October 2, 2013

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Geosyntec Selected for National Highway NPDES Permitting Research Project

PORTLAND, Ore. — The National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) selected Geosyntec Consultants to complete the research project "Cost and Benefit of Transportation Specific MS4 and Construction Permitting."

The primary objective of the NCHRP project is to assist state transportation departments (DOTs) in developing practical, defensible National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permitting strategies for their highway environments. "The specific research objectives are: 1) to characterize the various NPDES permitting strategies and options for DOTs; 2) to assess and evaluate the costs and benefits associated with alternative NPDES permitting strategies; 3) to develop recommendations for NPDES permitting strategies for highway agencies and to quantify the potential costs of these strategies; and 4) to identify strategies for communicating with regulatory agencies,"according to the NCHRP.

One of the major project tasks will include compiling information on all 50 state DOTs' current construction and post-construction stormwater NPDES permits, which will allow Geosyntec to gain more knowledge about DOT stormwater permitting around the United States. The end product will be a final report providing guidance on permitting strategies for state and local DOTs.

Geosyntec's research project team includes Marie Venner and Associates as well as Brian Currier with Sacramento State University.