More StormCon!

Earn CEU Credit with 8 Pre-Conference Courses

TWO DAY: Sunday, Monday - August 21 and 22, 2016
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
1.0 Continuing Education Unit

Registration Fee: $295.00

TWO DAY: Sunday, Monday - August 21 and 22, 2016
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
1.0 Continuing Education Unit

Registration Fee: $295.00

ONE DAY: Monday August 22, 2016
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
0.5 Continuing Education Unit

Registration Fee: $250.00

ONE DAY: Monday August 22, 2016
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
0.5 Continuing Education Unit

Registration Fee: $250.00

ONE DAY: Monday August 22, 2016
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
0.5 Continuing Education Unit

Registration Fee: $250.00

Monday August 22, 2016
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
0.5 Continuing Education Unit

Registration Fee: $250.00

ONE DAY: Monday August 22, 2016
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
0.5 Continuing Education Unit

Registration Fee: $250.00

CANCELED: Monday August 22, 2016
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
0.5 Continuing Education Unit

Registration Fee: $250.00

TWO DAY: Sunday, Monday - August 21 and 22, 2016
8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
0.5 Continuing Education Unit

Registration Fee: $250.00

Developing Effective and Practical Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plans

TWO DAY: Sunday, Monday - August 21 and 22, 2016

8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

1.0 Continuing Education Unit

Registration Fee: $250.00

Developing Effective and Practical Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plans (Skill Level: Advance)

This intermediate level course for designers and reviewers will be a "hands-on" presentation about developing effective and practical SWPPPs for different projects (e.g., subdivision, linear, commercial, etc). Participants will learn about optimizing the use of temporary structures to minimize pollutant discharges due to runoff and wind. Erosion control methods will be presented and shown how their continued use can reduce construction costs during project development. Emphasis on identifying limitations of sediment and erosion control methods will be continually stressed throughout the 2-day class. While working in small groups, participants will develop SWPPP narratives and sediment and erosion control plans by assessing site conditions, deciding how project development will occur, identifying BMPs to use, generating specifications, creating inspection requirements, and so forth. The class will culminate with each group presenting their SWPPP narrative and the accompanying sediment and erosion control plans.


Dr. Jerald Fifield
Ms. Tina Wills

Since 1982 when Dr. Jerald Fifield started HydroDynamics Incorporated, he has been actively involved with drainage, sediment and erosion control, water rights and nonpoint pollution control. Through his company, he develops sediment and erosion control plans, completes drainage analysis, provides inspection services and teaches about controlling sediment and erosion on construction sites. Jerry has authored numerous professional papers, researched sediment and erosion control products, and written a sediment and erosion control manual for designers and a field manual for inspectors and contractors.

Since earning her degrees in Civil and Mechanical Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines in 1999, Ms. Tina Wills has been working as a consultant at HydroDynamics Incorporated. She is involved with research for expert testimony, works on SWPPP development, and completes construction site inspections. Tina also assists with drainage assessments, develops sediment and erosion control plans for contractors, coordinates activities associated with sediment and erosion control, analyzes drainage issues for homeowners, and teaches about controlling sediment and erosion on construction sites.

Manual Material: Supplemental material will also be given to the participants.

Comprehensive Stream Stabilization & Restoration Workshop, with an emphasis on Urban Streams

TWO DAY: Sunday, Monday - August 21 and 22, 2016

8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

1.0 Continuing Education Unit

Registration Fee: $250.00

Course Description

Urbanization, with its associated decrease in overall infiltration and increases in impermeable surfaces, along with a proliferation of hydrologic and hydraulic sciences that “get the water off the site ”, frequently result in incision of the associated urban streams. Not just urbanization but also other anthropogenic factors such as dams, heavy long-term grazing, highly roaded timber areas, and instream gravel mining.

Urban stream entrenchment, incision, and degradation are a high-priority, national issue leading to poor water quality, loss of riparian function, loss of aquatic habitat and costly threats to infrastructure. The new provisions of the Clean Water Act are an attempt to deal with these issues. Post-construction BMPs and revegetation requirements, along with LID and other reductions of hydromodification during development and construction are now required as part of the NPDES program.

Urban streams which are “properly functioning ”, often mimicking pre-development conditions, with healthy stream buffers, riparian zones, and instream function can often ameliorate the effects of urbanization and other anthropogenic land use problems.

This course will deal with some of the tools needed to design and build naturally-functioning stream, river, and creek reaches. The material will be presented with the extensive use of Case Studies. John McCullah will present projects utilizing Bioengineering and Environmentally-Sensitive techniques from US, and Canada, to New Zealand, some spanning over 15 years. David Derrick will present many projects from his extensive collection of stream projects. They will be joined by guest presenters representing a large firm with world-wide experience restoring stream function.

In 2005, the Transportation Research Board and National Cooperative Highway Research Board published NCHRP Report 544 – Environmentally Sensitive Channel and Bank Protection Methods Report 544- Environmentally Sensitive Channel and Bank Protection Methods. This report, authored by J. McCullah, D. Gray, and D.F. Shields was published on CD and includes over 50 Techniques, from re-directive Rock Vanes and Bendway Weirs to Vegetated Rip Rap and Longitudinal Stone Toe with Live Siltation. It incorporates design considerations, construction specifications and detailed drawings. An Educational Version of this design guidance document will be provided free to all StormCon class attendees.

This class is a must for Engineers, Hydrologists, Planners, Ecologists who are challenged with Urban Stream “greening”, repair, and restoration. Join these experienced project designers and builders to see what has worked and what not. The training will be fast and fluid, using case studies, Dirt Time movie clips and extensive use of Case Studies. Guidance documents, including the NCHRP Report 544 – Environmentally Sensitive Channel and Bank Protection Methods Report 544 – Environmentally-Sensitive Channel and Bank Protection Methods, on CD, will be provided for free.

Course Highlights

1. Basic Fluvio-geomorphology

a. Stream Form and process

b. Lane’ Equation, Channel Evolution Model

c. Cause and effects of Entrenchment

2. Techniques for Channel and Bank Stabilization

a. Part One – John McCullah

b. Part Two – David Derrick

c. Part Three – Guest Presenters

3. Other Solutions

a. flood terraces, inset floodplains

4. Open Forum, Questions and Wrap Up


John McCullah, President of Salix Applied Earthcare, Northern California is a fluvio-geomorphologist and Certified Professional Erosion and Sediment Control Specialist (CPESC) with over 20 years experience implementing erosion control, stream/river restoration and bioengineering projects. John’s trainings are filled with first hand, practical experiences. He will show you not only what applications work and why some practices are not so good! This course will focus on low-cost and environmentally-sensitive methods to control riverbank erosion.

John has a B.S from Humboldt University, Watershed Geology, A.A. Biology from Shasta College and is a CA Landscape Contractor. John is an adjunct instructor at Shasta College for 16 yrs. As past Project Manager for Trinity and Western Shasta RCDs and as current Executive Director for Sacramento Watersheds Action Group, McCullah has had extensive experience designing, building and monitoring projects.

Dave Derrick, Potomologist & Senior Restoration Consultant with Cardno ENTRIX, specializes in bioengineering & redirective energy management methods to stabilize and provide environmental uplift to every size of river and stream, with many projects in urban settings.

In a typical year Derrick spends more than 200 days on the road, teaches 600 to 1,000 students a year; is the lead designer, or a member of the design team, for 60 to 100 projects a year; and provides construction oversight (builds) 5 to 15 projects per year, many as hands-on workshops for fellow professionals.

Dave has been instrumental in pioneering the use of Bendway Weirs to redirect stream energy & flow to protect roads, highway bridge abutments, and high pressure pipeline crossings. He has also developed and refined over 20 other cost-effective stream protection techniques, including: Living Half-Drowned Bushes; Slit Trench Pole Plantings; Hydraulic Cover Stones; Viffles (a combination Cross Vane and Rocked Riffle, co-developed with John McCullah); Angle Slams, Grand Slams, and Wrong-Way Boil-Up Pools.
Mr. Derrick graduated with a B. S. Civil Engineering degree in 1978 from Villanova University, Villanova, Pennsylvania, has consulted for dozens of clients over the last 17 years, & recently retired after 34 years as a Research Hydraulic Engineer from the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers.

BMP Selection to Improve Your Watershed

Monday August 22, 2016

8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

0.5 Continuing Education Unit

Registration Fee: $250.00

Course Description:

Selecting the right Best Management Practices (BMPs) is crucial for protecting and improving watersheds, but understanding the array of choices and the conditions in which different BMPs are most effective can seem overwhelming.

This comprehensive workshop guides program managers and engineers through the criteria necessary for selection of the most effective BMPs for a project. It begins with a discussion of pollutant types and their sources, moving into an overview of pollutant removal unit processes, followed by a discussion on regulations for impaired waters, NPDES, TMDLs, and numeric nutrient criteria. The next part of the course addresses the difference between new development BMP design and retrofitting existing development for TMDL compliance.

A detailed description of 33 BMPs is given - from ponds, alum injection systems, and constructed wetlands, to various types of media filters, inlet devices, sand filters, hydrodynamic devices, and more. Low Impact Development rainwater harvesting methods and applications will be demonstrated. A section on selection criteria gives participants a list of factors for making the best choices, including not only pollutant removal effectiveness, but also types of pollutants, available space, groundwater level, soil type, and maintenance costs. The workshop also includes discussions of first flush, monitoring of BMPs, and BMP removal efficiency databases. Several computer models and case studies of pollutant loading calculations for TMDL compliance and pollutant removal calculations for BMPs and treatment trains are demonstrated. An in depth look at BMP inspections and maintenance will also be given along with a method to track sediment removals from street sweeping and maintenance activities to achieve reductions in TMDL allocations.


Stuart Stein, PE, DWRE and president of GKY and Associates

Stuart Stein has over 29 years of experience in stormwater management and water resources engineering, including watershed management plans, stormwater and drainage studies, MS4 compliance, BMP design and analysis, TMDLs, and flood studies. He has coauthored several publications, including the Federal Highway Administration’s popular Evaluation and Management of Highway Runoff Water Quality, and its Urban Drainage Design Manual, Hydraulic Engineering Circular No. 22. He assisted the EPA’s Office of Policy in evaluating the impacts of land development alternatives (e.g., traditional sprawl, smart growth) on water quality. Mr. Stein serves on the faculty of Virginia Tech’s civil engineering department, where he teaches urban hydrology and environmental systems modeling. He was also chair of the ASCE’s National Urban Water Infrastructure Management Committee and chair of the ASCE TMDL Evaluation Task Committee.

Construction Site SWPPP Compliance: Learning to truly implement a compliant program

Monday, August 22, 2016

8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

0.5 Continuing Education Unit

Registration Fee: $250.00


Course Description

This fresh approach to stormwater compliance for construction sites will focus on strategies that are not necessarily highly technical, rather they demand high levels of common sense. If you, or your construction site exposes more than an acre of disturbed soil you already understand the confusing, comprehensive regulations surrounding stormwater compliance.

What the industry or the regulatory professionals have not yet provided is a simple, plain approach to satisfying these regulations. What can one construction site do to manage the runoff and still remain profitable? This course will be the first step in demystifying the intense broad regulations that affect construction projects all throughout the United States. Further, this course will focus on determining with a risk assessment mindset what strategies are the most important in maintaining an environmentally compliant project.

In addition to on site examples, this course will look into the design issues that often set projects up for failure. The participant will learn important lessons and mistakes to avoid when correctly assessing a site for environmental compliance and determining what practices will best manage compliance. Finally, the participant will learn what to do when unforeseen circumstances occur. How to plan for extreme situations and what types of language to include for rapid response procedures.

Although not intended for academic purposes, this course will speak to strategies and processes of compliance. The course will focus on techniques, not specific practice installation or performance standards. In addition, the goal of this course is to share common misconceptions, techniques that expose sites to the highest level of risk, and the common sense strategies for compliance that many sites do not take full advantage of.

Finally, this course will provide the participant with specific techniques, for each phase of construction, that will aid the site manager in making sure their project is not fined. In addition to case history examples, interviews with project managers, and site environmental penalty examples this course provides real data to consider when making site management decisions.

The key concept remains; plain, construction focused language that will allow the participant to make informed decisions for environmental compliance.


Jennifer Hildebrand, CPESC, CPSWQ, CESSWI, CISEC environmental compliance manager, WSB and Associates Inc.

Jennifer Hildebrand has been involved in the erosion and sediment industry for over 18 years. She has a master’s degree in business administration from Augsburg College, and specializes in compliance strategies within the stormwater market.

Currently with by WSB and Associates, Jennifer's experience and industry involvement allow WSB to deliver excellence in environmental compliance to their clients. Her specialties include stormwater compliance issues, training and awareness programs, site inspection programs, compliance program design, and site plan reviews. She has developed and delivered education and compliance programs in both the construction and post construction stormwater market. Her involvement in the construction industry has provided her with valuable experience in a wide variety of stormwater compliance products and services. As a result, Jennifer has developed a selection of technologies that involve several methods of hydraulic application techniques and biotechnical stabilization practices throughout the United States and Canada. This private industry experience and public representation experience provides opportunities for facilitation of appropriate stormwater, erosion, sediment, control programs and techniques. In addition, this experience also illuminates the challenges and opportunities that exist in post construction phases of stormwater compliance.

Her presentations and classes have been conducted in many states throughout the United States and Canada. She has also spoken and presented materials at multiple government agencies and Departments of Transportation. She has been a part of specifications and standards development for Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnesota, North and South Dakota, and Manitoba, Canada.

Stormwater Pollution Modeling for LID, TMDL, and Retrofitting Analyses -  An Overview of WinSLAMM

Monday, August 22, 2016

8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

0.5 Continuing Education Unit

Registration Fee: $250.00

This course requires all attendees to have a laptop computer with them for use during the course. If you plan on attending with someone from your organization, you may also share a computer.

Attendees with their own laptop may use a temporary license of the model during the course. WinSLAMM can be run on a PC with Windows XP, Vista, or Windows 7, and will need a CD drive and/or a USB port to load the program. You will need administrative privileges for the computer if the program is not pre-loaded.

Course Description:

This hands-on computer-based course will demonstrate how to use WinSLAMM to utilize source area stormwater controls to maintain or create a hydrologically functional landscape that mimics natural watersheds’ hydrologic functions (volume, frequency, recharge, and discharge). By integrating source area controls into site design, you can approach the pre-development site stability to retain water and pollutants.

You will learn to:

Quantify pollutant sources in complex urban watersheds

Predict the performance and impact of many interacting development and control options

Calculate pollutant loads and runoff volumes from various structural and non-structural management scenarios

Estimate and compare the costs of stormwater control practices

About WinSLAMM:

WinSLAMM is a Windows-based, continuous simulation computer program, that helps water resources professionals make effective decisions by modeling the stormwater impacts of new or existing developments and evaluating the benefits of various control measures. The WinSLAMM model has been used for over 15 years to calculate urban stormwater runoff volume, pollution loads, and assess a wide range of management measures. The model enables accurate planning-level and design-level analyses. Wisconsin’s Department of Natural Resources has adopted the model for regulatory compliance purposes. The WinSLAMM batch processor provides data for decision makers to select the most cost-effective alternative stormwater control practices. WinSLAMM is typically used in continuous simulations of at least one year of local rain events to examine these issues over a wide range of actual site conditions.

The One-Day Course Will Cover:

Modeling terminology and preparing to model WinSLAMM theory and practice

WinSLAMM model features and navigation

Base file setup

Grass swale & filter strip modeling/design

Biofilter modeling/design

Analyzing an example LID subdivision development for stormwater volume & TSS loads


John Voorhees PE, PH, Water Resources Engineer, AECOM

Dr. Robert Pitt PhD, PE, Emeritus Cudworth Professor of Urban Water Systems, University of Alabama

James Bachhuber, PH, Brown and Caldwell

James Bachhuber is a nationally respected hydrologist with extensive experience in urban stormwater management planning, pollution modeling, stormwater permitting, ordinance development, and the analysis of urban stormwater BMPs. At the Wisconsin DNR, he helped develop applications for rural and urban nonpoint source pollution load models. As a consulting engineer, he manages water resource projects dealing with urban stormwater runoff, environmental impacts, and TMDLs.

Caroline Burger, PE, Water Resource Engineer, Brown and Caldwell

Caroline Burger has 10 years of experience in stormwater management planning, pollution modeling and monitoring, hydrologic and hydraulic modeling, stormwater permitting, ordinance development, and analysis of BMPs. She has extensive experience using WinSLAMM and has been a key part of the team involved with the calibration and development of the WinSLAMM model itself.

Lessons Learned from Surviving MS4 Program Audits

CANCELED - Monday, August 22, 2016

8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

0.5 Continuing Education Unit

Registration Fee: $250.00

Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System or MS4 permittees are always left to wonder:  “Is my program good enough?”  “How good does my program have to be?”  “Will my entity be able to pass a regulatory program audit?”

Some states have experienced extensive, robust regulatory program audits while others have not.  The state of Indiana’s 170 plus MS4s have seen three major audits conducted by the state, Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM), in the last seven years.  Course attendees will benefit from the presenters’ first hand experiences of successfully completing many MS4 audits.  Whether your community is preparing for an upcoming audit or wishes to assess how their program compares with other MS4s, this course can assist you.

This day long course will include the following main topics:

1) Introduction including history of and background information on the MS4 program

2) An overview of the federal regulations with some state specific examples as well as a discussion on how permits are issued and different types of legally binding agreements

3) Key considerations for overall stormwater program management such as staffing, data management, budgeting, and developing strategic partnerships

4) A review of the public education, public participation, illicit discharge detection and elimination, construction, post-construction, and good housekeeping & pollution prevention MS4 program areas including specific case study examples and “how to” tips for implementation

5) Overview of reporting documents such as the Stormwater Management Plan, Annual Reports, various inspection forms, and other permit related documentation with recommendations for enhancements and discussion on how the proper preparation of these documents can help prevent future audits

6) Audit preparation examples, tips, and techniques

7) How to do various types of program evaluations and assessments to determine the overall health of an MS4 program and give ideas for future enhancements including a discussion on determining measurable goals and the iterative management process

Materials utilized will be credited and sourced from US EPA, the Center for Watershed Protection, various MS4 entities, the California Stormwater Quality Association, and the presenters’ own personal experience with over 50 MS4 clients.

Lori Gates,CPESC, CPSWQ, CMS4S, CESSWI; Christopher B. Burke Engineering, LLC, Senior Project Manager
As a Senior Project Manager with Christopher B. Burke Engineering, Ltd. since 2003, Lori is responsible for stormwater regulatory compliance for water resources and environmental projects.  She has worked with over 50 MS4 entities throughout the state of Indiana. 
Her specific duties involve ensuring that all municipal, construction, and industrial storm water quality projects and permits are in compliance with the NPDES Storm Water Permit program, including Section 402 of the Clean Water Act, the Phase I and Phase II MS4 program permitting programs, the Construction Run-off program, and the Industrial Run-off program and project oversight of on-going required permit implementation activities. 
Previous duties include serving as the State of Indiana’s lead technical expert for the NPDES Storm Water program at IDEM.  She received the Indiana Association for Floodplain and Stormwater Management (INAFSM)’s “Chairman's Award for Outstanding Service in Support of the INAFSM” in 2006 and is a past chair of the state-wide Stormwater Committee.  She is the current Vice Chair of the INAFSM Board of Directors.  Lori also is a Past Chair of the EnviroCert International Board of Directors and is a Past Chair of the Certified Municipal Separate Stormwater System Specialist, CMS4S, Inc. Council.  She was a primary author on the CMS4S Review Course manual and is an Approved Instructor for the CMS4S and Certified Professional in Stormwater Quality, CPSWQ certifications.

Heather Buck, CPSWQ, CMS4S; Christopher B. Burke Engineering, LLC, Resource Planner
As a Resource Planner with Christopher B. Burke Engineering, LLC in Indianapolis, Indiana, Heather works with the MS4 Coordinators from several NPDES Phase II communities in Indiana to develop and implement Stormwater Quality Management Programs (SWQMP).  These include developing Notice of Intents (NOI), Part A; Part B; Part C; Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination (IDDE) Plans; Site Inspection Training; individual MCM Training; Program Compliance Audits; and MS4 Program Coordination and On-call Support.

Heather also completes water quality evaluations through chemical, physical, and biological data collection and analysis; including the QHEI, and macroinvertebrate sampling.  This analysis serves as a compliance measure for IDDE screening; baseline characterization for Stormwater Master Plans; and information gathering   The information collected also serves to evaluate the effects of land use alterations or water quality enhancement measures implemented through voluntary efforts or those required by state or federal regulations. 

Heather received her B.S. (Environmental Studies and Biology) from Ohio Northern University and her M.S. (Environmental Safety and Health Management) from The University of Findlay.  Heather is an officer of and active in the Indiana Lakes Management Society, is a Certified Professional in Storm Water Quality (CPSWQ), and is a Certified Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System Specialist (CMS4S) as well as a CMS4S Approved Instructor. 

Al Walus; Christopher B. Burke Engineering, LLC, Senior Project Manager
Al Walus, a Senior Project Manager with Christopher B. Burke Engineering, LLC for the past 4-1/2 years provides MS4 technical resource assistance to cities, towns and counties across Northwest Indiana, including South Bend, Portage, Crown Point, Dyer, Cedar Lake, Lake County and St. Joseph County.  Al also leads CBBEL project teams that assist the Northern Indiana Public Service Company with natural resource permitting for construction projects.  One of Al’s projects for the Michigan City Area Schools earned the “2012 Conservation School of the Year” from the LaPorte County Soil & Water Conservation District and for his efforts in innovative environmental education programming Al earned the “Joe Wright Recognition of Excellence Award” from the Environmental Education Association of Indiana in 2009.

Myth Busters: Overcoming Barriers to Green Infrastructure

Monday, August 22, 2016

8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

0.5 Continuing Education Unit

Registration Fee: $250.00

This workshop is intended for municipal stormwater managers who want to integrate green infrastructure into their municipal operations but need help building support and getting buy-in for these practices from elected officials, decision-makers, other municipal staff, and project partners.

Course Description

Despite the many well-documented benefits of green infrastructure, common barriers have prevented their widespread acceptance and implementation. These include: technical, regulatory, financial, and institutional barriers.
1. Technical barriers such as design criteria and hydrologic modeling standards that may be adverse to green infrastructure, performance data, long-term maintenance requirements, site suitability, and climate can all impede the implementation of green infrastructure practices. Green infrastructure challenges our current thinking about managing stormwater. The shift from conventional stormwater management of conveying stormwater as quickly as possible off the site to green infrastructure practices that manage stormwater at the source and minimizing runoff requires a different approach to site design, construction, and long-term maintenance.
2. Local, state, and federal rules and regulations can create barriers to the implementation of green infrastructure. Something as simple as a requirement for continuous curb along a street or in a parking lot will require the developer to obtain a variance to use green infrastructure practices. As well as the uncertainty of long-term maintenance of green infrastructure practices, especially for those on private property. Legal and regulatory support is necessary for launching green infrastructure strategies and ensuring projects are sustainable over time and are protected against future liabilities.
3. Investing in green infrastructure costs money and often requires innovative solutions, and most funding programs and resources are geared toward conventional development and stormwater management practices. Green infrastructure can be cost effective because it can meet multiple project objectives. For example, rain gardens store and treat stormwater and also provide beautification and green space in an otherwise very hardscaped urban setting. In many cases, green infrastructure solutions are less costly than conventional infrastructure and development practices. Financial resources and incentives need to be in place to promote the implementation of green infrastructure.
4. Community and institutional barriers are our attitude and opinion about green infrastructure. Lack of knowledge, familiarity, and understanding of green infrastructure coupled with resistance to change may be the most difficult barrier to overcome. Successful implementation of green infrastructure requires the support and buy-in from public and private stakeholders.
In this workshop, municipal stormwater managers will learn how to overcome these barriers to green infrastructure to build support and buy-in from elected officials, decision-makers, other municipal staff, and project partners. Workshop facilitators will discuss each barrier and using case studies and hands-on exercises illustrate how to successfully allow, promote, and implement green infrastructure practices into municipal operations.

Sheila McKinley
Christopher B. Burke Engineering, LLC

Senior Project Manager
115 West Washington Street, Suite 1368
Indianapolis, IN 46204
As a Senior Project Manager at Christopher B. Burke Engineering, Sheila is responsible for managing stormwater, floodplain, and green infrastructure planning and policy projects throughout Indiana. She has a long-time interest in land use and its influence on water resources. This interest and her collective 20 years of experience have allowed her to develop and apply an integrated and holistic approach to water quality and quantity related projects.
Sheila holds a Masters in Landscape Architecture degree from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign and a Bachelor in Landscape Architecture from the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada. She is a member of the American Planning Association (APA), American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), and the Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM). Sheila is a certified planner under the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), a Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM), and LEED Green Associate.

Angela Force
Christopher B. Burke Engineering, LLC

Strategic Projects Manager
50 Washington Street, Suite 2A
Columbus, IN 47201
As a Strategic Project Manager at Christopher B. Burke Engineering, Angela is responsible for managing stormwater, environmental and transportation planning and policy projects throughout Illinois and Indiana. Angela spent most of her career in government managing and overseeing the environmental studies, permitting and regulatory compliance process as part of the Illinois Tollway’s (Tollway) $5.8 billion dollar capital improvement program approved in 2004.
Angela holds a Masters in Urban Planning and Policy degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a Bachelor in Science from the Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana. She is a member of the American Planning Association (APA) and the National Speakers Association (NSA). Angela is a Certified Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System Specialist and LEED Green Associate.

Stormwater Quality Modeling with the Stochastic Empirical Dilution Model (SELDM)—An Overview

Presented By: The U.S. Geological Survey and the Federal Highway Administration

Monday, August 22, 2016

8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

0.5 Continuing Education Unit

Registration Fee: $250.00

This course requires all attendees to have access to a laptop computer with SELDM pre-loaded for use during the course. SELDM is available free to the public at  SELDM has been tested on PCs with Windows XP, Vista, and Windows 7. 

This hands-on computer-based course will demonstrate how to use SELDM to model highway or urban runoff to evaluate the risks for exceeding water-quality targets for storm flows, event-mean concentrations, storm loads, and annual loads. Simulations can be run with or without stormwater control measures (SCMs) such as swales, ponds, bioretention facilities, or constructed wetlands. A case study will be used to evaluate inputs to the model and outputs from the model. 

You will learn to:
* Select pre-loaded precipitation and flow variables by site location and site characteristics;
* Specify hydraulic variables by using simple basin properties;
* Select existing or input new water-quality statistics;
* Input SCM performance statistics for flow reduction, concentration reduction, and hydrograph extension; and
* Examine model output files.

SELDM is designed to estimate long-term risks of adverse effects of runoff on receiving waters, the potential need for mitigation measures, and the potential effectiveness of such management measures for reducing these risks. The U.S. Geological Survey developed SELDM in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration to help develop planning-level estimates of event mean concentrations, flows, and loads in stormwater from a site of interest and from an upstream basin. SELDM calculates the dilution of runoff in the receiving waters and the resulting downstream event mean concentrations and annual average lake concentrations to indicate the level of risk of adverse effects caused by runoff concentrations, flows, and loads on receiving waters by storm and by year.

The One-Day Course Will Cover:
* An overview of model input theory;
* Using the model's graphical user interface;
* Modeling runoff quality and SCM performance in a case study
* Using the model output files.

Gregory E. Granato, U.S. Geological Survey
Gregory Granato is a hydrologist with the USGS New England Science Center. He has been working on highway-runoff issues in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration for about 20 years. He is author of 7 FHWA reports, 11 USGS reports and 11 other publications related to the quality and quantity of highway runoff. He is the Author of SELDM. He is on the International Stormwater BMP Database technical review panel and has been on 4 technical review panels on the effectiveness of stormwater control measures for the National Cooperative Highway Research Program. He has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Hartford and a M.S. in Civil Engineering (Environmental) from the University of Virginia.

Susan C. Jones, Federal Highway Administration

Susan Jones is a Highway Engineer with the FHWA Project Mitigation Team in the Office of Project Development and Environmental Review. Before that she was a Water Resources Specialist with the Virginia DOT. She is on the project steering committee for the International Stormwater BMP Database and has been on 2 on highway-runoff quality for the National Cooperative Highway Research Program.  She has a B.S. from the University of Virginia and a M.S. from George Mason University in Civil Engineering (Environmental). She is a Professional Engineer in Virginia.

Certified Inspector of Sediment and Erosion Control (CISEC®)

CISEC Training Modules and Examination (Skill Level: Intermediate)

Review Course ($250.00):
Sunday August 21, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. 
Monday August 22, 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.
Certification Exam (approval required): 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Why Attend this Course?
CISEC, Inc. provides a naitonwide inspector certification program (see for individuals that:

Demonstrate comprehensive knowledge in the principles and practices of sediment and erosion control and their applicability to development of discharge permit documents,

Demonstrate the necessary skills to observe onsite and offsite conditions that impact the quality of storm water discharges from active construction sites,

Demonstrate the ability to inspect installed best management practices and their ongoing maintenance to determine if the mitigation measures will minimize the discharge of sediment and other pollutants from active construction sites,

Demonstrate the ability to communicate and report on their inspection of active construction sites as to whether compliance issues may exist with federal, state and/or local discharge permit regulations.

This two-day intermediate level course will provide training modules to those

Seeking to become construction site sediment and erosion control inspectors,

Seeking a comprehensive education program that meets sediment and inspection requirements as found in EPA’s Construction General Permit, and

Provide an opportunity for inspectors, designers, and regulatory personnel to improve upon their educational background before sitting for the CISEC certification examination.

Course Outline
Day 1 (8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.)
Module 1: EPA Rules & Regulations
  • Clean Water Act
  • NPDES 2012 General Permit
  • Evaluating the CGP
  • Understanding a SWPPP and the S&EC Drawings

  • Module 2: Background of an Inspector
  • Definitions
  • Erosion, sediment and sedimentation
  • Polymers and Sedimentation
  • A Primer on Hydrology
  • Hydrographs and sedimentation
  • Watersheds and discharge points
  • Critical Inspector Requirements
  • SWPPPs and BMPs
  • Communication
  • Recognizing Limitations
  • CISEC Code of Ethics

Module 3: Inspecting BMPs
  • Understanding the Phases of Construction
  • Inspecting
  • Barriers
  • Check structures
  • Drains and inlets
  • Sediment Containment Systems
  • Polymers
  • Wind/Dust control methods
  • Erosion control practices
  • Hazardous waste material sites
  • Writing and Assessing Inspection Reports

Day 2 (8:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon.)
Module 4: Conducting Construction Site Inspections
  • Inspection Requirements
  • Role of Designers, Inspectors, and Contractors
  • Inspector Responsibilities During Construction Activities
  • Inspection Reports
  • Reporting on BMP Maintenance
  • Documentation and Communication
  • Working with Contractors and Clients
  • Inspecting Construction Sites
  • During Grading
  • During Construction

Day 2 (1:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.)
CISEC Certification Examination

Register for the one-and-one-half day Certified Inspector of Sediment and Erosion Control (CISEC) training modules on Sunday and Monday, August 21 and 22, and apply through CISEC Inc. (at to determine whether you are eligible to take the examination on Monday, August 3. You may register to attend the training modules only without having to take the examination. Also, there is no requirement to take the training modules before sitting for the certifying examination.
Please note: To take the CISEC certification examination you must have received a letter of approval from the CISEC Inc. See details under “How to Apply for the Examination.” Additional information and the required forms are available at
What is CISEC?
If you are an experienced construction site inspector, you can take the next professional step by becoming a CISEC to show your distinction and professionalism in the field.
Any individual registered as a CISEC must be ready to demonstrate:
Comprehensive knowledge in the principles and practices of sediment and erosion control and their applicability to development of discharge permit documents
The necessary skills to observe onsite and offsite conditions that impact the quality of stormwater discharges from active construction sites
The ability to inspect installed best management practices and their ongoing maintenance to determine if the mitigation measures will minimize the discharge of sediment and other pollutants from active construction sites
The ability to communicate and report on their inspection of active construction sites as to whether compliance issues may exist with federal, state, and/or local discharge permit regulations
How to Get Certified
A CISEC is one who has demonstrated his or her proficiency in observing, inspecting, and reporting on the implementation of stormwater pollution prevention plans by passing the 3.5–4.0 hours certification examination with a score of 75% or better.
Minimum Qualifications
An applicant becoming a CISEC must demonstrate the following background and expertise:
A complete understanding about sediment and erosion processes, and how the discharge of pollutants associated with construction activities may impact the environment
The ability to meet EPA’s requirements for a qualified inspector and an understanding of federal regulations associated with the NPDES discharge permit
Ability to read and understand construction site stormwater pollution prevention plans (SWPPPs), and able to fully comprehend accompanying sediment and erosion control drawings
Construction site experience on inspecting the installation and maintenance of BMPs, identifying waste management problems, and addressing impacts by non-stormwater discharges
The ability to communicate and write accurate inspection reports. Applicants are expected to have inspection skills in one or more of the following types of construction projects: large land development, linear (e.g., roadway, pipeline), vertical (e.g., town homes, single-family residence), or big box (e.g., commercial buildings).
An applicant’s skills will be determined through testing and training provided by the CISEC program, which is designed for achieving proficiency in the process of inspecting and reporting on construction site sediment and erosion control practices.
How to Register for the Training Modules -Two Step Registration Process:
Anyone is eligible to attend the training modules on Sunday and Monday, August 21 and 22. However, you must complete the StormCon registration form and mail or fax it to us, or register online at to reserve your space.
Your registration fee for the training modules includes a manual with essential information and material for inspectors. Whether you’re taking the examination or are considering becoming certified in the future, this is a great opportunity to review the principles of site inspection and erosion and sediment control.
Please note: CISEC Inc. will NOT process any StormCon registration fees for the training modules. You must register and pay to StormCon ($250.00) and all eligibilty fees are paid to CISEC for the exam.
How to Apply for the Examination
To be eligible to sit for the CISEC examination on Monday, August 22, you must receive approval from CISEC Inc. This requires submittal of an application and paying the $150 (if you are registered for the training modules) or $350 (if you are not taking the training modules) processing fee to CISEC Inc. StormCon will NOT process any processing fees for the certification examination.
For a CISEC examination application form and fee information, please visit To download an application PDF form, visit, or the “Training and Exam Date” tab as found on the website. You are not eligible to take the certification test unless you have received a confirmation letter from the CISEC Inc. prior to the examination date.
CISEC Examination Application Deadline
The CISEC review committee needs at least 30 days to evaluate your information and to determine your eligibility to sit for the examination. Your materials must be received by CISEC Inc. no later than July 19, 2016.
CISEC Contact Information
Phone: 720-235-2783
Fax: 303-841-6386
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 188, Parker, CO 80134
Who Sponsors CISEC Certification?
The Certified Inspector in Sediment and Erosion Control program was launched at StormCon in 2005 and is sponsored by CISEC Inc. and its registrants. Today, CISECs are demonstrating throughout the United States their inspection skills and expertise by fulfilling requirements set forth in the Construction General Permit as developed by EPA.
The State of California Water Resources Control Board acknowledges that a CISEC is a “Qualified SWPPP Practitioner” able to conduct construction site sediment and erosion control inspections throughout the State of California. Numerous states, municipalities, developers, builders, and private contractors are emulating the State Water Board policy and recognizing that the CISEC program is setting the nationwide industry standard for certifying construction site sediment and erosion control inspectors.


To be Determined


Cancellation Policy:
Pre-Conference / Regular Conference Cancellation Policy: Cancellations prior to July 1, 2016, will be subject to a processing fee of 35%. After July 1, 2016, registration fees will not be refunded, but may be applied to another individual's registration fees. StormCon must be notified in writing prior to August 21, 2016 of any transferred registration. A completed form with the new attendee's information must accompany the notification.