Illicit Discharge Workshop for Stormwater Planners

TMACOG’s Stormwater Coalition put together an Illicit Discharge and Elimination (IDDE) workshop in October to assist those municipal employees who are required to track down suspicious discharges to storm sewers and waterways. The Stormwater Action Group organized the workshop for Stormwater Coalition members who wanted to ensure that they are complying with Ohio EPA requirements. The City of Oregon was the host for the event.

The workshop quickly filled to capacity and attracted professionals from Akron and Columbus as well as from northwest Ohio. The program involved both classroom lectures and field work. The classroom component covered permit requirements, emergency spill response, home sewage treatment systems, and mapping of incidents. The field work demonstrated evaluation of outfall screening, use of dye tests, tracking spills and illicit discharges to the source, and sample collection and testing. See training materials here.

Feedback from the attendees after the event the indicated interest in more training related to IDDE including enforcement, legal aspects, and outfall screening.

Andrea Beard, engineer with the City of Oregon, collects a sample and practices
field testing.

A dye test is one way to trace the source of
contaminants escaping through an outfall. Here,
bright green dye added to a storm sewer appears
in a nearby creek


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