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A Personal Note to the Stormwater Community

December 19, 2008

A Personal Note to the Stormwater Community

This may come as a bit of a surprise to my colleagues and friends in the stormwater community and the readers of NPDES News. As some of you know, I have been working in EPA’s pesticide program for the last couple of months on a temporary assignment. The position (which is a promotion) has been offered to me on a permanent basis. With mixed feelings, I have decided to accept this offer and leave the stormwater program.

Working with all of you – the thousands of stormwater professionals from around the country – has truly been the highlight of my career at EPA. I can’t tell you what an honor it has been to work with you over the last seven years to build our national stormwater program. I’ve had the privilege to meet and work with so many of you – whether in one of our many workshops, on our webcasts, at conferences, such as StormCon and IECA, or even just through (countless!) emails and phone calls. I want to express my sincerest thanks for the personal kindness and respect that you have unfailingly extended to me.

The last seven years have been an amazing experience for me, and I thought I would list some of the highlights at the end of this email. I want to express my gratitude to those who helped out with the many projects we have tackled. My sincere thanks and appreciation to John Kosco, Adrianna Berk, Sonia Brubaker, Barry Tonning, Melissa Desantis, Garrett Budd, Dave Hirschman, Jennifer Zielinski, Ted Brown, Mike Novotney, Tom Schuler, Lori Gates, Laura Funkhouser, Lisa Nisenson, Don Waye, Jack Faulk, Greg Schaner, Rachel Herbert, Misha Vakoc, Kristine Karlson, and Thelma Murphy. Also my thanks to everyone who made a guest appearance in a webcast or at one of our workshops.

While there are probably many things about the national stormwater program that could be improved, there is one area where it has succeeded brilliantly. The current regulatory structure allows for a great deal of flexibility at the local level, and this flexibility has inspired a lot of innovation in communities across the country. In my travels and discussions with you, I have learned so much and been inspired by the creativity you have brought to your work. I’ve tried to share these success stories in our webcasts, workshops and training sessions, and on our website and I hope that you will continue to find forums to share the good work that you are doing with your colleagues in the stormwater community.

I’m really proud of the work that you are doing and am honored to have been a part of this great effort to protect our nation’s rivers, lakes, and coastal waters.

All the best for 2009!

Stay in touch,

Nikos Singelis
Chief
Internet and Training Branch
Office of Pesticide Programs
U.S. EPA
703-603-0164
singelis.nikos@epa.gov

Highlights

  • Getting In Step With Phase II Workshops – Workshops in 24 cities across the country attended by 2500 people
  • Stormwater Webcast Series – 17 webcasts attended by 43,000 people • Post-Construction Manual – with the Center for Watershed Protection
  • Extensive distribution and training on CWP’s Illicit Discharge Manual
  • Extensive distribution and training on EPA’s Getting In Step Manual for Outreach Campaigns
  • Presentations and pre-conference workshops at StormCon and IECA
  • Articles in Stormwater magazine, Stormwater Solutions, CE News and others
  • Urban BMP Performance Tool
  • “Developing Your Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan” (SWPPP Guide)
  • Participation in the development of EPA’s Construction General Permit and Construction and Development Effluent Guideline
  • “After the Storm” brochure which inspired a TV show/video
  • The “Stormwater Month” collection of outreach materials
  • EPA’s first electronic permit application system – eNOI
  • Outreach to the construction industry
  • Participation in Center for Watershed Protection’s Stormwater Institutes
  • Campaign to increase stormwater reporting in the Clean Watersheds Needs Survey
  • Manager of the NPDES website
  • NPDES News

 

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