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Stormwater Management Public Education & Training Committee

Improving Stormwater Management Approaches Through Education and Outreach

With funding from the State of Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council (TBRPC) coordinates the Stormwater Public Education Committee in District 7, which is comprised of staff in municipalities, counties, and non-profit organizations.

Delivering a safe transportation system that “preserves the quality of our environment” is an FDOT mission objective.  FDOT’s active stormwater management program and support for local governments play an important part in meeting this objective. Stormwater discharges from FDOT projects and facilities are regulated under multiple water pollution control programs, including the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) stormwater permitting program.

The TBRPC Stormwater Management Public Education & Training Committee meets four to six times a year to discuss nonpoint source pollution prevention education, define issues of common interest, and best practices for supporting the NPDES permitting requirements.  The committee is open to any organization that develops programs to support outreach and education on water quality. To become a member, please go to our sign-up form.

Meeting topics include discussion of local priorities and emerging issues; techniques and strategies for effective public education and outreach; employee training, implementation of best management practices, water quality sampling, and others.

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FDOT District 7

The district includes the following counties: Citrus, Hernando, Hillsborough, Pasco, and Pinellas.

Stormwater Committee Meeting Materials

  •  Agenda
  • Welcome, Introductions & Public Comment
  • Project updates
  • May 19 Meeting Speaker: Abbey Tyrna, Water Resources Agent, UF/IFAS Sarasota, will talk about their Healthy Stormwater Ponds program and NOAA Florida Coordinator, 2020 Florida Marine Debris Reduction Plan
  • Stormwater Committee Strategic Plan: Steps and Data Collection
  • Other Items / Announcements
  • Future Meeting Dates
    • July 21, 2020
  • Agenda 
  • Welcome, Introductions & Public Comment
  • Discuss FDOT 2021 grant application and new focal areas (July Meeting Presentation FY2021)
  • Overview of the Tampa Bay Estuary Program’s new grant through EPA’s Trash Free Waters initiative & grant program; Joe Whalen, Communication & Outreach Coordinator for TBEP. (TBEP WHALEN TFW)
  • Other items/announcements
  • Topics and date for next meeting
    • September 15, 2020
  • Agenda
  • Welcome, Introductions & Public Comment
  • FDOT 2021 funding proposal presentations
  • Other items/announcements
  • Topics and dates for 2021 meetings
    • January 19, 2021
    • March 16, 2021
    • July 20, 2021
    • September 21, 2021

FDOT Stormwater Education & Outreach Funding

Effective community education and outreach can make a difference in improving the quality of stormwater runoff to support healthy ecosystems.

Since 2014, the TBRPC has managed an annual mini-grant program, which is funded by FDOT to support local efforts to create awareness and change behaviors. In 2019, the TBRPC disbursed more than $50,000 to 12 organizations for projects which ranged from $1,000 to $10,000.

The projects developed and implemented creative public outreach programs and a variety of materials. All grant materials and resources are available for use and Committee members and awardees are happy to share their information and tips. Here are links to some of the recently developed program materials:

Visit our stormwater funding page to learn more about next year’s funding opportunity and application.

For more ideas, you can review the projects funded over the past few years and check out pictures of our past projects below:

Check out these fantastic videos made by Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful, available for everyone in the region to use on your websites and in your outreach efforts.