2018 StormCon


    Surface water quality conference and expo set for Denver.

    The 17th annual StormCon surface water quality conference and expo is scheduled for Aug. 12-16, 2018, in Denver. The event will take place at the Hyatt Regency Denver at the Colorado Convention Center in downtown Denver. A mix of pre-conference workshops, educational sessions, and supplier exhibits cover a broad range of stormwater management, erosion control, green infrastructure, and best management practices (BMPs).

    Pre-conference workshops

    Six pre-conference workshops (www.stormcon.com/pre-con-classes) are available on Monday, Aug. 13. The following workshops run from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., cost $300 each, and offer 0.5 CEU:

    • BMP Selection to Improve Your Watershed, led by Stuart Stein, P.E., DWRE, president of GKY and Associates.
    • Planning for Effective Sediment and Erosion Control, led by Tina Evans, P.E., CPESC, CISEC, HydroDynamics Inc.; and Jerald S. Fifield, Ph.D., CISEC, president of HydroDynamics Inc.
    • Developing Street and Storm Drain Cleaning Programs, led by Art Jenkins, P.E., CSM, stormwater engineer, City of Spokane Valley, Wash.
    • Fluvial Geomorphology and Stream Restoration, led by David T. Williams, Ph.D., P.E., PH, CFM, CPESC, president of David T. Williams and Associates.
    • Repairing Entrenched and Degraded (Urbanized) Streams – Techniques and Case Studies, led by David Derrick, potomologist and vice president, River Research & Design, Inc.
    • Stormwater Pollution Modeling for LID, TMDL, and Retrofitting Analyses – An Overview of WinSLAMM, led by John Voorhees, P.E., PH, senior water resources engineer, AECOM; James Bachhuber, PH, Brown and Caldwell; Caroline Burger, P.E., water resources engineer, Brown and Caldwell; and Robert Pitt, Ph.D., P.E., Emeritus Cudworth Professor of Urban Water Systems, University of Alabama.

    Educational tracks

    StormCon features more than 90 technical presentations organized into six education tracks (www.stormcon.com/education-tracks). Presentations are scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday during seven, 90-minute concurrent sessions.

    Stormwater Infrastructure and Best Management Practices — This track presents examples of how structural and nonstructural BMPs are being used — with case studies and performance data — including combinations of BMPs to achieve water-quality goals. It also deals with “gray” stormwater infrastructure and conveyance systems such as inlets, pipes, tunnels, and other detention facilities. Topics in this track include sizing and designing detention and conveyance systems; inspection, maintenance, and repair of BMPs; urban retrofitting; pipe rehabilitation and repair; filtration systems; retention and detention systems; advanced applications and treatment trains; and post-construction stormwater management.

    Green Infrastructure — This track includes examples of green infrastructure and low impact development. These practices strive to maintain or mimic the predevelopment hydrology of a site by infiltrating, storing, filtering, and evaporating stormwater runoff rather than moving it offsite to a centralized stormwater system. Areas of focus for this track include infiltration and bioretention practices, rain gardens, green roofs, porous pavement, maintenance of green infrastructure practices, measuring the effectiveness of green infrastructure, community-wide and watershed-scaled water-quality approaches, green infrastructure for infill development and redevelopment, green infrastructure to reduce combined sewer overflows, rainwater harvesting and stormwater reuse, and LEED-certified projects.

    Stormwater Permit Compliance — This track covers the different aspects of complying with municipal stormwater permits. Focus areas include strategies for meeting NPDES permit requirements, integrating the municipal stormwater program with Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) development, building public education and outreach programs, illicit discharge detection and elimination programs, construction site compliance, municipal good housekeeping practices, reporting requirements, and program audits.

    Funding, Staffing, and Managing the Stormwater Program — This track covers funding and staffing issues affecting municipal and state programs, including funding options for stormwater programs such as bonds, development impact fees, and enterprise funds; creating and managing a stormwater utility; obtaining Clean Water State Revolving Fund assistance; paying for capital improvement programs; stormwater credit trading; public-private partnerships; working with NGOs and other stakeholders; asset management; hiring and training in-house staff; and hiring and working with consultants.

    Industrial Stormwater Management — This track covers industrial stormwater management and permitting, focusing on publicly and privately owned facilities covered by industrial stormwater permits or EPA’s 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, transportation facilities, landfills and waste transfer stations, and mining operations. Topics in this track include managing stormwater at industrial and manufacturing facilities; stormwater management in the mining industry; concerns for oil and gas facilities; transportation activities (airports, ports, and fleet maintenance facilities); managing stormwater on active landfill sites; selection, installation, and maintenance of stormwater management systems on closed landfill sites; storage and handling of hazardous waste; inspecting industrial sites for stormwater compliance; and integrating industrial stormwater operations with municipal permits.

    Research and Testing — This technical track includes academic research; methods for testing the effectiveness of best management practices and comparing different BMPs; and topics and trends in stormwater research such as standardizing testing protocols and standards for measuring the effectiveness of BMPs. Topics in this track include performance standards and testing protocols; evaluating BMP performance; characterizing pollutant loads; fate and transport of pollutants; water-quality modeling; sampling tools and techniques; and bacterial detection and identification techniques.

    Download the 2018 StormCon Conference program at http://digital.stormh20.com/publication/?i=481957 for a complete list of presentations as well as registration and hotel details and costs.

    Information provided by StormCon (www.stormcon.com).


    [divider]Pre-conference certification course[/divider]

    Prior to StormCon, CISEC, Inc., a nonprofi t 501(c)6 organization, will offer training modules for professionals seeking to earn Certified Inspector Sediment and Erosion Control (CISEC) credentials. Training modules will be presented Sunday and Monday, Aug. 12-13, followed by the certification exam on Monday afternoon. Application and approval is required to take the exam.

    Individuals with at least two years of sediment and erosion control or stormwater management inspection experience may qualify as a CISEC Registrant by passing the CISEC examination by 75 percent or better, demonstrating comprehensive knowledge in the principles and practices of controlling sediment, erosion, and stormwater pollutants; skills to observe onsite and offsite conditions that impact stormwater discharges from active construction sites; inspection expertise on BMPs to determine if mitigation measures will minimize the discharge of pollutants from active construction sites; and the ability to communicate and report on inspection of construction sites as to whether compliance situations exist.

    Learn more about the CISEC programs at www.cisecinc.org.