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2009 Environmental Excellence Awards

For Excellence in Wetlands, Watersheds, and Water Quality:

Agencies Awarded

California Department of Transportation (Caltrans)

Caltrans' integrated Statewide Stormwater Management Program protects water quality while fulfilling the agency's mission to improve mobility across California. The comprehensive program addresses water quality throughout the project-delivery process for highway improvement projects. The Stormwater Management Program developed best-management practices (BMPs) for all departmental activities, including environmental, design, construction, facility operations, and maintenance. The program implements over 70 BMP types and uses more than nine types of stormwater control devices to prevent pollution and treat stormwater runoff. The program also includes a public education component; Caltrans' statewide Don't Trash California campaign has educated nearly half a billion Californians about trash and its effects on water quality. In partnership and collaboration with State DOTs, Caltrans hosted the first American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) Stormwater Conference in June 2008 to bring together State DOT representatives, the Federal Highway Administration, the Environmental Protection Agency, and leading academic researchers to share and advance the knowledge of stormwater runoff management directly related to highways and transportation facilities.

Project Contributors:

Caltrans
G. Scott McGowen
Caltrans District and Headquarters
Integrated Stormwater Management Team

Photo illustrating storm water control device being used on a roadside and Caltrans logo.

Updated: 12/03/2012
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