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Stormwater Program

Aviation and Spaceports Office

The Florida Department of Transportation supports a longstanding initiative to standardize the manner that airports address stormwater and its affect on the airports’ infrastructure.  This initiative, known as the Statewide Airport Stormwater Management Program, has included a multi-year study of airport stormwater quality, quantity and compatible Best Management Practices.  The objective of this initiative is to improve airport safety by reducing wildlife attractants, while still meeting all state and federal water quality and quantity management requirements.  The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP), the State Water Management Districts (WMDs) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) provide review and guidance of the work.  The FAA also assists with project funding. 

 

Florida Statewide Airport Stormwater Study
Research from the study has resulted in the development of series of reports which summarize the data collected and modeling results that were developed.  The Technical Report for the Florida Statewide Airports Stormwater Study documents the methodology used in collecting stormwater runoff samples from study airports and the various compounds found in those samples.  The Application Assessment for the Florida Airports Stormwater Study assesses the assurance that overland flow management recommendations meet state water management objectives, and includes model based predictions of the relative efficiencies of FAA\USDA style ponds compared to the typical wet pond design criteria.  The FAA Pond Design Criteria Water Treatment Modeling Report focuses on the expected behavior of a wet pond design that meets the generic guidance of the FAA and the United States Department of Agriculture to minimize the attraction of birds and other wildlife hazardous to aircraft operations, and it provides model based guidance for design of FAA\USDA recommended ponds.  These individual reports support the Best Management Practices Manual (BMP Manual) which describes how to apply the data to water management analysis, design and permitting for airport airside projects

 

For additional Information or questions concerning the FDOT Stormwater Management Program, contact the Aviation Program Development Manager.

 

General Permit 62-330.449 – Noticed General Permit for Construction, Operation, Maintenance, Alteration, Abandonment or Removal of Airport Airside Stormwater Water Management Systems:
During its CY2012 session, the Florida Legislature directed the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) to commence rulemaking to streamline the process of Environmental Resource Permitting (ERP).  That rule, Rule 62-330 FAC, was adopted and went into effect on October 1, 2013.  The rule includes, by legislative direction, a general permit for airport airside development in Section 62-330.449.  That component of the rule also addresses the overland flow treatment of stormwater.  There is provision for insertion of future data and design criteria for a "FAA pond” if the full scale test confirms predicted behavior.  As a result of this rulemaking process, minor changes to the BMP Manual have been made in order to clarify the permitting process.  The most current BMP Manual is dated April 27, 2013 and is available for download at the link above.

 

For additional Information or questions concerning the General Permit 62-330.449, contact the Aviation Program Development Manager.

 

Stormwater Training:
Since the subject matter of the various reports and the analyses recommended in the BMP Manual may be unfamiliar to airport staff, engineers, environmental scientists, consultants and regulators, FDOT has developed a training program which is available using the links below.  The program is also available for download by following the instructions provided.

 

Engineering continuing education credit is available to those who review the training program and successfully complete the knowledge test.  Since the knowledge test includes detailed questions, the recommended procedure is to download the test and complete it while viewing the video.  Forward the completed test to the Aviation Program Development Manager by mail, email, or FAX.  Tests submitted will be graded and upon successful completion with a score of 70 or higher information will be sent to the Florida Board of Professional Engineers for the award of Professional Development Hours.  Participants will also receive a certificate via e-mail confirming the PDH coursework.

 

Test for Using the Statewide Airport Stormwater Study:

1.  Airport Stormwater Management Test (PDF, 1.0MB),

2.  Training Sessions for General Permit Section 62-341.449, FAC:

 

  Session View Streaming Video Download
2 Florida Airports and Stormwater Management

Watch Session 2 Download Session 2
3 Hydrology Watch Session 3 Download Session 3
4 Overland Flow and Infiltration Watch Session 4 Download Session 4
6 Chemistry and Load Watch Session 6 Download Session 6
7 Airport General Permit, Best Management Practices Manual and BMPs Watch Session 7 Download Session 7
8 Permitting Watch Session 8 Download Session 8
9 Working Example Watch Session 9 Download Session 9

 

For additional Information or questions concerning the FDOT Stormwater Management Training Program, contact the Aviation Program Development Manager.

 

Implementation of FAA Pond Design:
A project to construct and test a full-scale FAA Pond (refer FAA Pond Design Criteria Water Treatment Modeling Report) is now underway at the Naples Municipal Airport. Data from the analysis of that pond system may be incorporated into the rule and the BMP Manual when monitoring is complete. This project involves three major elements:

 

  • Monitoring of wildlife activity and the chemical analysis of the water and sediment associated with a series of stormwater ponds at the Naples Municipal Airport
  • Reconstructing existing stormwater ponds consistent with FAA guidance and to incorporate features expected to improve water quality within a smaller pond footprint than currently exists
  • Post monitoring of wildlife activity and chemical analysis of water and sediment in the reconstructed ponds to document system performance

 

The data from this effort will be used to support the FDOT Airport Stormwater Initiative and the associated manuals and state rule addressing airport stormwater.

 

For additional Information or questions concerning the FAA pond research project at the Naples Municipal Airport, contact the Aviation Program Development Manager.