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WETLANDS PROGRAM

What is a Wetland?
 City of Baton Rouge/Parish of East Baton Rouge Wetlands Program
Potential Problems for Wetlands
What Can I Do To Protect Wetlands?
Participate in a Volunteer Wetland Monitoring Program
Mitigating Nonpoint Source Pollution in Urban Watersheds with Spatial Modeling, Best Management Practices for Wetlands & Community Outreach


Best Management Practices for Preserving and Protecting Our Wetlands
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Stormwater Mitigation Best Management Practices
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Stormwater BMP Manual This document is in PDF format.  Download the free viewer from www.adobe.com

EBRP Stormwater BMP Handbook
Table of Contents | Introduction | Chapter 1 | Chapter 2
Chapter 3 | Chapter 4 | Chapter 5 | Chapter 6 | Chapter 7

Hydrologic Features Map of East Baton Rouge Parish This document is in PDF format.  Download the free viewer from www.adobe.com
Sample Water Quality Impact Study This document is in PDF format.  Download the free viewer from www.adobe.com
Sample Stormwater Management Plan This document is in PDF format.  Download the free viewer from www.adobe.com


PREVIOUS WORKSHOP INFORMATION

Stormwater Workshop Information

Wetlands Contractor and Developer Stormwater Workshop, held on August 15, 2007

Agenda This document is in PDF format.  Download the free viewer from www.adobe.com

Presentations
Session I
Ron Gray - Introduction to Stormwater Program This document is in PDF format.  Download the free viewer from www.adobe.com

Session II
Ron Gray - Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan This document is in PDF format.  Download the free viewer from www.adobe.com

Session III
Melissa Guilbeau, AICP - Proposed Stormwater Management Plan This document is in PDF format.  Download the free viewer from www.adobe.com
 
Session IV
Dana Brown, ASLA - Stormwater Best Management Practice Handbook Presentation

Session V
David Batts - Building the BMP: Construction Specifications This document is in PDF format.  Download the free viewer from www.adobe.com

Session VI
Roland Gonzales - Building the BMP: Paver Construction

Session VII
Rick Webb - Building the BMP: Type of Plants This document is in PDF format.  Download the free viewer from www.adobe.com

Session VIII
Kevin Robert Perry, ASLA - Sustainable Stormwater Management Case Study This document is in PDF format.  Download the free viewer from www.adobe.com


Stormwater Best Management Practices Workshop III

Agenda
WETLANDS STORMWATER AGENDA This document is in PDF format.  Download the free viewer from www.adobe.com

Presentations
Session I
Bill Honker, P.E. Presentation
Federal Regulations from the Clean Water Act
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Session II
John H. Pardue Presentation
Land Use Planning and Stormwater Management
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Session III
Chris Piehler Presentation
Regional Approaches to Stormwater Management
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Session IV
Hope Herron Presentation
Gulf Coast Trends and BMPs
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Suggested Links
www.epa.gov/waterscience/guide/stormwater
or BMP Manual
www.portlandonline.com/bes/index.cfm?c=dfbbh


Storm Water Workshop II
May 11, 2007

Agenda Summary This document is in PDF format.  Download the free viewer from www.adobe.com
Presentation

Session II 
Jan Boydston (LDEQ) Presentation
Stormwater Requirements
Corry Gallo Presentation
Stormwater Best Management Practice Implementation This document is in PDF format.  Download the free viewer from www.adobe.com

Session III
Dr. Zhi Qiang Deng Presentation
Best Management Practice Construction and Maintenance
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Session 4
Kevin Shanley Presentation
Case Study Buffalo Bayou in Houston, TX
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What Is a Wetland?

Wetland area in East Baton Rouge ParishAlthough wetlands are often wet, a wetland might not be wet year-round. In fact, some of the most important wetlands are only seasonally wet. Wetlands are the link between the land and the water. They are transition zones where the flow of water, the cycling of nutrients, and the energy of the sun meet to produce a unique ecosystem characterized by hydrology, soils, and vegetation making these areas very important features of a watershed. Using a watershed-based approach to wetland protection ensures that the whole system, including land, air, and water resources, is protected.

Wetlands are divided into four general categories-marshes, swamps, bogs, and fens. They differ in terms of soil, topography, climate, hydrology, vegetation, and water chemistry. Most areas in East Baton Rouge Parish that could be considered wetlands resemble a swamp or marsh. Swamps have more wooded vegetation like bald cypress or tupelo compared to marshes which have herbaceous vegetation such as grasses.

City of Baton Rouge/Parish of East Baton Rouge Wetlands Program

Recognizing the importance of wetlands and other ecosystems, the Conservation and Environmental Resource Element of the Horizon Plan identified the need to preserve and protect these environmentally sensitive lands. The City-Parish Planning Commission was named as the lead agency for assuring that these sensitive areas are identified and considered in land use planning and future development scenarios. In order to achieve this goal, a wetlands program was established through funding assistance from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Herons in the moonlight in parish's Wetland area.The East Baton Rouge Parish Wetlands Program employs a dual approach to wetlands protection and preservation. The prime objective is to educate. A better understanding about the value of wetlands reduces the tension between environmental concerns and economic growth issues. The second objective is to provide tools for decision-making for both the private and public sectors to facilitate the development process. See Information Bulletin 42 Wetlands. This document is in PDF format.  Download the free viewer from www.adobe.com

Potential Problems For Wetlands

The wetland areas in East Baton Rouge Parish are surrounded by rapidly increasing urban development. More roads, buildings, parking lots, and driveways mean more impervious surfaces. These surfaces do not hold moisture so water from rainfall, snow or even irrigation is transported rapidly across them and deposited in large amounts into drainage conduits and eventually surface water. It is difficult to thoroughly explain wetlands in East Baton Rouge Parish without discussing the potential problems associated with them. Nonpoint source pollution or run-off is described to give the reader a clearer idea of what can affect a wetland area so that corrective steps can be made before these important lands are destroyed.

What Can I Do To Protect Wetlands?

First, identify your watershed and find the wetlands in your neighborhood. Learn more about them and share what you learn with someone you know! Encourage neighbors, developers, and state and local governments to protect the functions and values of wetlands in your watershed.

Instead of draining or filling wetlands, find more compatible uses, such as waterfowl and wildlife habitat.

When developing your landscaping plan, keep wetlands in mind. Plant native grasses or forested buffer strips along wetlands on your property to protect water quality.

Participate In A Volunteer Wetland Monitoring Program!

Plan to avoid wetlands when developing or improving a site. Get technical assistance from your state environmental agency before you alter a wetland.

Maintain wetlands and adjacent buffer strips as open space.

Support your local watershed association.

Plan a wetland program or invite a wetland expert to speak at your school, club, youth group, or professional organization.

Build a wetland in your backyard.

Learn how to build a wetland by visiting the U.S. Department of Agriculture www.nrcs.usda.gov/feature/backyard *source www.EPA.gov

Mitigating Nonpoint Source Pollution In Urban Watersheds With Spatial Modeling, Best Management Practices For Wetlands And Community Outreach.

The Planning Commission realizes the connection between Wetlands and Nonpoint Source Pollution in East Baton Rouge Parish (EBRP). Wetlands, if used properly, can be used to store and clean stormwater. The unique climate and soils in EBRP are an ideal environments for wetland areas. This project connects the two by analyzing specific Best Management Practices (BMPs) for Nonpoint Source Pollution using wetlands when applicable. Using Spatial Modeling, BMPs for Wetlands, and Community Outreach were chosen as approaches to mitigate the nonpoint source pollution problem in East Baton Rouge Parish.

Spatial Modeling is manipulating and analyzing spatial/geographical data to generate solutions to complex problems. Graphically displaying sources and sinks for nonpoint source pollution and wetlands on a map give an important illustration of where development should be guided and what areas should be protected. Finding relationships among geographic features is necessary since the sources of nonpoint source pollution can be widespread.

Best Management Practices (BMPs) are effective, practical, structural or nonstructural methods which prevent or reduce the movement of sediment, nutrients, pesticides and other pollutants from the land to surface or ground water. These practices are developed to achieve a balance between water quality protection and development. See information Bulletins below:

Information Bulletin 45 Alternative Paving This document is in PDF format.  Download the free viewer from www.adobe.com
Information Bulletin 56 Stormwater Best Management Practices This document is in PDF format.  Download the free viewer from www.adobe.com

Community Outreach is promoting and educating information regarding the water quality problem of nonpoint source pollution, importance of wetland areas, and other BMPs that can reduce the negative effect of water. The high degree of human interaction with urban waters makes community outreach and education vital.

The Wetlands Program has created a Wetlands Steering Committee to guide the project within the existing scope of services. The Committee consists of development professionals, regulatory agencies, and public works officials. All members are stakeholders in the water quality and help pass on information to their prospective professions.