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2018 National Nonpoint Source Training Workshop

Red Rock Canyon Open Space

This workshop was held November 5-8, 2018 in Colorado Springs, CO, and funded under a cooperative agreement to NEIWPCC from the U.S. EPA’s Nonpoint Source Control Branch. It was co-sponsored by U.S. EPA Region 8.

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    • State and Territorial Nonpoint Source Program Managers
    • Tribal Nonpoint Source Program Managers
    • EPA Regional and Headquarters Nonpoint Source Program Coordinators
    • NRCS Regional and State Conservationists, as well as NRCS Headquarters staff
    • All selected speakers and presenters

Attendee List
Speaker Biographical Information


States: Emily Bird, Vermont DEC; Chris Cudia and Abraham Franklin, New Mexico ED; Russ Gibson, formerly Ohio EPA; Stephen Landry, New Hampshire DES; Faith Hambleton, Texas CEQ; Heather Jennings, North Carolina DEQ; Terry McDill, Minnesota PCA; Carla McCullough, Nebraska DEQ; Shanon Phillips, Oklahoma CC; Tony Ramick, Arkansas NRC; Nicole Sandberg, Virginia DEQ; Susan Dingman Summerlin, Alabama DEM; Cecilia Lane, Washington, DC DOEE

Tribes: Hank Bojorquez, La Jolla Band of Luiseno Indians; Shawn Chato and Dino Chavarria, Pueblo of Santa Clara; Tim Funk, Southern Ute Tribe; Chauncey Means, Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes; Peggy Obear, Prairie Island Indian Community; Tim Spade, Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe

EPA: Donna Somboonlakana, R2; Kamilah Carter, Vivian Doyle, Bryan Hummel, Mara Lindsley, R4; Lindsey Griffin, Caitlain Thompson, R6; Judy Bloom, Peter Monahan, R8; Michelle Wilcox, Alan Henning, R10; Steve Epting, Robert Goo, Lisa Hair, Don Waye, Lynda Hall, HQ

An additional thank you to the Friends of Red Rock Canyon Open Space and our Colorado hosts!


Click here for the draft agenda

Field Trip Details: Red Rock Canyon is a prime example of the urban/wild land interface. The unique and scenic geological formations of the Canyon provided for an educational and enjoyable field trip on this recently preserved 1,476 acre parcel. The site contains a capped landfill, numerous erosion issues, old mining sites, stream course alterations, and recreation impacts. Educators from the Friends of Red Rock Canyon and NEIWPCC provided field trip attendees with an understanding of the area’s nonpoint pollution issues and its natural and cultural history.

Educators guided groups of attendees along 2-mile (with shorter 1-mile option) loops of scenic trails and described the numerous nonpoint and environmental issues on the site.


In an effort to provide learning opportunities for those that are not able to attend in person, NEIWPCC used Webex to offer select conference sessions in a live webinar format.

Some sessions were not recorded.

Webinar recordings are available in the links below, or can be accessed via the “Webinar” links next to the presentations listed under the “Additional Materials” tab.
Day 1, November 5
Day 2, November 6
Day 3, November 7
Day 4, November 8


Basic Training Materials:
Agenda and Reference Links
Section 319 of the Clean Water Act Cheat Sheet
Terms and Conditions
GRTS Mandated Elements
Watershed References
319 Guide: Applying for Grants
319 Program Basics
Suggested reading: Private provision of public goods by environmental groups

Presentations with webinar links where applicable:
Welcoming and Opening Remarks
National Nonpoint Source Program Update
Lynda Hall, USEPA HQ

Healthy Watershed Consortium Grants: Keeping watersheds healthy through accelerated protection
Peter Stangel, Chief Operating Officer, US Endowment for Forestry & Communities

State NPS Management Plans
Refreshing State NPS Program Plans: What’s Worked? What’s Next?Webinar
Cyd Curtis, USEPA HQ

New Mexico’s Nonpoint Source Management Program Plan RevisionWebinar
Abraham Franklin, New Mexico Environment Department

Building Blocks to a Better Nonpoint Source Program in the First StateWebinar
Marcia Fox, Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control

Groundwater and Sourcewater Protection
Building Bridges between Water Programs for the Truckee River: Leveraging CWA, SDWA and Regional Efforts for Water Quality Planning
Birgit Widegren and Kimberly Rigdon, Nevada Division of Environmental Protection

NPS Pollution Affecting Groundwater – The Bazile Groundwater Management Area Plan
Carla McCullough, Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality

Protect the Source: a look at how Public Water Supplies can ensure safe drinking water for years to come
Travis Sieve, Kansas Department of Health and Environment

Innovative Collaboration and Partnerships
Oklahoma’s National Water Quality Initiative Pilot Project: Assessment and Outreach Planning the Little Beaver Creek WatershedWebinar
Greg Kloxin, Oklahoma Conservation Commission

Practical Applications of Conservation Social Science in the Adoption of Best Management Practices Lessons Learned and Processes Looking ForwardWebinar
Lisa Holscher, Conservation Cropping Systems Initiative of Indiana

Tribal Technical Session
Sustainable Solutions for NPS Problems in Indian Country
Peggy Obear, Prairie Island Indian Community

Tribal Nonpoint Source Program Management: Accomplishments and Lessons
Chauncey Means, Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes

Utilizing Existing Program Documents, Information from Outside Agencies, and Data Analysis Techniques to Develop a Tribal Non-Point Source Assessment Report
Tim Spade, Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe

Urban and Suburban NPS Issues
Soil Phosphorus in (Sub)urban Kentucky: Lawn and Gardening Our Way to Hell in a Vegetable BasketWebinar
Brad Lee, University of Kentucky

To restore or not to restore, that is the McQuesten… (PPT Part 1, Part 2) – Webinar
Michele L. Tremblay, New Hampshire Rivers Council, and Stephen Landry, NH Department of Environmental Services

Integrating Green Infrastructure into Nonpoint Source Management in GeorgiaWebinar
Christine McKay, USEPA R4, and Veronica Craw, Georgia Department of Natural Resources

TMDL and 319 Integration
Protocols for Crediting Sediment and Nutrient Load Reductions from Stream RestorationWebinar
Bill Stack, Center for Watershed Protection

Tools for Tracking TMDL Implementation Progress and BMP Installation in VirginiaWebinar
Ashley Wendt, Kelly Meadows, and Nicole Sandberg, Virginia Department of Environmental Quality

Implementing Sediment TMDLs in Montana through Restoration of Natural Riparian and Stream FunctionsWebinar
Dean Yashan and Eric Trum, Montana Department of Environmental Quality

Maximizing Cobenefits on NPS Projects
Emergency Management, Hazard Mitigation, and Nonpoint Source Programs: Planning Together Today for Resilient Community Watersheds of TomorrowWebinar
Alanna Conley, USEPA R4, and Esther White, University of Kentucky

The Iowa Watershed Approach: Marrying Flood Mitigation and Water Quality Improvement for a More Resilient LandscapeWebinar
Allen Bonini, Iowa Department of Natural Resources

Watershed Planning and Green Infrastructure Are Hazard Mitigation: Insight into Collaboration for NPS PlannersWebinar
Lisa Hair, Robert Goo, USEPA HQ, and Mark Thompson, Colorado Division of Emergency Management

Lessons Learned: Measuring and Communicating 319 Program Successes
Tracking and Communicating Vermont’s Clean Water ProgressWebinar
Emily Bird, Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation

Determining Project Effectiveness using Physical, Chemical, and Biological ParametersWebinar
Jim Bowcutt, Utah Division of Water Quality

Increasing Virginia’s 319 program efficiency: a journey through LEAN and process improvementWebinar
Nicole Sandberg, Ashley Wendt, and Kelly Meadows, Virginia Department of Environmental Quality

Funding Strategies and Opportunities
Calculating the Return on Environment: it’s not just another pretty faceWebinar
Fred Suffian and Ellen Bryson, USEPA R3

Panel on Integrating State CWSRF Programs with State NPS ProgramsWebinar
coordinated by Don Waye, USEPA HQ

What would you do with $165 Million for Stream and Wetland Restoration and Protection Projects?Webinar
Steve Malone, Ohio Environmental Protection Agency

Vermont Water Infrastructure Sponsorship Program (WISPr)Webinar
Terisa Thomas, Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation

Silviculture to Stormwater: Maine’s CWSRF Approach to NPSWebinar
Wendy Garland, Maine Department of Environmental Protection

Watershed-Based Planning
Shell Creek: A Tough Nut to CrackWebinar
Carla McCullough and Elbert Traylor, Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality

Community-Sourced Efforts in Watershed-Based Planning: Obstacles and OpportunitiesWebinar
Meg Hennessey, New Mexico Environment Department

Development of Ohio’s 9-Element Nonpoint Source Implementation Strategic Plans: A productive transition with the creation of a new HUC-12 scale 9-Element watershed-based planning template and related outreachWebinar
Rick Wilson, Ohio Environmental Protection Agency

Agricultural NPS Pollution
Conducting Targeted Water Monitoring Studies to Measure Water Quality SuccessWebinar
Steve Hopkins, Iowa Department of Natural Resources

Collecting Edge-of-Field and Small Watershed Runoff and Water Quality Data: Data Quality and Resource ConsiderationsWebinar
Daren Harmel, USDA-ARS

Soil Health: A New Hope for Water Resources in KansasWebinar
Andrew Lyon, Kansas Department of Health and Environment


Lynn Porta
Phone: 978-349-2051

For information on the previous National NPS Training Workshop that NEIWPCC hosted, see our 2016 National NPS Training Workshop Archive page.

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