The Bluegrass Regional Alliance for Stormwater Success (BRASS) was established by CDP as a consortium for MS4 clients to meet and share ideas and information. The BRASS represents approximately 20 percent of Kentucky Phase II MS4s. The group meets on a quarterly basis to discuss timely articles, explore cost-sharing opportunities, and earn PDH/CEU hours. The BRASS also convenes intermittently for webinars presented by DOW or EPA. Previous topics covered have included asset management, green infrastructure, education/outreach activities, tracking Minimum Control Measure (MCM) data, erosion prevention & sediment control training, and monitoring requirements. BRASS members are active participants in the Kentucky Stormwater Association and include planners, city engineers, public works officials, inspectors, GIS specialists, and more.
Format: Quarterly meetings typically last 5 hours. CDP provides discussion topics, training modules, and policy updates, and there is usually a stormwater-related vendor that comes in for lunch. All of CDP’s MS4 clients and occasional guests are invited to attend.
Learning Objectives: The main goal of the BRASS group is so that no MS4 community has to “reinvent the wheel” when it comes to implementing their permit. We share ideas and strategies for meeting regulations; we look for opportunities to cost-share whenever possible (i.e. with brochure creation/printing); and we try to introduce a wide variety of concepts so that the communities can start to look at this program as something integral to their community rather than an unfunded mandate. It also allows the MS4 coordinators to make contacts with others in their boat and talk about what has worked/not worked for them.
Benefit: BRASS is a great way to get the MS4 coordinators together and let them discuss solutions/failures. We stay on top of policy updates from DOW and EPA and disseminate that information to the group; we host webinars that are relevant to their programs; we are always available to follow up with resources or one-on-one visits to their communities for presentations or meetings. Since the group is about 20% of the Phase II MS4s in the state, we are also able to create standard document templates (for instance, monitoring plans) that we can then customize to each community—but the foundation is the same and therefore the communities benefit from the cost-savings associated with the shared work.