What's New

Periodically, items of interest will be posted on this web page. Additional information relating to urban stormwater protection can be found on the Green Country Stormwater Alliance website.

UsingRainwater to Grow Livable Communities

Using Stormwater Best Management Practices (BMPs)

Stormwater best management practices (BMPs) are gaining recognitions as effective, flexible, and environmentally sound ways for controlling the quantity and improving the quality of stormwater runoff, while also adding amenity to a wide variety of development projects. This website (http:www.werf.org/livablecommunities/) is designed to encourage and facilitate the integration of stormwater BMPs into development projects in your area by providing tools and resources for effective communication and implementation as well as in-depth case studies that examine BMP integration in several cities across the United States.

Ripple Effect - Low Impact Conference & Charette

May 6-8, Springfield, Missouri

May 6th and 7th is the Ripple Effect Design Charrette. Excellent opportunity to work closely with the experienced folks from Applied Ecological Services. Cost for the 2-day Charrette is $200. You may also attend day 2 of the conference for an additional $75.

May 7th and 8th is the Ripple Effect Conference. Focus is low impact development for the reduction of stormwater. View agenda here. Cost is $150.

Click here to register on-line now.

EPA Green Parking Lot Guidance

A new guidance document is just in from EPA headquarters as part of the Green Infrastructure educational material (of which there will be more in the coming year). This guidance will be useful whether you are retrofitting established areas, newly developing along the urban fringe or, transforming newly "discovered" rural communities and open space. Making this available to municipal employees for review can also be part of Phase II stormwater employee education materials. The document can be downloaded form the Oklahoma Stream Team website at http://www.streamteamok.net/Doc_link/Green Parking Lot Guide (final).PDF. Also, please refer to other links to websites and documents regarding LID and stream restoration on the OST website.

Putting Down Roots

The Oklahoma City Planning Department has prepared "Putting Down Roots," a 116-page guide to choosing and taking care of trees for central Oklahoma landscapes. This guide features full-color photos and information about more than 50 trees appropriate for Oklahoma landscapes.  Much of the information in this guidance can provide technical information important to Green Country Stormwater Alliance and Oklahoma Stream Team members as well as for the general public.  You can download the book now in Adobe Acrobat format (150MB) with a cable or other broadband Internet connection.  Or read the book online here.

Using Rainwater to Grow Communities

U.S. communities are poised to take advantage of the perfect storm, according to the Water Environment Research Foundation. The foundation recently unveiled a new website, available by clicking here, that gives landscape architects, designers, engineers, stormwater managers, elected officials and the public creative new ideas on sustainable stormwater practices. The site also provides practical tools, frameworks for implementation and planning aids that can be adapted to your community or project.

2008 Resource Management Conference

"Going Greener with Low Impact Development"

The 2008 Resource Management Conference at the Tulsa Garden Center will be held March 5, 2008. This year's program will focus on Low Impact Development. National speakers have been secured to present a wider perspective on LID, and local projects will also be discussed. This 1-day conference will provide an important technical overview of the issues surrounding LID implementation. For registration forms, the agenda,brochure and additional conference information visit the Tulsa County Conservation District (TCCD) website at www.tulsacountyconservationdistrict.org. Contact TCCD or Richard Smith at INCOG rsmith@incog.org if you have any questions.

303(d) List Impairment and TMDLs

The 303(d) list of impaired waterbodies is updated biannually in Oklahoma. The impaired waterbody list is now referred to as "Category 5" in the State's Water Quality Assessment Integrated Report. The 2004 report was approved by EPA in November 2006. Visit the GCSA Water Quality webpage for more information and a map of impaired streams in the Tulsa area. Visit the ODEQ website for more information about stream impairment in Oklahoma. All impaired streams that remain on the Category 5 list must have a Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) study. The TMDL will set load limits on all point source dischargers and significant non-point sources so that water quality standards will be met. There are many streams in the Tulsa area that will have a TMDL performed over the next 10 years.

The 2006 list is being reviewed by EPA and should be approved in early 2008. The 2008 list is being prepared by ODEQ and should be made available for public comment in early 2008.