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Freshwater & Oceans

National Workshop to Advance State TMDL Programs

National Conservation Training Center
Shepherdstown, WV
June 24-25, 2008

Vision for the Workshop

To provide an oportunity for participants to discuss with one antoher and EPA their ideas about the status and direction of the TMDL Program and to identify specific, concrete, forward-looking ideas for the improvement and evolution of the TMDL Program.

Goals

For participants to share in a free and open forum their ideas about what is working in the TMDL Program—and what could be changed—to achieve:

  • The development of TMDLs that are more “value added”—that is, TMDLs that are implementable and lead to restoration of water quality;
  • The use of TMDL alternatives;
  • The implementation of TMDLs; and
  • Accurate assessments of both interim and long-term measures of program success.

For participants facing similar TMDL program issues and obstacles to identify one another and, if they so choose, agree on means of communicating and working together in the future.

 

Agenda

Monday, June 23
Arrival, Check-In, & Registration

3:00 pm -- 8:00 pm

NCTC Check-In and Workshop Registration
Main Lobby

5:30 pm -- 7:00pm

Dinner (Open)
Commons Dining Room

8:00 pm -- 9:00 pm

Welcome Reception
Murie Lodge Lounge Area

Tuesday, June 24
National Workshop Day One: Development

6:30 am -- 8:30 am

Breakfast (Open)
Commons Dining Room

8:30 am -- 9:00 am

Welcome, Introductions, and Workshop Overview
Room 151, Instructional West Building

Greeting and Introductions
Bruce Myers, ELI
Opening Remarks
Craig Hooks, EPA

Workshop Overview
Sandra Nichols, ELI

9:00 am -- 10:00 am

Session #1-- Innovations in TMDL Development (Part I): Sharing Examples of New Ideas and Approaches
Room 151, Instructional West Building

Facilitator
Bruce Myers, ELI

Session Co-Coordinators
Kathy Stecker, NC
Heidi Henderson, NM

Panel Presentations and Q&A

(1) The Northeast Regional Mercury TMDL
Susannah King, NEIWPCC

(2) West Virginia’s Watershed Approach
James Summers, WW

(3) Connecticut’s Methodology for Impervious Cover TMDLs
Chris Bellucci, CT

10:00 am -- 10:30 am

Morning Break
Refreshments Available in Instructional West Building

10:30 am -- 12:00 pm

Session #2 -- Innovations in TMDL Development (Part II): More Innovations—Small Group Discussions
Room 154, Instructional West Building
Room 158, Instructional West Building

Facilitators
Bruce Myers, Sandra Nichols, Adam Schempp, Adenike Adeyeye, ELI

Discussion questions: what other innovations could you share from your state? How would the approaches presented by the panelists work in your state? What innovations would be needed to make them work in your state? Does your state face any barriers to using such approaches that EPA could help with?

12:00 pm -- 1:00 pm

Lunch (with Group)
Commons Dining Room

1:00 pm -- 2:30 pm

Session #3 -- Innovations in TMDL Development (Part III)
Room 151, Instructional West Building

Facilitator
Bruce Myers, ELI

Report Back from Small Group Discussions

Plenary Discussion

EPA Remarks
John Goodin, EPA

2:30 pm -- 3:00 pm

Afternoon Break
Refreshments Available in Instructional West Building

3:00 pm -- 5:00 pm

Session #4 -- Development of Non-TMDL Options for Addressing Impaired Waters
Room 151, Instructional West Building

Facilitator
Sandra Nichols, ELI

Session Coordinator
Jason Sutter, AZ

Panel Presentations and Q&A

(1) To 4B or Not to 4B: The Florida Experience
Eric Livingston, FL

(2) “Straight to Implementation” — A TMDL Alternative
Helen Bresler, WA

(3) Environmental Accountability Projects: Alternatives to Address Impaired Waters in Wisconsin and Other Region 5 States
Nicole Richmond, WI

Plenary Discussion

5:00 pm -- 5:30 pm

Session #5 -- Day One Wrap-Up
Room 151, Instructional West Building

Facilitator
Bruce Myers, ELI

Plenary Discussion

Common Ideas/Proposals Following Day One?

EPA Remarks
John Goodin, EPA

5:30 pm -- 6:00 pm

Open

6:00 pm -- 7:00 pm

Dinner (with Group)
Commons Dining Room

7:00 pm -- 8:00 pm

Optional Evening Session
Building Informal State Networks to Continue Dialogue
Murie Lodge Lounge Area

Facilitators
Bruce Myers & Sandra Nichols, ELI

Wednesday, June 25
National Workshop Day Two: Implementation

6:30 am -- 8:00 am

Breakfast (Open)
Commons Dining Room

8:00 am -- 9:30 am

Session #6 -- Getting to TMDL Implementation (Part I): What’s Working?
Room 151, Instructional West Building

Facilitator
Sandra Nichols, ELI

Session Coordinator
Kimberly Cenno, NJ
Panel Presentations and Q&A (60 minutes)

(1) Nonpoint Source-Only TMDLs: Using the Right Tool to Get to Clean Water
Helen Bresler, WA

(2) Implementing Mixed Point Source/Nonpoint Source Nutrient TMDLs
Kathy Stecker, NC

(3) Evolution of Using TMDLs to Address NPS/Ag Impaired Waters in California
Ken Harris, CA

(4) Stakeholder Communications: Lessons Learned from Minnesota
Jeff Risberg, MN

Small Group Discussions (30 minutes)
Room 154, Instructional West Building
Room 158, Instructional West Building

Facilitators
Bruce Myers, Sandra Nichols, Adam Schempp, Adenike Adeyeye, ELI

Discussion questions: what other approaches could you share from your state? How would the approaches presented by the panelists work in your state? What further tools or innovations would be needed to make them work? Does your state face barriers to using the proposed approaches that EPA could help with? Are there national initiatives that we could suggest to EPA?

9:30 am -- 10:00 am

Session #7 -- Getting to TMDL Implementation (Part II)
Room 151, Instructional West Building

Facilitator
Sandra Nichols, ELI

Report Back from Small Group Discussions

Plenary Discussion

EPA Remarks
John Goodin, EPA

10:00 am -- 10:30 am

Morning Break
Refreshments Available in Instructional West Building

10:30 am -- 12:00 pm

Session #8 -- Building the Capacity of State TMDL Programs
Room 151, Instructional West Building

Facilitator
Adenike Adeyeye, ELI

Session Coordinator
Kathy Stecker, NC

Panel Presentations and Q&A

(1) Building the Capacity of State TMDL Programs on Hawaiian Time
David Penn, HI

(2) Elements of an Effective State TMDL Program: Overcoming Internal Obstacles
Heidi Henderson, NM

(3) Working with Stakeholders for Effective Progress
Melissa Evers, ME

(4) Balancing State Resources for TMDL Development: Pace, Rigor & Expectations
Tom Stiles, KS

Plenary Discussion

12:00 pm -- 1:00 pm

Lunch (with Group)
Commons Dining Room

1:00 pm -- 2:30 pm

Session #9 -- Evaluating Success: Measuring, Monitoring, and Tracking
Room 151, Instructional West Building

Facilitator
Adam Schempp, ELI

Session Coordinator
Jack Smith, WY

Panel Presentations and Q&A

(1) Innovations in Tracking from Region 5
Jeff Risberg, MN
Dean Maraldo, EPA Region 5

(2) TMDL Results Analysis at EPA: Fixing the Blind Spots
Doug Norton, EPA HQ

Plenary Discussion

2:30 pm -- 3:00 pm

Afternoon Break
Refreshments Available in Instructional West Building

3:00 pm -- 4:00 pm

Session #10 -- Open Forum on the Future of the TMDL Program: Where We Are Going and Where We Should Be Going
Room 151, Instructional West Building

Facilitator
Sandra Nichols, ELI

Plenary Discussion

4:00 pm -- 4:30 pm

Session #11 -- Workshop Wrap-Up
Room 151, Instructional West Building

Facilitator
Bruce Myers, ELI

Plenary Discussion

Common Ideas/Proposals Following Workshop?

EPA Remarks
John Goodin, EPA

Discussion of Next Steps

Check-Out & Departure
4:45 pm

Departure of Shuttle Bus for Dulles Airport
(Participants with Wednesday evening flights

5:30 pm

Departure of Shuttle Bus for Holiday Inn Washington-Dulles (Participants with Thursday flights)