The National Stormwater Center is offering Certified Stormwater Inspector (municipal) training in Birmingham, AL on June 11-12, 2015.
Designed specifically for municipal personnel our course offers training and certification to demonstrate, for the record, that inspectors are qualified.
Inspectors who take our course learn:
- how to inspect construction, commercial, and industrial, and municipal activities
- what to inspect
- the limits of their authority
- appropriate demeanor
- appropriate discretion
They also learn about the Clean Water Act, the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System, the six Minimum Control Measures, and how to better implement and support their MS4 stormwater program.
Graduates of the Certified Stormwater Inspector course receive certification for 5 years and continuing education units, and ongoing, unlimited support of the National Stormwater Center. All of our instructors have stormwater enforcement experience at the Federal or State level.
Please download the announcement with course details and registration information. For your convenience, an announcement is attached. You may call Michele at 1-888-397-9414, email email@example.com or visit our website at http://www.npdes.com. Registration is available on our website for all classes.
Leadership Class Explores Environmental Practices I April Session Held in Daphne and Spanish Fort
Daphne, Ala -- The Leadership Baldwin County class convened this week at Daphne’s Waterfront Park to discuss environmental issues. The day included a tour of the Daphne wastewater treatment center, and Algae Systems, a private company that produces renewable fuels and fertilizer from wastewater and atmospheric carbon dioxide. After lunch at May Day Park the group toured the Joe’s Branch Restoration Project in Spanish Fort. The project is a cooperative effort of the Mobile Bay National Estuary Program, Alabama Department of Environmental Management, Alabama Department of Transportation cities of Spanish Fort and Daphne and Westminster Village undertaken to restore the stream using a cutting-edge technology called Regenerative Step Pool Storm Conveyance.
“Today was a fascinating day,” said Program Director Cindy Wilson, PhD. “I think everyone learned a lot about things being done with water and wastewater to enhance our sustainable practices both in Daphne and throughout the county.” The April session is one of eight that are planned and led by a volunteer steering committee of Leadership Baldwin alumnae, under the direction of Wilson, who is Director of the University of South Alabama Baldwin County (USABC).
Primary planner for the day was steering committee member Brad Pitt of Riviera Utilities. “This was an opportunity for the class to see some of the innovative projects and technologies in use around the county,” Pitt said. “They got to see the whole spectrum, from the storm water issues at Joe’s Branch to the treatment facilities technologies this morning.”
The group began meeting monthly in October and will graduate in May. Sessions are held at various locations around the county to explore topics including arts & culture, healthcare, education, local and state government, and economic development. The monthly session topics are designed to give class members an opportunity to learn more about topics that are relevant county-wide, but may not be a part of their everyday work environment.
Leadership Baldwin County was established in 1989 and is sponsored by USABC and Baldwin County United. Program details are at http://www.leadershipbaldwincounty.com where online applications are now available for the 2015-16 class.
For more information contact:
Dr. Cindy Wilson, firstname.lastname@example.org, 251-928-8133
Wade Burcham, who worked with Thompson Engineering on the project, gave and overview of the Joe’s Branch restoration effort to the Leadership Baldwin class at the April session, which explored a variety of environmental topics. (Photo courtesy of Leadership Baldwin)
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition
Office of Food Safety
Division of Seafood Science and Technology
Gulf Coast Seafood Laboratory
Dauphin Island, AL 36528
Duties and Responsibilities
The incumbent works as a research chemist performing laboratory and field research addressing chemical contaminants in seafood at the Gulf Coast Seafood Laboratory (GCSL), Dauphin Island, AL. GCSL is a headquarters division of the Office of Food Safety.
The incumbent will plan, develop, and conduct highly specialized research addressing biotoxins and other chemical contaminants that may impact the safety of seafood and/or harvest locations. In this capacity, the incumbent will perform studies to examine the bioaccumulation, tissue distribution, metabolism, and elimination of natural and anthropogenic chemical contaminants in fish and shellfish, with the ultimate goal of developing and validating efficient methods for their detection in seafood. Isolation and identification of metabolites will focus on those of toxicological significance. Research will identify biomarkers of exposure and toxicity in biological matrices. The incumbent will also conduct studies to identify and characterize novel toxins and their sources. Screening and confirmatory analytical methods will be designed for practical use by field laboratories in monitoring and surveillance programs, and for emergency response. Research will support FDA regulatory activities as they apply to food safety, including new or revised guidance or regulatory limits for chemical contaminants in seafood.
The incumbent must be knowledgeable and skilled in bioanalytical chemistry, biochemistry, and/or environmental chemistry and toxicology, including knowledge of basic chemical principles, theories, and practices relevant to analytical methods development/validation. The incumbent must have extensive experience in advanced separation and analytical instrumentation, including state-of-art chromatography and mass spectrometry systems, as well as proficiency in instrument-specific data acquisition and analysis software.
Scope of Work
The incumbent will perform or assist in research in the following areas relating to seafood safety:
1) Residue depletion and metabolism studies, and/or metabolomic/proteomic studies, to identify biomarkers of exposure, total residues, and toxicity of biotoxins and other chemical contaminants in seafood.
2) Development and assessment of rapid screening (including in vitro toxicity tests) and confirmatory analytical methods (e.g., LC-MS, GC-MS) for identifying and quantifying algal toxins, and other chemical contaminants/toxicants in seafood. Participate in single- and multi-laboratory validation efforts for chemical contaminants in seafood.
3) Structural elucidation and characterization of novel compounds of food safety concern in seafood.
4) Pharmacokinetic/toxicokinetic studies of chemical contaminants in fish and shellfish as they apply to seafood safety.
5) Large scale isolation of toxins from algae and/or aquatic food species for the production of reference standards and study materials.
Minimal qualifications are a Ph.D. degree in analytical chemistry, biochemistry, environmental chemistry and toxicology, or related field. Preference would be given to applicants with experience and skills in
aquatic animal research, pharmacokinetics and metabolism studies, toxicological testing systems, risk assessment, and in methods development/validation for chemical contaminants in seafood or other
Salary range approximately $70-100k, commensurate with qualifications and experience.
For further information, please contact:
Steven M. Plakas, Ph.D.
Chief, Chemical Hazards Science Branch
Gulf Coast Seafood Laboratory
P.O. Box 158, 1 Iberville Drive
Dauphin Island, AL 36528
Amy Newbold, MBNEP Deputy Director
The Mobile Bay National Estuary Program (MBNEP) is excited to announce the hiring of Amy Newbold as Deputy Director. Amy comes to the MBNEP from the Southeast Regional Office of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA Region 4) located in Atlanta, Georgia. Since 2010, she has served as a Watershed Coordinator in the Water Protection Division of EPA Region 4. As a Watershed Coordinator, her role was to utilize innovative approaches for the resolution of technical or environmental issues pertaining to restoring and protecting our nation’s waters through implementation of the Clean Water Act. In this role, she led agency-wide initiatives serving as the program representative on cross-EPA teams or workgroups to develop or carry out joint activities, goals, and work plans. Most recently, Amy served as the North Birmingham Project Lead for the Water Division, responsible for the development and management of the effort to address environmental concerns of the Environmental Justice communities of North Birmingham.
Amy, along with her husband, two children, and two dogs, is thrilled to be in coastal Alabama and closer to family in her hometown of Enterprise, AL. She is excited and honored to have the opportunity to work closely with local partners and dedicate her efforts to the protection and restoration of the Mobile Bay estuary. Amy enjoys playing the French horn, where she was recently an orchestra member at First Baptist of Woodstock, and kayaking with her husband.
Prior to working in watershed restoration, Amy started her federal career in the Drinking Water Program at EPA Region 4 as the Program Manager for the State of Tennessee in 2005. In this role, she was responsible for providing Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) technical and compliance assistance to the State, and responsible for the review and oversight of the State of Tennessee’s Public Water System Supervision (PWSS) Program.
In 2009, Amy transitioned from the Safe Drinking Water Act to the Clean Water Act as a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) State Coordinator and was responsible for reviewing NPDES permits to ensure compliance with the Clean Water Act and national policies. Before coming to EPA, Amy worked as a chemical engineer co-op for both Ciba Specialty Chemicals and DuPont Titanium Technologies. Amy holds a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Alabama and a master’s degree in Environmental Engineering from Georgia Tech.
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Cooperation, collaboration, and planning have proven vital to conducting successful restoration in the impaired D’Olive Creek Watershed. The Mobile Bay National Estuary Program (MBNEP), in partnership with several State agencies (ADEM, ALDOT, GSA, ADCNR), local municipalities, and Baldwin County and funded by the Coastal Impact Assistance Program (CIAP) the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund (GEBF), continues to coordinate restoration efforts to address excessive erosion and sedimentation that have plagued this area for decades. The greater D’Olive Creek Watershed comprises the subwatersheds of D’Olive and Tiawasee creeks and Joe’s Branch and encompasses much of the cities of Daphne and Spanish Fort. This area along the Eastern Shore of Mobile Bay is among the fastest growing in Alabama, where agricultural and forested land is being converted to residential and commercial developments. The rolling topography, excessive rainfall, highly erodible soils, and increase of impervious cover (i.e. rooftops, roads, and parking lots) creates an “almost perfect storm” of stormwater impacts resulting in degraded stream banks and erosion which transport excessive amounts of sediment into the receiving waters of Mobile Bay.
With immediate threats to Highway 31 and Westminster Village residences, the need for emergency stream restoration on severely degraded Joe’s Branch subwatershed was recognized and addressed beginning in 2012. Thompson Engineering was contracted to prepare and implement a cutting-edge technology called regenerative step pool storm conveyance. This award winning methodology was successful in slowing stormwater velocity and promoted restoration of downstream wetlands impacted by sediment from degraded stream banks. The project also utilized upstream best management practices to decrease stormwater runoff and performed admirably during the April 2014 floods. Thompson Engineering was retained to design measures to restore the impacted, 1600-foot, downstream portion of this tributary to Joe’s Branch. A construction contract was awarded to North State Environmental who will begin restoration in late February.
In other parts of the watershed, a contract was recently awarded to Goodwyn, Mills, and Cawood to design a restoration strategy for impacted portions of D’Olive Creek. Surveys and geotechnical analyses are currently underway to inform development of the restoration strategy. Construction is slated to begin later this year.
Additionally, The City of Daphne is leading efforts to restore Tiawasee Creek subwatershed using CIAP funding supplemented with additional funds from NFWF GEBF secured by the MBNEP. A request for proposals for restoration planning is set for release in the immediate future.
USA GEOLOGY CLASS SET TO VISIT AWARD WINNING DESIGN IN D’OLIVE CREEK WATERSHED
Since the 1970s, increased volume and velocity from stormwater runoff and changes to local drainage patterns have plagued the D’Olive Creek Watershed and the receiving waters of Mobile Bay. Excessive erosion and sedimentation due to ongoing urban development continues to intensify the problem. Finally, measures are in place addressing the issue and Dr. Alex Beebe and his students want to see the results. Dr. Beebe, Assistant Professor of Geology with the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of South Alabama and his Geology students will visit Joe’s Branch subwatershed this Monday, March 9th to view the ongoing restoration activities.
With immediate threats to Highway 31 and Westminster Village residences, the need for emergency stream restoration on severely degraded Joe’s Branch was recognized and addressed beginning in 2012. The Mobile Bay National Estuary Program contracted with Thompson Engineering to prepare and implement a cutting-edge technology called Regenerative Step Pool Storm Conveyance. This award winning methodology involves filling the gully to flush with a mixture of sand and saw dust and installing a series of rock step pools down the impacted stream to slow velocity and promote infiltration of the stormwater runoff underlying the stream degradation. The scope of work includes restoration of downstream wetlands impacted by sediments that resulted from degradation of the stream banks. The project also includes utilization of upstream best management practices to decrease stormwater runoff and performed admirably during the April 2014 floods.
To learn more about the Mobile Bay National Estuary Program and watershed restoration call (251) 380-7941 or visit http://www.mobilebaynep.com