Daily Archives: May 7, 2017

Addressing Severe Water Events & Droughts with Advanced Storm Water Management Technologies and Processes [05.07.2017]

Guests:

  • James (Jim) W. Ridgway, Vice President and Midwest Regional Managing Director, Environmental Consulting & Technology, Inc. (ECT), (By Skype)*
  • Brian Van Wye, Chief, Water Resources Protection and Mitigation, Regulatory Review Division, (Washington, D.C.) Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE), (In Studio & “Special Guest” In-Studio Skype & Telephone Back-Up)
  • Winston Hickox, Principal, California Strategies, LLC and (Former) Secretary of California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA), (By Telephone)*
  • James (Jim) W. Ridgway, Vice President and Midwest Regional Managing Director, Environmental Consulting & Technology, Inc. (ECT), (By Skype)*

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James (Jim) W. Ridgway, Vice President and Midwest Regional Managing Director, Environmental Consulting & Technology, Inc. (ECT), (By Skype)*

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Brian Van Wye, Chief, Water Resources Protection and Mitigation, Regulatory Review Division, (Washington, D.C.) Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE), (In Studio & “Special Guest” In-Studio Skype & Telephone Back-Up)

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Winston Hickox, Principal, California Strategies, LLC and (Former) Secretary of California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA), (By Telephone)*

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James (Jim) W. Ridgway, Vice President and Midwest Regional Managing Director, Environmental Consulting & Technology, Inc. (ECT), (By Skype)*


Program Summary:

The EmeraldPlanet weekly television programs are broadcast and distributed via Channel 10 TV in Fairfax, Virginia USA. The programs are being simulcast to 532 stations around the United States and then overseas by the Internet and C-SPAN television. The EmeraldPlanet programs are currently available in all countries and territories around the world.  The Emerald Trek and companion The Emerald Mini-Treks are identifying the 1,000 “best practices” on location from the 143 nations, 750 cities, and 50,000 communities by Internet TV, local television stations, main stream media outlets, YouTube, Facebook, The EmeraldPlanet Meetup, Twitter, among other social media networks, and all manner of print media.

The EmeraldPlanet TV is broadcasting weekly a number of the “best practices which are identified through collaboration with:  major non-governmental organizations (NGOs); United Nations, universities and colleges; research institutes; government ministries and agencies; Embassies; banking and micro-lending organizations; Chambers of Commerce; World Trade Centers, international bodies such as The World Bank, International Monetary Fund (IMF), Inter-American Development Bank, African Development Bank Group, Asian Development Bank, UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization), citizens groups; multimedia organizations; among others by utilizing the most advanced broadcasting hardware and software along with an outstanding television Production Crew to reach an ever expanding global audience. The Emerald Trek is focused upon linking principals identified among the 1,000 ‘best practices’ in the 143 nations being visited through this world-wide movement. The Emerald Trek is encompassing over 300,000 miles, visiting 750 major cities, and 50,000 suburban and rural communities in the identified nations.

Our featured guests are:

  • Segment ‘1’: James (Jim) W. Ridgway, Vice President and Midwest Regional Managing Director, Environmental Consulting & Technology, Inc. (ECT), (By Skype)*
  • Segment ‘2’: Brian Van Wye, Chief, Water Resources Protection and Mitigation, Regulatory Review Division, (Washington, D.C.) Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE), (In Studio & “Special Guest” In-Studio Skype & Telephone Back-Up)
  • Segment ‘3’: Winston Hickox, Principal, California Strategies, LLC and (Former) Secretary of California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA), (By Telephone)*
  • Segment ‘4’: James (Jim) W. Ridgway, Vice President and Midwest Regional Managing Director, Environmental Consulting & Technology, Inc. (ECT), (By Skype)*

Program overview

Stormwater runoff is a problem because it carries great amounts of pollution wherever it flows. In urban areas much of the land is covered by impervious surfaces such as streets, buildings, parking lots, driveways, and compacted soils. During rain storms, these impervious surfaces prevent rainfall from soaking into the soil. Instead, this stormwater drains into manmade drainage systems consisting of inlets and underground pipes commonly referred to as “storm sewers.” These storm sewers are not to be confused with sanitary sewers that transport human and industrial wastewaters to a treatment plant before discharging to surface waters. Stormwater entering storm sewers does not receive any treatment before it enters local tributaries of all size, scale, and location within the manmade environment.

Environmental Consulting & Technology, Inc. (ECT), is an employee-owned firm specializing in the resolution of complex environmental issues through cost-effective project planning, management, and applied engineering and scientific expertise.  ECT’s professional scientists, engineers, planners, and management consultants listen to our clients’ specific needs and develop a sound technical understanding based on reaching favorable client outcomes prior to designing solutions.  ECT’s project managers utilize proven management systems to assure the successful accomplishment of all project goals on time and on budget.

The management of water resources, both surface water as well as ground water, requires more than just excellent science. Successful projects are dependent on sound economics, practical engineering, and regulatory compliance. ECT’s professional hydrologists, engineers, geologists, biologists, ecologists, and oceanographers make decisions based on these critical elements in delivering cost-effective, scientifically-based, sustainable water resources management solutions.

ECT works with large, multi-faceted organizations while developing water resources compliance solutions.  Its experience includes municipal and industrial National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits, biological assessments, Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plans (SPPP), TMDL compliance/ implementation, and a full suite of compliance services under the Clean Water Act (CWA) Section 316 regulations.

The Washington, D.C. Department of Environment and Energy (DOEE) seeks to reduce stormwater runoff pollution by going beyond the activities required in the District’s “National Pollution Discharge Elimination System” (NPDES) Permit.  This is more commonly referred to as a “Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System” (or MS4) Permit. The Stormwater Management Division of the Natural Resources Division within DOEE is responsible for managing the most recent District NPDES Permit. DOEE initially assumed responsibility for the District’s stormwater administration in February 2007.  It now has in place a vigorous stormwater program as overseen by the Stormwater Division in conjunction with all its sister agencies. 

For further information citizens and interested persons can consult the District’s Stormwater Guidebook and its most recent MS4 Annual Report.  DOEE works together with its sister agencies in two group settings: both the Stormwater Advisory Panel (a group of all agency Directors, City Administrator); and the Technical Working Group which meets monthly to keep current on activities that effectively reduce stormwater throughout the City. (https://doee.dc.gov/service/why-stormwater-problem).

As an environmental initiative to reduce stormwater runoff, the Department of Energy and Environment has created its RiverSmart Programs which provide District property owners with financial and technical incentives to install stormwater retrofit practices in their houses, schools, and neighborhoods.  DOEE also offers D.C. residents with resources to learn more about how they can help to Reduce Stormwater Runoff in the city and contribute to achieve Eco-Friendly Living in the District. (Stormwater Impacts on District Waterbodies:  https://ddoe.dc.gov/sites/default/files/dc/ sites/ddoe/publication/attachments/StormwaterImpactsAndWhyDCNeedsRetention.pdf)

As Secretary of the California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA) and in other senior level government appointments, “Winston Hickox” used his extensive experience in areas critical to California’s natural and business environment to help advance many important public policy initiatives.  He has also spent considerable time in real estate investment banking, institutional investment management, private equity clean-tech investing, and with the development and management of the FTSE Environmental Markets Index Series.

“Winston” is a Principal in California Strategies, LLC.  California Strategies is one of California’s leading full-service government affairs firms headquartered in Sacramento, with offices in San Francisco, Silicon Valley, Los Angeles, Irvine, Inland Empire, Santa Barbara, Monterey, Modesto, and San Diego.  This bipartisan firm has experience across all three branches of government, at all three levels of government, and in every state agency.   

California Strategies helps clients navigate through the complexity and subtleties of California’s political, regulatory, legislative, and media environment to achieve winning results. Over the last two [2] decades, California Strategies has earned a reputation for devising successful results that benefit both clients, public, and environment.


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