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June 13, 2012 Surrogate TMDLs – Better Than the Real Thing? Register Here


Presented by: CT NEMO

Date: June 13, 2012

Time: 2:00 - 3:00 PM EST


Michael Dietz, CT NEMO Program Director

Mike's Bio

Mike is a water resources educator, with primary responsibilities for running the CT NEMO Program. Mike's position is jointly held between the Center for Land Use Education and Research (CLEAR) and the Connecticut Sea Grant College Program at the Avery Point campus. In addition to assuming the leadership of the NEMO Program, Mike will contribute to Sea Grant's sustainable coastal community development program.

He received both his Masters and Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut, focusing on stormwater and low impact development (LID) techniques. Upon his graduation, he worked with the Connecticut NEMO program from 2005 to 2007 on projects related to LID. He left Connecticut in 2007 to take a position at Utah State University as an assistant professor and extension specialist in sustainable living, where he continued to work on stormwater monitoring and LID, in addition to green building, energy conservation, and water harvesting. He was director of Utah House, a demonstration house for green building techniques.

Chet Arnold, Water Quality Educator, UConn CLEAR Associate Director

Chet's Bio

Chet ArnoldChet Arnold is a Water Quality Educator for the UConn Department of Extension and the Associate Director of the Center for Land use Education and Research (CLEAR). Chet has been with the University since 1987, and is the Co-founder of the Nonpoint Education for Municipal Officials (NEMO) Project, a national award-winning program that uses geospatial technology to educate local land use decision makers about the relationship between land use and water resource protection. As the Associate Director of CLEAR, Chet focuses on the integration of the Center's research, technology, and outreach functions, and how these activities can best benefit Connecticut communities.


In some areas of the country, states are issuing "surrogate" Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) orders that use impervious cover, flow or other factors as a surrogates for pollutant load limits in impaired streams. The intent is to develop a pragmatic, simplified approach to addressing the complex web of urbanization impacts on stream health. While the ultimate end goal is the same – improved biological health of the stream – the implementation is focused on tangible actions that communities can take to disconnect impervious cover and reduce runoff volume.

This webinar will explore how these TMDLs were developed, how they are working (or not), and whether or not they are a viable alternative to a traditional TMDL. Case studies from CT and Maine will be highlighted.



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