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Advanced Airport Stormwater Management Training

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The objective of this research project is to develop more topic-specific in-depth training courses and materials to build upon the courses developed under the 02-61 project to create an "Airport Stormwater 201" curriculum.

Background (Describe the current situation or problem in the industry, and how your idea would address it.)

"The web-based Airport Stormwater Management Information Resource Library was developed under the ACRP 02-61 research project and is expected to be released to the public in late-Spring or early-Summer 2017. A key resource in the library is a set of five training courses on basic stormwater topics that are important to a wide audience that includes: airport managers, staff, tenants, and contractors. The training courses are:
• Introduction to Airport Stormwater;
• Airport Stormwater BMPs; Airport Stormwater Plans, Inspections, & Reporting;
• Managing Deicing Runoff; and
• Stormwater Sampling & Monitoring.

Based on feedback from airport training staff involved in field testing of the draft training materials, each course was developed to be about one-hour in length, and serve as an introduction to the topic covered. Both the training development team and the field reviewers agreed that these courses represent a good basic "Airport Stormwater 101" curriculum.

During the development of the training materials, it became obvious that constraints on length and level of detail precluded coverage of certain topics at a higher level of detail that some airport audiences might desire. A prime example of this is the Managing Deicing Runoff course, where a very significant amount of material had to be deleted from the first draft because it was simply too much and too detailed for an introduction to the topic.

Feedback from field testing indicated a need for higher-level training materials on certain topics, such as deicing controls and construction stormwater management, with a greater level of technical content and detail, or a tighter focus on specialized audiences, such as airport maintenance staff. Specific recommendations from reviewers regarding possible future course topics were documented as part of the 02-61 project record.

Objective (What is the desired product or result that will help the airport industry?)

The objective of this research project is to develop more topic-specific in-depth training courses and materials to build upon the courses developed under the 02-61 project to create an "Airport Stormwater 201" curriculum.

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