Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination

The TMACOG Stormwater Coalition will present a special training session on how to detect and eliminate illicit discharges to area waterways. Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination (IDDE) is one of the primary responsibilities of a municipal stormwater manager. The workshop will be held October 17, noon to 4 p.m., at the City of Oregon Municipal Complex.

Illicit discharges are wildly various. They can be sudsy water from a scout troop car wash, greasy sludge from a restaurant with a bad wastewater connection, contaminated groundwater from failed septic system, or many other manifestations of pollution. Discharges can be on-going, occasional, or seasonal.

The TMACOG program is targeted toward stormwater managers in villages, cities, and counties. It will also be valuable for engineers, health department employees, and emergency responders.

The meeting agenda includes both classroom presentations and field demonstrations. Indoors, speakers will cover MS4 permit requirements, how to prioritize, and how to map and record findings. Outdoor field work will include practical training on how to find discharges and track them to a source, and field testing of suspect water flows. Presenters will cover safety issues, accessing private property, timing for dry weather screening, and other practical details.

There is no fee but registration is required. Register here
For more information on the Stormwater Coalition or the IDDE workshop, contact Kari Gerwin, TMACOG director of Water Quality Planning at 419.241.9155 ext. 1103.

IDDE staff from the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District, which includes the Cleveland area, made a presentation at a recent Stormwater Coalition meeting. They showed how their staff identifies and inspects outfalls to waterways in that area.

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