Announcements

Our Water, Our World Subscriptions Are Now Available

Our Water, Our World (OWOW) is an award-winning partnership between city- and county-based water pollution prevention agencies and garden centers and hardware stores that sell pest control products. Initiated in 1998, the program focuses on less-toxic, eco-friendly products and techniques as many common pesticides are harmful to sensitive species and ecosystems when they reach local creeks, bays, and the ocean.

From a stormwater management perspective, Our Water, Our World is an excellent opportunity and cost-efficient way to educate the public and reduce toxicity in waterways from current use pesticides.

Several municipalities utilize OWOW to meet permit requirements, including the Bay Area Municipal Regional Permit, the Central Valley Region-wide MS4 Permit, and the Phase II – Small MS4 General Permit.

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Development BMP Handbook is Now Available as an Online Subscription

CASQA is pleased to announce the publication of the latest version of this standard reference - now available as an online subscription.

If you are not a subscriber, there is no better time to become one: more information and purchase.

CASQA members receive discounts on BMP Online Handbook subscriptions; please log in to take advantage of your member discount.

The Development BMP Online Handbook is an interactive online reference that addresses selection and implementation of BMPs to eliminate or to reduce the discharge of pollutants and control or reduce impacts to the hydrologic cycle associated with development and redevelopment activities. For a comprehensive understanding of stormwater pollution control throughout the life cycle of the project, it is recommended that you obtain and become familiar with all four of CASQA’s BMP handbooks.

The printed 2003 version of the New Development & Redevelopment BMP Handbook became obsolete in 2021 when the handbook was significantly updated and became an online subscription product.


April 2022 Quarterly Meeting - Save-the Date

Topic: Fire

  • Thursday, April 7, 2022 - 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Virtual or in-person (TBD)
  • Agenda (pending)
  • Register (registration opening date pending)

CASQA 2022 Conference - Save-the Dates

October 24-26, 2022 - Palm Springs Convention Center

The Annual Conference section of the website will be updated for the CASQA 2022 conference as more information is available. Please check back periodically!

Submittals

  • 2022 CASQA Awards Program Call fro Nominations: Pending
  • 2022 Conference Call for Abstracts: Pending
  • 2022 Conference Scholarship Program Call for Applications: Pending

Registration: Not yet open - check back in April/May

  • General Attendee: Pending
  • Speaker / Panelist: Pending
  • Exhibit Space: Pending
  • Sponsorship Prurchase: Pending
  • Program Advertising Purchase: Pending

Annual Report  

The 2020 CASQA Annual Report, #CASQATOGETHER, includes a report from the CASQA Chair on the accomplishments of 2020, subcommittee achievements, a look ahead at CASQA’s initiatives for 2021, and more! 

CASQA 2020 Annual Report


CASQA’s Petition for Zn in Tires Approved by DTSC

In 2018, CASQA, working closely with the State Water Board, petitioned the Department of Toxics Substances Control (DTSC) to list motor vehicle tires with tire-tread containing zinc as a Priority Product under the Safer Consumer Products regulations. On January 12, 2021, DTSC formally notified CASQA that the petition has been granted. DTSC will open a public comment period and schedule a workshop on the proposal prior to initiating the formal rulemaking process. This rule-making will require manufacturers to address whether zinc is necessary in tire-tread and whether there is a safer alternative. DTSC will issue a technical document explaining the rationale for their decision and will hold a public comment period and workshop prior to initiating the formal rulemaking process. DTSC will also use the workshop as an opportunity to begin a discussion about other tire-related chemicals of concern, including 6PPD.

DTSC News Release


Vision for Stormwater

CASQA first established a Vision for Sustainable Stormwater Management (Vision) in 2015. Over the past several years, CASQA has made updates to the Vision, reflective of advancements in stormwater and regulations. In 2019, CASQA included implementation of the Vision as a core part of setting organizational priorities for each year. Those actions were not only successful in taking significant steps forward, but also inspired new thinking and ideas. CASQA therefore completed an effort in 2020 to more fundamentally revise the Vision, and in so doing, chart the path forward to sustainable stormwater management. 

CASQA Vision for Sustainable Stormwater Management (October 2020)


New Industrial & Commercial BMP Online Handbook

CASQA is pleased to announce the publication of the latest version of this standard reference. This is the first major update of the Handbook since 2014.

If you are already a subscriber to the Industrial & Commercial BMP Online Handbook, you will definitely want to renew your subscription when it comes due to maintain access to the most recent version.

If you are not a subscriber, there is no better time to become one: more information and purchase.

CASQA members receive discounts on BMP Online Handbook subscriptions; please log in to take advantage of your member discount.

Updates Include:

  • Added persistent organic pollutants to list of potential pollutants, conditions, and impacts
  • Added separate regulatory definition of trash
  • Updated Decision Tree to include NONA Coverage
  • Expanded definition and requirements of minimum and advanced BMPs
  • Updated SWPPP signature requirements
  • Changed alphanumeric designations to distinguish maintenance sheets from fact sheets and guide sheets
  • Added Permeable Pavement and Green Roof fact sheets
  • Referenced and reiterated trash Full Capture System (FCS) maintenance requirements in maintenance sheets of Multi-Benefit Trash Treatment Systems deemed FCS by State Water Board
  • Referenced and reiterated trash FCS maintenance requirements in maintenance sheets of Proprietary Trash Treatment Control Devices deemed FCS by State Water Board
  • Added new section listing relevant SIC and corresponding NAIC codes
  • Added CASQA Fact Sheet on No Exposure Certification
  • Updated ERA Level 1 Tool to include examples of mandated parameters

Additional updates are already being considered, so CASQA plans to take full advantage of the online format to issue more frequent updates; likely at least annually.

Public Agencies: 

There is a new copyright statement that clarifies the extent of a public agency subscriber’s permission to distribute portions of the Handbook. Please check it out and contact us with any questions.


New and Expanded Construction BMP Online Handbook

CASQA is pleased to announce the publication of the latest version of this standard reference. This is the first major update of the Handbook since 2012. 

If you are already a subscriber to the Construction BMP Online Handbook, you will definitely want to renew your subscription when it comes due to maintain access to the most recent version.

If you are not a subscriber, there is no better time to become one: more information and purchase.

CASQA members receive discounts on BMP Online Handbook subscriptions; please log in to take advantage of your member discount.

Updates Include:

  • LUP (Linear Underground / Overhead Project) requirements added throughout the Handbook
  • LUP SWPPP Template
  • Updated risk assessment guidance
  • Updates to 11 BMP Fact Sheets
  • Updated REAP (Rain Event Action Plan) Template
  • Clarified sampling guidance
  • Updated bioassessment procedures
  • Reformatted SWPPP Template combining SWPPP and Construction Site Monitoring Program (CSMP) elements

Additional updates are already being considered, so CASQA plans to take full advantage of the online format to issue more frequent updates; likely at least annually.

Public Agencies: 

There is a new copyright statement that clarifies the extent of a public agency subscriber’s permission to distribute portions of the Handbook. Please check it out and contact us with any questions.


Virtual Training Option Allowed for QSDs, QSPs, and QISPs

Both the Construction General Permit Training Team (CGPTT), which oversees the Construction General Permit Training Program (CGPTP), and the Industrial General Permit Training Team (IGPTT), which oversees the Industrial General Permit Training Program (IGPTP), have determined that it is now viable to conduct and receive QSP, QSD, and QISP Training virtually (online).

The Virtual CGP QSP and QSD Training is equivalent to Step 1. “Take a QSP / QSD Training Course” in the four-step process to qualify to be a QSD or QSP, as described here. The Virtual IGP QISP Training is equivalent to Step 4. “Complete the one-day, in-person training with an IGP ToR” in the five-step process to qualify to be a QISP, as described here.

Both the CGPTT and IGPTT will allow virtual training at least until each conducts a Programmatic Review of the Virtual Training Option by June 30, 2021.

Only those CGP Trainers of Record qualified by the CGPTT and those IGP Trainers of Record qualified by the IGPTT are eligible to conduct Virtual QSP or QSD Training or Virtual QISP Training, respectively. 

To find an eligible CGP Trainer of Record, look for a “Yes” answer in the “Virtual Option?” column in the current CGP ToRs List.  To find an eligible IGP Trainer of Record, look for a “Yes” answer in the “Virtual Option?” column in the current IGP ToRs List.


Stormwater Permit Implementation During COVID-19 Pandemic 

On March 23, 2020, CASQA executive management discussed permit implementation expectations during the COVID-19 pandemic with executive management of the State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board). The State Water Board and nine Regional Water Quality Control Boards (Regional Water Board), individually or collectively the “Water Board”, have issued guidance and clarity as it pertains to stormwater.

Stormwater Permit Implementation During COVID-19 Pandemic


CASQA at Work for You! 

The Board of Directors approved a methodology to identify the most critical water quality issues for stormwater. These issues, which are incorporated into CASQA’s overall prioritization process, are: pathogen indicators, biological integrity / biostimulatory substances, current use pesticides, and trash. Look for projects to address each of these issues. The final work product: 'Water Quality Priorities: Approach, Methodology, and Results' is available to CASQA members only and can be found in the Member Library. This effort was managed through the Policy and Permitting Subcommittee, but also included significant input and expertise across many of CASQA’s subcommittees. Thank you to all who volunteered time for this foundational and valuable project!