IEPA and Legislators Presentation 11 19 2009

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A presentation given to IEPA Director Doug Scott and SW IL State Legislators November 2009

A presentation given to IEPA Director Doug Scott and SW IL State Legislators November 2009

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  • 1. Briefing for Local Legislators IEPA Director Doug Scott Alan J. Dunstan, Madison County Board Chairman Frank O. Miles, Administrator
  • 2. Solid Waste Management Madison County Planning & Development Environmental Management Recycling, Grants & Green Schools Program Storm Water and Environmental Planning Initiatives
  • 3. Solid Waste Management
    • The Planning and Development department is responsible for carrying out the provisions of Madison County’s Solid Waste Management Plan.
    • The plan addresses the management of solid waste disposal, future facilities and additional solid waste options for the County.  The County Solid Waste plan is updated every five years.
    • This program includes the inspection of landfills, the inspection of random dumping in the county and Illinois Environmental Protection Agency coordination with landfill permit applications and compliance. The Department is a delegated partner with IEPA. Even though grant funding is temporarily cut – the department continues the partnership.
  • 4. Solid Waste Management
    • Madison County has been a delegated partner with the IEPA since 1986 and has completed over 4,500 inspections.
    • These inspections, by 3 IEPA Certified Staff Inspectors, include open landfills, closed landfills, waste transfer stations, landscape waste transfer stations, construction demolition debris transfer stations, and industrial landfills.
    • The facilities are inspected regularly by our office to ensure compliance with their operational permit and the Illinois Environmental Protection Act. In addition to landfills, Madison County has several waste and compost transfer stations located through the county.
    Typical landfill activity
  • 5. Solid Waste Management
    • Madison County Planning and Development provides annual inspections of all IEPA permitted facilities, as well as responding to citizen complaints of open dumping, open burning and water pollution issues
    • This is done in conjunction with a delegation agreement between Madison County and the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency.
    • Open dumping is a consolidation of waste from one or more sites or waste generators . Examples include tires, shingles, c & d, or white goods.
    A typical open dump site in Madison County
  • 6. Solid Waste Code Violation Examples Unpermitted Air Destructor Openly dumped waste tires
  • 7. Residential Recycling Program
    • In 1996, the Madison County Board signed into effect the Madison County Residential Recycling Ordinance (RRO). This important resolution states that all Madison County residents in single or two-dwelling housing units must separate all recycling from regular waste. The recycling is collected via a free bin provided by Madison County.
    • Recycling diverts sustainable materials out of our landfills. By promoting recycling and separating, we provide raw material to manufacturers that is cheaper to produce via virgin material, thus keeping product & retail cost down.
    • Recycling also promotes jobs in our county, provides commerce, and helps to regulate tipping fees at a lower rate.
  • 8. Residential Recycling Program
    • In promoting this goal, the department carries out the recycling objectives of the Madison County Solid Waste Plan. In 2008, Madison County’s recycling rate was 35% while the state’s rate was about 33%.
    • Major functions of our recycling program include grants & funding opportunities, residential curbside recycling, the use of 8 recycle drop off stations and a school recycling education program.
    • Currently, there is a hotline and website devoted to the Madison County Recycling Program for residents, educators, and children to utilize.
  • 9. Recycling Grant Funding
    • In FY 2009, the Madison County Recycling Program, under the guidance of the Madison County Planning & Development Committee, funded over $750,000 to local governments, schools, and park districts.
    • Projects funded with these grants include recycled park benches, solar projects, recycled playground surface, TV cameras and brush chippers/grapplers and even a goat.
  • 10. Residential Recycling Options
    • Although curbside recycling is a top priority to Madison County, special recycling events and programs are implemented annually for the convenience of all residents –free of charge
    • Special Programs include disposal of:
      • household hazardous waste events
      • electronic waste and tires events
      • Christmas tree disposal event
      • * State funding has been curtailed for some of these programs – the County has opted to continue them to our residents
  • 11. Green School Programs
    • The Madison County Green Schools Program allows schools to expand their recycling programs to incorporate the principles of sustainability.
    • Currently, 98% of all public school students and 94 % of all parochial school students participate in the recycling program.
    • Some of the current commodities recycled at schools include paper, eyeglasses, keys, cell phones for soldiers, soda bottles, AL cans, 6-pack rings, plastic soda bottles, batteries, drink pouches, crayons, tab tops & printer cartridges.
  • 12. Green School Programs Old keys Tab tops
  • 13. Green School Programs
    • Students gain knowledge and understanding through graphing, counting and working together as teams.
    • Students perform waste audits on their own classroom waste baskets to find ways to encourage better recycling practices
  • 14. Green School Programs Students participate in TRASHformations – a recycled sculpture contest
  • 15. Green School Programs Teachers gain first hand experience through educational hands-on workshops.
  • 16. Green School Programs Just announced two new programs during ARD this week - Newborns in Need (remakes T-shirts into baby items) and Shoes for Kenya (recycles shoes at 35 cents/pound, $$ used to purchase water drilling systems for villages in Kenya.)
  • 17. Storm Water Management
    • Under legislative authorization of the State of Illinois – (championed by our local legislators) in 2007 Madison County formed a Storm Water Commission
    • The goal of the Storm Water Management Commission is to enhance the quality of life in the community and to create a comprehensive, county-wide storm water management plan
    • Part of the plan’s purpose will be to recommend responsible economic development strategies to contain storm water and minimize associated damages
    • The plan will also aim to inventory, preserve and protect the open spaces and natural resources of Madison County – through the use of green infrastructure
    • Consultants selected – RJN Engineers and Oates and Associates are principle firms involved – 18 months to complete
  • 18. Storm Water Management
    • Continue coordination with Metro East Storm Water Coordinating Board – efforts merged
    • Advocate federal and State support for funding of the US Army Corps of Engineers Ecological Restoration Project
    • Continue targeted efforts in Chouteau-Nameoki Townships on storm water solutions
    • Advocate state support for the groundwater discharge well project in Granite City
    • Advocate support for dredging of Horseshoe Lake or portion thereof for storm water control
  • 19. Storm Water Management
    • Partnership with NGRREC and LCCC to develop storm water and waste water management solutions
    • Grant coordinator that acquires funding for Madison County, LCCC, and NGRREC for sustainable projects and programs.
  • 20. Storm Water Management
    • Arlington Wetland Acquisition:
    • 70.5 acres of wetland and non-wetland buffer zone near Horseshoe Lake State Park is preserved
    • Acquired by working with local organizations (RC & D, CARD)
    • Project will advance the aims and objectives of the Ecological Restoration Project of the US Army Corps of Engineers
    • Project funded by
      • IL Clean Energy - $283,000
      • NAWCA - $75,000
      • CARD - $125,000
      • Madison County - $30,000
  • 21. Storm Water Management Arlington Wetlands Acquisition
  • 22. Storm Water Management
    • Increase cooperation with local Soil and Water Districts and USDA – County provides financial assistance for inspections
    • Enhance Phase II EPA Clean Water compliance – Greening
    • Develop education materials for schools (grades 3,4,5)
      • A targeted curriculum on the importance of storm water management to children
      • Includes outreach to libraries, schools and web based resources
    • Development of a Storm Water Solutions Series for Public
      • A series of brochures on storm water innovations
      • Instructs the general public on how to get involved in storm water management and reduce water pollution
  • 23. Conclusion
    • Future projects of Planning & Development include:
    • Development of a Climate Action Plan – Sustainability Efforts Increased
      • Measure the County’s Green-Print
      • Apply for additional state and federal grants for “greening efforts”
    • Develop Sustainable Education Programs – partnership with Lewis and Clark Community College , our County schools and our Green Schools Coordinator
    • ARRA block grant retrofits for County facilities and Public and Private sector
    • Hosting a Green Job Summit in the next year to promote sustainable jobs
    • Promote the development of Green Infrastructure – by increasing grant availability to local units of government and improved regulations
  • 24. Madison County Environmental Management