2018TXWATERHydrologist Stephanie J. Moore, P.G., will present on Collaboration for the Albuquerque Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) Watershed Based Permit at Texas Water 2018 from April 24-26, 2018, in San Antonio. DBS&A Engineer Jennifer Hill, P.E., and DBS&A Hydrogeologist Chad Johannesen, P.G., are co-authors of the presentation. Click here to learn about DBS&A’s stormwater management expertise.

Texas Water 2018 is the largest regional water conference in North America. The conference is a joint effort of the Texas Section of the American Water Works Association (AWWA) and the Water Environment Association (WEA) of Texas. Click here for more information about the conference.

Collaboration and the Albuquerque MS4 Watershed Based Permit presented by Stephanie Moore, P.G.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) MS4 Stormwater Program is intended to improve the Nation’s waterways by reducing the quantity of pollutants transported into receiving bodies of water during storm events. Common pollutants include oils and grease from roadways, herbicides and pesticides from landscaping runoff, and sediment from construction sites. When deposited into nearby waterways, these pollutants can impair the waterways, discouraging recreational use of the resource, contaminating drinking water supplies, and degrading with wildlife habitat.

The watershed based permit encourages collaboration between co-permittees by reducing monitoring requirements and extending permit deadlines for organizations that collaborate. Collaboration can either occur on limited conditions of the permit, or on many, or all conditions of the permit. Collaboration can be between two parties or multiple parties on the permit. For the Middle Rio Grande watershed, 12 of the 17 co-permittees are currently collaborating on the required water quality monitoring. This collaboration dramatically reduces the number of monitoring locations, and the monitoring program costs.

The Phase 1 National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) stormwater program, promulgated in 1990, requiring operators of medium and large MS4s (generally communities with populations >100,000), to implement stormwater management programs. The Phase II rule extends coverage of the NPDES program to certain “small” MS4s. The Phase II rule automatically covers all small MS4 located in urbanized areas (UA’s) as well as small MS4 communities located outside of UA’s that the NPDES permitting authority designates on a case-by-case basis.

There are six program elements of the MS4 program: 1) public education and outreach, 2) public participation/involvement, 3) illicit discharge detection and elimination, 4) construction site runoff control, 5) post-construction runoff control, and 6) pollution prevention/good housekeeping.

The Middle Rio Grande watershed was one of three areas nation-wide to receive a permit under EPA’ s pilot program. The other areas include Ramsey Washington Watershed District in Minnesota, and Milwaukee Metro Watershed in Wisconsin. The Middle Rio Grande watershed has 17 co-permittees, including municipalities (small and large), two counties, the University of New Mexico, two flood control districts, three Native American tribes, the State fairgrounds, and Sandia National Laboratory.

This presentation will provide an overview of the MS4 watershed based permitting program, and give examples from the Middle Rio Grande watershed Phase I and Phase II projects, highlighting the collaborative efforts being used to meet the permit conditions.

2018 AWAMeet Dr. Stephen J. Cullen, PG., Senior Vice President and Principal Hydrogeologist; Staff Geologist, Kaelyn Schwartz; and Water Resource Scientist, Hannah Erbele, at the Association of Water Agencies of Ventura County (AWA) 26th Annual Water Symposium in Oxnard, California, on April 19, 2018.

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Water Resources Planning
California Sustainable Groundwater Management Act Support
Hydrologic Analyses
Water Supply Development
Water Infrastructure Engineering
Coastal Aquifers
Water Recycling and Reuse
Managed Aquifer Recharge
Water Rights
Water Quality Investigations and Treatment
Nitrate and Selenium Treatment
Stormwater Management
Watershed Management
AWA was formed in 1976 to provide a forum for the exchange of information on local and regional water issues. AWA is governed by a 20-member board of directors comprised of leaders representing various water related entities in our region (agriculture, municipalities, water districts, small systems, industrial water users, concerned citizens, etc.). Click here to learn more about AWA

NMGS bureau_logo_screenThe New Mexico Geological Society (NMGS) is holding its annual spring meeting for the presentation of geoscience research, principally from New Mexico and adjacent areas, on April 13, 2018 at the New Mexico Tech campus in Socorro, New Mexico. This year’s special theme is “Environmental Geology and Hydrology”. DBS&A is sponsoring the student networking luncheon. Shannon Williams, DBS&A Hydrogeologist, will be a session chair and student presentation judge. She is also the luncheon co-organizer and current Society Treasurer. Click here for more information.

The University of Arizona (UA) is holding its annual Hydrology and Atmospheric Sciences Student Research Symposium, El Día del Agua y La Atmósfera, on April 9, 2018. As affiliates of Geo-Logic Associates, DBS&A and Clear Creek Associates, join in support of the annual showcase of research for students enrolled in the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences and the School of Natural Resources and the Environment. Click here to learn more.

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DBS&A’s Founder and Principal Hydrologist, Daniel B. Stephens, Ph.D., P.Hg., P.G., has been selected as the recipient of the 2017 Groundwater Resources Association (GRA) of California’s Lifetime Achievement Award. This award is presented to individuals for their exemplary contributions to the groundwater industry, contributions that have been in the spirit of GRA’s mission and organization objectives. Like past recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award, Dr. Stephens has dedicated his career to the groundwater industry and has been a pioneer in his field of expertise; specifically, applied analyses of vadose (unsaturated) zone processes that play a vital role in quantifying groundwater recharge rates and understanding infiltration processes and contaminant transport. Dr. Stephens was recognized at GRA’s Annual Conference in Sacramento, California, on October 3-4, 2017.

Dr. Nicole Sweetland, Principal Hydrogeologist of DBS&A and President of DBS&A’s parent company, Geo-Logic Associates (GLA), congratulates Dan on this recognition of his significant and enduring impact on the scientific community. “Dan has been a tremendous mentor to me in my career and I could not be more proud.”

Dr. Stephens began private consulting in 1976 and founded Daniel B. Stephens & Associates, Inc. (DBS&A) in 1984. With a modest start in Socorro, New Mexico, DBS&A grew to a $17-million corporation with seven offices in California, New Mexico, Colorado, and Texas. In 2015, DBS&A joined forces with GLA and now has 27 offices and more than 250 employees in the U.S. and abroad.

As the founder of DBS&A, and a GRA member for 15 years, Dr. Stephens has aligned himself with the mission and objectives of the GRA, promoting his colleagues’ professional development, and achieving technical excellence over his lifetime through research, innovation, and education. Learn more about Dr. Stephens.