Announcements

Executive Director Transition

With deep appreciation for his years of outstanding leadership, the California Stormwater Quality Association (CASQA) Board of Directors announces that Geoff Brosseau will transition from the role of Executive Director to that of Executive Advisor, and Karen Cowan will assume the role of Executive Director, effective January 1, 2021. 

On behalf of the Board of Directors, please see the press release announcing the Executive Director transition for CASQA.


CASQA Change of Contact Information

Effective January 1, 2021, CASQA’s contact information is changing to: 

California Stormwater Quality Association

1201 N. Catalina Avenue #4227, Redondo Beach, CA 90277

(424) 241-2249

CASQA@casqa.org (note, this email address will replace info@casqa.org


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)


Thank You for Joining Us for the CASQA 2020 Virtual Conference! 

CASQA 2020: Envision the Future

On-Demand Access

All presentations were recorded and are available on-demand. Conference registrants will have access via 'Session Archives' in the CASQA 2020 Virtual Conference portal until Dec 31, 2020.

Continuing Education

Professional development credits can be earned for conference attendance. Professional Development Verification forms are available via 'Continuing Education' in the conference portal menu bar until Dec 31, 2020.

Post Live Event Registration

Outstanding, excellent, great, amazing are some words we are hearing in the comments and feedback about the virtual conference. With that in mind, if you missed registering in time for the live event, we are making on-demand access in the conference portal available for purchase by request only ($375 member, $475 non-member). Note: Registrants will have access to the CASQA 2020 Virtual Conference portal until Dec 31, 2020 regardless of the date of registration.

2020 Conference Agenda

Conference Program


New Industrial & Commercial BMP Online Handbook is Here!

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.

Coming Very Soon!

New online version of the Development BMP Handbook


New and Expanded Construction BMP Online Handbook is Here!  

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.

Coming Very Soon!

New online version of the Development BMP Handbook


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.


CASQAlert: 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


 Annual Report  

The 2019 CASQA Annual Report, CASQA at Work for You, includes a message from the CASQA Chair on the accomplishments of 2019, subcommittee achievements, a look ahead at CASQA’s initiatives for 2020, and more! 

CASQA 2019 Annual Report


CASQA at Work for You! 

The Board of Directors approved a methodology to identify the most critical water quality issues for stormwater. For the coming year, those issues are: pathogen indicators, biological integrity / biostimulatory substances, current use pesticides, and trash. These water quality issues were incorporated into CASQA’s overall prioritization process. Look for projects in 2020 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!


Get Involved in CASQA Leadership

There are many opportunities to develop and demonstrate leadership within CASQA. Our website contains a wealth of organizational information, with more to come! Check out the following resources:

CASQA Organizational Chart

Board of Directors 

If you are a CASQA member and would like to help lead the direction of CASQA, consider running for the Board (elections occur each Fall). View the Board of Directors' biographies and contact information, as well as their term timelines here

Subcommittees

Get involved in one of CASQA’s ongoing projects while working with outstanding colleagues on challenging issues by serving on one of 15 subcommittees that focus on various areas of stormwater management. CASQA members are welcome to contact the subcommittee co-chairs to get on the distribution list for the next subcommittee call. Members may also want to consider serving as a subcommittee co-chair. Read more