Saturday, July 24, 2010

Land-use and green-infrastructure committee of Fayetteville forward to meet at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 28, 2010, in Room 11 of city hall to discuss stormwater managment and erosion-control ordinance being considered by City Council on August 3, 2010

To the Fayetteville Forward Land Use Planning and Green Infrastructure Committee-------

Not much has been happening this summer with our committee, but that doesn't mean green infrastructure matters aren't moving right along.  One in particular will be on it's third and final reading at the next City Council meeting on August 3, 6pm,  City Hall.
This is what is being considered for the council's vote:

  1. Amend Chapters 169: Physical Alteration of Land and Chapter 170: Stormwater Management, Drainage and Erosion Control:  An ordinance amending Chapter 169: Physical Alteration of Land and Chapter 170: Stormwater Management, Drainage and Erosion Control of Title XV of the Code of Fayetteville (Unified Development Code), to clarify stabilization requirements, require phased construction for sites larger than 20 acres, clarify re-vegetation requirements, clarify requirements for cut and fill slopes and retaining walls, define maintenance responsibility for stormwater management systems, restrict location of dirt and topsoil storage and define stabilization practices for dirt and topsoil storage, define a qualified inspector for erosion and sediment control best management practices, and require site plans for one and two family residences to contain a plan for erosion and sediment control and final on-site drainage.  This ordinance was left on the First Reading at the July 6, 2010 City Council meeting and on its second reading, July 20. 
  1. Amend Chapter 177: Landscape Regulations:  An ordinance amending Title XV: Unified Development Code of the City of Fayetteville, to amend Chapter 177: Landscape Regulations in order to modify existing requirements and regulations that address perimeter landscaping for development. This ordinance was left on the First Reading at the July 6, 2010 City Council meeting. 


The yellow highlighting on the document is where changes have been made, and  which are being voted on .  Members of this committee with interest in land use should pay special attention to  this amendment so please look over it .  Sarah Wrede, from the city's engineering department and who handles matters involving storm water, will be available to explain the amendment and to answer questions.  We will be meeting with her next week  so please come if you can.  
Thanks,  Fran

Wednesday, July 28, 3:30 pm in Rm 111, City Hall

Also don't forget the conference next week June 29-30 that I sent notice out about last month.

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Workshop Information
  • Date: July 29 and 30
  • Location: Fayetteville Town Center, Fayetteville, AR
  • Cost: $35.00 until July 1, and $50.00 after July 1
  • Agenda
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EPA Region 6, the Northwest Arkansas Stormwater Education Group, the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension, the Illinois River Watershed Partnership, and the Beaver Water District are proud to announce the "Managing Wet Weather with Green Infrastructure" Workshop to be held July 29th & 30th at the Fayetteville Town Center in beautiful downtown Fayetteville, AR.

What is Green Infrastructure?

Green infrastructure is an approach to wet weather management that is cost-effective, sustainable, and environmentally friendly. Green Infrastructure management approaches and technologies infiltrate, evapotranspire, capture and reuse stormwater to maintain or restore natural hydrology. Additional information on EPA's green infrastructure program is available at

Why attend?

Participants will leave the conference with knowledge of tools and practices needed to effectively implement GI and different approaches to linking GI to prevent/mitigate water quality impacts. This meeting will be highly informative and will benefit all participants. Continuing Education Units (CEUs) may be available.

Suggested Attendees

Anyone interested in improving their quality of life is welcome! Employees, managers and supervisors of organizations interested in learning about new opportunities and initiatives to "green" their communities. This includes, but is not limited to, those who work in:

  • City, County and Regional Governments including:
    • Environmental or Sustainability Departments
    • Energy offices
    • Departments of Public Works, Solid Waste, Parks and Recreation
    • Water Departments
  • Mayor’s Offices and Planning Departments
  • Tribal Governments
  • DOD Base Planning and Military Installation Administrators
  • School Districts
  • College and Universities
  • Places of Worship
  • Engineering and Architectural Firms
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Landscape Design
  • Real Estate Development
  • Construction
  • Vehicle Fleet Maintenance and Operations
  • Energy Service Companies
  • Renewable Energy Technology
  • Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO’s) working with local cities
  • Homeowners’ Associations


Day 1
7:45 - 8:30Registration
8:30 - 8:45     Welcome, Introductions, Purpose
8:45 - 9:15     Managing Wet Weather with Green Infrastructure
     Overview of stormwater dynamics and defining the concepts of Green Infrastructure/LID
     Nelly Smith, EPA Region 6
9:15 - 10:00     Benefits of Green Infrastructure and Retrofit Opportunities
     Dan Christian, Tetra Tech
10:00 - 10:15     Break
10:15 - 11:00     Prevention, Listing, and De-listing of 303(d) Impaired Waterways
     Jim Wise, ADEQ
11:00 - 12:00     TMDLs - What does it mean for the Illinois River Watershed?
     Phillip Massierer, FTN Associates
     Claudia Hosch, Associate Director, Water Quality Division, EPA Region 6
12:00 - 1:00     Catered Lunch
1:00 - 1:45     Local Codes and Ordinances
     Dan Christian, Tetra Tech
1:45 - 2:30     Construction Site BMPs, Inspections, and Effluent Limitation Guidelines
     Jamal Solaimanian, ADEQ
2:30 - 2:45     Break
2:45 - 3:15     MS4 Reporting and Program Audits
     Nick Willis, ADEQ
3:15 - 3:45     Managing Nutrient Runoff through Arkansas' Nutrient Regulations
     Patrick Fisk, AR Natural Resources Commission
3:45 - 4:30     Fayetteville's 5-Year Nutrient Management Plan
     Bob Morgan, Beaver Water District
     Sarah, Wrede, City of Fayetteville
4:30 - 6:00     Green Infrastructure Reception - sponsored by the Illinois River Watershed Partnership
Day 2
8:00 - 8:15Welcome
8:15 - 9:30     Panel Discussion: Building a Case for Green Infrastructure - Clear Creek Stormwater Management and Flooding
     Mayor Lioneld Jordan, City of Fayetteville (moderator)
     Mayor Doug Sprouse, City of Springdale
     Jerry Davison, Clear Creek property owner
     Charles Rhodes, Clear Creek property owner
     Beth Breed, FTN Associates, Ltd.
9:30 - 9:45     Break
9:45 - 12:00     Incorporating Green Infrastructure in Northwest Arkansas:
  • Bioretention (bioswales, rain gardens and green roofs)
    Kyle Engler, Sam's Club
    Brandon Nikolish, Wal-Mart
  • Eco-Vista Landfill
    Kirby Thompson, Waste Management
  • Green Infrastructure Planning Project
    Bob Caulk, Fayetteville Natural Heritage Commission
    Bob Morgan, Beaver Water District
    Patti Erwin, AR Forestry Commission
  • Sager Creek Project
    David Cameron, City of Siloam Springs


To register for the workshop, please download the registration form here (PDF) (1 pp, 92K).

Location and Parking

For more information and directions to the Fayetteville Town Center, visit Exit EPA Disclaimer. A parking deck is available below the building.
There are many hotels in area but the closest hotel (a one block walk) is
    The Cosmopolitan Hotel 70 Northeast Avenue Fayetteville, AR 72701 (479) 442-5555

Contact Us

If you have questions about the workshop or would like more information, please contact:
    Nelly Smith Environmental Engineer Permits & Technical Assistance Section (6WQ-PP) NPDES Permits & TMDLs Branch Water Quality Protection Division US EPA Region 6 1445 Ross Ave. Dallas TX 75202 Phone: (214) 665-7109 Fax: (214) 665-2191
This workshop is offered to all persons regardless of race, sex, marital status, age, or any other legally protected status. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (large print, audiotapes, etc.) should notify the Washington County Cooperative Extension Service office as soon as possible prior to the program at (479) 444-1755.

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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

NCAT announces that Arkansas among 3 states chosen to launch National Energy Corps program

Arkansas Chosen as One of 3 States to Launch National Energy Corps Program

The National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) is pleased to announce that it has been awarded funding from the Corporation for National and Community Service to launch the National Energy Corps AmeriCorps program.

By forming collaborations with local non-profit organizations, community action agencies, local governments and energy service organizations, the National Energy Corps initiative will foster community sustainability by addressing the core challenges of clean energy:

* Hands-on Energy Assistance
* Energy Education and Outreach
* Community Energy Planning and Organizing
* Green Jobs Training and Skills Development

The National Energy Corps program is an AmeriCorps initiative of the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) in cooperation with The Corporation for National and Community Service that was created to address unmet community energy needs by promoting sustainable energy consumption and
education, fostering community sustainability and helping to mitigate the effects of global climate change.

The National Energy Corps initiative builds on the success of the Montana Energy Corps pilot, a program funded by the Montana Governor’s Office of Community Service. Since October of 2009, Energy Corps members in Montana have been busy assisting with weatherization services for low-incomes areas,
developing clean energy awareness campaigns for communities and performing community building energy audits on reservations.

“We see a need for sustainable energy services across the country,” says Energy Corps Program Director Holly Hill. “The Energy Corps program has been a great success in Montana and we hope we can replicate that success on a larger scale.”

As a product of the successful Montana Energy Corps program, the National Energy Corps initiative will launch this fall in three additional states, Pennsylvania, Iowa and Arkansas. The Arkansas Energy Corps program will be managed by the NCAT Southeast Regional Office, located in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
NCAT Southeast Regional Office Director Margo Hale says, “The Southeast Regional office is thrilled to be one of three states to launch the National Energy Corps initiative. This is a great opportunity for our region and our state.”

Arkansas will have approximately 15 National Energy Corps positions available, beginning in September 2010. Energy Corps members will serve an 11 month term of service and receive the same benefits as an AmeriCorps member, which include a monthly living stipend, an education award, health insurance
and a experience of a lifetime providing direct services to their community. National Energy Corps members will be placed with host organizations in communities throughout the state of Arkansas to implement solutions for sustainable energy.

NCAT is currently accepting applications from non-profit organizations interested in hosting an Energy Corps member. Host organizations will be required to provide a detailed description of how an Energy Corps member working for their program will facilitate clean energy-related services.

Applications for host organizations must be submitted by the close of business by July 20, 2010. More detailed information regarding this partnership opportunity is available by reviewing the full application instructions attached or by contacting Holly Hill at 406-494-8652/ or Melissa Terry at 479.575.1382/


The National Center for Appropriate Technology is a nonprofit organization founded in 1976. NCAT’s innovative and diverse projects in the fields of
sustainable energy, sustainable agriculture and rural community development are supported by foundations, government/private sector grants and contracts, as well as through individual contributions and memberships.

AR Energy Corps Coordinator
National Center for Appropriate Technology
SE Field Office
207 W. Center
Fayetteville, AR 72701