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  1. Introduction and Overview of NPDES Regulations for PIPE Programs Dan Bogoevski Ohio EPA Northeast District Office

  2. What is a PIPE Program? • Required by NPDES permit for regulated MS4s • On-going strategic program to educate the community about storm water pollution and involve them in its implementation

  3. NPDES Permit Requirements • Public Education (MCM #1) • Must include at least 5 themes or messages over the 5-year permit term • At least 1 theme or message must target the development community • Must use more than one mechanism to deliver messages • Must reach at least 50% of your population over the 5-year permit term • Population within your urbanized area (UA)

  4. NPDES Permit Requirements • Public Involvement (MCM #2) • Must include 5 public involvement activities over the 5-year permit term

  5. Focus Must Be on Storm Water • Identify a storm water pollution issue • Focus on changing behaviors or raising awareness Not as Good On Point

  6. Focus on Storm Water Better

  7. Focus on Storm Water When it Rains….It Drains! Best?

  8. Ohio EPA Recommendations • Education activities which require active participation by the public are preferred • Stream clean-ups, storm drain stenciling, adopt-a-road programs, citizen workgroups • Address issues pertinent to your community • Provide bi-lingual materials if appropriate • Work regionally so that messages are consistent across communities and costs are lower for all

  9. Ohio EPA Recommendations • Develop an education strategy document • Planning is key to a cost-effective program • Themes or Messages • Audiences • Citizens, Municipal Staff, Businesses, or Institutions in your community • Mechanisms • Select to reach the desired targeted audience • Measurable Goals • Develop a broad 5-year plan at the beginning of each NPDES permit cycle • Develop a detailed plan annually

  10. Example Strategy • Message: Pick Up Poop! • Encourage proper disposal of pet waste • Target Audience • Dog owners • Mechanisms and Goals • Distribute brochures with 100% of dog licenses • Create poster and yard signs that shows connection between pet waste and storm water pollution if it is not properly disposed • Place posters on all pooper-scooper stations in all city parks • Supply pet shops with yard signs and ask them to include one with purchases of dog supplies

  11. Example: NEORSD • Public Service announcements on WCPN • Newspaper ads • Website • Encourages citizen to submit photo of their pet • Link to order posters, yard signs, doggie bandanas • You Tube videos

  12. Message High Points Kirby Date

  13. Message High Points • Tell people what you want them to DO • Someone like them, or someone they’ll like (does the talking) • Focus on positive outcomes: health, families, saving money, choice, and quality • Simplify, and repeat: Develop 3 or 4 strong statements, and use them over and over – one at a time • Remember white space! (readability)

  14. Tell People What You Want Them to DO

  15. Someone Like Them, or Someone They’ll Like

  16. Focus on positive outcomes: health, family, saving money, quality, choice

  17. Simplify and Repeat

  18. Remember White Space

  19. Annual Reporting If you rely on a third party to provide some or all of your PIPE program, attach signed copy of current MOU.

  20. Annual Reporting

  21. Resources for PIPE Programs • Educational Material • US EPA Educational Materials • Ohio EPA video info at • US EPA Webcasts • Using Outreach and Public Involvement to Meet Your Phase 2 Goals • Social Marketing: A Tool for More Effective Stormwater Education and Outreach

  22. For More Information Websites USEPA Ohio EPA Ohio EPA Contacts Central Office Jason Fyffe (614) 728-1793 Anthony Robinson (614) 728-3392 NE District Office Dan Bogoevski (330) 963-1145 Chris Moody (330) 963-1118 (Ashtabula, Mahoning, Medina & Trumbull) Phil Rhodes (330) 963-1136 (Summit & Stark)