MDE Hosts Stormwater TMDL Webinar

The Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) is hosting a stormwater and Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) webinar on “Tools for Developing Stormwater WLA Implementation Plans and MAST Updates.”   The webinar is free and open to interested county participants.  No registration is necessary.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014 – 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

The first part of the webinar will be a presentation on MDE’s new TMDL Data Center.  The TMDL Data Center is a web-based application developed by MDE that provides local jurisdictions with a variety of tools to use in implementing TMDLs, with a specific focus on implementing Stormwater Wasteload Allocations (WLAs). The presentation will describe the various tools available on the TMDL Data Center, including:

  • a search function for finding approved TMDLs and WLAs
  • a set of tools to assist in disaggregating stormwater WLAs
  • a collection of guidance documents to assist in developing Stormwater WLA Implementation Plans.

The second portion of the webinar will focus on how the Maryland Assessment Scenario Tool (MAST) can be used in the development of Stormwater WLA Implementation Plans.  The presentation will include a brief discussion of the numerous enhancements that have been made to MAST since the development of the Phase II WIP, including:

  • the addition of new baseline scenarios
  • a new county-8-Digit watershed scale
  • a module for estimating scenario costs.

In addition to discussing these updates, Olivia Devereux of Devereux Consulting will conduct a tutorial on how MAST can be used to develop an implementation plan for meeting a Stormwater WLA using baseline years that correspond to local TMDLs.  Lastly, the webinar will briefly touch upon a new tool, BayFAST, which may also be useful in developing implementation plans.  BayFAST is similar to MAST, but it gives users more control in characterizing their watersheds.

The webinar will include time for “Q & A” during which the presenters will answer questions entered by participants in a “chat box” during the course of the webinar.  For those who are unable to attend, or who wish to review the materials presented at another time, the webinar will also be recorded and posted to the CBP website.

 To participate in the webinar:  At the time of the webinar, please sign into Adobe Connect as a guest using your first and last name.

Audio for the webinar will be provided via Teleconference Phone: 1-866-299-3188. After dialing the teleconference phone number, please enter the following Conference Code: 410-267-5731#