Two conferences are better than one

July 2010 » Features » EVENTS
Stormwater and public works conferences offer education, networking, and the latest in industry innovations for civil engineers.
Stephanie Hildebrandt

Before the summer ends, engineers are invited to attend two conferences vital to their careers: StormCon and the American Public Works Association (APWA) International Public Works Congress & Exposition. Both held in August, the events ensure that professionals in the engineering industry will walk away with a wealth of new knowledge, and maybe even a few certifications to show for it.

After the recent oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico, the importance of clean water is becoming more apparent than ever. Add to that issues of stormwater, including surface water quality and sediment and erosion control, and you get the idea behind StormCon, The North American Surface Water Quality Conference & Exposition ( Disciplines for managing, regulating, and researching stormwater are constantly evolving, making it necessary for engineers and other professionals to keep up with the industry. Touted as the world’s largest stormwater pollution prevention conference, this year’s 9th annual StormCon event will feature certification workshops, discussions, educational sessions, and even a new Certified Stormwater Manager exam by the APWA.

Civil engineers will be among the professionals learning about successful stormwater management practices at StormCon 2010, Aug. 1-5, in San Antonio, Texas.

Taking place from Aug. 1-5, 2010, at the JW Marriott San Antonio in San Antonio, Texas, the conference attracts thousands of stormwater and environmental services professionals from multiple sides of the industry, including municipal managers, state and federal regulators, engineers, consultants, highway and heavy-construction contractors, developers, compliance professionals, design professionals, researchers, non-profit professionals, and officials at special sites such as ports, airports, and military bases. More specifically, of the StormCon 2008 attendees, 4 percent were consultants, 8 percent were contractors, 12 percent were county and state managers, 18 percent were municipal management, 27 percent were engineering management, and 42 percent were upper management.

Before StormCon officially begins on Tuesday, Aug. 3, the conference offers two days of one- or two-day pre-conference workshops. Then on Tuesday morning, the conference kicks off with an option of different stormwater courses from 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., before the opening general session panel discussion called “The Future of Stormwater” begins at 9:45 a.m. This discussion is led by the following expert panelists: Michael F. Bloom, P.E., CFM, BCEE, CPSWQ, group manager, senior associate, PBS&J; Scott M. Taylor, P.E., senior vice president, RBF Consulting; Gordon England, P.E., D.WRE, president of Stormwater Solutions, Inc.; Andrew J. Reese, P.E., LEED AP, D.WRE, vice president, AMEC Earth & Environmental; Kim Jones, Ph.D., professor, chair of the Environmental Engineering Department at Texas A&M University–Kingsville, director of the South Texas Environmental Institute; and Glenn R. Rink, founder, president, CEO, AbTech Industries, Inc.

The five-track course curriculum held throughout the three days of the conference are: BMP Case Studies, Low-Impact Development, Stormwater Program Management, Water-Quality Monitoring, Advanced Research Topics, and Texas A&M University-Kingsville: BMPs and Modeling. Plus, attendees have the opportunity to obtain certification in five areas of expertise. After applying for the exams, attendees can test to become a Certified Professional in Storm Water Quality (CPSWQ); Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control (CPESC); Certified Erosion, Sediment, and Storm Water Inspector (CESSWI); Certified Inspector of Sediment and Erosion Control (CISEC); or Certified Stormwater Manager (CSM). And even before the conference officially begins, professionals can earn continuing education (CEU) credits by attending pre-conference certification workshops. These one-day workshops include, “Practical Stormwater Treatment From A-Z: A Special Training Opportunity for Stormwater Managers and Consultants;” “Low-Impact Development: Introduction, Applications, and Technical Implementation;” “Stormwater Pollution Modeling for LID, TMDL, and Retrofitting Analyses — An Overview of WinSLAMM;” and “Jobsite Photography 101.”

StormCon Exhibitors Website

Advertisers in this issue are highlighted in orange

AbTech Industries, Inc.
ACF Environmental
AckerStone Industries
ACO Polymer Products, Inc.
Advanced Drainage Systems
Almetek Industries
A-Lok Products
AMEC Earth and Environmental, Inc.
American Excelsior Company
Applied Polymer Systems
AquaShield, Inc.
Atlantis Corporation Pty., Ltd.
Ben Meadows
Bentley Systems, Inc.
Best Management Products
Bio Clean Environmental/ Modular Wetlands
Bio-Microbics, Inc.
Blocksom & Company
Brentwood Industries
Campbell Scientific
CBI Systems
Clean Way Environmental Partners
Clearwater Solutions, Inc.
Coanda, Inc.
Conservation Technology
CONTECH Construction Products Inc.
CrystalStream Technologies, Inc.
Cues, Inc.
Dandy Products, Inc.
DeAngelo Brothers, Inc.
Deep Root Partners
Dungeness Environmental
Earth Chem, Inc.
EARTHSAVERS Erosion Control
East Jordan Iron Works, Inc.
EcoRain Systems, Inc.
Elgin Sweeper/Vactor Manufacturing
Envirocert International, Inc.
Erosion Tech (Scour Stop)
Fabco Industries
Filterra Bioretention Systems
Firestone Specialty Products
Floating Island Environmental
Fresh Creek Technologies Inc.
Funke North America Ltd
Global Water Instrumentation
Hanna Instruments
Harco Fittings
Haz-Mat Response Technologies
HDR Engineering, Inc.
Hydro International
Hydroscreen Company LLC
Imbrium Systems
Innovative Equipment Solutions
InterClean Equipment, Inc.
Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute
ITT Flygt
J.W. FairCloth and Sons
JM Eagle
K.B. Industries, Inc.
Kisters North America
Kristar Enterprises, Inc.
LRM Industries International, Inc.
Malcolm Pirnie, Inc.
Mar Mac Construction Products Co., Inc.
Miller Pipeline Corp.
Motz Enterprises, Inc.
Myron L. Company
National Precast Concrete Association
National Ready Mixed Concrete Association
Park Environmental Equipment Co.
Penda Corporation
Presto Geosystems
Profile Products
RBF Consulting
Rinker Materials
Roscoe Moss Company
Rotondo Enviro Solutions
R.S. Technical Services, Inc.
Safe Drain, Inc.
Water & Wastes Digest
Sequoia Scientific
Silt-Saver, Inc.
Soil Retention Products, Inc.
St. Anthony Falls Laboratories
StormTech LLC
Stormwater Association
Stormwater Buffer Zone
Stormwater Maintenance Co.
Stormwater Systems, Inc.
Stormwater USA
Suntree Technologies
Teledyne ISCO, Inc.
Texas A&M University – Kingsville
Trelleborg NPC Pipe Seals
Triton Stormwater Solutions
Ultraliner, Inc.
UltraTech International, Inc.
United Storm Water
USA Bluebook
Vieux and Associates
Waste Crete Systems, LLC
Water Environment Federation
Water Resources Learning Center
Wheelwash, Inc.
XP Software, Inc.

The early bird registration rate before July 16, 2010, for the full 2.5 day conference is: $495 for attendees; $425 for speakers, sponsors, or exhibitors; and $125 for students. The registration fee after July 16 is: $525 for attendees; $450 for speakers, sponsors, or exhibitors; and $125 for students. Registration gives attendees admission to the exhibit hall reception on Tuesday, the opening general session panel discussion, the courses of their choice all three days, both luncheons on Tuesday and Wednesday, all morning coffee breaks and afternoon networking sessions, and the opening gala reception Tuesday night. Plus, registrants will get online access to the official StormCon conference papers CD and one copy of the official StormCon conference guide. For more registration packages, visit

APWA International Public Works Congress & Exposition
This year, thousands of public works professionals from all around the world will be attending the APWA International Public Works Congress & Exposition — co-located with the Solid Waste Association of North America’s WASTECON conference and exhibition — being held at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center from Aug. 15-18, in Boston. More than 300 exhibitors and 125 technical and professional development sessions, including interactive, “live” learning labs, will be held on the more than 100,000-square-foot show floor.

Attendees will include public works directors; superintendents and managers; directors and managers of operations and operations personnel; city and county engineers; consulting engineers; construction directors and managers; solid waste managers and coordinators; public fleet directors and managers; public facilities and grounds directors and managers; water services directors and managers; streets/roads/bridges directors and managers; transportation directors and managers; stormwater and flood control directors and managers; emergency management directors and coordinators; city planners; and sustainability specialists. To better connect these professionals, the expo will offer numerous networking opportunities, such as the Get Acquainted Party, Awards Ceremony, Banquet & Reception, and other events tailored specifically for certain groups of professionals, including the First Timers Meeting, Progressive Women in Public Works Networking Reception, and Young Professionals Networking Reception.

In addition to a showcase of new products, services, and technologies presented at exhibitor booths, exhibitors will be giving 45-minute presentations in the exhibit hall designed to relay cutting-edge information about products or services addressing the needs of the public works industry. Plus, to help maintain a high level of traffic on the show floor and give attendees uninterrupted booth visits, this year’s APWA International Public Works Congress & Exposition will feature non-compete hours in the exhibit hall. Sunday’s non-compete hours are noon – 3:00 p.m.; Monday’s are 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.; and Tuesday’s are 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. To view the 2010 expo exhibitor list, visit

Continuing their education at the expo, attendees can earn CEUs and PDHs by attending education sessions and workshops, without paying an additional processing fee for the CEU. An updated list of education sessions can be found at On the last day of the expo, also known as Workshop Wednesday, professionals can tour Boston’s top public works projects, while earning CEUs. The projects include: Massachusetts Department of Transportation Control Center and Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority Operations Centers, Historic Charles River Dam and Locks, Massachusetts Water Resources Authority Deer Island Sewage Treatment Plant, Harvard University Facilities, and Patriot Place and Gillette Stadium Complex. Some of the workshops require that attendees sign up in advance for space and security reasons.

Also held on the last day of the expo is the Public Works Stormwater Summit, sponsored by the APWA Water Resources Committee. For no additional cost to full-congress registrants, attendees can choose whether or not they’d like to attend the Public Works Stormwater Summit or Workshop Wednesday, but they must do so on their registration form. The Summit will feature topics, such as “EPA — MS4 NPDES Program Update,” “APWA Stormwater Manager Certification Program Introduction,” “EPA Region 1 Administrator Remarks,” “What are the impacts to Communities for NPDES Compliance?,” and “Financing to meet NPDES Requirements.”

To give additional insight into the public works industry, experts at the APWA International Public Works Congress & Exposition will be presenting during general sessions. Mike Barnicle, an award-winning writer and media personality, will kick off the expo with an opening general session Sunday morning called “As I See It.” Monday’s general session comes from former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Energy Christine Ervin. When she served under former President Clinton, she collected nearly $1 billion in annual investments for clean technologies in transportation, buildings, manufacturing, and distributed generation. Ervin also was the first president and CEO of the U.S. Green Building Council, which launched the LEED green building rating system during her five-year tenure. Wednesday’s closing general session comes from Marty Linsky, co-founder of international leadership development firm Cambridge Leadership Associates. The firm specializes in capacity building, consulting, and diagnostics in challenging times. As a writer, Linsky most recently co-authored “The Practice of Adaptive Leadership — Tools and Tactics for Changing Your Organization and the World” with Ronald Heifetz, Ph.D., and Alexander Grashow, and “Leadership on the Line” with Heifetz. The expo’s featured speaker is Ian Hill, president of The Changing Point, an organization dedicated to improving communities around the world. Hill will be giving two presentations in addition to leading a workshop during the expo.

Like many others in the public works industry, APWA is making the effort to go greener with this year’s expo. During the last several years, APWA moved to online registration only, saving paper; began printing with FSC-certified paper containing at least 30 percent recycled PCF made with 100 percent renewable energy; featured education sessions focusing on more green and sustainability issues; and continued to print fewer, smaller Congress Previews and show guides, saving tons of paper each year. This year, APWA is adding to its efforts by making handouts available online only; developing a recycling strategy for registration bags, badges, and lanyards; encouraging convention center and related hotels to implement waste reduction, energy and water conservation, and clean air practices; and educating exhibitors with tips and best practices on how to “exhibit green.”

This year’s APWA International Public Works Congress & Exposition is co-located with the Solid Waste Association of North America’s WASTECON conference and exhibition, Aug. 15-18, in Boston.

Full expo registration includes all APWA education sessions, all APWA and WASTECON exhibits, selected WASTECON education sessions, downloadable recordings of education sessions, free CEUs, admission into the Get Acquainted Party and Awards Ceremony, lunch on the exhibit floor on Sunday and Monday, access to either Workshop Wednesday or the Public Works Stormwater Summit workshops, and entrance into the Congress Reception and Banquet. Full registration for members is $675, and $835 for non-members. A single-day education sessions and exposition pass (Sunday–Wednesday) is $280 for members and $345 for non-members. For additional fees and registration packages, visit

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