Aug 08, 2016

Michael Baker to Develop UDOT Storm Water Management Plan

Plan to affect more than 100 Utah Department of Transportation facilities

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Michael Baker Intl. announced it is working with the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) to develop a comprehensive storm water management plan and individual storm water pollution prevention plans for more than 100 maintenance and equipment facilities operated by UDOT.

“Effective storm water management is a critical mandate for communities large and small—from protecting the water supply and preventing flooding to reducing pollution,” said Mike Arens, vice president and office executive for Michael Baker’s Utah operations. “Michael Baker has demonstrated experience in developing intricate storm water management plans for Caltrans and a number of municipalities in California and Arizona, and our nationally recognized experts are now applying their knowledge to help UDOT solve their challenges. Our solution is focused on [U.S. Environmental Protection Agency] compliance as well as the anticipated demands of tomorrow, particularly in areas that are expecting growth in the years to come.”

Michael Baker has completed an evaluation of UDOT’s statewide facilities to gather data for the development and updating of storm water pollution prevention plans. It also is developing standard operating procedures and design guidelines for future pollution prevention measures, as well as a comprehensive training program for all UDOT facility personnel. 

Michael Baker was recently awarded the next phase of the project, which involves mapping UDOT’s storm drain systems and outfall locations. The mapping project will help to fill gaps in the initial drainage GIS data collection. A complete inventory of storm drains in the state will help UDOT manage the performance of storm drains and monitor potential pollution discharge in compliance with the Utah Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (UPDES) MS4 Storm Water Discharge Permit.

Michael Baker is focused on the engineering, science and environmental aspects of storm water management. This approach enables the company to create customized solutions for clients in public, private and regulatory sectors.