Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Bangor Area Storm Water Group August Meeting

August 8, 2013; 9:00 am – 11:30 am
Council Chambers, Orono Town Office, 59 Main Street

AGENDA:

9:00 am – Welcome and Introductions
9:05 am – Organizational Business
  • Approval of BASWG Meeting Minutes
  • Winter Maintenance BMP Development MSMTF Update
  • Stormwater Steward Status
  • DIMS Status Update
  • Statewide EPA Audit Meeting
  • Other Announcements
9:15 am – Education and Outreach Planning
  • Changes at Penobscot SWCD – New Director, Website management, etc.
  • Statewide Approaches and Savings
  • Review of the Budget for FY1 E&O
9:30 am – Special Presentation: Statewide Initiatives
  • Guest Presenters: Tamara Lee Pinard and Chris Brewer, Cumberland County SWCD
10:00 am – Discussion of E&O Decision Options & Voting
10:30 am – Coffee Break
10:45 am – BASWG “Stormwater School” Group Discussion Topic: Making Hard Choices among SW Priorities
111:30 am – Meeting Adjourns
  • Optional Potluck Lunch and Networking

Friday, July 19, 2013

Registration for the Maine Stormwater Conference is Now Open

conference_logo_2013_smRegistration for the Maine Stormwater Conference, taking place November 21 & 22 in South Portland, is now open!

The conference will showcase effective planning, design, maintenance, and funding approaches to address water quality needs, as well as a discussion of the current legal climate related to stormwater.

Tracks have been designed to appeal to a wide range of audiences, including municipal staff (managers, public works directors, engineers, planners, economic development directors), elected officials, consulting and design engineers, and watershed managers.

Conference tracks include:

  • Policy & Legal
  • Green Infrastructure
  • Planning & Ordinance
  • Funding
  • Design, Installation & Maintenance
  • Watershed Management

Discounted registration rates are available for Maine public officials.

View the conference agenda, speakers, and registration information at www.thinkbluemaine.org/conference.

This conference is sponsored by the Casco Bay Estuary Partnership, Maine DOT, EJ Prescott, ADS Pipe, Contech, Cumberland County Soil & Water Conservation District, Geosyntec Consultants, Integrated Environmental Engineering, and Maine Society of Landscape Architects.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Stormy Duck sighted in Orrington

Stormy visited the residents of Orringon on July 13th during their Old Home Week. Stormy was in the parade handing out ducklings and stormwater education materials. See the pictures of Stormy on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/bangorareastormwatergroup.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Bangor Area Storm Water Group July Meeting

July 11, 2013; 9:00 am – 11:30 am
Council Chambers, Orono Town Office, 59 Main Street, Orono

9:00 am Welcome and Introductions

9:05 am Organizational Business

  • Approval of BASWG meeting minutes
  • Transitions
  • PY5 Report Development
  • Stormwater Steward Status
  • Other Announcements

9:15 am MS4 Permit Update and NOI Reminder

9:30 am Special Presentation: An Introduction to Integrated Management - Guest Presenter: Zachary Henderson, Woodard and Curran

10:15 am Coffee Break

10:30 am DIMS – Proposal Review Outcomes and Next Steps - DIMS Planning Committee

11:00 am Education and Outreach Planning

  • Big changes at PCSWCD
  • Developing systems to maintain momentum
  • Determining what we want managed at the statewide level vs. regionally
  • Potential for developing and E&O Request for Proposals (RFP)

11:30 am Meeting Adjourns

Friday, June 7, 2013

Bangor Area Storm Water Group June Meeting

June 13, 2013; 9:00 am – 11:45 am

Location: Milford Town Office, 62 Davenport Street, Milford, Maine 04461 (Tel. 827-2072)

AGENDA

9:00 am Welcome and Introductions (5 min)

9:05 am Organizational Business (15 min)

  • Approval of BASWG meeting minutes
  • Stormwater Steward Status
  • DIMS Process RFP Update
  • Statewide Intercept Survey and Stenciling Update
  • Streamside Clean-up Reports
  • Other Announcements
  • 9:20 am Hydrant Flushing Discussion (15 min)

    9:45 am Stormwater Permit Update and Discussion (45 min)

    10:30 am Coffee Break

    10:45 am IDDE Sharing Session (60 min) - Each MS4 presents information on any illicit discharges detected and methods to address these issues; focus is on regional sharing and learning

    11:45 am Meeting Adjourns

    Local Volunteers Help Clean Bangor’s Streams

    As the Bangor Area Storm Water Group (BASWG) winds down the 8th Annual Streamside Cleanup over 350 volunteers came together to clean up the streams in Bangor! On June 1st over 320 volunteers from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints picked up trash around Arctic Brook, Capehart Brook, Meadow Brook, Penjajawoc Stream, Birch Stream, Sucker Brook, Shaw Brook, Kenduskeag Stream and the Penobscot River. On June 3rd over 20 volunteers from the “We Care Teams” from the Hilton Garden Inn, Comfort Inn and the Hampton Inn cleaned up their neighborhood in near Penjajawoc Stream.
    In all enough trash was collected to fill 3 dump trucks. Some of the most interesting items found this year was a chair that had been on the Banks of the Penjajawoc so long that trees were growing up through it, to used building materials, shopping carts and used tires. However, most of the trash collected was small every-day times such as cigarette butts, food wrappers and coffee cups.
    Had it not been collected, all of this litter would have been carried into our local waterways as stormwater runoff, the water that runs over the surface of the ground during rain storms. The Streamside Cleanup volunteers learned that stormwater carries other pollutants to the stream as well, such as lawn care products and pet waste, and that we can reduce stormwater pollution year round by doing things like using less fertilizer on our lawns, and picking up our pets’ waste.
    This event is a coordinated regional effort to clean up our local waterways and reduce polluted stormwater runoff. The cleanup is a fun and socially rewarding event, each year focusing on the Bangor Urban Area (Bangor, Brewer, Orono, Old Town, Veazie, Hampden, and Milford). This event couldn’t have been a large success without our volunteer groups and our generous sponsors including, Lane Construction, CES INC, and Maine Air National Guard.
    The BASWG would like to thank several members of Bangor’s City Staff that helped make the Bangor cleanup possible: from Public Works; Barry Spofford, Jerry Hughes and Dana Wardwell, from Parks and Recreation; Nick Lust, Dennis Pehrson, Tracy Willette, Dennis Crane and Candice Devine. And a very special thank you goes out to the Bangor International Airport staff including Robbie Beaton and Tony Caruso for the BBQ they provided to our volunteers on June 1st.
    The Annual Streamside Cleanup started in 2006 as a way to comply with the Public Education and Participation requirements of the Maine Department of Environmental Protection Storm Water Permit. This event is coordinated by members of the Bangor Area Storm Water Group, in conjunction with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension and the Penobscot County Soil & Water Conservation District. All of the funds necessary to perform the event are raised locally through donations. No taxpayer funds are used for this program.




    Thursday, May 30, 2013

    City of Bangor Annual Streamside Cleanup Scheduled for June 1st

    Please join us for our annual Streamside Cleanup on Saturday, June 1st from 9am – noon. The group will meet at the City’s Parks & Recreation Center, located at 647 Main Street.

    This annual event is an opportunity to volunteer and make a difference in our community by cleaning up litter in our local neighborhoods, parks, and roadways.  Past events have been very successful.  We are now asking for community help cleaning up the areas draining into Arctic Brook, Capehart Brook, Meadow Brook, and the Penjajawoc Stream.  We can also use help cleaning up roadside ditches surrounding Birch Stream, Sucker Brook, and Shaw Brook, Kenduskeag Stream, and the Penobscot River.

    Volunteers of all ages are welcome. Come by yourself or bring a team. Gloves, bags, safety vests, water and t-shirts will be provided. The event is rain or shine, so please dress accordingly.

    Maps of the stream coverage area will be provided to team leaders the day of the event. We ask that team leaders arrive no later than 8:30 am. This event is hosted by the City of Bangor and the Bangor Area Stormwater Group.