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. 

    Friday, May 24, 2013

    Bangor Area Storm Water Group Issues Request for Proposals

    Please be advised that the Bangor Area Storm Water Group is soliciting proposals for a Stormwater Funding Pre-feasibility Study for Old Town, Orono, Veazie, Milford, Brewer and Hampden in the Bangor Maine area. The Contractor will compile all relevant data, provide analysis, lead workshop discussions and presentations, and produce a stormwater funding pre-feasibility report for six (6) of the BASWG communities. The goal of this effort is to provide cursory information to determine if it makes sense for one or more of the communities to move forward with a full sustainable funding feasibility study. In general BASWG will enter into an agreement with a Contractor who is skilled in conducting sustainable funding feasibility studies and familiar with stormwater infrastructure. More specifically, the Contractor will: Work with a planning committee throughout this process, Compile data supplied by the 6 communities, provide analysis and interpretation and provide the data in a format appropriate for both presentations and a written report, Lead/facilitate pre-feasibility study workshops with municipal leaders (minimum one per town/city) to identify and assess stormwater management funding needs, sustainable funding options, obstacles or barriers, important legal mechanisms, approximate fees, and current and future stormwater priorities, as well as other topics that may be deemed relevant, Develop a pre-feasibility study report, including findings, approximate fee and recommendations for next steps. The form of the report must be acceptable to BASWG.

    A much more detailed request for proposals is available from the Contact Person and all interested individuals are strongly urged to obtain a copy of the full RFP. The Contact Person is Bob Osborne, Chairman, Bangor Area Storm Water Group, 106 Western Avenue, Hampden, ME 04444 and reachable by phone at 207-862-6527 or Email planner@hampdenmaine.gov.

    Sealed proposals for furnishing the work described herein must be received by 4 p.m., Monday, June 17, 2013 local time at 106 Western Avenue, Hampden, ME 04444 for opening on Wednesday, June 19, 2013. Sealed proposals should contain 10 copies and be marked “Stormwater Funding Pre-feasibility Study”. Emailed proposals will not be accepted. BIDS RECEIVED AFTER THE ABOVE DATE AND TIME CAN NOT BE CONSIDERED. BASWG reserves the right to reject any and all proposals. The BASWG also reserves the right of partial acceptance of any proposal.

    This project needs to be completed no later than December 2, 2013. Project is funded through an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) via a Clean Water Act (CWA) section 319 grant through the DEP.

    Thursday, May 2, 2013

    Bangor Area Storm Water Group May Meeting

    May 9, 2013; 9:00 am – 11:30 am
    Location: Council Chambers, Old Town City Hall, Old Town, Maine
    265 Main Street, Old Town, Maine 04468 (Tel. 827-3965)

     

    AGENDA

    9:00 am Welcome and Introductions

    9:10 am Organizational Business

    • Approval of BASWG meeting minutes
    • Stormwater Steward Status
    • Other Announcements

    9:20 am Streamside Clean-up Planning

    • Clean-up status reports
    • Shirts and equipment
    • Media coverage and evaluation forms

    9:45 am Update on Stormwater Permit Process

    10:00 am Coffee Break

    10:15 am DIMS Process Update and Group Input

    • Sharing of DIMS Planning Committee meeting decisions from 4/18/13
    • Sharing of the DIMS Request for Proposals (RFP)

    10:30 am Regional Stormwater Education and Outreach Efforts

    • Discussion about fee-for-service coverage option(s)
    • BASWG.org Website content decisions
    • Statewide intercept survey update

    11:00 am PY5 compliance wrap-up

    11:15 am Planning for Upcoming BASWG Meetings

    • How to prepare for regional IDDE sharing session at June BASWG meeting

    11:30 am Meeting Adjourns

    Monday, April 22, 2013

    Local Volunteers Help Kick Off 8th Annual Streamside Cleanup

    922928_458190284263521_1740853225_nTo help celebrate Earth Day and keep the Bangor Area clean, Maine Cleanup and the Maine Air and Army National Guard cleaned up their local streams. On April 20th Maine Cleanup a group of over seventy volunteers, worked around Sucker Brook in the Bangor/Hermon area and picked up approximately 100 bags of trash. Additionally on April 22nd forty Guard Members cleaned up their neighborhood around Birch Stream and also removed around 100 bags of trash and a few shopping carts. birch stream - airport mallThe 8th Annual Streamside Cleanup is a multiple day event coordinated by the Bangor Area Storm Water Group. There are several more events scheduled in the communities where volunteers can help protect our local water resources. 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. Kids and adults, local organizations, groups and individuals are welcome. 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 stormwater 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). Every year over 300 volunteers help clean up the region by the collecting trash along the Penobscot River and its tributaries throughout the region. If you would like to volunteer for this year’s remaining events please visit our website at www.baswg.org for the list of dates and locations. 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.

    The 8th Annual Streamside Cleanup is Sponsored by:

    ces lane TankerMAINEIAC

    Monday, April 8, 2013

    6th Annual Bangor Hermon Spring Clean up - Earth Day 2013

    Please join us for the 6th Annual Earth Day Community Clean up event, scheduled for Saturday April 20th from 9 a.m. to noon, meeting at the Sports Arena parking located at 1640 Outer Hammond St. in Hermon.

    It 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 with groups of 50 people collecting more than 100 bags in Hermon alone. With more people, we can extend out to other parts of town.

    Volunteers of all ages are welcome. Gloves, bags, safety vents and water will be provided. The event is rain or shine, so please dress accordingly. As always, trucks and trailers are needed to help assist with the pick up and transport of large items and trash bags.

    Sponsorships and donations are always welcomed to assist with the funding of gloves, bags, safety vests, water, t-shirts, snacks, advertising and other promotional materials. In addition, two or three additional volunteers are needed to assist with the event logistics between 8:30 and 9:15 a.m.

    The coverage area will include all of Hermon and the western side of Bangor. The event is hosted by Maine Cleanup, a citizen initiative group managed by Tim Pellett of Hermon. Any activity within Bangor limits is also supported by the City of Bangor and the Bangor Area Stormwater Group. For more information, please call Tim Pellett at 217-1497, email pellett@gmail.com.

    Friday, April 5, 2013

    April Meeting

    The April meeting for the Bangor Area Storm Water Group will be held on April 11, 2013 from 9:00 am to 11:30 am at the Penobscot County Soil and Water Conservation District office located at the Bangor USDA Service Center, 1423 Broadway, Bangor, ME 04401 Tel (207) 941-1043

    The meeting agenda includes

    9:00 am Welcome and Introductions

    9:10 am Organizational Business

    • Approval of BASWG meeting minutes
    • Stormwater Steward Status
    • Bangor Garden Show report
    • DIMS status update
    • Other Announcements

    9:30 am PY5 Compliance Review

    • Check-in on all permit requirements required for completion by 6/30/13

    9:45 am Suitability for Development Presentation

    • Presentation by LaMarr Clannon followed by Q&A

    10:15 am Coffee Break

    10:30 am Streamside Clean-up Planning

    • Regional coordination
    • Municipal Clean-up check-in
    • Anytime Stream Clean-ups – Church and Corporate Groups

    11:00 am BASWG Website Review and Planning Session

    • Comparison of examples
    • Selecting key elements
    • Developing base mock-up for PCSWCD to work from

    11:30 am Meeting adjourns

    Friday, March 8, 2013

    March Meeting

    The March Meeting for the Bangor Area Storm Water Group will be held on March 14th from 9:00 am to 11:30 am. At Eastern Maine Community College in Bangor. The draft agenda includes:

    9:00 am Welcome and Introductions

    9:10 am Organizational Business

    · Approval of BASWG meeting minutes

    · Grants update – Urban Waters Grant

    · Bangor Garden Show (April 5-7) update and sign-up

    · Salt Management Task Force Update

    · Stormwater Steward Status

    · Other Announcements

    9:15 am MS4 Permit Language Review and Regional Discussion

    · Update on recent DEP meeting, permit issuance process and timeline

    9:45 am DIMS Planning Update - It’s a go!

    · Status update and considerations

    10:00 am Special Meeting: Education and Outreach

    E&O Background – Overview by Chris Brewer and Brenda Zollitsch

    · Overview of Education and Outreach Permit Requirements

    · What we have done to date, incl. statewide plans and efforts

    · Moving forwards: New permit requirements, coastal Communities Grant projects, and BASWG.org website renovation

    10:30 am Coffee Break

    10:45 am Group Education and Outreach Planning Session

    · Reaching agreement on PY5 activities

    · Developing plans to meet new permit needs

    · Website content suggestions

    11:30 am Meeting adjourns

    Thursday, January 31, 2013

    Bangor Area Storm Water Group February Meeting

    The BASWG February Meeting will be held on February 14, 2013 from 9:00 – 11:30, location 124 Eastport Hall, University of Maine Augusta - Bangor Campus.

    Meeting Agenda

    9:00 am Welcome and Introductions

    9:10 am Organizational Business

    Approval of January BASWG Meeting Minutes
    • Updates:
      • Urban Waters Grant update
      • Salt Management Task Force and research update
      • Stormwater Steward Status
      • Suitability for Development Project
    • Review of 2013 Calendar
    • Other Announcements

    9:20 am MS4 Permit Language Review and Regional Discussion

    • Update on permit issuance process and timeline

    9:45 am Presentation on the DIMS Process* - Followed by Q&A

    Presenter: Paul Nicklas, City of Bangor Paul will share with us the process, tasks and commitments required to complete the DIMS process as municipalities consider looking at sustainable funding options for stormwater programs

    10:30 am Coffee Break

    10:45 am Group Discussion

    • Discussion about changing regulatory and political context
    • Determining interest in proceeding with DIMS
    • Discussion with members about what they need to discuss this with their leadership
    • Identifying next steps

    11:15 am March meeting planning – Special Session on Education and Outreach

    11:30 am Meeting adjourns

    Note: The BASWG does not specifically support or advocate for any specific funding option(s). The BASWG’s goal in this process is to provide technical assistance as requested by its member MS4s.







    Thursday, January 3, 2013

    Bangor Area Stormwater Group January Meeting

    The BASWG January Meeting will be held on January 10, 2013 from 9:00 am to 11:30 am, location TBD.

    Meeting Agenda

    9:00 am Welcome and Introductions

    9:15 am Organizational Business

    • Approval of December BASWG Minutes
    • FY2013-2014 BASWG Draft Budget Document Review
    • Updates:
      • Salt Management Progress, Meetings and Opportunities
      • Suitability for Development Project
      • Stormwater Steward
    • Other Announcements

    9:45 am MS4 Permit Discussion:

    • Status of Stormwater Permit Process
    • Group feedback on remaining issues with permit language
    • Discussion with David Ladd, Mick Kuhns and Kathy Hoppe

    10:15 am Coffee Break

    10:30 am Presentation: City of Bangor Video Followed by discussion about targeting BASWG messages

    10:50 am Review of Education and Outreach Permit Requirements

    11:00 am Special Planning Session:

    • Sustainable Stormwater Funding
    • Group input on process for identifying sustainable funding mechanisms
      • Focus groups (identifying list of potential participants)
      • Intro meetings with municipal officials/PW directors
      • Overview of DIMS process

    11:20 am Sharing of List of Collaborative Opportunities Identified in Initial BASWG Assessment Interviews

    11:30 am Meeting adjourns