WV State University hosting workshop on storm water management

Contact Info

Contact Name: Amir Hass, Ph.D. Research Scientist WV State University

Contact Phone: 304.645.5410

Contact E-mail: amirhass@wvstateu.edu

WV State University to host workshop on storm water management

INSTITUTE, WV – Soil scientists, storm water managers, engineers and practitioners will soon gather on the campus of West Virginia State University for a workshop on storm water management. The two-day event will take place on Friday and Saturday, June 1 and 2.

Sponsored by the West Virginia Association of Professional Soil Scientists (WVAPSS), the workshop will cover new MS4 requirements and will showcase best management practices (BMPs) and interpretation ratings for BMPs in different soil types.

West Virginia currently requires that storm water be managed on site, by infiltration, evapotranspiration or harvesting. The workshop will focus on soil interpretations and storm water practices that infiltrate storm water, instead of letting water runoff and cause flooding downstream or runoff into overtaxed storm sewers.

On Friday, participants will learn about the new Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4s), requirements and Charleston’s BMPs. USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) personnel will introduce and conduct a hands-on instruction session of the newly developed Web Soil Survey storm water soil rating interpretations. Web Soil Survey is a free, web-based tool which enables users to evaluate the suitability of different soil types to different storm water BMPs in order to plan the best BMP to install. On Saturday, there will be a tour of four storm water BMPs in the Charleston area.

Members of WVAPPS can attend the event at no charge. Registration for non-members is $25. To register, contact Robert Pate at Robert.Pate@wv.usda.gov or 304-255-9225, ext. 129.

The workshop will begin with a meet and greet session in room 135 of the WVSU Wilson Student Union on Friday, June 1, at 9 a.m.