Privatization and Outsourcing Storm Water Discharge Requirements: Simplification Through Automated Sampling

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Courtesy of Weston Solutions, Inc

ABSTRACT

Kelly Air Force Base (KAFB) is a large industrial complex that is currently undergoing a Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) action. Privatization is occurring concurrently with the base closure and realignment. The base maintains both two Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) and two Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission (TNRCC) storm water discharge permits. Kelly AFB installed a system of automated storm water monitoring samplers and flow meters for its eight storm water outfalls to effectively manage the requirements of the permits. Maintenance, operation and handling of compliance issues through monitoring, sampling and reporting were directly contracted to Roy F. Weston, Inc. (WESTON®).

With the conveyance of real property to both the private sector and other Air Force agencies, the liability associated with the permits will also be conveyed. This paper describes Kelly AFB’s approach to storm water monitoring and provides insight into how the base has met storm water monitoring compliance requirements while reducing the manpower dedicated to this program. Through Kelly AFB’s pioneering and subsequent contracting of workload to WESTON®, the assumption of the role of permittee is simplified and the privatization of the base expedited.

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