Conference Tracks

Conference Tracks

StormCon will offer six primary conference tracks. Each track will feature presentations by stormwater and surface water quality experts that explore the unique challenges faced by these industries.

Stormwater Infrastructure and Best Management Practices
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. 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


Green Infrastructure
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
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
Discusses 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
An overview of 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
A technical track detailing 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 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