RIDOT engineers are expected to encounter regularly. The morning session will provide an overview of the new stormwater manual. In the afternoon, case studies of current RIDOT projects will provide practice exercises for applying the new standards. Case study examples will include road re-surfacing, sidewalk replacement and road re-design.

Flyer (PDF)

Final agenda (PDF)

Final Attendance (PDF)

Presentations (PDFs):

Session 1
Session 2
Session 3
Session 4
Session 5
A
Session 5B

Session 5C

Summary Evaluation (PDF)

 

RI Residential Rain Garden Training Program

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Due to the inclement weather and saturated soil conditions expected on Friday, April 1st, we have decided to alter our agenda for the two day RI Residential Rain Garden Training. We will be holding the installation component of the training tomorrow afternoon, Thursday March 31st, and continuing the presentations indoors on Friday, April 1st.

All those scheduled to attend both training days, please dress appropriately for tomorrow's installation procedures.

All those scheduled for just the indoor component should plan on attending the training sessions on both Thursday and Friday morning from 8:30 -12:15.

If you have any questions, please contact Lorraine Joubert at ljoubert@uri.edu (401) 874 - 2138.

Schedule
Classroom and Field Session March 31, 2011 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Classroom Session April 1, 2011 8:30 am - 12:30 pm

Location: Roger Williams Botanical Center, Greenhouse 3, 1 Floral Way, Providence, RI 02907

Description: The University of RI Cooperative Extension is offering a new training program for landscapers, designers, maintenance care providers, and volunteers. The Residential Rain Garden Training, modeled after similar programs currently offered through Rutgers University and the University of CT, will introduce green industry professionals to rain garden siting and design and help prepare them to offer rain garden installation and maintenance services to clients.

March 31 Classroom Topics:
-Urban and Suburban Stormwater Impacts
-Fundamentals of Low Impact Development (LID)

-RI Stormwater Management Regulations
-Rain Garden Siting and Sizing, Planting Design, Installation, and Maintenance

April 1 Rain Garden Installation:
This half-day, hands-on field session will engage participants in a rain garden installation on the Botanical Center grounds, and will occur rain or shine. Appropriate dress required.

Certificate of Completion: Attendees who fulfill the following requirements will receive a Certificate of Completion, certifying attendance at the full program and demonstrating understanding of basic principles of rain garden planning, installation, and maintenance:

1. Attend March 31 classroom session and April 1 field session
2. Complete pre- and post-training survey
3. Successfully complete short examination

 

Cost:

 

Registration: Registration is closed as maximum capacity was reached. To be placed on a waiting list for a Fall 2011 Rain Garden Training, please e-mail Kate Venturini at kate@uri.edu.

Payment Form (PDF)

Directions (PDF)

Draft Agenda (PDF)

Flyer (PDF)

Acknowledgements (PDF)

Final Attendance (PDF)

Survey Results (PDF)

NBC 10 WJAR Plant Pro: Rain Garden- Sejal Lanterman talks about the rain garden at the Roger Williams Park Botanical Center

Presentations:

Session
Presentation
Additional Handouts and Resources
1
Stormwater in the City ( PDF)
What is a Rain Garden Fact Sheet ( PDF)
2
Regulations (PDF)
3
Overview and Design ( PDF)
A Design Guide for Homeowners in RI ( PDF)
4
Sizing Exercise: See previous presentation

Site Assessment Checklist (PDF)
Soil Assessment (PDF)
Importance of Soil Texture (PDF)

5
Installation (PDF)
6
Plant Selection ( PDF)
Schematic (PDF)
7
Maintenance (PDF)
Maintenance for Professionals (PDF)
Maintenance for Homeowners ( PDF)
8
Summary and Resources
Web Resources ( PDF)

Instructors are from the Rutgers University Cooperative Extension, the UConn NEMO Program, and the URI Cooperative Extension. Funding for the rain garden design, materials and installation provided by the City of Providence Parks Department. Organizational support provided by URI under the RI Stormwater Solutions project funded by the RI Department of Transportation in partnership with RIDEM and US EPA.

Questions? Please e-mail Kate Venturini at kate@uri.edu.

The Rhode Island Stormwater Design and Installation Standards Manual -- A detailed look at the required specifications and measures for BMP construction and maintenance


Date and Time: March 24, 2011; 8:30 am to 4:30 pm


Description: This technical training will provide the audience with specific and detailed information about elements of the 2010 RI Stormwater Design and Installation Standards Manual. Attendance at this workshop is appropriate for designers, planners, engineers, and municipal officials, but is required for MS4 compliance with Education and Outreach Minimum measures.

The training content will include: a recap of water quality BMPs; WVTS – shallow and gravel; infiltration (including permeable paving); filters; open channels; construction and maintenance summary; and a discussion, Q&A, and comment period.

Flyer (PDF)

Final agenda (PDF)

Final Attendance (PDF)

Presentation materials (PDFs):

Session 1 (Handouts - 3 per page)
Session 2 (Handouts - 3 per page)
Session 3 (Handouts - 3 per page)
Session 4 (Handouts - 3 per page)
Session 5 (Handouts - 3 per page)
Session 6 (Handouts - 3 per page)

Summary Evaluation (PDF)

 

The Rhode Island Stormwater Design and Installation Standards Manual -- A detailed look at the required sizing calculations and critical elements of BMP design

Date and Time: March 22, 2011; 8:30 am to 4:30 pm


Description: This technical training will provide the audience with specific and detailed information about elements of the 2010 RI Stormwater Design and Installation Standards Manual. Attendance at this workshop is appropriate for designers, planners, engineers, and municipal officials, but is required for MS4 compliance with Education and Outreach Minimum measures.

The training content will include required management volume calculations (Rev, WQv, CPv, and Qp) and redevelopment considerations; QPA requirements and LID credit calculations; water quality BMP design; flow splitter sizing example for offline designs; pretreatment and storage BMP design; a design example illustrating residential subdivision and detailed design calculations; linear project design options; and a discussion, Q&A, and comment period.

Flyer (PDF)

Final agenda (PDF)

Final Attendance (PDF)

Presentations (PDFs):

Session 1 (Handouts - 3 per page) (Slides - 1 per page)
Session 2 (Handouts - 3 per page) (Slides - 1 per page)
Session 3 (Handouts - 3 per page) (Slides - 1 per page)
Session 4 (Handouts - 3 per page) (Slides - 1 per page)
Session 5 (Handouts - 3 per page) (Slides - 1 per page)

Spring 2010 Floods and Beyond: Impacts of Increased Rainfall and Flooding (Slides - 1 per page)

Summary Evaluation (PDF)

 

 

RI Stormwater Design and Installation Standards Manual

Workshop Part 2: BMP Construction and Maintenance
Date: January 19, 2011

Description: This technical training will provide the audience with an overview of the construction and maintenance of BMPs and the importance of proper installation. Attendance at this workshop is appropriate for designers, planners, engineers, municipal officials and anyone interested in stormwater standards, but is required for MS4 compliance with Education and Outreach Minimum measures.
The workshop content will thoroughly explain the importance of proper BMP installation. The specific design elements of each BMP will be explained and discussed as well as an overview of the material specifications required for each BMP. Attendees will review common BMP construction problems and proper construction inspection. The workshop will also include a description of proper erosion and sediment controls to protect BMPs. Since maintenance of BMPs is essential for proper function, the importance of maintenance will be discussed as well as typical routine and long term maintenance measures. The management and maintenance of vegetated BMPs will also be explained. This content will be followed by maintenance exercises that the attendees can work on to learn and practice BMP construction and maintenance. This session will wrap up with a discussion of typical routine and long term maintenance costs.

Flyer describing both workshops (PDF)

Final Agenda (PDF)

RI Stormwater Design and Installation Standards Manual (PDF)

PowerPoint presentations can be found online at:
http://www.dem.ri.gov/programs/benviron/water/permits/ripdes/stwater/t4guide/desman.htm

List of Attendees* (PDF)

Summary Evaluation (PDF)

Credits: Please contact Lisa Philo (LPHILO@URI.EDU) if you require a certificate of attendance to apply for credits

8 AICP CM credits approved
6.5 CFM credits approved
LEED credits pending
Building Commission credits pending

 

*A Note About Required Attendance:
For compliance with the MS4 permit requirements, the following guidelines should help you decide which municipal staff should attend:

Both workshop parts are required for the MS4 coordinator and/or designee(s) responsible for stormwater management on MS4 property and for technical review of land development applications.

Planners responsible for project review are encouraged to attend for complete understanding of the standards and linkage between impact avoidance measures and structural controls.

 

 

RI Stormwater Design and Installation Standards Manual

Workshop Part 1: Using the Revised Manual
Date: January 13, 2011

Description: This technical training will provide the audience with an overview of the manual, how to use it, and exercises that model some of the manuals applications. Attendance at this workshop is appropriate for designers, planners, engineers, municipal officials and anyone interested in stormwater standards, but is required for MS4 compliance with Education and Outreach Minimum measures. The workshop content will include an overview of the manual contents and the reasons for updating the manual. The eleven minimum stormwater management standards will be outlined and discussed during the workshop as well as the performance criteria necessary to meet the eleven standards. To assist designers in meeting all stormwater management standards, the workshop attendees will review the Stormwater Management Checklist and how to use the manual. In addition, the workshop will include an overview of how to meet the first minimum standard of Low Impact Development (LID) planning and design strategies. Attendees will also understand acceptable water quality Best Management Practices (BMPs) and the criteria necessary for selecting BMPs. Specific design exercises will be completed so as to learn and practice the application of the manual. Design options for single family and small lots will also be discussed. Finally, the workshop will review the permit application procedures and requirements.

Final Agenda (PDF)

RI Stormwater Design and Installation Standards Manual (PDF)

List of Attendees* (PDF)

PowerPoint presentations can be found online at:
http://www.dem.ri.gov/programs/benviron/water/permits/ripdes/stwater/t4guide/desman.htm

Summary Evaluation (PDF)

Credits: Please contact Lisa Philo (LPHILO@URI.EDU) if you require a certificate of attendance to apply for credits

8 AICP CM credits approved
6.5 CFM credits approved
LEED credits pending
Building Commission credits pending

 

*A Note About Required Attendance:
For compliance with the MS4 permit requirements, the following guidelines should help you decide which municipal staff should attend:

Both workshop parts are required for the MS4 coordinator and/or designee(s) responsible for stormwater management on MS4 property and for technical review of land development applications.

Planners responsible for project review are encouraged to attend for complete understanding of the standards and linkage between impact avoidance measures and structural controls.

 

Nitrogen Dynamics in the Environment and Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems

Date: December 9, 2010

Description: Nitrogen is a groundwater contaminant and nutrient responsible for unhealthy growth of algae in our coastal waters. This program provides an overview of the problem in RI and nitrogen transformations in conventional and alternative systems. It describes types of State-approved systems to reduce harmful forms of nitrogen, regulatory requirements, and methods to maximize nitrogen removal through pro-active system monitoring and maintenance.

RI Regulatory Setbacks and Buffers

Date: December 2, 2010

Description: In recent years major revisions to State regulations have changed the buffer and setback requirements for onsite wastewater treatment systems. This workshop brought together top state regulators to summarize current RIDEM OWTS rules, RIDEM freshwater wetland setback requirements, and CRMC coastal features setback and buffer requirements. Leading wetland scientists reviewed the latest research on the need for wetland buffers, based on soils, wildlife and water quality benefits.

Stormwater Education Training: Using the Enviroscape Model

Date: Wednesday, November 3rd

Description
We discussed and modeled lesson plans designed to target Grade Span Expectations in Earth and Space Science related to the water cycle, watersheds and how water interacts with the Earth as well as GSEs in Civics and Government. The workshop presented and demonstrated the EnviroScape® Watershed/Nonpoint Source Pollution model, available for loan, to be used with elementary through high school students in classroom and outdoor settings. A variety of other non-model based lessons, projects and activities were also be available.

Demonstration of the New ASIST Stormwater Program Management Software

Date: Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Description: The RI DEM provided MS4 permittees a no cost, easy to use, software application to manage the many aspects of the Phase II RIPDES Stormwater Program. It is called ASIST. Anyone responsible for an MS4 permit was be authorized to download this product and use the planning and stormwater asset management tools to document your program's activities. John May, a representative from ASIST headquarters provided an overview of the product and demonstrated how it has benefited over 1200 users across the country. Participants were able to sign up for a no cost download of the product and select a full day training session after the demo.

Institutionalizing Stormwater Education In Rhode Island Meeting

Date: Thursday, June 3, 2010

Description:This meeting with watershed education and outreach organizations centered upon a brainstorming session in which methods to integrate stormwater education into the science curriculum of Rhode Island schools were discussed. River councils, environmental organizations and other groups involved in environmental education and advocacy were encouraged to participate.

Final Agenda (PDF)

List of Attendees (PDF)

Meeting Notes (PDF)

 

Rhode Island Stormwater Design and Installation Standards Manual: Final Draft
Public Informational Sessions

This informational session was held on two different dates in two different locations to accommodate both northern and southern Rhode Island residents.

Description: These informational sessions provided a review of the changes to the manual, since the initial draft was first presented last June, and, more importantly, allowed for feedback and discussion with the public. The revised manual contains many substantive revisions based on comments and further technical considerations, as well as several additions including detailed design examples.

Informational Session #1
Date: May 26, 2010
Location: Community College of Rhode Island, Warwick Campus, Room 4080

Final Agenda (PDF)


Informational Session #2
Date: June 2, 2010
Location: University of Rhode Island, Kingston Campus, Center for Biotechnology and Life Sciences, Room 100

Final Agenda (PDF)

PowerPoint Presentations shown during the informational sessions can be found online at:
http://www.dem.ri.gov/programs/benviron/water/permits/ripdes/stwater/t4guide/desman.htm

 

Preview of the Draft MS4 General Permit for 2010-2015 - IDDE and Pollution Prevention and Good Housekeeping Measures

Date: Friday April 9, 2010

Workshop Description: This informational meeting with municipalities and other MS4s will review the Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination and Pollution Prevention and Good Housekeeping elements of the draft MS4 General Phase II permit for 2010-2015. River councils, environmental organizations and other groups involved in environmental education and advocacy are encouraged to participate.

Final Agenda (PDF)

 

Regulating Land Use in Wetland Buffers

Date: Friday March 26, 2010

Workshop Description: Please join us in a review of our key findings and recommendations. This will examine factors influencing zoning board and council decisions and the rationale of state courts in making appeal findings. We will briefly summarize scientific justification for protection of wetlands and hydric soils based on current research. There will be ample time for discussion of strategies to strengthen local wetland decisions. Your input will help us finalize results as a guide for local officials who update wetland ordinances and review land development applications.

 

Preview of the Draft MS4 General Permit for 2010-2015 - Public Education and Involvement Measures

Date: Friday March 12, 2010

Workshop Description: This informational meeting with municipalities and other MS4s will review the Public Education and Involvement elements of the draft MS4 General Phase II permit for 2010-2015. River councils, environmental organizations and other groups involved in environmental education and advocacy are encouraged to participate.

Final Agenda (PDF)

Presentations:

Making It Easier For You: The Statewide Approach (PDF)

Public Education and Outreach / Public Involvement Overview (PDF)

Materials:

Statewide Stormwater Education & Involvement Proposed Strategy 2010-2015(PDF)

The Overview of What We Can Offer: URI Assistance for Education and Outreach(PDF)

Summary of Survey Results(PDF)

List of Attendees (PDF)

 

Nitrogen Sources and Environmental and Public Health Issues in Coastal Watersheds

Date: February 22, 2010

Presentations:

Nitrogen Sources and Environmental and Public Health Issues in Coastal Watersheds (PDF)

 

Comprehensive Community Wastewater Management

Date: February 22, 2010

Presentations :

Comprehensive Community Wastewater Management (PDF)

 

Controlling Construction Site Runoff: Are Your Ordinances and Enforceable Policies Making the Grade?

Date: Thursday, Aug. 27, 2009

*This workshop was required for MS4 compliance with Phase II education and outreach.

Workshop Description: This workshop for municipalities and other MS4sintroduced model ordinance provisions, enforceable policies, SWPPP templates, and other tools that RI communities can use to effectively control soil erosion and sediment and prevent pollution from construction sites.

Final Agenda (PDF)

Presentations:

Introduction (PDF)
Lorraine Joubert

Do You Know Your SWMPP From Your SWPP? (PDF)
Eric Beck

Ordinances and Enforceable Policies (PDF)
Kristine Stuart

Using SWPPP Templates to Simplify, Standardize, and Strengthen Your Program (PDF)
Allison LeBlanc

Materials:

Suggested Information To Include In Municipal Development Application Checklist (PDF)

Determination of Applicability for Submittal of Municipal Erosion and Sediment Control Plans/SWPPs (PDF)

Updating Municipal Model Erosion and Sediment Controls (PDF)

Rhode Island Department of Transportation Templates:
Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan: Description of Sections (PDF)
Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan: Template of Word Document (PDF) (Word)
Storm Water Pollutino Prevention Plan for Small Sites: Template of Word Document (PDF) (Word)
Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan: Checklist (PDF) (Word)
Language for Contract Documents (PDF) (Word)

EPA Guide: Developing Your Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan

List of Attendees (PDF)

Summary Evaluations (PDF)

Co-sponsored by the RI T2 Center.

 

Stormwater Education Training Using The EnviroScape Watershed Module

Date: August 13, 2009

Workshop Description: This training for members of Rhode Island’s education community and stormwater coordinators discussed lesson plans designed to accompany the EnviroScape® Watershed/Nonpoint Source Pollution model for use with elementary through high school students in classroom and outdoor settings. The model will be available to educators on loan year-round through the URI Outreach Center. Please contact Vanessa Venturini, Education and Outreach Specialist, to sign up or with any questions at VVenturini@mail.uri.edu or (401) 874-7142.

Materials:

The Water Cycle (PDF)

Using The EnviroScape Model (PDF)

Note that additional stormwater resources for educators can be found at: http://www.ristormwatersolutions.org/SW_resourcesdetail.html

List of Attendees (PDF)

 

Improving the Environment From Your Backyard: Training Master Gardeners

Date: July 28, 2009

Workshop Description: This training for Master Gardeners provided an overview of the RI Stormwater Solutions project, explained effective presentation techniques, and summarized the two presentations available for use: a 20-minute version and a 45-minute version of A New Perspective: Improving the Environment From Your Backyard.

Materials:

A New Perspective: Improving the Environment From Your Backyard (20 minutes) (Power Point)

A New Perspective: Improving the Environment From Your Backyard (45 minutes) (Power Point)

List of Attendees (PDF)

 

Informational Session about the Draft Rhode Island Stormwater Design and Installation Standards Manual

Date: June 4, 2009

Workshop Description: This informational session will review the contents of the draft manual and provide an opportunity for questions and discussion. The morning session will present the new standards contained in the manual and explain the Low Impact Design (LID) components; the afternoon session will present more technical information on the new standards and stormwater handling Best Management Practices (BMPs), and it will highlight one or more representative design examples. Both sessions will have a question and answer period. This is not a public hearing but an informal session to learn about the proposed standards, ask questions, and contribute your valuable input. Written comments will be accepted for a period of at least 30 days after the informational session.

Final Agenda (PDF)

 

Materials:

The powerpoints are available on the RIDEM website.

Manual Summary (PDF)

The complete document can be accessed online at:
http://www.dem.ri.gov/programs/benviron/water/permits/ripdes/stwater/t4guide/desman.htm

Comments will be accepted through June 30, 2009 and can be e-mailed to: stormwater@dem.ri.gov.

List of Attendees (PDF)

Sponsored by: RI DEM and CRMC

 

Reaching Out To Residents: Municipal Strategies for Public Stormwater Involvement

Date: Thursday, Nov. 13, 2008

Workshop Description: This workshop showcased strategies and materials that have been developed specifically for municipalities to help them meet Phase II regulations relating to public involvement, education, and outreach.

Flyer (PDF)

Final Agenda (PDF)

Materials:
A binder was provided at the workshop, containing the materials mentioned in the workshop description. Please visit the Stormwater Managers link on the Resources page of the RI Stormwater Solutions website (http://www.ristormwatersolutions.org) for links to all of the documents provided in that binder. The binder table of contents (PDF) can be viewed here.

The binder contents also are available on a CD. To obtain a CD, please contact: Lisa Philo via e-mail at: LPHILO@URI.EDU.

Table of Additional Resources

From Narragansett:
Stormwater Currents--a newsletter produced with the help of SRICD: (pages 1-2, PDF); (pages 3-4, PDF); (pages 5-6, PDF)

2008 Stormwater Update

From Narragansett Bay Estuary Program:
List of Watershed Organizations (PDF)--note that this list is not intended to be comprehensive

List of Workshop Attendees

 

Healthy Lawncare

Date: May 22, 2008

Workshop Flyer (includes workshop description)

Article in Jamestown Press

 

 

Advanced Approaches: Addressing Community Growth

Date: May 21, 2008

Workshop Description: This workshop is sponsored and hosted by the Green Valley Institute and designed for communities in the Quinebaug-Shetucket, CT area who are interested in learning more about innovative zoning techniques and wastewater treatment alternatives that can be used to promote smart development strategies and minimize sprawling development patterns.

Flyer

Wastewater Treatment Alternatives and Smart Growth (PDF)
Lorraine Joubert

Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems Overview (PDF)
George Loomis

 

 

Stormwater System Maintenance

Date: April 29, 2008

Workshop Description: This workshop was a train-the-trainer event. Materials were presented to allow supervisors to train employees on the good housekeeping portion of their municipal Stormwater Management Program Plan. The workshop focused on maintaining and inspecting roadway drainage systems and auxiliary structures.

Agenda

Workshop Materials
These materials are available electronically (links below), on a CD and in hard-copy. To purchase a CD or hard-copy of the manual, please use our order form. For additional questions contact Marie Esten at 401-874.5687 or e-mail: mesten@uri.edu.

Introduction

Module 1: Refresh Your Perspective on the Storm Drain System
Training Overview
Presentation
Script

Module 2: Enhanced Systems
Training Overview
Presentation

Script

Resources:
Stormwater Pond Operation, Maintenance, and Management Inspection Checklist
BMP Maintenance Quick Guides

Module 3: Typical Roadway Drainage
Training Overview
Presentation

Script

Resources:
Stormwater Pollution Door Hanger
Stormwater System Mapping and IDDE references

Module 4: Minimizing The Pollutant Load
Training Overview
Presentation
Script

Publicity
Employee Training Flyer
Employee Training Evaluation Template
Employee Training Record

Resources
RIDOT Database
Introduction to database
Instructions
Inspection forms
Access database

List of Workshop Attendees

Recent Advances in Lawn and Landscape Management

Date: April 24, 2008

Workshop Description: With recent advances in lawn and landscape management, public grounds can be green and healthy while keeping local waters healthy and safe. This half-day program will cover economically and environmentally sound approaches to landscape management, including low-maintenance turf care, improved seed varieties, and the latest developments in insect and disease management.

Agenda

Overview of Stormwater Issues
Lorraine Joubert

Site Assessment
Kate Venturini

Grass Species and Fertilization Practices to Minimize Negative Effects of Lawns
Dr. Rebecca Brown

Modern Approaches to Turf Management
David Hughes

 

List of Workshop Attendees

 

Certified Erosion, Sediment and Storm Water Inspector (CESSWI) Review Course

Date: March 28, 2008

Workshop Description
This review course for the Certified Erosion and Sediment and Storm Water Inspection (CESSWI) exam provides a complete overview of the procedures, methods, and minimum EPA regulatory requirements for inspections of erosion and sediment controls and stormwater management practices and activities. Although ideal preparation for the exam, anyone seeking to improve their skill and ability in field inspections for erosion and sediment controls may sign up for this course. To become certified however, you must apply to CESSWI to be pre-approved to take the exam. Then once you are approved you must register for the exam.

Agenda

CPESC Brochure

For more information on CPESC, or if you're interested in ordering a CESSWI Review Guide, please visit: http://www.cpesc.org.

 

List of Workshop Attendees

 

2008 Land and Water Summit

Steal This Fact Sheet: Strategies For Reducing Stormwater Pollution

(RI NEMO Presentation at the 2008 Land and Water Summit)

 

 

 

Wastewater Management Made Easy Workshop #3

Date: March 7, 2008

Agenda

Materials From The Workshop:

We discussed the sequence of mailings that was distributed on CD during Workshop #2.

Mail Merge Tutorial (Word doc)

RIWIS Inspector's Report for Conventional Systems (Word doc)

RIWIS Inspector's Report for I&A Systems (Word doc)

RIWIS Mandatory I&A Fields (Word doc)

RIWIS Service Provider Application (Word doc, March 2008 version)

 

Presentations From The Workshop:

Sequence of Mailings (PDF)

For more information about RIWIS, the Rhode Island Wastewater Information System, visit the RIWIS webpage.

 

 

Everything You Need to Know About Erosion & Sediment Control: Installation, Maintenance and Inspection

Dates: February 27, 2008 or March 10, 2008

Additional details are also contained in the Erosion and Sediment Control Flyer.

Agenda

Workshop Handouts and Presentations

Presentations (Presentation 1: Welcome is not posted)
2. Intro. Erosion Principles
3. Vegetation Establishment
4. Erosion Prevention
5. Runoff Control
6. Sediment
7. Problems to avoid
Handouts
Block and Gravel Inlet
Erosion Control Blanket
Fabric Drop Inlet Protection
Hay Bale Barrier
Mulch for Seed
Mulching
Outlet Stabilization
Permanent Seeding
Rock Dam
Sediment Fence
Temporary Seeding
Temporary Slope Drain

List of February Workshop Attendees

List of March Workshop Attendees

 

Stormwater Management at Your Public Works Facility: Employee Training

Date: December 12, 2007

Agenda

Workshop Materials
These materials are available electronically (links below), on a CD and in hard-copy. To purchase a CD or hard-copy of the manual, please use our order form. For additional questions contact Marie Esten at 874.5687 or e-mail: mesten@uri.edu.

Introduction

Module 1: Introduction and Why Stormwater Matters
- Training Overview
- Presentation

- Script
- Exercise

- Example Exercise
- Schedule

Module 2: What is a SWPPP?
- Training Overview
- Presentation

- Script
- Exercise

- Example Exercise

Module 3: Spill Prevention & Response
- Training Overview
- Presentation

- Script
- Exercise

- Example Exercise
- Additional Information
- EPA Spill Prevention Fact Sheet
- Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) Rule Amendment

Module 4: Materials Management
- Training Overview
- Presentation

- Script
- Exercise

- Facility Worksheet

Module 5: Good Housekeeping
- Training Overview
- Presentation

- Script
- Exercise

- Annual Stormwater Inspection and Report Template

Publicity
- Presentation
- Sample Workshop Flyer
- Sample Letter
- Phase II Fact Sheet
- Training Record
- Sample Workshop Evaluation Form

Resources
- Public Works Facility Annual Stormwater Inspection and Reprot Template
- Model Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) for Municipal HiIghway Garages
- Example Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) RIDOT Scituate Facility

List of Workshop Attendees


Wastewater Management Made Easy Workshop #2

Date: November 30, 2007

Agenda

Materials from the workshop:

Property Information Page (DRAFT)

Recommended ISDS Service Provider Application (DRAFT)

Discussion notes from the workshop

CD containing a sequence of mailings, sample letters to homeowners, list of service providers, factsheets, and sample letters to service providers (visit the Getting The Message Out section of our Wastewater Resource Center for these materials.)

Presentations from the workshop:

Introduction
Justin Jobin, Jamestown Wastewater Program Manager

Tips & Tricks to Building Your I&A Database
Justin Jobin, Jamestown Wastewater Program Manager

Integrating Reports Into RIWIS
Justin Jobin, Jamestown Wastewater Program Manager


Using the New Rhode Island Site Specific Soil Mapping Guide

Date: November 15, 2007

Agenda

Materials from the workshop:

Speaker Profiles

Presentations from the workshop:

Welcome/Introduction
George Loomis, NE OWTC

What To Map - Principal soil characteristics identified in soil maps Part 1 Part 2
Mark Stolt, Soil Science Professor, URI Natural Resources Science Department

RI Soil Survey Updates
Jim Turenne, State Soil Scientist, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service

Site Specific Soil Mapping Standards and Prodcedures
Mark Stolt, Soil Science Professor, URI NRS Department

Interpreting and Using RI Site Specific Soil Mapping
Lorraine Joubert, Director, URI Cooperative Extension NEMO Program

View Points from the Field
Jeffery Petterson, Senior Soil Scientist, Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc.
Justin Jobin, Environmental Scientist, Jamestown Public Works
Pat Nickles, Town Planner, North Kingstown Planning
Ray Nickerson, Environmental Planner, South Kingstown Planning


Wastewater Management Made Easy Workshop #1

Date: October 26, 2007

Agenda

Presentations from the workshop:

Community Management Options
Lorraine Joubert, RI NEMO

Building Your Database From Existing Sources
Justin Jobin, Jamestown Wastewater Program Manager

The RIWIS Start-Up Kit
Justin Jobin, Jamestown Wastewater Program Manager

Discussion notes from the workshop


Building Stormwater Management into Local Ordinances

Date: October 26, 2007

Presentation from the workshop

 


Tracking Onsite System Inspections, Operation and Maintenance Using the RIWIS Statewide Database

This basic training in use of the RIWIS database is offered in cooperation with Scott Carmody of Carmody. It is designed for municipal staff, private sector wastewater managers, and maintenance providers who are new system users or would like to expand their ability to use the system to track system inspection results, maintenance activities, and communicate with system owners. Using example applications by RI communities, this will address database features, updating and managing records, and generating notices for all program phases. Others that will find it valuable include: maintenance providers interested in tracking client service schedules; and consultants seeking to expand services to municipalities by serving as local database /wastewater managers.

Date: July 26, 2007

Agenda

To join RIWIS, contact Scott Carmody at scott@carmody.biz

Presentions from Workshop:

Welcome and introduction
George Loomis, NE OWTC

Creating a consistent statewide wastewater management program
Lorraine Joubert, RI NEMO

Using the RIWIS database: a demonstration using RI data and examples
Scott Carmody, Carmody TM

Talk with town representatives and service providers: a comparison of local town inspection programs and service providers’ perspectives
· Justin Jobin, The Town of Jamestown
· Diane Johnson, The Town of Charlestown
· Tim Cranston, The Town of North Kingstown
· Martha Roldan, The Town of New Shoreham
· John Lincourt, The Town of Tiverton
· Ed Davidson, The Town of Johnston
· Bob Johnson, Atlantic Solutions

Hands-on training - Justin Jobin
-Enviornmental Scientists, The Town of Jamestown
Session 1
Session 2
Session 3 part 1
Session 3 part 2


Starting a Local Wastewater Management Program Using RIWIS

Learn step-by-step approaches to phasing in a wastewater management program using the new Rhode Island Wastewater Information System (RIWIS). This is a new statewide database for local management of onsite wastewater treatment systems. This will achieve:
• Access to the materials needed to implement educational requirements of management programs
• First-hand information from experienced RIWIS users on the time and effort involved
• A jump start of your program and preparation for the July 26 workshop, highlighting the more technical aspects of RIWIS

Date: May 18, 2007

Workshop Agenda, RIWIS Fact Sheet (PDF) and State Support for RIWIS Letter (PDF)

Presentions from Workshop:

Starting a Local Wastewater Management Program Using RIWIS George Loomis NE OWTC

Steps in Building a Wastewater Management Program Lorraine Joubert URI NEMO

An Overview of The Rhode Island Wastewater Information Systems (RIWIS) Justin Jobin Enviornmental Scientist, The Town of Jamestown

How to fill your database. David Kalen, NE OWT Program Manager

Using RIWIS to automate your education and inspection program: Demonstration of how to implement “management blocks” using local data examples.
Justin Jobin, Wastewater Program Manager, Jamestown RI

Using RIWIS: A continued demonstration of RIWIS capabilities with other
municipal applications. Scott Carmody, President, CarmodyTM


TR-55 For Plan Reviewers

This workshop will cover the fundamental uses and limitations of TR-55, including submittal requirements for development applications, appropriate inputs and assumptions, and use of results in tormwater management plans. This will provide training on basic hydrologic analysis to support local use of proposed DEM stormwater design standards that emphasize control of stormwater volume. It will offer a foundation for future workshops on the application of TR-55 for low impact development (LID) techniques. Municipalities and other MS4s will earn credit towards meeting Phase II requirements for education and outreach.

Date: May 10, 2007

Presentations from the workshop:

Training Introduction*and Overview* USDA NRCS

Hydrology Terms and Definitions* USDA NRCS

Modeling Single Sub-area Watersheds (Part 1)* USDA NRCS

Single Sub-area Watershed with Minimum Data Requirements* USDA NRCS

Modeling Single Sub-area Watersheds (Part 2)* USDA NRCS

Modeling Watersheds with Structures* USDA NRCS

Modeling Multiple Sub-area Watersheds* USDA NRCS

Reviewer's Perspective Nicholas A. Pisani, P.E., RI DEM

Note: * = The presentations appear with notes. Zoom in on the slide itself to view larger size and see all images clearly.

List of Workshop Attendees


Making an Impact with Low Impact Development: Helping RI Communities Use the Lessons Learned from Existing Projects

The workshop will highlight the struggles and successes of several Low Impact Development projects in New England, focusing on lessons that Rhode Island Communities can apply to answer practical uestions about how this technique can be realistically implemented.

Date: Tuesday April 24, 2007

Agenda (PDF).

Presentations from the workshop:

Is it really LID? A NEW look at planning and design elements
Rich Claytor, Horsley & Witten Group

Cold Climate Performance of Stormwater Management Systems: Conventional, Manufactured, and LID Dr. Robert Roseen, University of New Hampshire Stormwater Center

The Jordan Cove LID Subdivision Dr. Michael Dietz, University of Connecticut NEMO

Retrofitting Commercial Shopping Centers
Eileen Pannetier and Kevin Read, Comprehensive Environmental, Inc.

Additional Information:

Resources for LID Design

List of Workshop Attendees


2007 Land and Water Conference

Date: March 24, 2007

RI NEMO Presentations from the workshop:

Map Reading 101: Reading and Using Maps and Plans (PDF, 23252 KB)

Cleaning It Up- a presentation about erosion and sediment control (PDF, 2218 KB)

Don't Let This Opportunity for Better Land Use Go Down the Drain- a presentation about stormwater (PDF)

 

GPS, Digital Cameras, and Mapping: Finding the Link. A Summer 2006 Workshop Series

Series Flyer

Workshop 1. Introduction to GPS for Stormwater Managers

Date: June 15, 2006

Description: Does your community need to meet new stormwater regulations? Is mapping stormwater drainage locations at the top of your priority list? If so, this workshop will provide your staff or consultants with the simplest and most practical methods to complete this task.This program focuses on the use of low-cost, hand-held GPS units, in combination with digital cameras, to locate stormdrain features and verify their condition. A brief field walk will provide an opportunity to see how data is collected. Back in the classroom, you will learn how to import data, hyperlink photos, and enter results into a spreadsheet for your own record-keeping and reporting to RI DEM. No GPS experience is required.

Agenda (PDF)

Presentations

Rhode Island Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (RIPDES) Storm Water Program, Marguerita Chatterton, RIDEM (PDF)

Mapping Stormwater Outfalls, Paul Jordan, RIDEM (PDF)

For more information and additional resources, please visit the URI Geospatial Extension Program at:

http://geospatial.uri.edu/events/intro_strmh2o_GPS/default.html

Workshop 2. Pictures, Points and Places

Date: July 25, 2006

Description: Would you like more intensive instruction on how to use GPS units and digital cameras to create the maps you need? This unique full-day program provides hands-on practice using GPS units and digital cameras to collect field data, and using laptops, import data and organize your results. This workshop is designed so that no GPS experience is required. However, experienced GIS users will gain proficiency collecting geo-referenced digital pictures. Hyperlinking pictures with GPS points, using free software (DNR Garmin) will allow you to view pictures interactively in GIS programs. Basic GIS concepts will be covered, including obtaining RIGIS data and creating GIS-based maps. A free GIS program (AccuGlobe) is used for most of the GIS exercises, but instruction will also be provided for using the linked pictures in ESRI software. Exercises will include importing data into a spreadsheet for reporting stormdrain locations to the RIDEM stormwater program.

For more information and additional resources, please visit the URI Geospatial Extension Program at:

http://geospatial.uri.edu/events/ppp_7-25-06.html

Workshop 3. URI GPS Field Day

Date: September 8, 2006

 

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