MCSTOPP is offering a fall workshop on October 15th, 2011 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on creek side ownership and management in the San Geronimo Valley. Participants will learn about practical tools and management techniques to encourage stream health and maintenance. The workshop includes a field trip to see creek management in action! For information on workshop content, logistical questions, and forms see the Marin County Watershed Program website or this registration form.
CSW|ST2 is proud to announce that three of our employees earned their QSP/QSD certification in August, 2011!
Rich Souza, Kristine Pillsbury, and Julia Harberson (from left to right pictured above) are Qualified SWPPP Practitioners and Qualified SWPPP Developers (QSP/QSD).
Qualified SWPPP Practitioner/ Qualified SWPPP Developer (QSP/QSD) is a new certification required by the State Water Resources Control Board, which allows individuals to implement and develop Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plans (SWPPP) for construction sites larger than one acre.
The QSD is responsible for developing a SWPPP for implementation at a construction site. Included in the SWPPP are the Construction Site Monitoring Program (CSMP) and reporting requirements which the state has recently allowed only a QSD is qualified to perform. All construction sites over 1 acre are required to prepare and submit a SWPPP to the SWRCB’s Stormwater Multi-Application Reporting and Tracking System (SMARTS) within a specific time period.
A QSP is responsible for maintaining a SWPPP document developed by a QSD, implementing the SWPPP throughout the construction process, and reporting all data to SMARTS. Only a QSP or QSD can perform these tasks.
CSW|ST2 has prepared SWPPP reports for over 15 years and is experienced in providing a quick and comprehensive package for the General Industrial and General Construction permits. We are happy to help answer any questions or develop a SWPPP for your project, please contact one of our certified employees for more information!
Site constraints have always been an interesting and challenging portion of our projects, and with the increase in water quality controls and regulatory requirements in California we have been turning to permeable pavers as a solution to low-impact development (LID) and Best Management Practices (BMP).
At the Antioch Community Center (Prewett Park) severe space constraints led CSW|ST2’s Project Civil Engineer, Rich Souza, in collaboration with RHAA, to develop an on-site detention solution meeting the C3 Stormwater Guidelines using Calstone Concrete Permeable Pavers. This environmentally friendly solution exceeded the Contra Costa County Sanitary District’s standards and provided an aesthetically balanced solution for the Landscape Architect’s vision and the project’s requirements for accessibility.
PICP (permeable interlocking concrete pavement) systems are a great way to meet a site’s BMP’s and LEED credit for storm water control and to promote LID . Their ability to manage storm water runoff and filtration has allowed design solutions in areas that would otherwise be unavailable or unattainable to developers. For more information on permeable pavers see Stormwater’s post Porous Pavement Q & A.
Here’s a quick tip for you folks out there dimensioning drawings. Have you ever run across an instance where a dimension reads upside down or reads to the left of the sheet rather than to the right? Generally this occurs when you have a d-view twist assigned to the drawing. This can be easily fixed by switching the text view direction within the dimension properties dialogue box as shown above left. An example of the dimensions before and after is shown above, right.
This week’s Hot Tip was brought to you by our Cad Manager, Scott Salas