New York State Local Technical Assistance Program

Video: Environment/Sustainability (EN)

Air Quality Conformity in Transportation Planning (GI311)
LTAP Clearinghouse, 1999 (20 Minutes)
The regulations of the Clean Air Act, and the harmful effects of ozone and particulates in the air.
Suggested audience: those responsible for air quality regulations and monitoring in urban and suburban areas.

Composting Road Kill (GI430)
Cornell Waste Management Institute / NYSDOT (9 minutes)
Basic principals and procedures of composting roadkill using materials and equipment readily available at most highway or public works facilities.
Suggested audience: highway and public works officials, municipal officials, crews.

Dangerous Travelers, Controlling Invasive Plants Along America’s Roadways (GI422)
USDA Forest Service San Dimas Technology and Development Center (26 minutes)
Covers the best management practices (BMP’s) to assist road maintenance crews in controlling the spread of invasive plants. Highlights plant identification, inventory systems, mapping, mechanical removal, herbicide treatments, weed-free products, maintenance techniques, and cleansing of equipment.
Suggested audience: highway and public works officials, crews.

Developing Partnerships for the Control of Sediment Runoff from Rural Roads, Looking for Answers (DR320)
Boquet River Association, Inc., Essex County Government Center (24 minutes)
The Boquet River Association (BRASS) worked with rural highway departments in three New York State watersheds on projects to reduce sediment runoff into streams and lakes. This video addresses runoff issues and the economic and environmental need for controls.
Suggested audience: highway and public works officials, planners, municipal boards, and those interested in controlling sediment runoff.

Getting Across: Passage of Aquatic and Semi-Aquatic Organisms at Road-Stream Crossings (GI407)
USDA Forest Service, San Dimas Technology and Development Center (22 minutes)
A general overview of aquatic organism passage at road-stream crossings. Why and how road-stream crossings are constructed to allow aquatic organisms to pass.
Suggested audience: highway and public works officials, engineers and municipal officials.

Ground Control: Stormwater Pollution Prevention for Construction Sites© (DR424)
The Training Network (14 minutes)
BMP’s (Best Management Practices): the structures, devices and practices at construction sites that prevent or control pollution of stormwater runoff. The video describes BMP’s, explains why they are present, how they function, what kinds of problems can interfere with their function, and what an employee should do if they observe a problem. Focus is on the most common BMP’s: silt fence, track pads, drain inlet protection devices, hay bales, etc. It also describes how BMP’s can fail, and the indications that a BMP is not working properly.
Suggested audience: highway and public works officials, crews.

Highway Runoff Water Quality (DR024)
Washington State DOT (33 minutes)
Describes a research study performed on the effects of runoff from highways on the quality of water bodies receiving the drainage.
Suggested audience: engineers and road construction crews.

Micro Surfacing - Use, Application & Inspection© (RC235)
Video University Productions, 1994 (1 hour 30 minutes)
Details the use and application of micro surfacing. Discusses advantages, types, uses, mix design, components, equipment and workmanship. Includes in-depth detail of good construction practices for micro-paving. Discusses many construction blemishes and how to eliminate them.
Suggested audience: highway and public works officials, engineers, micro-paving crews.

Profit Through Prevention: Best Environmental Practices for Fleet Maintenance (SA330)
Environmental Protection Agency, Region 9 (35 minutes)
Equipment and practices that reduce the environmental, health, and safety impacts of various types of fleet maintenance practices. Topics include alternate methods for parts cleaning, brake washing, oil life extension, reusable oil filters, floor cleanup, and aerosol cans.
Suggested audience: highway, public works, and municipal officials, crews, fleet managers, and mechanics.

Rain Check: Stormwater Pollution Prevention for MS4s (DR 482)
By: ExcalVisualLLP (44 Minutes)
The Stormwater Management Program describes how a facility will protect stormwater that enters its MS4. The permit requires that small (Phase II) municipalities address six “Minimum Control Measures” (MCMs) in the Program. These MCMs Include:

  1. Public Education and Outreach
  2. Public Participation and Involvement
  3. Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination
  4. Construction Site Run-Off Control
  5. Post-Construction Management
  6. Pollution Prevention and Good Housekeeping
Suggested Audience: Highway and Public Works Officials, Foremen & Crews, Engineers, Municipal Officials, Planners, Environmental groups, and citizens  

Smoother Roads Playbook (RC333)
USDOT/FHWA Western Resources Center (25 minutes)
John Madden hosts this video on techniques to help make smoother concrete pavements. It discusses key areas for achieving smoothness: incentives, disincentives, and winning strategy.
Suggested audience: county highway and public works officials, engineers, and NYSDOT employees.

Soil Erosion & Sediment Control© (DR201)
American Society of Civil Engineers, 1994 (29 minutes)
Types of erosion and methods of temporary and permanent erosion: retention ponds, detention basins, soil treatment, and vegetation, as well as biodegradable and natural treatments.
Suggested audience: highway officials and crews.

Storm Management Summit Training / Storm Water Management (DR417)
Washington State Department of Transportation (11 minutes)
What storm water is, how it gets polluted and what the effects of this pollution are. Includes a review of best management practices (BMP’s).
Suggested audience: highway and public works officials, engineers, municipal officials.

Subdivisions: A Local Dilemma (AM053)
Montana State Film and Television Department (27 minutes)
Demonstrates problems that subdivisions face before development is started: sewage, water, electricity, impact on wildlife, regulations and laws directed toward subdivisions.
Suggested audience: planners, municipal officials, and citizens of communities facing subdivision issues.

Support Your Local Tree: Cornell Structural Soil Mixture© (GI289)
Photosynthesis Productions, Inc. (15 minutes)
Explains the problems facing urban trees. Describes a new structural soil mixture developed by Cornell and the benefits of using this soil. The video takes the viewer through the step-by step process of using the soil mixture.
Suggested audience: municipal officials, urban foresters, and public works officials responsible for tree planting.

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