Abstracts are now being accepted for the 19th annual StormCon conference and expo. StormCon, the leading conference on advancing the science and practice of stormwater management, offers six unique conference tracks:
EXTENDED DEADLINE: The deadline for submitting abstracts is now Friday, January 10, 2020.
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
Pipe rehabilitation and repair
Retention and detention systems
Advanced applications and treatment trains
Post-construction stormwater management
Green Infrastructure 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
Maintenance of green infrastructure practices
Measuring the effectiveness of green infrastructure
Community-wide and watershed-scale water-quality approaches
Green infrastructure for infill development and redevelopment
Green infrastructure to reduce combined sewer overflows
Rainwater harvesting and stormwater reuse
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
Municipal good-housekeeping practices
Stormwater Program Management 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
Working with NGOs and other stakeholders
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
Evaluating BMP Performance 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
Characterizing pollutant loads
Fate and transport of pollutants
Sampling tools and techniques
Bacterial detection and identification techniques
Please note that descriptions of technologies or proprietary BMPs must be accompanied by 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.
Residential and commercial construction project managers—Share permitting and regulatory experiences, as well as resources, tools, and solutions to stormwater construction compliance challenges.
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 provided 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, it is not necessary to 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.
StormCon presenters who are accepted into the program will be asked to provide a full conference paper in advance of the conference.
Length of Presentations
All presentations are 30 minutes long, including a question and answer period. Every attempt will be made to classify presentations by the track requested by the presenter; however, the conference committee reserves the right to reclassify in a different track as appropriate.
Deadline for Submission
The deadline for receiving abstracts is Friday, January 10, 2020. 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.