MS4 and stormwater professionals are invited to a FREE one-day workshop that will focus on stormwater and litter. This workshop, sponsored by the Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program, will be held on June 13, 2018 (10 AM to 3 PM) at the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (7870 Villa Park Drive, Suite 400, Henrico, VA 23228-0778). Co-sponsors include Clean Virginia Waterways of Longwood University, NOAA, and the Virginia Water Monitoring Council.
To register, please fill out this on-line form: https://goo.gl/forms/fv9HzIhEqPoqVO703
Why Stormwater + Litter?
Growing concern about the impacts of marine debris in the ocean and coastal waters, along with increasing emphasis on stormwater management of litter and debris, have led to a new urgency to understand and address the sources of marine debris in Virginia’s coastal and ocean waters. It is estimated that 60% to 80% of the trash found in our ocean comes from inland sources — so keeping litter out of stormwater in urban areas is key to cleaner rivers, beaches and coastal water.
This free one-day workshop will address urban trash pollution and strategies employed to intercept a piece of trash before it becomes part of stormwater runoff and conveyed to and through the storm sewer system via storm drains. Interception of trash is a sub-set of marine debris prevention, and it has unique features, challenges, and solutions.
Who should attend:
This workshop is open to those who work on stormwater issues (public works professionals, stormwater engineers and managers, local and state government employees who work on stormwater and litter-prevention programs) in Virginia and other mid-Atlantic states.
AM: Case studies; the Virginia Marine Debris Reduction Plan’s strategies; comments from VA DEQ and NOAA Marine Debris Program.
Lunch time: networking and small group discussions.
PM: An open discussion on challenges and opportunities; small group discussions and report outs; next steps.
OPTIONAL: From 3 to 4 PM, we will have an optional meeting of those who would like to talk about working with other mid-Atlantic states on solutions to marine debris.
DETAILED AGENDA CAN BE FOUND HERE: http://www.longwood.edu/cleanva/stormwater.html
Join us for this interesting discussion!
If you have any questions about this workshop, please contact Katie Register, Clean Virginia Waterway of Longwood University at firstname.lastname@example.org or 434-395-2602.