Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination
In June of 2010, LCLGRPB staff organized and hosted an IDDE training through the Eastern New York Stormwater Regional Training Center managed by the Saratoga County Intermunicipal Stormwater Management (I-SWM) Program. The training was held at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs. There were 18 professionals from the Washington, Saratoga and Albany County MS4s, including Code Enforcement Officers and Highway Superintendents.
- How to develop program goals & strategies for the MS4s' IDDE program,
- Procedures and tips for detecting illicit discharges in the field,
- Assessment and auditing of municipality's existing resources,
- Methods to set up a tracking system,
- The basics of how to map identified illicit discharges and much more.
The morning sessions included multiple power point presentations, discussions and Q & A sessions. Andy Sansone of Monroe County presented examples of his IDDE program and discussed how he manages his program within the City of Rochester and Monroe County. The first afternoon in the field consisted of obtaining water samples from outlets and pipes with trainer Don Lake, P.E. These samples were then analyzed for an array of illicit discharge properties including pH, ammonia, chloride and the presence of detergents. The second afternoon was spent identifying areas of concern for illicit discharge throughout the campus.
Training materials were distributed, including the IDDE Manual by the Center for Watershed Protection, and various worksheets and resources. Code enforcement officers who completed the course earned one continuing education credit from NYS DOS.