Minnesota to Reissue its Municipal Stormwater (MS4) Permit

Runoff from rain or snow events picks up pesticides, fertilizers, automotive fluids, sediment, pet waste, trash and more that is carried into storm drains. These storm drains discharge directly from streets to surface waters like lakes, rivers, wetlands, and streams. The Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permit program was designed to reduce this type of surface water pollution.  What is the MS4 permit? The MS4 is a publicly-owned and operated network of conveyances (storm sewers, catch basins, ditches, drains, etc.) that collect rain and snow melt that eventually discharges to surface waters. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) requires...

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From Planning to Reality: Delivering and Constructing Transportation Projects

My favorite shows to watch on television are home renovation programs.  You know the shows where a young family buys the worst house on the block and the entire episode features them turning this house into their dream home? Most of these episodes are highly dramatic. The couples is in the middle of renovating and find out that they don’t have the proper permits or they start opening the walls and find surprises like bad wiring, leaking plumbing, or asbestos.  Because of these issues they are now overbudget, delayed, and now must live in their parent’s basement for another couple...

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EPA Repeal of 2015 Clean Water Act Rule: What’s Next?

Wetland delineation

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced September 12 the finalized repeal of the 2015 Clean Water Act rule which expanded the definition of Waters of the United States (WOTUS) and limited pollution into surface waters of the U.S. through regulations and permitting. The EPA rule is now expected to cover fewer waterways and narrow existing protections, covering only wetlands adjacent to a major body of water, or bodies connected to a major waterway by surface water. Opponents of this rule have felt this repeal was long overdue and expect it will reduce federal permitting requirements for development and industry. History...

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Josh Kadrmas Speaking at NASECA Spring Conference

Spill Response

Event Details What: North American Stormwater and Erosion Control Association (NASECA) Spring ConferenceWhen: March 5th, 2019 Where: Grand Hotel in Minot, North Dakota Braun Intertec is looking forward to hearing our very own Senior Engineer, Josh Kadrmas, share his expertise on spill prevention control, stormwater pollution plan and managing contaminated soils at the upcoming NASECA Spring Conference in Minot, ND on March 5, 2019. This one-day conference provides various educational sessions focused on compliance with the State Stormwater permits and local MS4 requirements. In addition to his presentation on integrating SPCC and SWPPP requirements, Josh will also be presenting on...

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Construction Stormwater Permits and Compliance: Why You Need a Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan

Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan

What Are Construction Stormwater Permits? Construction stormwater permits are a set of regulations that aim to eliminate pollutants in stormwater runoff at construction sites. Federal stormwater regulations have been around since the 1970s and have continued to become more and more stringent with each reissuance of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Construction Stormwater General Permit. These days, most states have their own set of regulations described in their construction stormwater permits which owners and operators must abide by. Additionally, most large municipalities have ordinances, and many watershed districts also have their own set of regulations. State and local requirements often...

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[OnDemand Webinar] Updated Minnesota Construction Stormwater Permit: What You Need to Know as an Owner/Operator


The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) has just finalized the 2018 construction stormwater permit and new projects going forward will be subject to the revised rules. This new permit is effective beginning August 1, 2018 and expires July 31, 2023. The MPCA recognizes that the best way to improve water quality in Minnesota is to better manage stormwater – which can have devastating consequences on the quality of our lakes, rivers, streams and wetlands. Because of this fact, the agency has regularly enforced the conditions within the permit, and we expect the trend to continue with the adoption of the...

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