“Good Housekeeping” Measures Protect Stormwater
TMACOG staff is training area municipal employees on good housekeeping strategies that keep contaminants out of stormwater. TMACOG Environmental Planner Ann-Drea Hensley, who focuses on stormwater, is providing training around the region to show employees how to store chemicals safely, how to fertilize efficiently, and how to deal with spills of hazardous materials. The program of shop posters , a manual, and in-office demonstration helps governments comply with regulations. Pollution Prevention/Good Housekeeping is one of the six minimum control measures that municipalities must demonstrate to satisfy NPDES stormwater permits.
The City of Toledo has requested extra training as the city modifies its internal programs to create a self-auditing process for different departments. Ms. Hensley is working with Regina Collins, senior environmental specialist with the City of Toledo Division of Environmental Services. Ms. Collins said, “TMACOG is bridging the gap (to the self-auditing process.) They are providing new tools and a good review process.” TMACOG will visit at least 16 City of Toledo departments by the end of 2010.
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