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Marine Debris Program Presents at 2020 Stormwater and Litter Workshop in Virginia

FEBRUARY 24, 2020 — On February 10, NOAA’s Marine Debris Program participated in the 2020 Stormwater and Litter Workshop hosted at Randolph–Macon College in Ashland, Virginia.

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Workshop attendees discuss the opportunities and solutions in addressing solutions for stormwater and litter across Virginia. Image Credit: NOAA.

This one-day workshop brought together over 65 stormwater professionals from municipalities across Virginia to address urban trash pollution and municipal separate storm sewer systems. Attendees included a diverse set of stormwater engineers, managers, and public works professionals, as well as county and state government employees. The workshop focused on  strategies to intercept trash before it becomes part of stormwater runoff and is conveyed to and through the storm sewer system.

The workshop highlighted the importance of interception of litter as both a removal and prevention approach. Attendees at the workshop networked and shared ideas through case studies, networking, and priority-setting.  MDP Mid-Atlantic Regional Coordinator Christy Kehoe shared information on the Marine Debris Program’s activities in the Mid-Atlantic and relevant national projects tied to stormwater interception.

This workshop was a continuation of prior year workshops, providing an opportunity to discuss current stormwater issues facing Virginia and the Mid-Atlantic region and to foster collaboration and advance understanding of this issue. 

For more information please contact NOAA MDP Mid-Atlantic Regional Coordinator

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Last updated Friday, February 28, 2020 4:19pm PST