JEFFERSON PARISH, LOUISIANA
July 27, 2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
JEFFERSON PARISH DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS HOSTS COMMERCIAL & INDUSTRIAL STORM WATER MANAGEMENT VIRTUAL WORKSHOPS
JEFFERSON, LA – The Jefferson Parish Department of Environmental Affairs will hold a series of virtual workshops to help educate businesses and industries on storm water management in Jefferson Parish, thanks to funding provided by a sub-grant from the UNO Research and Technology Foundation.
Two in-person workshops were held in the fall of 2019, and two more were scheduled to be held in the spring of 2020. Due to COVID-19, the previously scheduled spring workshops will now be offered online.
The first virtual workshop will be held on Tuesday, August 4, 2020 at 8 a.m. and will provide attendees with an overview of the storm water collection system in Jefferson Parish as well as local and state regulations for managing storm water on commercial and industrial sites. The second virtual workshop will be held on Thursday, August 6, 2020 at 8 a.m. and will provide attendees with recommended best management practices for complying with local and state regulations.
Both virtual workshops will be open to the public and viewable on Jefferson Parish’s website at www.JeffParish.tv/live, Jefferson Parish Facebook page at www.facebook.com/JeffersonParishGov/ and on JPTV (Channel 6 on Cox and Channel 99 on AT&T Uverse).
The workshops will also introduce the Jefferson Parish Environmental Stewardship Award Program, which will recognize businesses and industries implementing good storm water practices. Certificates of attendance and/or PDH certificates for engineers will be provided upon request.
Jefferson Parish Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) consists of over 1,400 miles of subsurface drainpipes and over 300 miles of open canals and ditches. Storm water runoff from residential, commercial and industrial land areas can collect oil, grease, litter, hazardous wastes, sediment and other pollutants, which can pollute surrounding waterbodies such as Lake Pontchartrain. Environmental Affairs investigates hundreds of complaints of illegal discharges to the drainage system each year. Approximately 20 percent of all complaints relate to commercial and industrial activities.
For more information about the virtual workshop series or MS4, contact Sami Khalil with the Department of Environmental Affairs at 731-4612.
For more information about Jefferson Parish, visit www.JeffParish.net. Residents can also receive regular updates by following the Parish on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@JeffParishGov) or by texting JPALERT or JPNOTICIAS to 888-777.
Jefferson Parish Public Information Office
1221 Elmwood Park Boulevard, Suite 1002
Jefferson, LA 70123
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Gretchen Hirt Gendron, PIO