StormCon 2012

June 2012 » Features » EVENT PREVIEW
Annual conference and exhibition offers education, certification, and networking for stormwater management and sediment and erosion control professionals.
Bob Drake

The 11th annual StormCon surface-water quality conference and exhibition heads to Denver, Aug. 19-23, 2012, with a packed schedule of courses certification exams, and displays from more than 100 suppliers of products and services for the stormwater management and erosion and sediment control industries. Conference organizer, Forester Media, expects more than 1,000 professionals from all levels of government, consulting and contracting firms, and academia to attend the event.

Pre-conference activities begin Sunday, Aug. 19, with day-long review courses for professionals desiring to take exams to become a Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control (CPESC), Certified Erosion, Sediment, and Stormwater Inspector (CESSWI), Certified Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System Specialist (CMS4S), Certified Inspector of Sediment and Erosion Control (CISEC), or Certified Professional in Storm Water Quality (CPSWQ). Exams for attaining each of these certifications are offered on Monday, Aug. 20.

Alternatively on Monday, attendees can choose from among the following five, day-long courses (separate $225 registration is required for each pre-conference course):

  • Low-Impact Development: Introduction, Applications, and Technical Implementation
  • Stormwater Pollution Modeling for LID, TMDL, and Retrofitting Analyses – An Overview of WinSLAMM
  • Designer and Review Series Part II: Technical Assessment of Construction Site BMPs
  • BMP Selection to Improve Your Watershed
  • "What Gets Measured Gets Managed." How Are You Measuring Environmental Compliance?

Impact of new regulations
The StormCon opening general session – Tuesday, Aug. 21, 9:45 to 11:00 a.m. – features a panel discussion titled, "How your stormwater program may be impacted by new regulations." Panelists are expected to discuss proposed major revisions to the stormwater regulation for Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4s), the sediment rule for new construction, proposed regulations for state highway systems and industry, the interpretation of Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs), and inspections and enforcement actions.

Scheduled panelists are Greg Davis, regional stormwater program coordinator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 8; Jon Sorensen, manager, stormwater utility services group, AMEC, Denver; John Burke, P.E., CFM, chairman of the Colorado Stormwater Council and senior engineer, City of Westminster, Colo.; L. Scott Tucker, retired executive director, Urban Drainage and Flood Control District, Denver; Rik Gay, deputy hydrologic resources program manager, Colorado Department of Transportation; and Glenn R. Rink, founder, president, CEO, AbTech Industries Inc.

Conference courses
Beginning Tuesday morning, Aug. 21, through Thursday morning, Aug. 23, StormCon attendees can choose from more than 115 half-hour courses organized into the following five concurrent program tracks:

  • BMP Case Studies – Examples of structural and nonstructural best management practices (BMPs) to achieve water-quality goals (27 courses);
  • Green Infrastructure – Low-impact development (LID) techniques, smart growth, and other green infrastructure practices (27 courses);
  • Stormwater Program Management – Funding, public education and outreach, staffing, regulatory compliance, and other elements of managing a successful program (35 courses);
  • Water-Quality Monitoring – Water-quality assessment, monitoring and sampling techniques, and modeling practices (11 courses); and
  • Advanced Research Topics – Comparing BMP performance, evaluating testing protocols, and trends in stormwater research (16 courses).

Following are examples of the courses offered in each track:

BMP Case Studies

  • Hydromodification Management Measures: What Are the New Requirements?
  • Selecting the Most Cost-Effective BMPs for the Removal of Specific Nonpoint-Source Pollutants
  • Virginia DOT Stormwater Assessment, Restoration, and Maintenance
  • Añorga Quarry: Managing Industrial Stormwater With Proprietary BMPs
  • Effective End-of-Pipe Structural BMPs for the Arid Southwest
  • Pervious Concrete: Lessons Learned From Seven Years of Monitoring

Green Infrastructure

  • Green Infrastructure: The Bottom Line
  • Integrated Management: Planning and Evaluation of Green and Gray Infrastructure
  • Creating Amenities: Retrofitting Urban Regional Detention Facilities for Multi-Use Purposes
  • Stormwater Reuse: Even Lower Impact Development
  • Effectiveness of a Swale as a BMP
  • Mainstream the Green: Barriers (and Solutions) to Large-Scale Implementation of Green Infrastructure

Stormwater Program Management

  • Managing Your Stormwater Program in a Struggling Economy
  • Stormwater Infrastructure From Nuisance to Asset
  • Mapping Impervious: Why and How
  • A Cost-Efficient In-House Asset Management Approach
  • Innovative Approaches to Developing an NPDES Stormwater Program
  • Developing Stormwater Strategies for Complex Road Reconstruction Problems

Water-Quality Monitoring

  • Bacterial Source Identification: Watershed Impacts on Coastal Water Quality
  • Achieving Numeric Standards for Pollutant Reduction on an MS4 Scale
  • Subsurface Flow Wetlands: Monitoring of an Engineered SSF Wetland for Dry-Weather Flow in Torrance, Calif.

Advanced Research Topics

  • Pollutant Leaching From Filtration Media in Proprietary and LID BMPs
  • Post-Installation Rain Garden Evaluations
  • New Laboratory Protocols to Assess Total Suspended Solids Removal by Manufactured Hydrodynamic Separator and Filtration Devices
  • The Myth of Barriers to Remove Sediment From Runoff Waters

Download a conference program at www.stormcon.com/downloads/SC12_ConfProg.pdf for a complete list and description of all of the courses and scheduled times.

Technology on display
StormCon attendees have opportunities on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday to view a wide range of stormwater management and erosion and sediment control products, BMPs, and services. The exhibit hall opens Monday evening, 4:00 to 7:00 p.m., for a sponsored reception. A list of exhibitors is available at www.stormcon.com/Exhibits.html, including links to each company's website.


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