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Permeable Pavement Webinars for Designers and Installers – January 22 and February 17, 9:00am to noon

More architects and builders are specifying permeable pavement for managing stormwater runoff. Join WI-DNR and UW-Extension for a two part webinar training focused on this rapidly expanding and evolving subject with special emphasis on understanding Wisconsin’s new standard for permeable pavements and in-depth discussions covering how to plan, design, install and maintain these pavement systems in the Badger State.

View the webinar Brochure:  Permeable Pavement Training 2015-3

MnTAP Announces Healthcare Pollution Prevention Website

From MnTAP email announcement:

The Minnesota Technical Assistance Program (MnTAP) is excited to launch a new healthcare industry portal to connect industry with pollution prevention and waste regulatory resources. To access these resources, visit http://mntap.umn.edu/health/index.htm

MnTAP has been working with the healthcare industry since the late 1990s and can provide assistance to help you increase resource efficiency, reduce waste, reduce costs, and increase regulatory compliance. MnTAP has worked with a range of healthcare facilities including hospitals, surgery centers, clinical laboratories, dental offices, family practice and specialty clinics, imaging and radiology, long-term care, pharmacies, and veterinary clinics.
The new information is easily navigable by topic or by type of facility. Topics include regulatory resources focused on waste and sustainability resources on topics like infection prevention, energy efficiency, and waste reduction and recycling.
A full press release can be found at: http://www.mntap.umn.edu/news/releases/112414_HealthcareWeb.html

Webinar: Using TRI to Understand Risks of Industrial Pollution

Drew University will present a webinar

Using TRI to Better Understand Risks of Industrial Pollution

December 16, 2014

11 am-12:30 pm Central Time

The Drew University Spatial Data Center team will describe their research, which involves spatial analysis of TRI data sources, in combination with other federal and local geospatial data sets.


Lisa Jordan directs the Spatial Data Center at Drew University, where she has led the EPA-TRI University Challenge partnership for the past two years. The partnership has resulted in several GIS tutorials on the Toxics Release Inventory, as well as numerous student-led research projects and posters. Caitlin Briere is a program analyst for the US EPA’s Environmental Analysis Division. She is currently the project lead for the TRI University Challenge.

To register, please use this link:


Webinars: Safer Chemical Substitution and Alternatives Assessment

The National Pollution Prevention Roundtable (NPPR) is sponsoring two more webinars in 2014  concerning safer chemical substitution and alternatives assessments:

The OECD Substitution and Alternatives Assessment ToolBox

Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at 2:00 PM EST

Presenter: Jonathan Rivin, University of Wisconsin-Extension

For Description of webinar & Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1309580281150186753


Initial Results from Evaluating the IC2 Alternatives Assessment Guide Using Copper Boat Data

Tuesday, December 9, 2014 at 2:00 PM EST

Presenter: Alex Stone, Washington Department of Ecology

Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6317652336373271042


For a full list of NPPR events, please visit http://www.p2.org/category/events/.

Upcoming Webinars – Shingle Recycling and “The Changing Waste Stream”

The National Recycling Coalition is presenting a webinar on Asphalt Shingle Recycling on Tuesday October 21, 12:30-2:45pm CST. The webinar will discuss markets for pre and post consumer asphalt shingles and feature Jason Haus, CEO Dem-Con Companies as the lead presenter. Register for this webinar at: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/700496817.

In their continuing Sustainable Materials Management webinar series the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will hold a webinar on Thursday November 13th, Noon-1pm CST, on “The Changing Waste Stream”. Susan Robinson, public affairs director for Waste Management, will be the featured presenter. Recyclers across the U.S. are confronted with the realities of the changing waste stream, and the broader range of recyclables collected in single stream recycling programs – all at the same time that global markets are constricting.   This ultimately trickles down to local community recycling programs, including the need for robust public education and outreach efforts, and changes in recycling partnerships.

Register Here for the FREE webinar or at  https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/598480554


Stormwater BMP Monitoring and Maintenance – Webinar

Sustainable Strategies

Webinars for Wisconsin’s Municipal Professionals

Next Webcast, Thursday, October 16, Noon – 1pm

Stormwater BMP Monitoring and Maintenance
Case Study: Waukesha County Web Based Tracking System

Speaker: Perry Lindquist, Land Resources Manager, Waukesha County Department of Parks and Land Use

Will need maintenance one day.

Image: UW-Extension

Like death and taxes are a sure thing, stormwater BMPs eventually require maintenance. Projects that don’t factor in long term care may cause structural, legal and financial problems down the road. This webinar is aimed at avoiding these potential complications and associated headaches. Perry Lindquist from Waukesha County will overview the critical steps involved minimizing maintenance hassles including site planning, ensuring proper construction, and recording maintenance agreements and easements during land divisions. He will review examples of BMP inspections, upkeep, and discuss the institutional challenges of enforcement, especially in situation where deed restrictions were not recorded. He’ll also describe the web based tracking system used by Waukesha County.


Perry Lindquist, Land Resources Manager, Waukesha County Department of Parks and Land Use

For the past 15 years Perry has served as Manager of the Waukesha County Land Resources Division, which administers county storm water management, recycling, and land conservation programs. He has a Bachelor’s degree from UW-Stevens Point in Watershed Management, Land Use Planning and Soil Science.  Prior to Waukesha County, he served 16 years as head of the Land Conservation Department for Washington County.  Perry authored the storm water ordinances and led enforcement efforts in both counties.  In 2010, he also authored a model Storm Water BMP Maintenance ordinance and has presented on the topic in a number of regional and statewide storm water workshops.


Registration Links

Please note: Separate links for public and private staff.


Public sector staff: Including local, state and federal government employees; students and educators, and Wisconsin residents with a personal interest. Register at GoToMeeting. Programs are free.


Private sector staff: Including consultants, private sector professionals, and out-of-state participants.

Register at the League of Wisconsin Municipalities. Fee now requested.*


*New fee request for private sector staff

Fee is $25 per program or $45 when two or more individuals share single login. Proceeds go to Town and Country RC&D for Water Star program support.


Fee includes PDU documentation of attendance upon request. Email PDU requests to Town and Country RC&D.


Questions: andrew.yencha@ces.uwex.edu, 414-256-4631

Visit: http://www.waterstarwisconsin.org for topics and speaker info


Karst and Urban/Rural Stormwater Management in Northeastern Wisconsin

The East Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission, in partnership with the Bay-Lake RPC, UW-Extension, and the Niagrara Escarpment Resource Network are sponsoring a full day work-shop topic of managing urban and rural stormwater runoff in karst environments.

Thursday, October 9th, 2014 9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Liberty Hall
Kimberly, WI

Workshop Brochure: Oct9_2014_Karst&StormwaterConferenceProgram-1


Safer Chemistry Challenge Program webinar on ​October 23

Join us for a Safer Chemistry Challenge Program webinar on ​October 23, 2014, ​2:00 pm EST
Title: California Safer Product Regulations: A BizNGO and HP Model Alternatives Assessment for DecaBDE in Laptop Computers
Hosted by:  National Pollution Prevention Roundtable


​Cory Robertson, Hewlett Packard​
Webinar description​:

BizNGO, with leadership by HP, developed a model alternatives assessment designed to meet the requirements of the California Safer Consumer Products regulation. The exercise was intended to better understand the implications of the regulation and to provide guidance to alternatives assessment practitioners. The flame retardant Decabromodiphenyl ether (DecaBDE) in laptop computers was selected for assessment based on the availability of well-understood alternatives. The report and lessons learned were presented to the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) as part of an ongoing dialog to improve alternative assessments. The model led to changes in California’s alternative assessment guidelines, frameworks and guidance documents. This webinar will present the key points of the report as well as a discussion of the challenges encountered and lessons learned.


Join the Safer Chemistry Challenge Program in 2014 at no cost! The National Pollution Prevention Roundtable invites companies to join the 2025 Safer Chemistry Challenge Program (SCCP). This voluntary initiative aims to motivate, challenge, and assist businesses in reducing their use of chemicals of concern to human health and the environment. The SCCP will also recognize and reward companies for finding safer alternatives to the hazardous chemicals they currently use. Questions can be directed to saferchemistry@gmail.com or Cindy McComas at mccom003@umn.edu. For information on how to become a member of the Safer Chemistry Challenge program visit: http://www.p2.org/challenge

DNR Webinar for Municpal Stormwater Permits

WPDES MS4 General Permit No. WI-S050075-2: What Covered Municipalities Need to Know

Thursday, October 9, 2014, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Description: In May 2014 the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources reissued Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) General Permit No. WI-S050075-2. This MS4 General Permit covers storm water discharges to waters of the state from 142 municipalities statewide. This webinar will provide an overview of the MS4 General Permit, the changes from the previous version, and the compliance schedule. Time for questions will be provided.

This webinar is intended for the municipalities covered under MS4 General Permit No. WI-S050075-2. However, the webinar is open to all who are interested. Click here to see a list of municipalities covered under this MS4 General Permit.

Click here to access the webinar registration. The webinar is free of charge and representatives of municipalities covered under MS4 General Permit No. WI-S050075-2 are highly encouraged to participate.

Gas stations may remove Stage II Vapor Recovery systems – DNR

Gas stations around southeast Wisconsin are beginning to change, though you may not even notice. The Stage II Vapor Recovery systems installed in stations across the area in the early 1990’s to reduce gasoline vapor release while vehicles dispense fuel are no longer needed. Advancements in vehicle technology on newer models in conjunction with more citizens driving newer model vehicles led to the fueling station changes. For more information download this fact sheet from the DNR Small Business Environmental Assistance Program.

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