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Tuesday, November 7
12:00 - 4:00 p.m. Tour of Mainstream Pumping Station
Participants will learn about the history, function and benefits of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Great Chicago’s Tunnel and Reservoir Plan (TARP) at the facility’s interactive exhibit area, then board a special elevator and descend more than 300 ft to the pumping station.
*Additional fee required. Space is limited; tour registration is on a first come, first served basis. For more information, visit the registration page.
Wednesday, November 8
7:30 - 8:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast
8:30 - 10:00 a.m. Opening Session & Keynote Address
Jennifer Zielinski Missett, P.E., Biohabitats
MS4 permits in the mid-Atlantic region have evolved beyond six minimum measures to include local TMDLs, the Chesapeake Bay TMDL, watershed restoration goals, and long-term monitoring and maintenance requirements. New technologies and restoration measures are gaining ground as are alternative delivery methods, including public-private partnerships. Jennifer will share lessons learned in her work in the mid-Atlantic region to help other communities streamline enhanced programs in the future.
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Exhibits Open
10:00 - 10:30 a.m. Break & Refreshments
10:30 - 11:30 a.m. Storm Water Mitigation Utilizing Suspended Pavement in Uptown Normal, Ill.
Track: Storm Water Practices & BMP Planning & Design
Presenter(s): Rob Gray, PLA, LEED AP, Hoerr Schaudt Landscape Architects; Al Key, DeepRoot Green Infrastructure LLC
This course will review the history, basic applications, notable projects, and storm water mitigation potential surrounding urban trees, with a focus on suspended pavement systems, including discussion on the redevelopment of Uptown Normal, Ill., where the Uptown Circle doubles as a public gathering space and a storm water management technique.
10:30 - 11:30 a.m. Tree Filter Systems for Storm Water Management & Streetscape Design
Track: Green Infrastructure
Presenter(s): Paul Iorio, StormTree
Tree filter systems integrate common street trees with storm water collection as a viable and sustainable alternative to traditional “end of pipe” systems in achieving storm water management and remediation goals. Emphasis will be placed on the design, sizing and performance of tree filter systems, including presentation of case studies of recent projects completed in the upper Midwest.
10:30 - 11:30 a.m. Common Policy Pitfalls & Thoughts on How to Fix Them
Track: Monitoring, Inspection & Maintenance
Presenter(s): Derek Berg, Contech Engineered Solutions
Many storm water programs grapple with a shortage of resources that strain their ability to comply with the basic demands of the Clean Water Act, let alone implement progressive policies or programs. This presentation will explore the common barriers and pitfalls many programs encounter that all too often lead to outdated, poorly crafted or nonexistent storm water policies and processes. Examples of successful approaches as well as potential solutions to common issues will also be presented.
10:30 - 11:30 a.m. $100 Million Storm Water Solution for Lick Run Watershed
Track: Storm Water Management
Presenter(s): Kelly Kuhbander, P.E., LEED AP, Strand Associates Inc.
The Lick Run watershed is undergoing massive changes to reduce CSOs, manage storm water runoff, and revitalize a blighted urban area. This presentation highlights the details associated with the proposed $100 million solution, which includes innovative storm water management techniques to control storm water runoff and improve water quality.
11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Wescott Park: Underground Storm Water Storage Facility & Rainwater Harvesting System
Track: Storm Water Practices & BMP Planning & Design
Presenter(s): Paul Siegfried, Baxter & Woodman
The Village of Northbrook’s Wescott Park project creatively combines green infrastructure with large-scale flood mitigation by utilizing a storm water storage facility and a rainwater harvesting system uses the stored water to irrigate the park’s ball fields. Topics covered will include storm water detention facility design considerations and leveraging real-time monitoring and weather forecast data in a rainwater harvesting system to provide dual-use storage volume.
11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Trees & Storm Water: A National Guide for Local Decision Makers
Track: Green Infrastructure
Presenter(s): David Rutter, OKI
The value of trees goes well beyond their aesthetic appeal and even their air quality and energy-saving benefits. This session will provide an overview of a new online interactive tool that enables community planners, engineers and policy makers to better capitalize on trees when investing or reinvesting in their storm water systems.
11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Benefit of Using Skimmers in Basins for Post-Construction
Track: Monitoring, Inspection & Maintenance
Presenter(s): Jamie McCutchen, CCAD Eng.
This presentation will focus on an existing detention pond that was cited with a notice of violation for lack of maintenance in 2013. A creative solution to redesign the pond was developed that included modification of the outlet structure and adding a skimmer as part of the permanent outlet in order to reduce clogging and the related maintenance costs, while also increasing water quality and sediment trapping efficiency of the BMP.
11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Public Outreach Through the Generations
Track: MS4 Program Management
Presenter(s): Joseph R. Reitz, CPESC, CESSWI, City of Avon Lake, Ohio
This presentation will describe how the coastal community of Avon Lake, Ohio, created an outreach program to educate the public on the impacts they have on Lake Erie, playing on the old fable of alligators living in the sewers. Storm water mascot “Al” educates through a variety of programs geared toward children, who then bring the message home to their parents.
12:00 - 1:30 p.m. Lunch & Awards Presentation
Join the SWS editorial team for a buffet lunch and announcement of the 2017 SWS Top Storm Water & Erosion Control Projects award winners.
1:30 - 2:30 p.m. Rain Garden & Bioswale Implementation at Lake Erie Beaches
Track: Storm Water Practices & BMP Planning & Design
Presenter(s): Jim Taravella, P.E., Ecology and Environment Inc.
Public beaches on the eastern shore of Lake Erie are regularly closed to bathing during the summer after moderate rain events due to water quality issues. A team worked through the New York State Environmental Protection Fund to design green infrastructure features at two municipally owned and operated public beaches with a history of beach closures, with the intent to implement small-scale practices that take a step toward addressing water quality issues.
1:30 - 2:30 p.m. Forecast-Based Controls: Maximize Storage Before the Storm
Track: Green Infrastructure
Presenter(s): Viktor Hlas, Opti
Chicago faces frequent flooding and CSOs. To address these challenges and meet federally mandated mitigation requirements, communities seek cost-effective, innovative solutions. CMAC solutions integrate information from field-deployed sensors with real-time weather forecast data to directly monitor performance and make automated and predictive control decisions that actively manage storm water storage and flows.
1:30 - 2:30 p.m. Storm water Management: Times They Are A-Changin’
Track: Monitoring, Inspection & Maintenance
Presenter(s): Kelly Kuhbander, Strand Associates, Inc.
Storm water management is becoming increasingly complex as communities face diverse challenges associated with flooding, hydromodification, and water quality. As high intensity, short duration storms become more frequent, development continues to generate more runoff, and protecting water quality is in the spotlight - storm water master planning has become critically important. Storm water management today involves and more complex considerations, but is still rooted in common sense storm water engineering principles. This presentation includes case study examples.
1:30 - 2:30 p.m. Assessing Your MS4 Pollution Prevention & Good Housekeeping Program
Track: MS4 Program Management
Presenter(s): Lori Gates, CPESC, CPSWQ, CPMSM, CESSWI, Christopher B. Burke Eng. LLC
This presentation will describe items needed for a successful Pollution Prevention & Good Housekeeping (PP&GH) program, review and utilize examples of tools developed for other MS4 entities that have successfully completed and passed PP&GH audits, and apply example information presented to identify specific PP&GH issues through completing a hands-on exercise.
2:30 - 3:00 p.m. SWPPP Implementation for the Portsmouth Bypass
Track: Storm Water Practices & BMP Planning & Design
Presenter(s): Samantha Givens, CESSWI-IT, Beaver Excavating Co.; Mary Sharrett, P.E., CPESC, LEED AP, BBCM Engineering.
Gain an understanding of the SWPPP challenges involved with the 16-mile Southern Ohio Veterans Memorial Highway (Portsmouth Bypass), ODOT’s single largest project, from daily plan modifications due to significant fills, to meeting the environmental commitments for storm water, to SWPPP inspection practices for this large corridor. Learn from project team members about how storm water management was documented, how plans were modified in the field, the level of effort involved with inspections, and how BMPs were installed and managed in the field.
2:30 - 3:00 p.m. Runoff Capture & Use: Passive Irrigation for Grass Parking
Track: Green Infrastructure
Presenter(s): Jim Blazek, CPESC, D2 Land & Water Resource Inc.
INDY Fringe in downtown Indianapolis planned and constructed a brick pavement alley and grass parking area along the Indianapolis Cultural Trail in conjunction with the addition of an outdoor theater to their existing facility. Rainwater that falls on the existing and new roof and the brick pavement alley is captured, stored and reused for passive irrigation of the new grass pavement parking area, eliminating flooding and smartly utilizing captured storm water.
2:30 - 3:00 p.m. Drones & Outfall Monitoring
Track: Monitoring, Inspection & Maintenance
Presenter(s): Joseph R. Reitz, CPESC, CESSWI, City of Avon Lake, Ohio
This presentation will discuss the ways the city of Avon Lake, Ohio, has successfully utilized drones to inspect outfall flows and conditions into Lake Erie. Through the use of a remote control drone, the city can access the end of pipe for conditional assessments, low flow determination and potential blockages as neighbors improve the shoreline.
2:30 - 3:00 p.m. Traversing Storm Water Treatment Technologies - Which Do I Choose?
Track: MS4 Program Management
Presenter(s): Samantha Brown, Contech Engineered Solutions
As state and local storm water quality regulations continue to evolve, so do the available technologies that are utilized for treatment. This presentation will review trends in current regional storm water regulations, the basic principles of multiple types of treatment technologies and where they are applicable, particularly in instances when green infrastructure and low impact development cannot be implemented.
3:00 - 3:30 p.m. Break & Refreshments
3:30 - 4:30 p.m. Put Your Assets to Work: Asset Management & Integrated Planning
Track: Storm Water Practices & BMP Planning & Design
Presenter(s): Kevin Campanella, P.E., Burgess & Niple; Andrea Salimbene, McMahon DeGulis LLP
The U.S. EPA’s Integrated Planning Framework provides communities with tremendous opportunity to sequence and prioritize investments. This presentation will cover the key elements of an asset management plan, including service levels, understanding asset condition and risk, and development of an asset register and emergency preparedness plan, the basics of EPA’s Integrated Planning Framework, evaluation of green infrastructure assets, and strategies to address affordability considerations.
3:30 - 4:30 p.m. Space to Grow: Greening Chicago Schoolyards
Track: Green Infrastructure
Presenter(s): Meg Kelly, Space to Grow, Healthy Schools Campaign; Jim Yurik, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago
Space to Grow is a public-private partnership that transforms Chicago schoolyards into spaces that provide students, their families and the broader community with the opportunity for active play, space for physical education, and opportunities for outdoor learning, gardening and environmental literacy while also addressing the city’s effective management of storm water. Participants in this session will hear from the partners who manage and implement this program and learn about the many benefits of green schoolyards and how they are keeping water out of the region’s sewer system.
3:30 - 4:00 p.m. Storm Water Chic
Track: Monitoring, Inspection & Maintenance
Presenter(s): Jeffrey Kerr, ASLA, AICP, Environmental Design Group
Storm water features are starting to move from the backwaters of the project to “in vogue.” This session will showcase how green infrastructure elements have been center stage in project design solutions. It will explore local and national examples in which storm water BMPs have set the stage for the overall design through creative aesthetic treatments and whimsical artistic expressions while still managing regulatory requirements.
4:00 - 4:30 p.m. Regional Watershed Planning for Sourcewater Protection
Track: Monitoring, Inspection & Maintenance
Presenter(s): David McCallops, P.E., Environmental Design Group
The Drinking Water Protection Plan for the Upper Cuyahoga River Watershed provides the city of Akron with a comprehensive analysis and vision of stewardship for a watershed that serves 300,000 with clean drinking water. With the responsibility to manage a watershed for this service, the city of Akron needed an assessment and a clear vision on how to manage 209 sq miles and 16,000 acres of property in the Upper Cuyahoga River Watershed.
3:30 - 4:30 p.m. U.S. EPA Updates & Panel Discussion
Track: MS4 Program Management
Presenter(s): TBD
4:30 - 5:00 p.m. Smart Storm Water Systems & an Investigation of Connectivity & Resilience
Track: Storm Water Practices & BMP Planning & Design
Presenter(s): Dayton Marchese, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Smart storm water systems, which collect, analyze and utilize data in real time, are a result of efforts to integrate systems in a way that promotes sustainability and enhances quality of life. This presentation serves to discuss the difference in disruption response that exists between independent traditional storm water systems and connected smart systems. This investigation into the relationship between resilience and sustainability is critical for developing an efficient and reliable future.
4:30 - 5:00 p.m. Green for Grey: CSO Control Using Green Infrastructure
Track: Green Infrastructure
Presenter(s): Katherine Holmok, Environmental Design Group
The city of Akron, Ohio, prepared a metric-based, planning resource that serves as an easy-to-use guide to assist determining green infrastructure applicability for CSO control at the planning level. The city has used this process for all 9,526 acres of CSO to determine the feasibility for green infrastructure and/or green with gray infrastructure replacement. The presentation will describe the GI Toolbox for the Akron Waterways Renewed program and applies it to the East Akron neighborhood and Aqueduct Street Green Project.
4:30 - 5:00 p.m. Storm Water Management, Green Infrastructure & Channel Restoration for TMDL Implementation
Track: Monitoring, Inspection & Maintenance
Presenter(s): Troy Naperala, P.E., AECOM
Kids Creek in Michigan is not meeting water quality standards and is on the State’s Impaired Waters List due to poor aquatic insect community as a result of sedimentation and storm water quality and quantity. Projects to reduce peak inflow into the creek, reduce sediment loads and nutrient pollutant loads, and improve in-stream habitat will be discussed in the context of how they contribute to improving the health of the creek and its eventual removal from the Impaired Waters List. The presentation also will discuss how a good plan can be leveraged to develop small individual projects that achieve the larger environmental goals of a watershed protection plan.
4:30 - 5:00 p.m. Identifying Sources of E. coli in Urban Environments
Track: MS4 Program Management
Presenter(s): Steve Gruber, Burns & McDonnell Eng.
Minnehaha Creek is a 22-mile long urban stream in Hennepin County, Minn., that flows through the southwestern Twin Cities area and has an established TMDL for E. coli. A multiple lines of evidence approach was used to identify E. coli sources, which included baseline monitoring, sanitary surveys, groundwater characterization, bacterial regrowth assessments, and a series of special studies.
5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Networking Reception
7:30 - 8:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast
8:30 - 9:30 a.m. State of the Industry Panel
Join Editorial Director Bill Wilson as he talks to the news makers of the storm water industry to get their take on the market climate in 2017 as well as 2018.
9:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Exhibits Open
9:30 - 10:00 a.m. Break
10:00 - 11:00 a.m. Inspection, Enforcement and Maintenance of Post-Construction BMPs
Track: Storm Water Practices & BMP Planning & Design
Presenter(s): Craig Frye, SD1
10:00 - 11:00 a.m. Storm Water and Floodplain Management, the Critical Connection and Opportunities for Coordinated Impacts
Track: Green Infrastructure
Presenter(s): Kari Mackenbach, ms consultants
By providing the understanding that floodplain and storm water management are connected is critical. By reducing the strain on our natural infrastructure (streams and rivers), with one solution being the utilization of newer technologies such as green infrastructure or distributed controls, we can help these critical resources rebound faster and provide the resiliency needed to be less impacted by the larger events, such as the 100-year event.
10:00 - 11:00 a.m. The Nutrient Source: A Public-Facing Informational Water Quality Tool
Track: Modeling & Research
Presenter(s): Tim Murphy, Civil & Environmental Consultants Inc.; Melissa Greene Hopfer, Toledo-Lucas County Sustainability Commission; Regina S. Collins, City of Toledo, Division of Environmental Services
Following the Toledo, Ohio, water crisis in 2014, the Toledo - Lucas County Sustainability Commission took a proactive stance to identify sources of nutrients throughout the Western Basin of the Lake Erie watershed and make it easier for the public to access and understand available information. Upon completion of the assessment, an interactive user-friendly GI-based mapping tool was linked to the Lucas County and city of Toledo websites, making location-based nutrient source information available for public usage. This presentation will first examine the methodology used to create the tool for the Toledo-Lucas County Sustainability Commission and later demonstrate its application.
11:00 - 11:30 a.m. Restoring Stream Integrity Through Watershed-Scale Storm Water Management
Track: Storm Water Practices & BMP Planning & Design
Presenter(s): Matthew S. Wooten, SD1; Bob Hawley, Sustainable Streams LLC
SD1 of Northern Kentucky, the regional storm water management utility, embarked on a nearly decade-long assessment that identified relevant flow thresholds to local receiving streams. Using this information, pilot studies are currently underway that attempt to restore natural hydrology through the retrofitting of existing storm water management facilities. This presentation will highlight the progress made to date, as well as discuss the preliminary in-stream results.
11:00 - 11:30 a.m. Incentivizing Residential Green Infrastructure Based on Municipal & Homeowner Needs
Track: Green Infrastructure
Presenter(s): Nancy Ellwood, CDM Smith; Kate Johnson, USEPA
Learn about the tools used in the development of a phased program to incentivize implementation of green infrastructure in urban residential areas that meets the needs of both local officials and homeowners. This effort was conducted as part of a U.S. EPA study focused on a target community in Cincinnati.
11:00 - 11:30 a.m. Pervious, Permeable, & Porous Surfaces, and their Relationship to Storm Water
Track: Modeling & Research
Presenter(s): Mark Walker, Kuert Concrete
Today, Low Impact Development (LID) regulations are pushing for advanced water management technology that will preserve environmental quality and mimic the pre‐development watershed hydrology of the site. Additionally, since water management is the primary goal, members of the design community are searching for ways to produce cost-effective Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI), including their maintenance costs while maximizing developable land. Permeable, Pervious, and Porous surfaces (the 3‐Ps) are “words that have been used interchangeably,” without regard to their unique characteristics and for that reason, have somewhat confused our industry.
11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Stream Daylighting and Restoration at Cottage Grove Park, Coventry Township, Ohio: Re-purposing a Park to Better Manage Storm Water, Reduce Flooding, and Create Passive Recreational Opportunities for the Community
Track: Modeling & Research
Presenter(s): John Kusnier, Davey Resource Group
In 2015, Coventry Township, Ohio, was faced with the problem of localized flooding and poor water quality within a residential area that contained an underutilized recreational park. A network of storm sewers within the park were partially responsible for the flooding and poor water quality. This presentation will illustrate how community leaders had the vision to redesign the park by removing 1,100 ft of buried storm sewer and adding a natural stream channel and riparian corridor on the property. By redesigning the park, the township was able to reduce flooding, educate the community about the benefits of natural storm water management techniques, improve water quality, and create a wider variety of recreational opportunities for the residents in the community.
11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. When a Bandaid’s Not Enough: Implementing Storm Water Utilities in the Great Lakes
Track: Green Infrastructure
Presenter(s): Malcolm Mossman, Bluestem Communications; Katie Rousseau, American Rivers
Whether they go gray or green, storm water infrastructure repairs are no longer a luxury for many communities; they are a necessity to reduce chronic flooding and improve impaired rivers and streams—especially as climate change exacerbates existing problems. Communities need to repair old systems and build new, modern systems that embrace technological advances, but communities also need money to do it. A storm water utility is an equitable way for communities to raise some of the money they need to fix the most immediate storm water problems.
11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Stress Testing on Florida State Route 16
Track: Storm Water Practices & BMP Planning & Design
Presenter(s): Joe Cherry, AP/M Permaform
Stress testing on Florida State Route 16 was conducted in November 2016 to assess the structural integrity, strength and ductility of a large-diameter bolted multi-plate steel pipe that had been rehabilitated with centrifugally cast concrete pipe in March 2010. With only 10 to 12 in. of cover between the crown and the busy road above, the structural integrity of the rehabilitation is imperative. Live load testing, with a semi-tractor pulling a flatbed trailer weighing a total of 83,620 lb, was used to confirm structural integrity and to ensure the bridge’s capability to withstand its rated load.
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Grey Pipe Matters: An Internal Discussion on the Implementation of Green Infrastructure
Track: Storm Water Practices & BMP Planning & Design
Presenter(s): John Herchl, Davey Resource Group; Josh Herchl, Advanced Drainage Systems Inc.
The presentation will illustrate decisions challenging the storm water community when employing various solutions to storm water issues. Highlights include a comparison of green and grey infrastructure. Content will include a discussion transitioning between technical challenges, environmental benefits, community and socioeconomic interests, asset management, and the overall bottom line on a storm water infrastructure project.
1:00 - 2:00 p.m. MWRDGC Storm Water Program Update
Track: Storm Water Management
Presenter(s): Joe Kratzer, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago
An overview of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago’s existing facilities and mission will help attendees understand some of the challenges of its Storm Water Management program, and general information related to ongoing and future storm water management efforts will be shared. Highlights will include MWRD’s focus on holistic planning and collaboration to ensure outcomes align with community needs.
1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Solving Storm Water Complications at Industrial Sites
Track: Industrial Storm Water Treatment
Presenter(s): Brett Holmes, P.E., StormTrap
Industrial sites are facing many challenges today when trying to meet the strict regulations on flow attenuation and treatment requirements. This presentation focuses on three sites that had unique goals due to their industrial applications and the innovative storm water management solutions that were put in place to overcome the challenges.
1:00 - 2:00 p.m. MS4 Permit Management by MCM & Training
Track: MS4 Program Management
Presenter(s): Reggie Korthals, Butler Fairman & Seufert
The responsibility of managing, implementing and documenting NPDES MS4 permit activities can be overwhelming. MS4 permittees are finding it more and more difficult to identify individuals within their organization who can handle the numerous tasks involved. The presentation will demonstrate tools a permittee can use to manage his or her program with one or more individuals.
1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Evidence-Based Guidelines for Microbial Source Tracking Projects
Track: Industrial Storm Water Treatment
Presenter(s): Haley Gershon, Source Molecular Corp.
MS4 permittees are often blamed for pollution problems in waterbodies where they are discharging and face steep fines. Permittees can use results of microbial source tracking (MST) analysis as evidence they are in compliance with their permits. The presentation will detail lessons learned and outcomes achieved from two MST projects, as well as evidence-based guidance on crafting an effective MST plan.
2:00 - 2:30 p.m. Storm Water & Floodplain Management on a Continental Divide
Track: Storm Water Management
Presenter(s): Julie Lawson, P.E., CFM, Environmental Design Group
The city of Akron, Ohio, draws drinking water from the Great Lakes Basin to serve the community on the condition that an equivalent volume of water is returned to the Great Lakes Basin. Case studies will be discussed regarding the complexity of storm water and floodplain management in Akron created by the Great Lakes Compact and many manmade variables.
2:00 - 2:30 p.m. The Water Environment Federation’s Stormwater Institute - Addressing Storm Water Challenges
Track: Storm Water Practices & BMP Planning & Design
Presenter(s): Rebecca Arvin-Colon, Water Environment Federation
This presentation will provide an overview of WEF’s Stormwater Institute (SWI), which is a center of excellence and innovation focused on addressing the most pressing needs in the storm water sector. The SWI is designed to help find solutions in a collaborative and technically sound way, while being a new vehicle for bringing much needed resources to confront and address the greatest storm water challenges.
2:00 - 2:30 p.m. Predicting Copper & Zinc Removal From Industrial Storm Water Using Proprietary Media
Track: Industrial Storm Water Treatment
Presenter(s): Phillip Taylor, Hydro Intl.
The BMPs to control metals typically associated with industrial storm water applications range in complexity from simple housekeeping measures to media filtration systems to sophisticated electrochemical removal. This presentation details the work done to develop an accurate predictive model using real industrial runoff from multiple sites to quantify the likely outcome, before a client commits significant resources to installing treatment equipment that may or may not meet the benchmarks required.
2:00 - 2:30 p.m. Mitigation Grant Applications & Administration: Lessons Learned From the Des Plaines Buyout Program
Track: Storm Water Management
Presenter(s): Shauna Urlacher, P.E., CFM, CPESC, V3 Companies
Since 2013, the city of Des Plaines, Ill., has received $27 million in combined grant funding from FEMA, IDNR and MWRD for purchasing flood-prone residential structures. This funding will result in the acquisition of more than 80 residential structures, which are in various stages of completion. This presentation will discuss the lessons the city has learned about writing successful grant applications and the administration of those grants.
2:30 - 3:00 p.m. Laredo Riverbend Ecosystem Restoration
Track: Storm Water Management
Presenter(s): John R. Porter, City of Laredo, Texas
The Laredo River in Texas is part of an important migration, foraging and breeding corridor for resident and migratory wildlife species, but the ecosystem has been damaged by mining, invasive plants, recreation and erosion. A $6.5 million project currently under construction will restore the ecosystem to its natural state by improving the quality and/or quantity of aquatic, wetland and riparian habitat as well as improveing hydrological connectivity with surrounding water bodies and reduce inundation within the area.
2:30 - 3:00 p.m. Water Stress Builds Character & Soils - Improving Drainage With Plants
Track: Storm Water Practices & BMP Planning & Design
Presenter(s): Scott Dierks, GEI Consultants Inc.
2:30 - 3:30 p.m. Surviving Detailed MS4 Managed Construction & Post-Construction Program Audits
Track: MS4 Program Management
Presenter(s): Al Walus, Christopher B. Burke Eng. LLC
The Indiana Department of Environmental Management has been conducting specific, detailed, in-depth, MS4 managed construction and post-construction program audits that include an overall program review in the office and multiple field visits to construction sites. This presentation will describe the audits and show the materials that were developed to prepare for them, as well as complete a post-audit response package.
2:30 - 3:30 p.m. Sustainable Urban Storm Water Volume Reduction - From Wastewater to Storm Water
Track: Modeling & Research
Presenter(s): Mark B. Joersz, Advanced Drainage Systems Inc.
Many communities are dealing with CSOs and/or federal mandates to mitigate the impacts of storm water. These mandates, along with increasing peak flows and storm intensities, have driven innovation and continuous improvement in design and construction. This discussion will present a variety of regional and national urban case studies and research demonstrating how subsurface water quality and infiltration techniques offer highly sustainable water management solutions.
3:00 - 3:30 p.m. Scour Causation & Remediation for the Brahmaputra River
Track: Storm Water Practices & BMP Planning & Design
Presenter(s): Ram Tirumala, P.E., Distinct Engineering Solutions Inc.; Ajay Shastri, Distinct Engineering Solutions Inc.
The Brahmaputra River is one of the largest rivers in the world, with millions of lives relying on it for agricultural and marine farming. However, there is a constant change in the channel morphology and the course of the river, with erosion along the banks and formation of bars and islands in the river. This work inspects the geotechnical behavior of the soil and proposes a new methodology for the scour process based on field investigation, as well as possible remediation measures for this problem.
3:00 - 3:30 p.m. Engineering Challenges & Insights From Michigan’s Largest Dam Removal Project
Track: Storm Water Practices & BMP Planning & Design
Presenter(s): Troy Naperala, AECOM
Restoring and reconnecting fragmented habitat through dam removal offers a multitude of ecological and socio-economic benefits. This presentation will present a case study from the Boardman River, a tributary waterway to Lake Michigan, highlighting innovative approaches to ecosystem restoration through dam removal and modification in large-scale ecosystem settings.