StormCon 2019 Call for Speakers
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 presentations for presentation at StormCon 2019, which will take place in Atlanta, GA, August 18 – 22, 2019. The conference will feature six program tracks, described below.
Presentations for StormCon 2019 will be 40 minutes long, including a question-and-answer period.
Please carefully read the information below before submitting your abstract. The deadline for submitting abstracts is Wednesday, December 5, 2018.
Stormwater Infrastructure and Best Management Practices
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. It also deals with “gray” stormwater infrastructure and conveyance systems: inlets, pipes, tunnels, and other detention facilities. Please note that there is a separate conference track specifically dealing with green infrastructure practices and installations.
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 infrastructure or BMP installations with data on the effectiveness of a particular system will be considered. 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
- Advanced applications and treatment trains
- Post-construction stormwater management
This track includes examples of green infrastructure and low impact development (LID). 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
- 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 TMDL development
- Building public education and outreach programs
- Illicit discharge detection and elimination programs
- Construction-site compliance
- Municipal good housekeeping practices
- Reporting requirements
- Program audits
Funding, Staffing, and Managing the Stormwater Program
This track covers funding and staffing issues affecting municipal and state programs:
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Evaluating BMP performance
- Characterizing pollutant loads
- Fate and transport of pollutants
- Water-quality modeling
- Sampling tools and techniques
- Bacterial detection and identification techniques
Please note that we are not looking for descriptions of technologies or proprietary 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.
Who Should Submit an Abstract?
- Municipal and industrial stormwater managers—Describe your stormwater program, funding mechanisms, public outreach programs, or NPDES permit process. Share your experiences working with regulators, BMP product vendors, and outside consultants.
- Engineering consultants and design professionals—Share new approaches to stormwater problems, present case studies of interesting projects, or discuss the latest design tools.
- Researchers—Present data on BMP performance, new technologies, or modeling and assessment tools.
- Regulatory personnel—Discuss developments in stormwater permitting, TMDL development, and state and local regulations.
Please note that abstracts promoting proprietary products or companies will not be accepted as part of the StormCon conference program.
General Content Guidelines
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 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 presentations are selected on the basis of your abstract, keep in mind these selection criteria when writing the abstract. Will your presentation:
- 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: municipal and state-level programs, engineering consulting firms, regulatory agencies, commercial developers and contractors, and 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. 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.
Length of Presentations
All presentations are 40 minutes long, including a question and answer period. Speakers have the option of speaking for the 40-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.
Deadline for Submission
The deadline for receiving abstracts is Wednesday, December 5, 2018. Please do not include supplemental materials.
Please note that StormCon does not cover presenters’ travel expenses or accommodations. However, a discounted registration fee is available for all presenters.