StormCon: The North American Surface Water Quality Conference & Exposition

July 2011 » Features » EVENT PREVIEW
Conference offers stormwater learning and networking opportunities
Stephanie Hildebrandt

Since the creation of urban communities, stormwater runoff has been an issue. And with water quality being a problem throughout the world, managing and controlling stormwater remains a major concern for civil engineers. To help enhance the knowledge surrounding this sector, StormCon, The North American Surface Water Quality Conference & Exposition, will take place Aug. 21-25 in Anaheim, Calif.

Public- and private-sector professionals are welcome to attend the conference, along with all others responsible for stormwater management, including municipal managers, state and federal regulators, engineers, consultants, highway and heavy-construction contractors, developers, compliance professionals, design professionals, researchers, nonprofit professionals, and officials at special sites such as ports, airports, and military bases.

The pre-conference kicks off on Sunday, Aug. 21, with a full day of accredited workshops and certification courses. Each workshop provides 0.5 continuing education units. The following four courses comprise the pre-conference workshops:

Low-Impact Development: Introduction, Applications, and Technical Implementation
This workshop offers an in-depth introduction to the economic benefits, ecological goals, planning techniques, design principles, analytical methodologies, implementation strategies, and monitoring results of the innovative low-impact development (LID) technology for urban stormwater management. Attendees will gain a technical understanding of how to apply integrated management practices to meet local watershed protection and water resources restoration protection goals and regulatory requirements. LID will be of interest to local, state, and federal government administrators and regulators; developers, builders, contractors; land use/development planners, civil/environmental engineers, landscape architects; environmental professionals/consultants; and environmentalists and interested citizens.

Stormwater Pollution Modeling for LID, TMDL, and Retrofitting Analyses – An Overview of WinSLAMM
This hands-on computer-based course will demonstrate how to use WinSLAMM to utilize source area stormwater controls to maintain or create a hydrologically functional landscape that mimics natural watersheds—€™ hydrologic functions (volume, frequency, recharge, and discharge). By integrating source area controls into site design, you can approach the pre-development site—€™s ability to retain water and pollutants. Attendees are required to bring a laptop computer with them for use during this course.

Designer and Reviewer Series – Part II Technical Assessment of Construction Site BMPs
This one-day, advanced level course is for those responsible and accountable for developing and/or reviewing effective sediment and erosion control plans. Participants must have a good knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering as well as an excellent understanding of sediment and erosion control practices. This course will demonstrate how applying science and engineering principles can increase the effectiveness, and identify limitations, of BMPs. It also will provide accountability and technical tools for designers and reviewers for use in the development of effective sediment and erosion control plans. It is critical that participants be able to operate a calculator and solve mathematical equations.

Light Imprint: Integrating Sustainable Green Infrastructure and Community Design
The Light Imprint toolset addresses stormwater runoff through natural drainage, conventional engineering infrastructure, and innovative infiltration practices. These tools are used at the regional, neighborhood, and block scale. Light Imprint green infrastructure is compatible with urban design that emphasizes compact, mixed-use, pedestrian-oriented design, and environmental efficiency. It is designed to reduce community infrastructure costs. It allows municipal staff, land planners, architects, property owners, environmentalists, development teams, engineers, and land conservationists to select site-specific Light Imprint tools.

Certification courses on Sunday, Aug. 21 and Monday, Aug. 22 enable professionals to become a certified professional in stormwater quality (CPSWQ); certified professional in erosion and sediment control (CPESC); certified erosion, sediment, and stormwater inspector (CESSWI); certified inspector of sediment and erosion control (CISEC); certified municipal separate storm sewer system specialist (CMS4S); or training for qualified SWPPP developers (QSDs – for California professionals only).

The regular conference begins on Tuesday, Aug. 23, featuring presentations according to the following tracks (see pages 38 and 39 for a preview of the course schedule):

BMP Case Studies: This track presents examples of how structural and nonstructural best management practices (BMPs) are being used – with case studies and performance data – including combinations of BMPs to achieve water-quality goals.

Green Infrastructure: This track (previously called the Low-Impact Development track) includes low-impact development (LID) techniques as well as smart growth and other green infrastructure practices.

Stormwater Program Management: This track covers many aspects of managing a successful municipal or industrial stormwater program: funding, public education and outreach, staffing, regulatory compliance, and other program elements.

Water-Quality Monitoring: This track focuses on water-quality assessment, monitoring and sampling techniques, and modeling practices.

Advanced Research Topics: This technical track includes academic research; methods for testing the effectiveness of BMPs and comparing different BMPs; and topics and trends in stormwater research, such as standardizing testing protocols and standards for measuring the effectiveness of BMPs.

Erosion and Sediment Control: This new track is intended for professionals who specify or carry out erosion and sediment control practices on construction sites, as well as those involved in long-term stabilization of streams, channels, slopes, and roadside projects.

Industrial Stormwater Management: This new track covers industrial stormwater management and permitting, focusing on publicly and privately owned facilities covered by industrial stormwater permits or the Environmental Protection Agency—€™s (EPA) stormwater multi-sector general permit. Such facilities range from small businesses located in urban areas, such as restaurants and automotive repair shops, to large sites such as manufacturing plants, mining operations, and landfills.

Preparing for the Rising Tide: Coastal Protection Symposium: This new track discusses infrastructure protection in coastal cities, ports, and industrial complexes in the face of sea-level rise and potential shoreline changes.

The opening general session – —€œChanging the Rules: How Will New Stormwater Regulations Affect Municipal Programs?—€ – on Tuesday morning comes from a panel of experts including Michael Harding, CPESC, Geosyntec Consultants; Paul Crabtree, P.E., president, Crabtree Group Inc.; Anna Lantin, P.E., CPESC, CPSWQ, vice president, RBF Consulting Surface Water; Roger C. Sutherland, P.E., principal water resources engineer, AMEC Earth & Environmental Inc.; and Glenn R. Rink, founder, president, and CEO, AbTech Industries Inc. These experts will discuss recent changes and trends in the way stormwater is managed, offer their insights on what will develop in the next few years, and answer questions from attendees.

The conference also features multiple networking sessions and an exhibit hall, including more than 180 booths showcasing stormwater products and technologies.

Full conference registration prior to Aug. 1 is $495 per attendee, $425 per speaker/sponsor/exhibitor, and $125 per student. This does not include pre-conference workshops or courses. To receive a discounted hotel rate of $129 per night at the Anaheim Marriott, attendees should book their rooms before Aug. 10.

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Course schedule at a glance

Tuesday, Aug. 23
8:00 —€“ 8:30 a.m.: Designing an Effective Sediment Containment System (Erosion and Sediment Control) – by Jerald S. Fifield, HydroDynamics Incorporated, Parker, Colo.
8:30 —€“ 9:00 a.m.: Effects of Trash and Vegetation on the Performance of a Standard Sump Retrofitted With a Porous Baffle (Advanced Research Topics) – by Kurtis McIntire, St. Anthony Falls Laboratory, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
8:30 —€“ 9:00 a.m.: Stormwater Rate Financing: Implementing an Impervious-Area-Based Charge in Canada (Stormwater Program Management) – by Mike Gregory and Ray Tufgar, AECOM, Kitchener, Ontario
9:00 —€“ 9:30 a.m.: Current Research and Trends in Chemical Treatment of Stormwater Runoff (BMP Case Studies) – by Harvey Harper, Environmental Research & Design, Orlando, Fla.
2:00 —€“ 2:30 p.m.: The Economics of Site-Based and Regional Green Infrastructure for Combined Sewer Overflow Reduction (Green Infrastructure) – by Nancy Ellwood, CDN/Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio
3:30 —€“ 4:00 p.m.: Bacteria Load Reduction Strategies: Monitoring, Modeling, and Mitigation for TMDL Compliance (Water-Quality Monitoring) – by Dustin Bambic, AMEC Earth & Environmental, Nashville, Tenn., and Sofia Mohaghegh, city of Los Angeles Watershed Protection Division, Los Angeles
4:30 —€“ 5:00 p.m.: Third-Party TMDL Development: A Mechanism to Actively Engage in Defining Future Permit Requirements (Stormwater Program Management II) – by Ashli Desai, Larry Walker Associates, Santa Monica, Calif.

Wednesday, Aug. 24

8:30 —€“ 9:00 a.m.: Responding to Sea Level Rise Risks in a Vulnerable Community (Preparing for the Rising Tide: Coastal Protection Symposium) – by Andy Haub, city of Olympia, Wash.
8:30 —€“ 9:00 a.m.: Using a Small Urban Reservoir for Effective Regional Stormwater Management (BMP Case Studies) – by Lin Liang, Greeley and Hansen LLC, Richmond, Va.
9:00 —€“ 9:30 a.m.: The Growing Cost of Compliance: Lessons Learned From Evaluated Stormwater Management Costs of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District—€™s Construction Projects (Erosion and Sediment Control) – by Roxanne Dickinson, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Sacramento, Calif.
10:30 —€“ 11:00 a.m.: Are There Pathogens in Stormwater? The Risky Business of a Paradigm Shift From Bacteria Concentrations to Health Effects (Water-Quality Monitoring) – by Candice Owen, AMEC Earth & Environmental, Nashville, Tenn.
10:30 —€“ 11:00 a.m.: Canine Scent and Microbial Source Tracking in Santa Barbara, Calif. (Industrial Stormwater Management) – by Jill Murray, city of Santa Barbara, Calif., and Scott Reynolds, Environmental Canine Services LLC, Vermontville, Mich.
3:00 —€“ 3:30 p.m.: Low-Cost Neighborhood-Wide Rain Garden Project Shows Dramatic Stormwater Reduction (Green Infrastructure) – by Catherine Eichel, Brown and Caldwell, Columbus, Ohio, and Stephanie Suter, Franklin Soil and Water Conservation District, Columbus, Ohio
4:00 —€“ 4:30 p.m.: Making Education Really About P.E.O.P.L.E. (Stormwater Program Management) – by Sue Green, Louisville and Jefferson County Metropolitan Sewer District, Louisville, Ky., and Lara Kurtz, URS, Louisville, Ky.
4:00 —€“ 4:30 p.m.: Regionalization of Extreme Rainfall Events for Stormwater Design in Southern Ontario (Advanced Research Topics) – by Edson Paixao, Adaptation and Impacts Research Section, Environment Canada, Toronto
Thursday, Aug. 25
8:00 —€“ 8:30 a.m.: Administering the NPDES Industrial Stormwater Program at the Municipal Level (Industrial Stormwater Management) – by Michael Pronold, city of Portland, Ore.
8:00 —€“ 8:30 a.m.: Department of Transportation Stormwater Program: Uniqueness, Challenges, and Solutions (Stormwater Program Management) – by Anna Lantin, RBF Consulting, Irvine, Calif., and Scott McGowen, California Department of Transportation, Sacramento, Calif.
10:00 —€“ 10:30 a.m.: Conducting Automated Stormwater Sampling in Tidally Influenced Storm Drains: Example Approaches With Results for a Storm Drain and a BMP Treatment Technology (Water-Quality Monitoring) – by William J. Taylor, Taylor Associates/TEC Inc., Seattle
10:30 —€“ 11:00 a.m.: Developing Green Streets Prototypes to Reduce Urban Runoff and Combined Sewer Overflows (Green Infrastructure) – by Andrew Potts and Dan Wible, CH2M Hill, Philadelphia
10:30 —€“ 11:00 a.m.: Malibu Legacy Park Project: An Innovative Regional Stormwater BMP That Provides Integrated Water Resources, Habitat, and Recreational Public Benefits (BMP Case Studies) – by Ken Susilo, Geosyntec Consultants, Los Angeles; Robert Brager and Barbara Cameron, city of Malibu, Calif.; and Steve Clary, RMC Water and Environment, Walnut Creek, Calif.

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