Take action now to reduce costs and avoid potential for regulatory action.
Pressure from Federal and State regulators, on both public and private entities, as well as a desire for a healthy environment, are causing the City of Bangor to devote an increasing amount of time and resources to stormwater. The business community will be most affected if regulatory action is taken, as it was in South Portland, but the City is working hard to avoid a confrontation.
Plans have been developed that reflect progress toward improving our streams, and hopefully keep regulators at bay. However, funding to implement those plans has not yet been identified. The City was assisted by the James W. Sewall Company to complete a stormwater utility feasibility study to determine if a utility is the best option to fund the much needed stormwater infrastructure and other improvements. Having completed the study, Bangor City council will be considering whether or not a fee, similar to a sewer or water fee, may be an appropriate funding option for Bangor to address stormwater problems. A comprehensive program intended to prevent regulatory action on private properties and improve Bangor’s streams, could be implemented at a cost of about $2 to $4 a month for a single-family home, and more for larger properties. The City is currently working to complete the details for such a program. This seminar will explain why business owners should not wait to take action to reduce costs and avoid potential for regulatory action. Examples for how to take action now will also be presented.
- Provide a brief background on stormwater regulatory pressures & the need for stormwater funding
- Provide an update on the status of the City’s Prospective Stormwater Utility
- Provide the audience with some insight as to how it will affect them financially if the utility is or is not implemented, and
- Offer examples of what can be done to minimize the costs to businesses or organizations
Join us on Wednesday, February 8, 2012 for this important discussion from
7:30 - 9:00 AM at the Hilton Garden Inn in Bangor . An RSVP is requested on, or before, February 3, 2012.
Meet our Panelists:
Steve Kahl is the founding director of the Environmental Sciences Group at James Sewall Company. His group is focusing on keeping Sewall at the forefront of environmental services that can meet regulatory requirements while reducing construction and maintenance costs, such as new methods for controlling stormwater runoff. Before Sewall, Dr. Kahl founded the Senator George Mitchell Center for Environmental Research at the University of Maine and the Center for the Environment at Plymouth State University in NH. Steve is an environmental chemist, focusing much of his career work on water quality, stormwater, and best management practices to protect water quality. He has a PhD in Geological Sciences from the University of Maine, worked for Maine Dept of Environmental Protection and served a variety of public service and board of director roles in Maine including Commissioner of the Land Use Regulation Commission.
Wendy Warren is the Environmental Coordinator with the City of Bangor, Maine. She helped spearhead the development of a comprehensive stormwater program, coined the Bangor Clear Streams Project, and helped develop a plan to implement the program with consistent and sustainable funding. Ms.
Warren has worked along with several City staff to find the best possible solutions to balance environmentally responsible efforts with those that make good economic sense. Her primary responsibility is to ensure that City operations maintain compliance with environmental regulations such as hazardous waste, air emissions, underground storage tanks, solid waste, land use and stormwater. Ms. Warren has over twenty years experience in environmental compliance and water quality pollution prevention working in the private sector as well as municipal and county government. She received her B.S. in Urban Planning and Environmental Management from Western Michigan University, and Hazardous Waste Management certificate through the University of California, San Diego.
Andrew Hamilton serves as the Chair of the Environmental Practice Group at Eaton Peabody. Andy has counseled private and municipal clients in Maine regarding environmental permitting, compliance, and enforcement matters. This experience has provided an understanding of the enforcement tools available to State and federal agencies and how best to counsel clients in light of those enforcement tools; this understanding has deepened with the advent of remedies and approaches used by third party monitors and environmental advocacy group in their work with the agencies. With colleagues at Eaton Peabody, Mr. Hamilton has had specific experience with several properties on a number of the City’s six “urban impaired streams.” Mr. Hamilton has 28 years’ experience in environmental and natural resource matters, working with private sector, municipal, and quasi-municipal clients. Although he grew up in The County, Andy wandered to Portland where he earned a J.D. from the University of Maine Law School and, before that, a B.S. Degree in Government and Economics from Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT.