The StormCon 2014 Call for Papers is now closed. Please check back on this site for the conference program.
StormCon is the only North American event dedicated exclusively to stormwater and surface-water professionals across the continent: municipal stormwater and public works managers, industrial stormwater managers, engineering consultants, regulatory personnel, watershed management professionals, and others concerned with stormwater and surface-water quality.
Forester Media Inc., publisher of Stormwater magazine, is seeking papers for presentation at StormCon 2014, which will take place in Portland, OR, August 3 – 7, 2014. The 2014 conference will feature seven program tracks, described below.
Presentations for StormCon 2014 will be 30 minutes each, including a question-and-answer period.
Please carefully read the information below before submitting your abstract. You may also download this information in PDF format to review and share with others.
The deadline for submitting abstracts for StormCon 2014 was Thursday, November 14, 2013
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.
Presentations must not promote or endorse any proprietary BMP, technology, or company, nor should they simply describe the features of a product; however, examples of BMP installations with data on the effectiveness of a particular system will be considered. Topics in this track include:
• Filtration systems
• Retention and detention systems
• Advanced applications and treatment trains
• Post-construction stormwater management
• Urban retrofitting
• Inspection, maintenance, and repair of BMPs
This track includes low-impact development (LID) techniques as well as smart growth and other green infrastructure practices. 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
• 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
• LEED stormwater credits
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. Focus areas include:
• Strategies for meeting NPDES permit requirements
• Watershed-based stormwater management
• Building public education and outreach programs
• Funding options for stormwater programs
• Hiring and working with consultants
• Illicit discharge detection and elimination programs
• Municipal good housekeeping practices
• Integrating the stormwater program with TMDL development
This track focuses on water-quality assessment, monitoring and sampling techniques, and modeling practices:
• Watershed assessments
• Determining pollutant loadings
• Effective water-quality modeling
• Sampling tools and techniques
• Inventorying stormwater facilities
• Bacterial detection and identification techniques
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, mining operations, and landfills. 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
• Storage and handling of hazardous waste
• Inspecting industrial sites for stormwater compliance
• Integrating industrial stormwater operations with municipal permits
Advanced Research Topics
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
• Treating highway runoff
• Characterizing pollutant loads
• Fate and transport of pollutants
Please note that we are not looking for descriptions of technologies or BMPs and how they work without supporting performance data. If your presentation deals with one or more BMPs, especially with proprietary systems, your abstract must indicate what supporting data the presentation will include.
Coastal Protection Symposium
This specialty symposium, taking place concurrently with StormCon, focuses on infrastructure protection in coastal cities, ports, and industrial complexes in the face of sea level rise and potential shoreline changes. Topics include:
• Modeling sea level rise and storm surge
• Flood control strategies and warning systems
• Hurricane preparedness and lessons learned from recent storms
• Coastal armoring and beach renourishment projects
• Zoning changes for coastal communities
• Effects of sea level rise on stormwater systems
The abstract you submit is the basis for your presentation description in the conference program. For this reason, if your abstract is accepted, your presentation and paper must match the title and description in your abstract.
Incomplete projects or presentations without conclusions are not desired. Your peers expect you to present data, evaluation, and analyses or conclusions drawn from research or actual projects that are actionable.
Because papers to be presented are selected on the basis of your abstract, keep in mind these selection criteria when writing the abstract. Will your paper:
• Have broad interest for people in the field of stormwater management and surface-water quality?
• Convey new knowledge or experience about an aspect of stormwater management?
• Demonstrate the use of a tool or methodology?
• Present data on the performance or use of a best management practice or technique?
• Draw clear conclusions or evaluations that are actionable for the audience?
StormCon attendees are professionals working in different areas of the stormwater industry: for municipal or state-level programs, for engineering consulting firms, for regulatory agencies, for commercial developers and contractors, and in academia. Your audience has an understanding of basic stormwater principles and terminology, so you don’t need to include a great deal of background information in your abstract or in the presentation and paper. For example, don’t include information on the history of the Clean Water Act or an extensive description of the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System, as your audience will be familiar with these.
All presentations are 30 minutes long, including a question and answer period. Speakers have the option of speaking for the 30-minute allotted time, or giving a shorter presentation to allow more time for questions at the end.
Presentations may be reclassified in a different track as appropriate.
© 2013 Forester Media, Inc.