Rainfall was hard to come by this past winter in Southern California. The wet weather season, which kicked off on October 1st, started warm and very dry. In fact, the first storm event in Southern California did not occur until January. Luckily, it was a large event with around an inch or more of rain, but it ultimately represented about a third of the total seasonal rainfall. February remained dry and while additional storms in March made a lackluster attempt to catch up for the seasonal deficit, the entire season ultimately fell well below normal. Contrary to Southern California, the Sierra Nevada had a ‘Miracle March’ with about 200% of normal due to several atmospheric river fueled events. The snowpack wrapped up at 30-50% of average, which is approximately three time less than last year’s snowpack. The lower numbers this year are at least tempered by the significant snowpack the Sierra’s received last winter. However, Southern California skiing areas suffered, recording the 4th driest on record, 12th driest for snowfall, and the warmest as well.
May is National Safety Month and my ongoing onsite mantra of “environmental compliance is the new safety” came to mind. I use this phrase with clients, contractors and subcontractors when I get the usual retort of “we’ve been doing it this way since before you were born.” I must look young for my age, but the fact that someone is unwilling to change a methodology or process simply because that’s the way they’ve been doing it, apparently for nearly 5 decades, is a disservice to the trade, the construction industry, the environment, and their client. When OSHA was created in 1971 safety regulations began a multi-decade push to becoming an ingrained and second nature effort on any construction project. I can just imagine the old timer foreman in 1980 saying to a safety inspector “we’ve been hanging upside down from that scaffolding to paint the under side of window trim without a harness for decades, we ain’t starting now.” Fast forward to today, fall protection is a requirement and not considered optional by workers as they have been brought through their apprenticeships with the process as just a part of the job.
If you own and/or manage commercial or industrial property you have to comply with numerous environmental regulations. A free compliance workshop is offered to help. Alta is proud to sponsor and provide our expertise during this free training day, also sponsored by the Cities of San Marcos, Carlsbad, Escondido, the County of San Diego, and the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board, as well as, other experts. The session will be held on March 7, 2018 and provide you the necessary information to help you achieve regulatory compliance.
Space is limited so RSVP. This workshop is free of charge to all pre-registered attendees and includes lunch, snacks and beverages at no charge. To attend email firstname.lastname@example.org include how many people will attend and contact information (Name, organization, mailing address, email address and telephone number).
Changes to the Industrial General Stormwater Permit in California make compliance more complex, create inequity, and have the potential to harm our economy. David Renfrew, Alta Environmental’s Vice President of Water Resources, describes the situation in the February 12, 2017 issue of the San Diego Business Journal.
This first appeared in the Feb. 12, 2018 issue of the San Diego Business Journal.
LADWP’s Upcoming Stormwater Incentive Program for Industrial Facilities Provides $1,100 and $1,500 per acre-foot Rebates for Infiltration and Onsite Use
City of San Diego Case Study
Alta developed the MS4 Flow SystemTM to specifically help municipalities identify, assess, and eliminate non-stormwater flows in their storm drains. The web-enabled flow data system relies on ultra-sonic sensors, wireless data loggers, and a customizable web portal. As part of an on-going project, Alta has been deploying this flow data system throughout the City of San Diego’s MS4 network to collect accurate measurements of flow rates and trends. The near real-time data is sent to a customizable web portal, where it is organized and displayed to create a hub of data interaction, interpretation, and collaboration among those involved in the project.
Alta’s Garth Engelhorn presented a case study using Alta’s MS4-FS™with client Heather Krish from the City of San Diego at the California Stormwater Quality Association’s 2017 Annual Conference.