In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Atlantic Coast cities are painfully aware of the need for effective stormwater management and coastal protection. It is fitting, then, that about 1,000 stormwater and environmental services professionals are expected to gather in Myrtle Beach, S.C., Aug. 18-22, 2013, for StormCon 2013 and the concurrent Coastal Protection Symposium.
According to conference organizers, StormCon offers nontechnical stormwater sessions that will benefit those completely new to the industry, as well as advanced sessions for seasoned professionals.
Preconference courses and exams
On Sunday, Aug. 18, and Monday, Aug. 19, prior to the official opening of the conference, StormCon offers professionals an opportunity to take certification courses and exams to earn 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 Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System Specialist (CMS4S). Each workshop/exam costs $250.
Also prior to the conference on Monday, Aug. 19, the following, full-day courses are offered for $225 each:
- BMP Selection to Improve Your Watershed
- Designer and Reviewer Series Part II: Technical Assessment of Construction Site BMPs
- "What Gets Measured Gets Managed." How Are You Measuring Environmental Compliance
- Fire & Rain: Rapid Assessment and Emergency Mitigation Measures Following Wildfires
StormCon 2013 officially opens on Tuesday morning, Aug. 20, with a general session titled "Stormwater in the 21st Century." The keynote speaker is former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell, who has worked with New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to create an organization called Building America’s Future. The organization focuses on the need for a more significant investment in American infrastructure projects.
Following the Opening General Session, attendees can choose from more than 100 technical sessions spread over two and a half days and organized into five tracks:
- BMP case studies
- Green infrastructure
- Stormwater program management
- Advanced research topics
- Erosion and sediment control
Beginning with a reception Monday evening and continuing all day Tuesday and Wednesday, more than 100 companies will display some of the latest technologies, products, and services for stormwater management, green infrastructure, and erosion and sediment control.
Coastal Protection Symposium
The Coastal Protection Symposium, presented concurrently with StormCon, will focus on infrastructure protection in coastal cities, ports, and commercial and industrial complexes in the face of sea level rise and potential shoreline changes. Topics include:
- modeling sea level change and coastal flooding impacts
- proactive engineering solutions
- event warning systems
- shoreline mapping and use analysis
- protection, relocation, or elevation of structures and utilities
- policies, regulations, and zoning related to coastal change
Stormwater on Wheels
The Coastal Waccamaw Stormwater Education Consortium (http://cwsec-sc.org), an effort to provide regional collaboration of stormwater education at a watershed scale, is hosting a "Mobile Workshop Exploring LID Practices on the Grand Strand." Pervious paving, bioretention, living shorelines, and other LID practices will be examined during a bus tour of the Grand Strand. Multiple stops along the route from Myrtle Beach to Murrells Inlet will give participants opportunities to speak with local experts involved with the installations of these BMPs. Participants also will receive a detailed packet about each site. This tour of innovative stormwater practices, scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 22, 8:00 a.m. to Noon, requires advance registration and a $45 fee.
Download the StormCon Conference Program at http://stormcon.com/downloads/SC13_ConfProg_online.pdf.