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Michael Bloom to Present at Clean Waters Initiative Workshop in Houston

Michael Bloom, P.E., CFM, BCEE, an associate and a water resources engineer based in Geosyntec's Houston office, will lead a workshop November 14, 2012, providing an overview of recent changes to the region's municipal stormwater permitting program.

The workshop, "Welcome to the MS4," will be held from 8 a.m.-noon in the Houston-Galveston Area Council's Conference Room A, 3555 Timmons Lane in Houston. The event is sponsored in part by Geosyntec for participants of the Clean Waters Initiative, which provides workshops to help local governments, landowners, and citizens develop effective strategies to reduce pollution in Texas waterways.

As a result of the 2010 U.S. Census, new storm sewer system operators are now required to obtain coverage under a Texas Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (TPDES) permit. Cities, counties, municipal utility districts, and other sewer system operators must develop and implement stormwater management programs to reduce pollutant discharges to the maximum extent practicable. The workshop will provide timely guidance and updated information to newly regulated entities and others that would like a refresher on these topics.

Mr. Bloom is a frequent presenter at events and lectures focused on stormwater management, water quality, and low impact development. He regularly contributes to Water Environment Research Foundation stormwater research and is a member of the stormwater committee for the National Association of Flood and Stormwater Management Agencies. He also chairs the Watershed Management Committee of the Water Environment Association of Texas and, as a member of the Houston-Galveston Area Council's Bacteria Implementation Group, he was charged with developing a regional strategy to address bacteria impairments in area waterways.