Track 2: Connecting Trash Assessment Data to an Implementation Plan

Date / Time:
Tuesday, Oct 16 10:20am to 10:50am
Meeting Room 1-3 (Lower Level)
Track / Session:
Trash Track / Trash Implementation Planning

Non-traditional Phase 2 permittees have been tasked with creating jurisdictional maps that identify the trash levels present at all land uses discharging substantial amounts of trash to the MS4 network and Implementation Plans that describe how a selected combination of controls will achieve Full Trash Capture Equivalency.

Creating a plan is much like the movement of water from Summit to Sea. First, water droplets (or data points) are collected with a vast and broad view of their relationship. Then, moving towards the sea, they have individual and localized impacts. This presentation will detail the process of analyzing Visual Trash Assessment data to connect it to a valuable Implementation Plan. This will be a pre-view as to what Non-Traditional entities can expect after 3 years of data collection, since VTA has been collecting trash as part of its Program Effectiveness Assessment for three years. A single site will be followed from ‘start to finish’ or ‘data collection to implementation plan’ to exemplify the tools and approaches used to create an agency wide strategy for full trash capture equivalency. In addition, the audience will be given details as to how these concepts and tools could be applied to their own Non-Traditional MS4. Speaker will engage the audience with relevant knowledge, exciting slides, and a ‘road map’ moving from mountain summit to the sea.

The presentation will be organized in the following manner:

1. Brief summary as to what the Visual Trash Assessment Methodology entails and how that data is equivalent to Full Trash Capture. – Audience will be surveyed with a raise of hands as to who has used Visual Trash Assessments to survey their sites
2. What Visual Trash Assessment data means to you and your entity- examples of Priority Land Uses and the different ways trash is generated. Different ways Trash generation is combatted, such as a full Operations and Maintenance (O&M) department, contracted O&M, coordination of departments, etc.
3. Creating your Trash Implementation Plan:
a. Current Operations & Maintenance- Scenario specific information regarding O&M regime at certain types of sites, the coordination between different O&M teams from different entities
b. Hotspots present? - What constitutes a particularly trashy area? Focusing efforts here. How do you reduce trash here?
c. Proposed Operations & Maintenance- Scenario specific information regarding NEW O&M regime at certain types of sites
4. Implementing Trash Implementation Plan:
a. Costs- costs related to new O&M regime. What part of proposed plan was actually implemented?
b. Progress Assessments- Is Implementation Plan working? Why or why not?
5. Lessons Learned- Scenario specific.
a. Positives- What worked well?
b. Negatives- What would we have done differently?
c. Main take-aways-How to use these tools to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of stormwater management.
6. Q&A

Primary Speaker:
Selena Gonzalez, Keish Environmental
Selena has over two years of experience in environmental science and water quality, with an emphasis on stormwater testing and inspection. She has a background in biology and is a certified Qualified Storm Water Practitioner (QSP) and Qualified Industrial Stormwater Practitioner (QISP). Most recently, Selena has been working with the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) on their MS4 Non-Traditional Stormwater program and implementation of the Phase 2 permit, and Trash Amendments. Selena has been instrumental in creating an agency wide plan that will reduce trash at VTA and bridge the gap between management and maintenance.
Supporting Speaker 1:
Rachael Keish, Keish Environmental