Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Environmental Center at A&M-Kingsville Presents Conference on Water Quality Protection Planning for Lower Rio Grande Valley Oct. 18-19 in South Padre Island

KINGSVILLE - October 04, 2007

Contact: Jason Marton
jason.marton@tamuk.edu or 361-593-4143

A rainier-than-average summer brought not only excess storm water to South Texas and the Lower Rio Grande Valley, but also a lot of problems with drainage, water quality maintenance and sewage overflow.

For regulators, officials and citizens looking for answers, a solid place to turn will be the Lower Rio Grande Valley Urban Storm Water Management Conference, happening Thursday and Friday, Oct. 18-19, at the Sheraton Hotel in South Padre Island.

Organized and co-sponsored by the Center for Research Excellence in Science and Technology-Research on Environmental Sustainability of Semi-Arid Coastal Areas (CREST-RESSACA) at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, the event will provide answers to a host of storm water-related problems. Representatives from universities, environmental groups and regulatory agencies will address:

  • urban storm water management
  • municipal storm water management programs
  • sanitary sewer overflows
  • composting technologies
  • programs from the Texas Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (TPDES)

The conference will assist municipalities and other entities in complying with regulations, including those of the TPDES Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System program. Separate storm sewer systems consist of ditches, curbs, gutters, storm sewers and similar means of collecting or moving storm water runoff that do not connect with a wastewater collection system or treatment plant.

Registration for the conference is $100. Pre-registration runs until Friday, Oct. 5 and is encouraged to ensure that adequate seating and food are available.

Go to http://crest.tamuk.edu/ for conference registration. For additional questions or information, contact conference representatives Rose Rodriguez at 361-593-5556 or rrodriguez@eng.tamuk.edu; or Javier Guerrero at 956-219-3686 or jguer0351@aol.com.

Additional sponsors for the event include Texas A&M-Kingsville and its South Texas Environmental Institute (STEI); the Environmental Protection Agency; the American Public Works Association; the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality; the Arroyo Colorado Watershed Partnership and the Lower Rio Grande Valley TPDES Storm Water Task Force, made up of 17 cities that address the TPDES storm water regulations in a united regional effort. Formed in 2003 through the efforts of A&M-Kingsville’s environmental engineering department and STEI, the Task Force provides workshops, training, conferences and forums for discussion to various interests in South Texas.

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