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2014 WATER QUALITY CONFERENCE
Science ~ Law ~ Permitting ~ Public Policy

Water QualityApril 11, 2014
World Trade Center Two
Portland, Oregon

Topics

  • Strategies to Protect Clean Water
  • Civil and Criminal Enforcement & Third Party Litigation
  • NPDES Stormwater Permit Updates
  • Source Evaluation & Control
  • Treatment and Best Management Practices
  • Water Quality Standards
  • Determining Toxicity Using the Biotic Ligand Model
  • Pesticides, Copper, Ammonia, Arsenic, Selenium
  • And More

     
8:30-9:00   Registration & Continental Breakfast
       
9:00   Welcome, Introductions and Program Overview
     
  Holly Duncan
Environmental Law Education Center

BIG PICTURE ISSUES AND THE ROAD AHEAD
9:00-9:30 What Are the Biggest Threats to Clean Water in Oregon?
    Regulatory, Technical, Legal and Practical Strategies to Protect Water Quality
    Searching for New Solutions
     
 

Ken Williamson, PhD
Regulatory Affairs Department Director, Clean Water Services
Emeritus Professor, School of Chemical, Biological & Environmental Engineering
Oregon State University

       
9:30-10:00 The Road Ahead – Protecting Water Quality
    Regulatory Programs, Policies and Priorities for Protecting Water Quality in Oregon
    DEQ Reorganization: What Does It Mean for Water Policy and Regulation?
     
 

Jennifer Wigal
Water Quality Program Manager
Oregon Department of Environmental Quality

       
10:00-10:30 Integrated Water Management ‐ One Water Paradigm
    A Retrospection and Trajectory for the Future to the One Water Paradigm
    Integrated Urban Water Management: Stormwater, Wastewater & Drinking Water
     
 

Diane Taniguchi‐Dennis
Deputy General Manager
Clean Water Services

       

10:30-11:00 Break

 
ENFORCEMENT AND LITIGATION
11:00-12:00 Protecting Water Quality through Enforcement and Third Party Litigation
    Are Civil and Criminal Enforcement Actions Successful in Achieving Compliance?
    What Are Effective Strategies to Defend and Resolve Enforcement Actions?
    Is Third Party Litigation an Effective Tool for Clean Water Act Violations?
    PRESENTATIONS AND PANEL DISCUSSION:
     
 

Leah Feldon, Compliance and Enforcement Manager
Oregon Department of Environmental Quality
Allison LaPlante, Staff Attorney and Clinical Professor
Earthrise Law Center, Lewis & Clark Law School
Chris Rich, Perkins Coie LLP
Laura Maffei, Cable Huston LLP

       

12:00-1:00 Lunch (Provided)

 
STORMWATER PERMITTING & SOURCE CONTROL
1:00-1:30 Stormwater Management and Permitting – Latest Developments
    NPDES Stormwater Permit Updates and Priorities
    Addressing Tier II Corrective Action & Required Stormwater Discharge Monitoring
    Developing General Permit for Phase II Small Municipalities
     
  Erich Brandstetter, PhD
Stormwater Program Coordinator
Oregon Department of Environmental Quality
       
1:30-2:00 Source Evaluation and Control: An Integrated Approach to Controlling Contaminants in Stormwater
    Evaluating an Entire Range of Contaminant Pathways and Reducing Contaminant Sources
    Controlling Stormwater Sources: Selecting Effective Options and Measuring Effectiveness
     
  Warren Hansen, PE
Windward Environmental LLC
       
2:00-2:30 Source Control and Treatment Options: Strategies to Reduce Contaminants in Stormwater
    Steps to Achieve Compliance with Benchmarks
    Case studies: Using Source Control and Treatment Best Management Practices
     
  Ayn Generes, PE, CPSWQ
Regional Stormwater Program Manager
Sound Earth Strategies, Inc.
       

2:30-3:00 Break

 
HOT TOPICS: STANDARDS, PESTICIDES, AMMONIA, METALS, COPPER AND
THE BIOTIC LIGAND MODEL
3:00-3:30 Water Quality Standards for Toxic Pollutants – Latest developments
    Updates: Pesticides, Selenium, Ammonia, Copper, Aluminum and Cadmium and More
    EPA's Latest Ammonia Criteria vs Oregon's Current Criteria
    Developing Copper Criteria Using EPA's Biotic Ligand Model
     
 

Andrea Matzke, Water Quality Standards Specialist
Oregon Department of Environmental Quality

       
3:30-4:00 Legal Developments and Primary Implementation Issues for Water Quality Standards
    The Endangered Species Act's Increasing Role in Establishing Water Quality Standards
    Legal Issues Associated with the Copper Biotic Ligand Model
    Establishing Standards for Naturally Occurring Pollutants
     
  Michael Campbell
Stoel Rives LLP
       
       
4:00-4:30 New Methods for Developing Water Quality Criteria
    The Scientific Basis of the Biotic Ligand Model
    Alternatives for Application of the Biotic Ligand Model
    Successful Case studies
     
  Robert Gensemer, PhD & Carrie Claytor
GEI Consultants, Inc.
       
 

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