DPW received two 2016 National Association of Counties (NACo) Achievement Awards
The first award was for the Stormwater Compliance Program for Private Development Projects. To enhance the environment and improve water quality, PDCI developed and implemented a proactive stormwater permit compliance program for private development construction projects. The program consisted of trainings, prioritized listing of all private development projects, updated checklists, pre-rainy season reminder letters to permit holders and the addition of as-needed consultants.
The second award went to DPW’s Watershed Protection Program for their efforts producing the Water Quality Equivalency Guidance (WQE) Document. The most recent Stormwater Permit placed more stringent stormwater management requirements on development projects, but also included an option for “offsite alternative compliance” which introduces greater flexibility in the water quality performance standards that development projects must meet. The County and stormwater copermittees developed a first of its kind WQE guidance document that provides tools and methodologies for calculating water quality equivalency for offsite compliance projects.