It’s that time of year again! As I start off an email to a longtime municipal client who is very familiar with the requirements of the Municipal Separate Stormwater Sewer System (MS4) Program, they know I'm going to ask, “When can I conduct training to municipal employees?” Employee training is an annual requirement with a goal of preventing or reducing the discharge of pollutants from municipal operations to the regulated small MS4.
Gilmore & Associates, Inc. (G&A) can provide your municipality with an employee training program that has been developed in accordance with PADEP General Permit requirements listed for Minimum Control Measure (MCM) #6: Pollution Prevention and Good Housekeeping for Municipal Operations and Maintenance. The program must include employee training to prevent and reduce stormwater pollution from activities such as park and open space maintenance, fleet and building maintenance, new construction and land disturbances, and stormwater system maintenance.
Then guidance materials are gathered on federal, state, and local agencies, or watershed organizations websites where training documents can be found that include PowerPoint Presentations, DVDs, YouTube videos, handouts, etc. When starting a new employee training program, a good starting point is for the municipal staff to watch a DVD called After the Storm co-produced by EPA and The Weather Channel.
G&A can tailor the training program based on the needs of the municipal facilities and staff. For smaller municipalities, we focus on training related to streets and drainage maintenance. For larger facilities with more dedicated field staff, we provide training on how to complete illicit discharge screening and detection, maintenance inspections for stormwater BMPs, and updates to Spill Prevention, Contingency, and Countermeasure (SPCC) plans.
With donuts in hand for the early morning presentation to the public works department, we discuss the MS4 program, pollution prevention, and good housekeeping. The municipal employees are setting an example on how to prevent pollution from entering our streams. Clean water is important to us for many reasons. It provides us with drinking water, a place for recreation, and supports habitat for wildlife. We can all do our part by keeping the streams a little cleaner by changing our habits at work and at home. Remember that we drink, play in, and enjoy these waters.
For more information please contact: Samantha Brinker, CPMSM at 267.274.2236 firstname.lastname@example.org or your existing G&A MS4 contact.