STORM WATER & PLASTIC POLLUTION
CVW offers annual webinars and workshops to explore solutions to this urgent problem. To get on our mailing list for future events, send an email to email@example.com with "Stormwater & plastic pollution workshop" in the subject line.
Agendas from CVW's prior Stormwater and Plastic Pollution Workshops are below.
WHY STORMWATER & LITTER?
The Stormwater Connection:
Past Stormwater and Litter Workshops: 2018 through 2023
From 2018-2023, Clean Virginia Waterways and its partners sponsored workshops for stormwater and litter-prevention professionals. The agendas are below.
MARCH 15, 2023 Webinar/Workhop
Efforts to Improve Water Quality through Floatable Monitoring in Prince William County
Veronica Tangiri, Water Quality Programs Manager & Coordinator · Prince William Soil and Water Conservation District
Solutions and Strategies to Improve Virginia’s Litter Control and Recycling Fund
Zach Huntington, Clean Virginia Waterways, Associate Director
Reducing Litter: We Already Have the Tools To Do This!
Susan Collins, President of the Container Recycling Institute
Human and Environmental Impact of Artificial Turf and Crumb Rubber Infill
Vasilis Vasilou, PhD, Department Chair and Susan Dwight Bliss Professor of Epidemiology (Environmental Health Sciences) and of Ophthalmology and Visual Science and of Environment; Director, Yale Superfund Research Center; Affiliated Faculty, Yale Cancer Center; Affiliated Faculty, Yale Institute for Global Health
Synthetic turf fields and crumb rubber
Dr. Vasilou will discuss the water quality impacts from artificial turf (generally made of polyethylene, polypropylene or nylon) and rubber infill (generally recycled tires) including potential carcinogens and irritants.
Washington State’s Litter Prevention Efforts
Amber Smith-Jones, Statewide Litter Prevention Coordinator, Washington State Department of Ecology, Solid Waste Management
Learn about Washington’s litter prevention campaign efforts, the social marketing framework they use, their toolkit for local governments, and their funding mechanism.
December 7, 2022 Webinar was recorded, and is now on CVW's YouTube Channel
The webinar addressed urban trash pollution and strategies employed to intercept a piece of trash before it becomes part of stormwater runoff and is conveyed to and through the storm sewer system.
This FREE webinar was possible thanks to the donors and sponsors of Clean Virginia Waterways as well as a grant from the Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program.
Community Engagement: Case Studies
- Progress in Community Engagement: Water Pollution and Clean Waterways Awareness
- Veronica Tangiri, Prince William Soil and Water Conservation District
- Operation Stream Shield
- Heather Ambrose, Fairfax County
Update on MS4 Permits in Virginia
- Jeff Selengut, MS4 Permit Writer, VA Department of Environmental Quality
EPA’s Trash Free Waters Program’s MS4 Trash Compendium & other Resources
What it Takes to Design & Install a Bandalong Trash Trap
- Tim Hughes, Prince William County, Virginia Watershed Management Branch and Environmental Services Division
Trash Traps: Small and Large
- Hannah De Frond
International Trash Trap Network Coordinator (in collaboration with the Ocean Conservancy and the University of Toronto Trash Team)
Data: Measuring Success By Using the Ocean Conservancy’s Online Database (TIDES)
- Sarah Kollar, Coordinator, Trash Free Seas Program, Ocean Conservancy
Using TIDES Data on Plastic Bags in Virginia
- Katie Register, Executive Director, Clean Virginia Waterways of Longwood University
Virginia Marine Debris Reduction Plan: The Stormwater Connection
- Laura McKay, Manager, Virignia Coastal Zone Managment Program and Katie Register, CVW
Goal of Workshops: The workshops have addressed urban trash pollution and strategies employed to intercept a piece of trash before it becomes part of stormwater runoff and is conveyed to and through the storm sewer system. We've also shared information about engineered solutions to capture debris once it has entered a stream.
2020 Stormwater & Litter Workshop--February 10, 2020
Attendees at the 2020 workshop helped set priorities for 2021-2025 for the VA Marine Debris Reduction Plan.
To download PDFs of the presentations, click on the title of the following presentations:
Stormwater to Oceans: Making the Connection also Plastic Production Projections
Katie Register, Executive Director, Clean Virginia Waterways of Longwood University
Legislation Solutions to Reduce Litter: Update from the VA General Assembly
Jen Cole, Executive Director, Clean Fairfax Council or Zach Huntington, Clean Streams Program Manager, Clean Fairfax Council and Litter Free Virginia
Evaluation of Performance of Stormwater Technologies: Stormwater Testing and Evaluation for Products and Practices (STEPP)
Thomas G. Sprehe, PE, BCEE, Sr. Vice President, Director of Innovation and Technology, KCI Technologies, Inc.
- MS4 Floatable Monitoring and Controlling Plastic Pollution in Prince William County
Tim Hughes, Environmental Services Division, Public Works, Prince William County and Veronica Tangiri, Water Quality /Adopt-A-Stream Coordinator, Prince William Soil and Water Conservation District
- Floatable Monitoring: How, Why, Using Data, Lessons Learned
Heather Ambrose, MS4 Permit Coordinator, Stormwater Planning Division, Fairfax County Department of Public Works and Environmental Service, and Jen Cole, Executive Director, Clean Fairfax Council
NOAA Marine Debris Program Grants: Tackling Urban Litter
Christie Kehoe, Mid-Atlantic Coordinator, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Marine Debris Program
Reducing Littering Behavior: The Proven Tools of Social Marketing
Virginia Witmer, Outreach Coordinator, Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program at the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality. THIS version has additional notes.
Small Group Discussions on hot stormwater & litter topics-- notes from this discussion coming soon.
The VA Marine Debris Reduction Plan: Setting Priorities for 2021-2025 to address stormwater & litter challenges.
CO-SPONSORS of the 2020 Workshop:
The workshop was coordinated by Clean Virginia Waterways of Longwood University with the following partners:
--Clean Virginia Waterways of Longwood University
--Virginia Water Monitoring Council
--Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay with funding from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
--Virginia Lakes and Watersheds Association
--Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program
--Prince William County Environmental Services--a division of Public Works
--National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Marine Debris Program
2019 Stormwater and Litter Workshop
May 28, 2019, Woodbridge, VA
Frank Principi, Prince William County Supervisor
Stormwater & Oceans: the Connection
Laura McKay, Manager, Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program
VA Litter Tax / Litter Abatement Fee Update. Trash Free Virginia – legislation tracker
Katie Register, Executive Director, Clean Virginia Waterways of Longwood University
NOAA Grant Cycle and the VA Emergency MD Plan
Jason Rolfe, Response Coordinator, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Marine Debris Program
Plastic Industry’s Response to Litter & Marine Debris
Stuart Harris, Director, Marine and Environmental Stewardship, American Chemistry Council
Microplastics: Results from the Chesapeake Bay Program Scientific & Technical Advisory Committee Workshop on Microplastics in the Chesapeake Bay and its Watershed
Matt Robinson, Environmental Scientist, Stormwater Management Division, Government of the District of Columbia
Case Study: Volunteer Collaboration: Taking MS4 Public Outreach to the Next Level
Clay Morris, Natural Resources Section Chief, Prince William County and Tim Hughes, Environmental Services Division, Public Works, Prince William County
Case Study: Fairfax County: How Community Partnerships Can Help Reduce Litter
Corey Miles, Senior Environmental Planner/Coastal Program Manager, Northern Virginia Regional Commission and Emily Burton, MS4 Program Analyst, Stormwater Planning Division, Fairfax County
Reducing Plastic Packaging in Stormwater: Policies That Really Work
Susan V. Collins, President, Container Recycling Institute
Stormwater Litter Reduction Practices: Nuts and Bolts
Moderator: Matt Robinson, Environmental Scientist, Stormwater Management Division, Government of the District of Columbia
This overview of litter interception technologies & their applications were presented by:
2018 Stormwater & Litter Workshop--June 13, 2018
This workshop, held at VCU's Rice Rivers Center in Charles City, VA was sponsored by the Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program. Co-sponsors included Clean Virginia Waterways of Longwood University, NOAA, and the Virginia Water Monitoring Council.
Stormwater professionals from across Virginia (plus a few from other states) spent the day sharing case studies, ideas and strategies to address urban trash pollution. The goal: explore ways to prevent litter through community-based social marketing, education, legislation, and innovation.
Speakers shared strategies to intercept a piece of trash before it becomes part of stormwater runoff and conveyed to and through the storm sewer system via storm drains. Interception of trash is a sub-set of marine debris prevention, and it has unique features, challenges, and solutions.
PDFs of the presentations can be downloaded by clicking on the titles below.
Laura McKay, Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program
Welcome and CZM’s Leadership Role in Marine Debris Prevention (5.8 MB)
Katie Register, Clean Virginia Waterways of Longwood University
The Virginia Marine Debris Reduction Plan (3.2 MB)
Ruth Minich-Hobson, Water & MS4 Permit Writer, VA Department of Environmental Quality. Stormwater Update from DEQ (<1 MB)
Matt Robinson, Stormwater Management Division, District Department of Environment, DC
Case Study: Washington DC
Virginia Witmer, Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program
Influencing Behavior Using Community-Based Social Marketing (4.7 MB)
Hannah Seligmann, Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator, Alice Ferguson Foundation
Case Study: Community-Based Social Marketing in DC (3.1 MB)
Jason Rolfe, NOAA Marine Debris Program and Laura McKay, VA CZM Program
NOAA Marine Debris Program and Regional Efforts to Prevent Marine Debris (4.7 MB)
To learn more about preventing marine debris and litter, please visit the Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program!
Questions about this workshop should be directed to Katie Register, Clean Virginia Waterways, firstname.lastname@example.org or 434-395-2602.