Structural BMP Compliance Approach for California State Parks in 5 Areas of Special Biological Significance (ASBS)
California Department of Parks and Recreation (Parks) has 9 park units with improvements that potentially discharge to Areas of Special Biological Significance (ASBS). Parks is a new, non-traditional Phase II permittee. This presentation will review the 9 park units and the aggressive retrofit program that is targeting 11 high priority parking lots in 5 of the 9 park units that discharge to 5 ASBS. Another 28 parking lots will be targeted in future years. The presentation will share the results of an ongoing BMP feasibility study that prioritizes on retention. The feasibility investigation will be completed before the CASQA conference.
In addition to sharing the results of the ongoing BMP feasibility study, the topic of off-park discharges will be discussed. The treatment needs of these off-park discharges are unknown. The audience will be engaged to gather information and points of contact for further collaboration. The availability of Parks property for implementing BMPs for off-site sources will also be explored with the audience.
This talk relates to the conference theme because the individual effort of State Parks is likely insufficient to make a difference in receiving water quality due to the limited pollutant load originating from the park units. This presentation will provide for critical discussion with potential collaborators for larger-scale BMP implementation programs. Knowing the layout of the park units with respect to off-park stormwater sources is critical to that discussion.
The talk will engage the audience by asking questions about drainages to the ASBS and allowing the audience to guide the discussion via a real-time google-based interactive map showing ASBS discharge points, property boundaries, a measurement tool, and other elements helpful to BMP planning. The current version of this map is here: http://webpages.csus.edu/~smeyer/StateParks.htm.