MS4 Series: A Local Perspective on Addressing MS4 Requirements

Ever wonder how other local governments in Western Pennsylvania are managing their Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) Program? Tim Schutzman, Waterworks Coordinator, highlights what Cranberry Township, Butler County, is doing to meet their MS4 permit requirements.

August 23, 2016

  1. Sign-In Sheet


  1. Workshop Agenda
  2. Presentation Part 1: MCMs 1 & 2
  3. Presentation Part 2: MCMs 3-6
  4. EPA Violations Handout
  5. Cranberry Township Website - MS4

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MS4 Series: Screening/Monitoring - Wet Weather Sampling vs. Dry Weather

Wet weather outfall monitoring and sampling provides one of the most powerful sets of information to support and measure program effectiveness as required by regulations. This workshop will highlight benefits and considerations of both wet weather outfall monitoring and appropriate dry weather monitoring used for illicit discharge detection processes and how the two types sampling approaches support each other. You will gain an understanding of how sampling approaches encompass “prior to system entry”, “in the system”, and “system discharge” concerns.

August 30, 2016

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August 31, 2016

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  1. Presentation
  2. Pitt Flow Chart
  3. Pollutant Guidance Table

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Administering the National Flood Insurance ProgramΒ 

August 18, 2016

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September 30, 2016

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  1. Presentation
  2. Resource Sheet

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MS4 Series: Stormwater BMP/Facility Inspection

This workshop will highlight appropriate procedures and considerations for facility/BMP inspections, appropriate documentation, and supporting processes with physical examples (such as inspection checklists).

October 27, 2016

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October 28, 2016

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  1. Presentation
  2. Detention Basin Inspection Checklist

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Make Brine Work for You: Brine Making Workshop

Learn about using brine as a tool in your winter maintenance program to increase your level of service while saving money. Topics covered will include: Benefits of using brine, types of winter maintenance practices that incorporate brine, how to make brine and types of equipment needed depending on your needs, how to retrofit trucks and calibrate your equipment, and how the MS4 program affects your winter maintenance practices

November 17, 2016

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  1. How to make brine work for you! - Presentation from Sam Gregory
  2. Salt Brine as a Winter Maintenance Tool - Presentation from Tom Bowling, Cargill Deicing Technology
  3. Salt Brine Winter maintenance Resources
  4. Oil and Gas Brine Resources

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MS4 Program Management: Introduction to Pollutant Reduction Plans (PRPs)

The 2018 PADEP General MS4 Permit outlines requirements associated with development and implementation of Pollutant Reduction Plans (PRPs) varying from pathogens to sediment. This workshop was developed to outline considerations and processes for development of PRPs applicable to the southwest Pennsylvania region; including, but not limited to, plan development process, estimating loadings, implementation schedules & tasks, and “right-sizing” BMPs and control measures.

January 18, 2017

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January 19, 2017

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  1. Presentation
  2. Primary MS4 Program Considerations

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MS4 Program Overview and Mock Inspection

Introduction to MS4. New permit obligations and a discussion of common problem areas found during MS 4 inspections by regulators. Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination and Municipal Good Housekeeping will be emphasized as a precursor to the afternoon “mock inspection” walking tour. How to draft Good Housekeeping written plan will also be covered.

February 14, 2017

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  1. Presentation
  2. Speaker Bio
  3. MCM 6 BMP Worksheets
    1. BMP 1
    2. BMP 2
  4. Example Bethel Park O & M Plan


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PRPs - Digging into the Details

Obtaining General and Individual Permits for Phase II (Small) System; Preparing Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) Plans; Developing Nutrient/Sediment Pollutant Reduction Plans (PRP); Reviewing Sample Plans

March 1, 2017

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  1. Presentation

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NOI Workshop

9am – 10:00 am - Morning session will cover the introduction to the MS4 workshop series, my background, the basics of the MS4 program, with upcoming permit obligations, and a discussion of common problem areas.
10:00 am – 11:00 am - Review pre-submitted documents / Q and A
11:00 am – 12:00 pm – Overview of the NOI and its contents and a look at what tools are needed.
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm – Lunch
1:00 pm to 4:30 pm – Everyone to actively fill out their NOI either electronically with their own laptops, or to work off of paper copies.

March 21, 2017

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  1. Presentation
  2. PAG-13 Notice of Intent (NOI)
  3. NPDES Individual Permit Application
  4. Municipal MS4 Requirements Table

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MS4 Toolbox: Compliance, O&M and BMPs for successful PRPs

The workshop will provide an overview, review and discussion of activities related to MS4 permit renewal and preparation of Pollutant Reduction Plans. The workshop will focus on types of BMPs available to municipalities for selection and implementation as part of the PRP, including design and location considerations, pollutant reduction effectiveness and long term operation and maintenance requirements, along with anticipated costs. The workshop will also discuss using the written Stormwater Management Program to better organize and coordinate compliance activities and documentation responsibilities among all members of the Municipal Staff, including administration, code enforcement and public works.

May 17, 2017

  1. Presentation
  2. Sign-In Sheets

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Wetland/Stream Regulations and Implications for Routine Maintenance Practices

An overview of wetland and stream regulations, as well as, basic waters identification techniques will be provided. These will focus on how Pennsylvania Chapter 105 waterways, federal Clean Water Act Sections 404 dredge-and-fill, and floodplain regulatory jurisdiction intersects with routine infrastructure maintenance practices. Topics will include: permit requirement thresholds, exemption and waiver eligibility determination, protective stormwater control maintenance practices, and common regulatory pitfalls discussed through case studies.

May 23, 2017
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May 24, 2017
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  1. Presentation

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Using ArcGIS for your MS4 Data Management

Are you interested in how ArcGIS can help you manage your MS4 program? During this workshop, you'll learn how GIS addresses the needs of today’s local governments with real-world examples. There will also be a live demonstration showing how you can use an app to streamline your data collection process.

June 14, 2017
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June 15, 2017
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  1. ESRI Presentation
  2. HRG Presentation
  3. PA State Geospatial Coordinating Board

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MS4 Program Management: Funding Strategies for BMP Implementation

This workshop will scan across various funding strategies and mechanisms for stormwater BMP implementation including, but not limited to, various conventional grants (DEP, DCNR, NFWF, etc.) to public-private partnership (P3) approaches. Case studies of the varying mechanisms will also be discussed, as multiple approaches may need to be considered.

August 17, 2017
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August 18, 2017
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  1. Presentation

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National Flood Insurance Program

This course is designed to provide local officials who are responsible for administering floodplain management ordinances with additional resources to do their jobs. Some of the requirements of the NFIP are less clearly spelled out in the regulations, and the aim of this course is to present locals with guidance and tools on those areas. The course will offer a refresher of the mapping and regulatory basics of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and will focus on the day-to-day duties of the floodplain administrator, linking the relationship between floodplain management and flood insurance. Agenda topics will include mapping tools, suggestions on the establishment of administrative procedures, the incorporation of higher regulatory standards, permitting considerations pre- and post-disaster, and the challenges and benefits of ordinance enforcement.

October 5, 2017
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October 6, 2017
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  1. Presentation

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MS4 Program Management: TMDL Implementation

This workshop will delve into details behind implementation for a successful TMDL Plan, including real-world examples. Certain TMDL Plan implementation strategies apply towards PRPs and will be referenced. Topics ranging from developing to monitoring implementation to modifying your plan will be covered, along with innovative techniques and considerations for a cost-effective and successful implementation. 

October 25, 2017
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October 26, 2017
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  1. Presentation

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Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4)

Upcoming Trainings


SPC WRC / PADEP Water Loss Management Training Series

Nationwide, an estimated six billion gallons per day of water is taken from water resources and never reaches the customer; this is enough water to supply the drinking water needs of the ten largest cities in the United States. Many community drinking water systems in PA deliver water to customers through aging distribution systems; withdrawing, treating, and supplying water for which they may not be fully receiving revenue. To help water utilities in western PA address this growing issue, SPC and PADEP are partnering to present a three-part instructional training series on water loss management for water operators, water managers, water authority personnel, engineers, and water system board members.

Taught by George Kunkel and Mary Roland, DEP Public Services Institute Instructors

Session 1: Water Loss Auditing – September 5, 2019
Session 2: Metering and Billing – October 10, 2019

Session 3: Leakage Management – November 7, 2019

8:30 PM – 3:30 PM each day
Cranberry Township Public Safety Training Center
Registration is free
Lunch will be provided
Register Here


Save The Date!

Permitting for Stream Restoration Projects - presented by HRG

  • January 14th: Findlay Township
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Smart Green Corridors - presented by LandStudies

  • March 18th: Peters Township

MS4 Refresher - presented by LandStudies

  • March 19th: TBD



Past Trainings and Workshop Materials

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