Thursday, December 6, 2012

Bangor Area Storm Water Group December Meeting

The BASWG December Meeting will be held December 13, 2012 from 9:00 am to 11:30 am at the City of Old Town Council Chambers, 265 Main Street.

Meeting Agenda

9:00 Welcome and Introductions

9:10 Organizational Business

  • Approval of November BASWG Minutes
  • Update Reports
    • Revised Maine Costal Communities Grant Scope of Work
    • Urban Waters Grant Opportunity
    • Salt BMP Focus Groups and Interviews
    • Stormwater Steward Status
  • Other Announcements

9:20 MS4 Permit Language Review and Regional Discussion

  • Update on permit issuance process update and timeline
  • Review of statewide permit language requests and cover letter
  • Regional discussion with DEP Staff: David Ladd, Mick Kuhns and Kathy Hoppie

10:00 Celebration of Service: Recognition of John Murphy, Retiring BASWG Co-founder

  • Special Guest: Alan Thomas, Former BASWG Chair

10:10 Coffee Break and Celebration

10:30 BASWG Budget Planning

  • Review of 2012-2013 BASWG Budget and 2013-2014 Budget Discussion
  • Calculation of increased cost for new permit compliance

11:10 Sustainable Stormwater Program Funding

  • Update on DIMS process funding
  • Next Steps

11:30 Meeting Adjourns

Friday, November 2, 2012

Bangor Area Storm Water Group November Meeting

The BASWG November Meeting will be held on November 8, 2012 from 9:00 am to 11:30 am at the Orono Town Office, Council Chambers, 59 Main Street.

Meeting Agenda

9:00 Welcome and Introductions

  • Guest Mick Kuhns, Director, Bureau of Land and Water Quality, Maine DEP

9:10 Organizational Business

  1. Approval of October Minutes
  2. BASWG Grant Award – Maine Costal Communities Program
  3. Update Reports:
    • GrowSmart Maine Conference
    • Salt BMP Focus Groups
    • NEMP Project – Suitability for Development Meetings
    • Stormwater Steward Status
  4. Other Announcements

9:20 MS4 Permit Language Review and Regional Discussion

  • Permit Process Update
  • Review of outcomes from MMA statewide meeting
  • Brief review and revision of BASWG list of permit language concerns
  • Special Session – Regional discussion with DEP Staff:
    • Mik Kuhns, Director, Bureau of Land and Water Quality, Maine DEP
    • David Ladd, Stormwater Coordinator, Maine DEP

10:45 Coffee Break

11:00 Discussion about Stormwater Program Funding

  • Report on Stormwater Funding Session in Greenland, NH
  • Moving forward with public presentations with funding available
  • Action steps for next six months

11:30 Meeting adjourns

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Bangor Area Storm Water Group October Meeting

The BASWG October Meeting will be held on October 11, 2012 from 9:00 am to 11:30 am, at the Brewer Waste Water Treatment Plant Training Building, 10 Oak Street, Brewer, ME 04412


9:00 am Welcome and Introductions

9:10 am Organizational Business

· Approval of September BASWG Minutes

· Updates:

o BASWG Regional PY4 Report (Submitted Sept. 14th)

o Coastal Communities Grant (Submitted to MCP)

o Stormwater Steward Transfer and Legal Update

o Status of “Suitability for Development” Project Community Sessions

· Reminders:

o BASWG Orientation and Assessment Interviews

o GrowSmart Maine Conference: Oct. 23rd; Augusta

o Salt BMP Focus Groups (Oct) and DEP Salt Conference (Nov.)

o SW Utility/Funding Session – Oct. 18th; Greenland, NH

· Other Announcements

9:30 am SPECIAL SESSION: Education and Outreach (E&O) Learning and Planning

· BASWG E&O permit and committee needs

· Presentation on ISWG’s (Portland Area) E&O Efforts

Jami Fitch, Presenter from Cumberland County SWC District

· Additional grant opportunities for E&O (Brenda Z.)

· Group discussion and planning

10:30 am Coffee Break

10:45 am Update on DEP Plans for MS4 Permit Development

David Ladd and Kathy Hoppe, Maine DEP

· Status of regional letter and MD4 letters to the Commissioner

· Update from David Ladd re: permit planning process

11:00 am Internship Planning

· Presentation of ideas by BASWG’s Internship Task Force

· Group discussion and decision-making

11:20 am Regional LID Demonstration Site: Brewer WWTP Rain Garden

Site Presentation by Ken Locke, City of Brewer

11:30 am Meeting adjourns

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Bangor Area Storm Water Group September Meeting

The BASWG September Meeting will be held on September 13, 2012 from 9:00 am to 11:30 am, at Old Town City Hall, Council Chambers, 265 Main Street, Old Town.


9:00 am Welcome and Introductions

Moment in Memory of Mark Ward

9:15 am Organizational Business

Approval of August BASWG Minutes


  • BASWG Orientation: Following; 12-1pm
  • GrowSmart Maine Conference: October 23rd; Augusta
  • Salt BMP Focus Groups – Regional; Sept/Oct
  • DEP Salt Conference – Early November

Stormwater Steward Update

Other Announcements

9:30 am PY4 Report Review and Approval

9:45 am Stormwater Utility Exploration Session #1

10:15 am Coffee Break

10:30 am Update on DEP Plans for MS4 Permit Development

David Ladd and Kathy Hoppe, Maine DEP

  • BASWG opinions to discuss at 9-14-12 Meeting in Augusta
  • Revisiting draft letter from BASWG (Gretchen H.)

10:45 am BASWG Education and Outreach

  • Update on Permit Activities Update (Chris B.)
  • Update on G.E. Partnership Planning
  • Grant opportunities for E&O (Brenda Z.)

11:00 am Regional Inspections Trainings and Internship Program Planning

11:15 am Planning for Upcoming Meeting Agendas

11:30 am Meeting adjourns

Reminder: BASWG Orientation from 12:00 pm -1:00 pm today!

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Bangor Area Storm Water Group August Meeting

The BASWG August Meeting will be held on August 9, 2012 from 9:00 am to 11:30 am, at Orono Town Hall in the Council Cambers. The agenda is as follows:

9:00 am Welcome and Introductions

9:10 am Presentation about FABCO Inserts

Followed by Q&A

9:30 am Organizational Business

· Approval of June and July minutes

· BASWG Orientation - September 13th (12-1 pm)

· PY4 reporting template

· WRRI grant application

· Other Announcements

9:45 am New Potential Partnership opportunities

Meeting with representatives from General Electric and Dirigo Pines

10:00 am Coffee Break

10:15 am Update on DEP Plans for MS4 Permit Development

David Ladd and Kathy Hoppe, Maine DEP

10:30 am Draft regional “Letter to the Commissioner”

Draft presented by Gretchen H. followed by group discussion

10:45 am Bangor’s Stormwater Utility: A Timeline of Events

Presentation by Wynne G. and Jeff A., City of Bangor

· Group discussion of next steps

· Role of Maine Storm Water Regulation Financial Impact Survey

11:15 am Stormwater Steward and Update

Gretchen H., Chair, Database Task Force and Chris B., Website Coordinator

· SWS: Status of changes and call with ISWG

· Refresh and site change

11:30 am Meeting adjourns

Monday, July 9, 2012

Bangor Area Storm Water Group July Meeting

The BASWG July Meeting will be held on July 12, 2012 from 9:00 am – to 11:30 am, at the Orono Town Office. The agenda includes:

9:00 am Welcome and Introductions

  • Greeting of new participants and executive committee members

9:15 am Organizational Business

  • Approval of June minutes
  • Follow-up on invoices (DEP and BASWG)
  • Approving PY3 regional report process
  • Salt Management Video Conference – July 18th; 10am-12pm
  • WRRI grant opportunity revisited
  • City of Portland’s approval of stormwater fee plan
  • The Evolution of U.S. Stormwater Regulations by Brown (2012)
  • Other Announcements

9:45 am Education and Outreach Update

  • Regional permit compliance – bus signs and print ads
  • Scheduling stenciling

10:00 am Partnership Opportunity: TBA

  • Introduction and Brainstorming Session

10:15 am Coffee Break and Networking

10:30 am Stormwater Steward Update

  • Upcoming changes and partnering opportunities
  • Note: BASWG Database Task Force meets this afternoon

10:40 am Stormwater Steward Mobile Application

  • Presentation and Discussion

11:00 am MS4 Permit Update and Discussion

11:30 am Meeting adjourns

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Maine DEP Awards City of Bangor Environmental Manager For Water Protection Leadership

-Wendy Warren is honored for her pollution prevention successes, and the collaborative way she engages stakeholders from the community toward achieving them-

BANGOR –The Maine Department of Environmental Protection is lauding the leadership of the City of Bangor’s environmental manager in safeguarding the region’s water resources.

The DEP has awarded Wendy Warren, Bangor’s environmental coordinator and an Eddington resident, its Steve Ranney Award for Stormwater Management Excellence.

The award, named after the late Auburn city engineer and stormwater manager, recognizes those who creatively and collaboratively work to reduce stormwater pollution and preserve Maine’s water quality. Management of stormwater is critical to the health of Maine’s water as polluted stormwater runoff from lawns, driveways, parking lots and roofs is the greatest source of pollution to the state’s waterways.

Warren is only the third recipient of the award since it was introduced by the state environmental agency in 2007; Brewer’s longtime Environmental Services Director Ken Locke was the first followed by South Portland’s Collection Systems Manager David Thomes.

DEP Municipal and Industrial Stormwater Coordinator David Ladd said Warren was selected not just for her effective environmental efforts, but the way in which she engages diverse stakeholders in the protection process.

Since joining the city in 2005, Warren has overseen the development of three watershed management plans and two stormwater utility studies, and has helped to haul in millions of state and federal grant dollars for on-the-ground projects in the Greater Bangor area.

She was instrumental in the development of a city-wide citizen review panel for stormwater issues and helped bring together a state-wide salt management task force that is looking into more cost-effective and environmentally-friendly solutions for winter road and parking lot maintenance. Most recently, she has overseen the stormwater utility fee feasibility study and made proactive contact with numerous local entities to prepare them for this potential new cost currently under review by the Bangor City Council.

Warren is also the current chair of the Bangor Area Stormwater Group, a nonprofit comprised of seven local municipalities (Bangor, Brewer, Hampden, Milford, Old Town, Orono and Veazie) and five non-municipal members (University of Maine, University College at Bangor, Maine Air National Guard Bangor Base, Dorothea Dix Psychiatric Center and Eastern Maine Community College) that has conducted storm sewer infrastructure mapping, developed non-stormwater discharge ordinances and post-construction discharge ordinances and secured a software program to meet record-keeping needs, all of which has saved the group and individual permittees hundreds of thousands of dollars in recent years, Ladd said.

The collaborative also carries out education and outreach projects to raise awareness and increase local stormwater pollution prevention activities like community street and stream clean-up days and campaigns to reduce lawn care chemical use.

Her leadership activities both with the city and the regional stormwater group have generated mutually beneficial partnerships with organizations such as the Bangor Housing Authority, the Penobscot Job Corps Academy, Bangor Land Trust, the Maine Air National Guard, Eastern Maine Community College, area churches and schools, the Bangor Garden Show and many other organizations.

“I am honored to receive the Steve Ranney Award from Maine DEP, which not only reflects my efforts but those of the City of Bangor and the meaningful progress we have made in recent years,” Warren said. “My philosophy has always been that if we bring together the scientists, politicians, business community and environmentalists, we can find win-win solutions to the challenges we face. Bangor administration and staff have been completely supportive of this approach, allowing us to develop innovation solutions and accomplish some amazing things to better our environment and our communities.”

Since receiving the award, Warren announced she is stepping down from her post to return to her home state of Michigan. DEP environmental specialist Wynne Guglielmo has been hired as her replacement

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Bangor Area Storm Water Group May Meeting

The BASWG May Meeting will be held on May 10, 2012 from 9:00 am – 11:30 am, at the Hampden Town Office. The agenda includes:

9:00 am Welcome and Introductions

9:10 am Organizational Business

  • Approval of Minutes
  • Final vote on new BASWG Request for Information Policy
  • Announcements

9:20 am Education and Outreach Updates

  • Initial Street and Stream Clean-up Reports
  • Plans for regional inspection and data entry trainings
  • Other updates

9:30 am Stormwater Steward Mobile Application Improvements

  • Presentation and Discussion

10:00 am Coffee Break and Networking


  • Minimum Control Measure 4 & Low Impact Development Discussion

11:15 am Planning April and May BASWG Meeting Agendas

  • June – Regional IDDE Sharing Session (UMA Bangor Campus)
  • July – MCM 3 Report out and discussion of permit language (Orono)

12:00 pm Meeting adjourns

Monday, April 16, 2012

7th Annual Regional Street & Stream Cleanup

The Bangor Area Storm Water Group is looking for volunteers from our communities to help protect our local water resources at the 7th Annual Regional Street and Stream Cleanup. This is a great opportunity to get outside and enjoy the fresh spring air with friends and family, while truly making a difference in your community and for our environment. Kid and adults, local organizations, groups and individuals are welcome. Volunteers will meet for a short safety discussion before heading out to the designated cleanup sites. All volunteers will be provided with free T-shirts as well as gloves and safety vests to wear during the event.  After cleanup activities, groups will reassemble for a free BBQ luncheon and celebration of our volunteers’ hard work.

This event is a coordinated regional effort to clean up our local waterways and reduce polluted runoff. The cleanup promises to be a fun and socially rewarding event, each year focusing on different locations throughout the seven municipalities forming the Bangor Urban Area (Bangor, Brewer, Orono, Old Town, Veazie, Hampden, and Milford). Last year was our 6th annual regional cleanup, and it was a huge success with over 300 volunteers participating in the collection of trash along the Penobscot River and its tributaries throughout the region.

If you would like to volunteer for this year’s events please meet us at one of the following locations:
UMA Bangor Campus: April 20
Contact: Patrick Decker, 262-7730,
Bangor: April 21—Shaw Brook & Outer Hammond Street
Hosted by Maine Cleanup
9:00 am, meet at Sports Arena 1640 Outer Hammond St
Contact: Tim Pellett, 848-7095,
Bangor: April 22—Doughty School Neighborhood
Hosted by Maine Street Corridor
9:00 am, meet 143 Fifth Street
Contact: Rose Vanadesitne, 992-4241,
Old Town: April 22
9:00 am
Contact: Doug Hill, 827-3974,
Eastern Maine Community College: April 24—Tech Day
Contact: Dan Belyea, 947-4664,
University of Maine: April 25—Maine Day
Contact: Scott Wilkerson, 581-3049,
Bangor: April 29—All Souls Church Community Service Day
10:00 am, meet at All Souls Church 10 Broadway
Contact: Mary Warner, 944-8503,
Veazie: April 29
9:00 am, meeting at the Veazie Salmon Club
Contact: Brian Stoyell, 947-2781,
Bangor: May 5—Capehart Brook Cleanup
9:00 am, meet at Assembly of God Church 614 Finson Rd
Contact: Wendy Warren, 992-4255,
Hampden: May 5
9:00 am, meeting at Town Office Community Room
106 Western Avenue
Contact: Bob Osborne, 862-6527,
Brewer: May 12
8:00 am, meeting at Brewer Auditorium
Contact: Ken Locke, 989-5417,
Orono: May 12
9:00 am, meeting at Orono Town Office
Contact: William Murphy, 866-5051,
Ruth Vaughan,
Milford: May 12
9:00 am, meeting at the Milford Town Office
Contact: Jana Wood, 827-2072,

The Regional Stream 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.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Febrary 2012 Meeting

The Bangor Area Storm Water Group will be holding their Monthly Meeting on February 9, 2012 from 9:00 to 11:30 am in the Woolley Room at the DTAV Community Center, University of Maine, Orono. Agenda Topics include:

  • Welcome, Introductions, Approval of Minutes and Announcements
  • Upcoming Events, Opportunities and Reports
    • Establishing Dates, Times and Locations for March 7 & 8 Suitability for Development Grant-funded Project Meetings
    • Opportunity to sponsor Tackling Urban Stormwater Event on March 19
    • Consideration of BASWG Municipal Outreach/Survey of Need
  • Review of FY 2012-2013 Annual Budget Draft
  • Education and Outreach Committee
    • Update on/discussion of materials and presentation changes
    • Progress on planning lunch outreach session with business
  • Special Topic: Septic Systems
    • Sharing about outreach and education efforts and materials that work
    • Discussion about community training
  • Next Cycle Permit Planning with David Ladd, Maine DEP - Group discussion on potential changes to MCM 1 & 2
  • Planning for March and April BASWG Meetings