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					                                   City of Troy
                              COMMUNITY SPECIFIC
                             PUBLIC EDUCATION PLAN

IX.    REQUIRED ELEMENTS

a.     Encourage public reporting of the presence of illicit discharges or improper
       disposal into applicant’s separate storm water drainage system.
b.     Public education on the availability, location and requirements of facilities for the
       disposal or drop-off of household hazardous waste, travel trailer sanitary wastes,
       chemicals, grass clippings, leaf litter, animal wastes, and motor vehicle fluids.
c.     Public education regarding acceptable application and disposal of pesticides and
       fertilizers.
d.     Public education concerning preferred cleaning materials and procedures for
       residential car washing.
e.     Public education concerning the ultimate discharge point and potential impacts
       from the separate storm water drainage system serving their place of residence.
f.     Public education concerning management of riparian lands to protect water
       quality.
g.     Public education about their responsibility and stewardship in their watershed.

Throughout the term of the permit it is anticipated that at least one, or more likely a
combination, of the following public information mechanisms will be used to inform City
of Troy residents regarding the above “Required Elements (a - f)”. Mechanism:
community newsletters, cable TV programming, Websites, direct contact with riparian
owners, presentations to groups, new resident packets, brochures and information
sheets, displays, and community events.

The City of Troy will address (g) above by promoting and supporting existing public
involvement programs in our community such as the Rouge Education Project, the
Clinton River Watershed Council’s (CRWC) Student Monitoring Program, River Day,
Adopt a Stream, the River Friendly Business Program, and Rouge Friendly
Neighborhood. The City will also participate in activities such as storm drain marking,
River Watch, River Stewards, and Healthy Lawn and Garden clinics.

Existing public education efforts and anticipated future efforts for each of the required
elements are briefly described below.

a.     Encourage the public to report illicit discharges or improper disposal into
       storm sewers.

Existing Effort: Staff members of the City are investigating options for modifying our
existing citizen complaint system to encourage reporting of and response to complaints
of illicit discharges or improper disposal into storm sewers.
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Future Effort: The City of Troy is aware of the Oakland County Drain Office’s Illicit
Connection Program. City staff will be working with the County to identify ways to
coordinate these efforts. As part of our community’s Illicit Discharge Elimination Plan,
we are formalizing a complaint system for the reporting of complaints to the City of Troy.
We are also developing a strategy for informing the public about the impact illicit
discharges have on the environment and to encourage reporting.


b.     Education of the public on the availability, location and requirements of
       facilities for the disposal or drop-off of household hazardous waste, travel
       trailer sanitary wastes, chemicals, grass clippings, leaf litter, animal
       wastes, and motor vehicle fluids.

Existing Effort: The City of Troy contracts with SOCRRA to collect and dispose of
household hazardous waste. Citizens call and make an appointment to drop off their
wastes at a time which is convenient to both them and to SOCCRA. The City also has
curbside collection of yard waste and recyclables and has a collection site for
recyclables and used motor oil. Staff is also very active in the new “Master Recylers”
program and will be promoting citizen involvement as soon as the program becomes
available to the public.

Future Effort: Our community will continue its existing efforts. The City staff will also
work cooperatively to identify potential information gaps (e.g. travel trailer sanitary
wastes) and investigate opportunities, other mechanisms, and information for better
promoting the water quality benefits for properly handling and disposing of these
materials. Staff will also work with SOCRRA to better coordinate or expand and
improve their educational efforts in this regard.


c.     Public education concerning application and disposal of pesticides and
       fertilizers.

Existing Effort: The City of Troy is active in promoting the Master Composters
Program as well as the Friends of the Rouge (FOTR) and the Clinton River Watershed
Council (CRWC) efforts in this regard. The City participates in and promotes healthy
lawn and garden clinics, and educates citizens through the Hazardous Waste
Collection Program.

Future Effort:. Over the term of the Permit and as watershed planning occurs, City
staff will work with SOCRRA master composter organizers, the CRWC, and FOTR, as
well as others (e.g. Clean Sweep), to identify and implement opportunities, mechanisms
and information for educating the public on these issues. City Staff in cooperation with
the RPO will ask MSU Extension for fact sheets on fertilizer and pesticide application.
Through municipal newsletters and new resident packets, the City will publicize the
efforts regarding the proper use and/or disposal of these materials.
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d.     Public education concerning materials and procedures for residential car
       washing.

Existing Effort: None.

Future Effort: Over the term of the Permit, and as watershed planning occurs, City
Staff will identify existing information and opportunities for educating the public
regarding this issue. Recommendations from the Rouge Repair Kit, page 26, including
the illustration, will be included in future newsletters. This information and/or handouts
for commercial car washes will be made available, and will also be highlighted in
educational games and activities at area festivals (River Day, Troy Daze).


e.     Public education concerning the ultimate discharge point and potential
       impacts from storm water pollutants.

Existing Effort: The City provides information to residents regarding the adverse
affects concerning polluted water. This information is verbal in nature and given upon
request. This is one of the areas the City’s educational efforts focus on at local
festivals, including Troy Daze and River Day. The City also helped to sponsor a soil
erosion control (SEC) workshop developed by the MDEQ Environmental Assistance
Division (EAD) and the Rouge SEC core group. This workshop was directed toward
increasing builders’ and developers’ knowledge and skills in soil erosion control.

Future Effort: The City will be emphasizing these concepts in newsletter articles, media
interviews, at festivals, and through various other means (see sections c, d above and f
below). The City will also sponsor and advertise any other SEC educational workshops
developed by the Rouge core group or the CRWC. The City will also continue to
explore the possibility of developing a workshop with Wayne County, MDEQ EAD, and
others directed at business owners to educate and assist them in complying with RCRA
requirements (especially proper containment and disposal of wastes).


f.     Public education concerning management of riparian lands to protect water
       quality.

Existing Effort: When complaints are received concerning dumping of yard waste into
rivers or drains, homeowners are notified via letter of the proper disposal method.

Future Effort: There will be an effort to target riparian owners with literature specific to
their situations. The brochure developed by the RPO for riparian landowners will be
distributed to these owners and special emphasis will be made in newsletters targeting
proper disposal of yard waste, especially. Watershed planning efforts in conjunction
with the Rouge Remedial Action Plan will build on this effort once more detailed
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information becomes available, and riparian landowners will be targeted for participation
in the watershed management plan preparation.


g.     Public education for citizen responsibility and stewardship.

Existing Effort: Citizens from our community are actively volunteering to educate the
public regarding responsibility and stewardship via the FOTR Stewards Program, the
local Master Composters Program, and others. There is an on-going effort made at
local festivals to impart this message.

Future Effort: See Sections c, d and f above for detailed information. Our community
is currently working with OCDC, the Wayne County RPO, together with the FOTR, the
CRWC, and the surrounding watershed communities to formulate a unified and
coordinated plan for public education.

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Schedule for public education plan implementation - year one.

Based on comments received from stakeholders, the input from the Main 1-2
Subwatershed Group, public comments received at various public meetings such as the
strategic planning session, as well as direct inputs from the City Manager and City
Council of the City of Troy, the following elements will be pursued during the first year.



Activities and Schedule for Public Education Plan implementation - Year 1

Described below are the specific activities and schedule that the City of Troy commits to
perform in conformance with the general permit application requirements for a Public
Education Plan.




Activity # 1:        INCLUDE EDUCATIONAL ARTICLES IN THE CITY NEWSLETTER, ON               THE
                     CITY’S WEBSITE, IN NEW RESIDENT PACKETS, AND ON CABLE TV.

       Target Audience:          All residents, businesses, and visitors.

       Messages:                 All of the messages listed in this plan, including statements
                                 by City staff and/or officials encouraging resident action to
                                 prevent pollution. Also, the information will contain a
                                 schedule for area wide education and information
                                 programs.
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       Description:
                                An article with clip art targeting the message “Every Home
                                 is Waterfront Property” with different aspects of the public
                                 education requirements in each mailing of the newsletter.
                                Brochures produced by the RPO and CRWC inserted into
                                 New Resident packets.
                                Ads and informational videos shown on Cable TV.


       Timetable:                June 2000-June 2001

       Responsibility:           Engineering     Department        and      Community      Affairs
                                 Department.




Activity # 2:         DESIGN INFORMATION DISPLAY TABLE (“OUR ACTIONS DISPLAY”) FOR
                      CITY LIBRARY, THE OUTDOOR EDUCATION CENTER, AND/OR CITY HALL.

       Target Audience:          All Library users, Outdoor Education Center and City Hall
                                 visitors.

       Messages:                 All activities that will affect the Rouge River and its
                                 tributaries.

       Description:              The watershed-wide display will be created in cooperation
                                 with the RPO and local resources to formulate a suitable
                                 display. This small display will use a table, and display
                                 board and efforts will be made to include elementary
                                 school classes to create additional posters. The display
                                 will also feature educational flyers/brochures.

       Timetable:                Summer 2000 – Winter 2001.

       Responsibility:           Engineering Department, and Parks and Recreation
                                 Department.




Activity # 3:          CO-SPONSOR INFORMATION OUTREACH WORKSHOPS.

       Target Audience:          Community residents.

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       Messages:                 Environmentally-friendly lawn and garden care.

       Description:              Working with SOCRRA, MSU Extension, Oakland County,
                                 FOTR, CRWC and other Communities, two workshops will
                                 be held throughout the first year to inform and educate
                                 residents about healthy lawn and garden principles and
                                 practices.

       Timetable:                Spring/Summer 2000.

       Responsibility :          Engineering Department, Main 1/2 SWAG, and SOCRRA




Activity # 4:          RIVER DAY: A COMMUNITY EVENT FOR 2000.

       Target Audience:          All Troy Citizens.

       Messages:               Our waterways are an asset. Our daily actions affect the
                               river.

       Description:              A festival designed to celebrate our rivers and educate
                                 about stormwater quality.

                                Celebrate the resource and encourage citizen participation
                                 in restoration efforts.
                                Provide refreshments, educational games and activities,
                                 pond study, etc.
                                Set up displays and provide educational materials.
                                Distribute “I live in the Rouge Watershed“ and “I live in the
                                 Clinton Watershed” balloons.

       Timetable:                First week of June 2001.

       Responsibility:           Joint effort of the Engineering Department and the Parks
                                 and Recreation Department.




 Activity #5:          TROY DAZE FESTIVAL.


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       Target Audience:          All Troy citizens.

       Messages:                 We all live in a watershed. Every home is waterfront
                                 property. Our daily actions affect water quality.

       Description:              Informational booth at community festival.

                                Distribute watershed maps and/or other informational
                                 materials relating to the above messages.
                                Using watershed map, distribute balloons according to
                                 which watershed residents live in.
                                Encourage Rouge watershed citizens to fill out public input
                                 survey for the Watershed Management Plan.

       Timetable:                September 2000.

       Responsibility:           Engineering      Department       and      Community      Affairs
                                 Department.




Activity #6:           STORM DRAIN MARKING

       Target Audience:          All Troy citizens.

       Messages:                 Our daily actions affect water quality. Storm drains aren’t
                                 garbage cans. We can actively participate in improving
                                 water quality and raising the awareness of our neighbors.

       Description:              Citizen groups installing storm drain markers.

                                Instruct and supervise citizens installing storm drain
                                 markers with the message “Keep Our Water Clean. Keep
                                 Pollutants Out.”
                                Distribute literature about the activity and proper disposal
                                 of household wastes.

       Timetable:                June 2000 - June 2001.

       Responsibility:           Engineering Department, Department of Public Works.




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