Webinars and Videos

Webinars

The NPDES permit program, created in 1972 by the Clean Water Act (CWA), helps address water pollution by regulating point sources that discharge pollutants to waters of the United States. The permit provides two levels of control: technology-based limits and water quality-based limits (if technology-based limits are not sufficient to provide protection of the water body). The US Environmental Protection Agency provides a number of recorded webcasts that can help the stormwater professional in understanding the basics as well as the intricacies of the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System. The links below point to previously recorded webcasts relating to the following stormwater topics:

Videos

Floodplain

  • The Flooding in Iowa Project is a series of 20 floodplain-topic, web-based videos designed to educate local officials and the general public about floodplains, flood risks, and basic floodplain management principles.  The videos are divided into five categories: Introduction to the NFIP, Understanding Flooding, Floodplain Mapping, Floodplain Regulation, and Flood Insurance.  In 2016, this project received the national ASFPM Outreach Award. 

Stormwater

Indiana MS4 Videos

INAFSM is a supporter of this on-going Indiana MS4 entities lead project to develop a series of MS4 and Stormwater-topic, web-based videos.  Since 2012, the project has been coordinated by the Tippecanoe County Partnership for Water Quality and the Muncie Sanitary District.  Participating MS4s voluntarily pool their resources to develop videos annually.

MS4 Inspection Photos

  • MS4 for Elected Officials - This 8 minute video features MS4 communities’ experienced, elected officials giving their advice and recommendations on why the MS4 program is important and explaining how it helps them with their duties (2016)
  • Blue is the New Green - Blue is the new Green" - completed in 2015, this 10 minute video reviews the Do's and Don’ts of basic stormwater pollution prevention practices that should be implemented by everyone in their home, in their yard, and when they are out and about.  This training tool will assist with educating the general public so they can learn to do the right things to help protect our environment; especially focusing on ways to help keep our waterways clean.  Since the green, environmental movement is very popular, the video's title is a play on turning stormwater or "blue" into the next, new "green" movement! (2015)
  • Stormwater Quality: Inspection - Completed in 2015, this 7 minute video explains the Inspector’s overall responsibilities (whether they represent a governmental entity or a private firm) when they inspect an active construction site for compliance with its stormwater quality runoff permit and/or applicable regulatory requirements.  An overview of what needs to occur before, during, and after the inspection is presented.  This training tool can be used to help inform governmental staff such as state or MS4 entity employees as well as those “trained individuals” conducting required “self-monitoring” inspections on their own sites.  The Stormwater Quality Inspector’s role and responsibilities are important ones since their primary job is to help protect our nation’s waters; keeping them free from sediment and other pollutants. (2015)
  • Stormwater Pond Maintenance for Homeowners - This 8-minute video describes the steps to maintaining a residential stormwater management pond. The primary target audience is home or property owners’ associations, but residents living in a community with a stormwater pond can also benefit from this information (2016)
  • Proper Concrete Washout Procedures For Contractors - This 9 minute video was produced to share practices for properly managing concrete washout and concrete finishing discharges for end users and features updated BMPs, including how to washout in smaller areas (2013)
  • Proper Refueling - This 6 minute video is designed to highlight the proper techniques for refueling vehicles and portable containers while reducing the potential for fuel to reach the storm sewer. Proper clean up and disposal methods are also outlined (2012)