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Stormwater Panel Discussion

 

On March 22, 2012 Koontz-Bryant held an interactive panel discussion and luncheon with guest speakers from the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) to help increase awareness of the upcoming changes to the Virginia stormwater regulations. The attendees were representatives from public and private colleges and universities throughout Virginia. The guest panel consisted of David Johnson- Director, DCR, Virginia (Ginny) Snead - Regulatory Program Manager, DCR, Paul Hinson- Director of Engineering, Koontz-Bryant, and Brent Fults- President, Chesapeake Bay Nutrient Land Trust (CBNLT).

The program was designed to help representatives from state colleges and universities better plan for the new regulations and the impact they will have on their respective institutions. The deadline for grandfathering projects within the new regulations is July 2012, and many of the representatives who attended had questions about how the regulations will be implemented and the effects to their respective institutions.

The topics the panel discussed were as follows:

  • An overview of the changes to the current stormwater regulations – presented by Dave Johnson, PE (DCR)
  • Implementation of the stormwater regulations – presented by Ginny Snead, PE (DCR)
  • Nutrient Offsets – presented by Brent Fults, RLA (CBNLT)
  • Stormwater Challenges facing Universities and Colleges – presented by Paul Hinson, PE, LEED AP (Koontz-Bryant)

There were over 50 guests in attendance and many concerns and questions regarding upcoming changes to the regulations were discussed. The central theme was the need for open lines of communication between the DCR and Higher Education representatives as the deadline looms closer for grandfathering projects and implementation of the new regulations in 2014. Koontz-Bryant will be hosting a follow up session to this luncheon per requests from many of the attendees next summer. We will keep everyone updated with these efforts.

The presentations may be viewed online here.

More pictures of the event may be on our Facebook page.

For more information please contact Paul Hinson, Director of Engineering and Group Manager for Higher Education projects at 804-200-1914 or by email.