Note: Preliminary conference schedule - content subject to change.

Tuesday, Aug. 18, 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Track: Stormwater Infrastructure and BMPs

Session 101: Water Quality Modeling and Analysis

A model is worth a thousand words when it comes to selecting, siting, monitoring, and quantifying BMPs, as these presentations will demonstrate.

  • Elimination of Stormwater Discharge with Real-Time Controlled Stormwater Detention
  • Receiving Water Monitoring Through Stormwater Action Monitoring (SAM) Program in Puget Sound
  • Planning for PCBs TMDL Load Reductions Using Green Infrastructure and Source Control Measures

Track: Green Infrastructure

Session 102: Coming to a Neighborhood Near You

Local governments are incentivizing private property stormwater projects. These presentations will explore the impact of GSI in transitioning a low-income community to be a livable community through designing and executing equitable GSI solutions.

  • Using Green Infrastructure Retrofitting a Low-Income Community into a Climate Resilient Neighborhood
  • Honey, I put a stormwater facility in the front yard: Encouraging GSI on Private Property
  • Measuring the Impacts of Equitable, Community-Driven Green Infrastructure

Track: Stormwater Permit Compliance

Session 103: Outreach 101: Speaking Broadly

A strong education and outreach program is key for municipalities to achieve compliance. This session looks at principles and programs applicable to a broad variety of outreach and education programs.

  • Stormwater Education & Outreach Programs Assessment: Looking Broadly to Evolve & Strengthen Programs
  • Social Marketing Maneuvers, Magic, and Mastery!
  • Reduce Un-Scooped Dog Waste by 80% Using a Low-Cost Education and Outreach Program

Track: Stormwater Program Management

Session 104: Navigating the Asset Management Landscape

To meet regulatory and funding objectives, it is critical to have a comprehensive understanding of your stormwater system. These presentations will outline the benefits and demonstrate that it doesn't have to be complicated and cost-prohibitive.

  • Stormwater Asset Management: Terrifying or Terrific?
  • Fostering Private-Public Partnerships to Meet MS4 Goals
  • Using GeoSpatial tools and Smart Simplicity to manage your assets 

Track: Industrial Stormwater Management

Session 105: Get out of the Water!

Monitoring, treating, and removing metals and chemicals from stormwater at industrial sites. These presentations highlight methods, research, and case studies addressing contaminant removal.

  • Organics Monitoring as a Simple Method to Monitor, Track, and Assess Stormwater Runoff
  • Biofiltration to Remove PCBs from Stormwater: Results from Pilot Testing and Real-Time Monitoring
  • Naval Facilities Engineering Command: Hybrid Multi-Stage Metals Treatment BMP

Tuesday, Aug. 18, 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Track: Stormwater Infrastructure and BMPs

Session 201: Nice Assets! Managing, Inspecting Stormwater Infrastructure

BMP inspection programs come in all shapes and sizes. Here, presenters share their approaches to successful condition assessment and tracking.

  • The Dredging Equation Solved  
  • CCTV Inspection of Your MS4: Revealing Hidden Risks, Liabilities, and Opportunities
  • Regional Deep Well Infiltration For Treatment and Flow Control in Edmonds, Washington

Track: Green Infrastructure

Session 202: Benefits of Data-Based Tools and Analysis

Whether evaluating retrofits, quantifying impacts, or protecting aquatic life, a programmatic technology-based approach that uses thoughtfully designed tools and analysis can make all the difference.

  • Leveraging Technology for Basin-Scale Green Stormwater Infrastructure Siting
  • Sound Impacts: An Impact Metrics Portal to Show a Region Their Collective Positive Impacts
  • Thermal Pollution Modeling and Simulation of Thermal Mitigation Practices for Urban Streams

Track: Stormwater Permit Compliance

Session 203: Careful Construction

Construction-specific stormwater concerns. This session examines site sampling, sedimentation modeling, and the basics of stormwater management for construction.

  • Construction Stormwater Discharge Sampling: An Art and a Science
  • Municipal Construction Stormwater Site Inspection Toolkit
  • Finding Simple Solutions for a Daunting Problem

Track: Stormwater Program Management

Session 204: Achieving Success Through Community

Innovative strategies for public education and civic engagement to ensure successful stormwater management initiatives.

  • The Together Project — Tiger Creek Nature Park: A New Paradigm
  • Highlights and Big Ideas of Washington’s Municipal Stormwater Permits
  • One Drop at a Time: Cambridge, MA’s Stormwater Management Program 

Track: Industrial Stormwater Management

Session 205: If You’ll Permit Me…

It’s not just about capturing and treating stormwater, permit and compliance requirements must also be met. This session covers permittee and regulator needs and highlights technologies to help with compliance.

  • Two Views with One Goal: A Regulator and Permittee Perspective on Compliance
  • Stormwater Management Considerations for CWA Third-Party Citizen Suits
  • Remote Operation Technology and Automated Controls for Active Stormwater Treatment Systems

Tuesday, Aug. 18, 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Track: Stormwater Infrastructure and BMPs

Session 301: Considerations for Active Stormwater Treatment Systems

Design, installation, operation, and maintenance are critical to realizing the potential benefits of active stormwater treatment systems. These presentations will tackle subjects such as site characteristics, trend analysis, and changing precipitation patterns.

  • How to Successfully Implement Active Treatment to Meet Stringent Construction Stormwater Permits
  • Smart Water Data & Dashboard Systems for Active Treatment Systems
  • Stormwater Infrastructure Condition Assessment - Quick and Dirty

Track: Green Infrastructure

Session 302: Tackling Large-Scale Stormwater Projects

Presenters will share their experiences with complex stormwater projects comprising objectives such as stormwater capture and reuse, biofiltration, modeling, and information management.

  • Non-Proprietary Green Retrofit Solution That Delivers
  • Modernizing Stormwater Programs through Digital Transformation
  • Condition Assessment of Green Streets Bioretention in the Right of Way – It’s a Numbers Game

Track: Stormwater Permit Compliance

Session 303: More Than Just Managing

Pollutant reduction, compliance evaluation, and monitoring are all part of managing a municipal stormwater program. This session will examine what goes into ensuring an effective municipal stormwater management program.

  • Street Sweeping: Now America’s First Line of Defense for Stormwater Runoff Pollution Abatement

Track: Stormwater Program Management

Session 304: Evaluating, Controlling Sources of Bacteria

Bacteria, often from non-point sources, can negatively impact watershed health and, consequently, the health of aquatic species like shellfish and trout. This session will offer strategies and success stories focused on addressing water quality priorities.

  • San Luis Rey Wet Weather Bacteria Source Identification Study
  • From Source Assessment to Water Quality Success: Aligning Stormwater & TMDL Priorities
  • Microbial Source Tracking for Shellfish Growing Area Restoration in Puget Sound

Track: Industrial Stormwater Management

Session 305: Let’s Get (Site) Specific

Every site presents unique challenges for stormwater management. These presentations look at the site-specific solutions used at three different locations.

  • Taking a Hands-on Approach to Solving Stormwater Problems
  • Tackling Timber Tinge to Reduce COD Concentrations - a Timber Processor Case Study
  • Port of Long Beach Recycled Water and Stormwater Harvesting Feasibility Study

Wednesday, Aug. 19, 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Track: Stormwater Infrastructure and BMPs

Session 401: Teaming Up for Success

Improving water quality can't be done in a silo. These presentations illustrate innovative partnerships, regional collaborations, and joint ventures to meet regulatory and environmental objectives.

  • Bellflower’s Multi-Faceted Stormwater Capture Project at Caruthers Park
  • Accelerating Water Quality with Public-Private Partnerships & Technology: Discussing the TNC/Opti JV
  • Our Green Duwamish Watershed-Wide Stormwater Strategy

Track: Green Infrastructure

Session 402: Emulating Nature

When it comes to managing stormwater, we need only look to nature for inspiration, whether in form or function.

  • Green Stormwater Infrastructure: Co-Design for Human Health Co-Benefits
  • The Future of Bioretention Media Design — Flow Direction Comparison & Innovative Media Mixes

Track: Stormwater Permit Compliance

Session 403: Outreach 201: A Deeper Dive

A look at what can be learned from specific communities’ education and outreach programs. This track examines the outreach programs of three different western states.

  • Washington State Stormwater Strategy

Track: Stormwater Program Management

Session 404: What's Your Priority?

Before you can execute a successful stormwater management program, you need to identify your priorities. These presentations will illustrate several approaches.

  • Hannibal’s Road to Stormwater Utility Resilience through Program-Funding Nexus
  • Bonney Lake Watershed Protection and Land Use Plan 
  • Approaches for Determining and Complying with TMDL Requirements for Roadway Stormwater Runoff

Track: Evaluating BMP Performance

Session 405: Exploring Alternative Media

Depending on your contaminants of concern or other constraints, finding an effective filter media may require looking outside the box.

  • Bioretention Soil Media: Specification Development for Stormwater Treatment
  • A revolutionary non-sand based high infiltration and pollutant removal bioretention media
  • Use of Chitosan Lactate to Enhance Media Filtration and Meet Benchmarks at an Industrial Facility

Wednesday, Aug. 19, 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Track: Stormwater Infrastructure and BMPs

Session 501: Show Me the Money (and How It's Being Used)

With such limited available funding for stormwater infrastructure improvements, it's important to ensure funds are used wisely. These presentations show how BMP performance, community benefit, and water quality impacts can be demonstrated, tracked, and quantified.

  • Leveraging Incentives: Lessons Learned from San Francisco’s Green Infrastructure Grant Program
  • Quantifying Water Quality Benefit for Retrofit Projects in Washington State
  • Moving the Needle — How to Make My Stormwater Program Politically Relevant to Garner Funding

Track: Green Infrastructure

Session 502: Collaborative GI Initiatives

These sessions will discuss project opportunities, challenges, performance outcomes, and future project goals with an emphasis on community engagement and partnership during the process.

  • Living Schoolyards as Stormwater Infrastructure: San Francisco's Stormwater Schoolyards Program
  • Equitable Incentives for Green Infrastructure

Track: Stormwater Permit Compliance

Session 503: A Watershed Moment

Addressing the complexities and concerns of managing water quality in watersheds. This session covers the challenges of managing monitoring, permit compliance, and post-fire concerns on the watershed-scale.

  • Surface Water Quality in Coastal Watersheds Following the Woolsey Fire in California
  • Innovative Monitoring to Support Management Objectives in a Complex Subwatershed
  • Transforming and Imp­lementing Enhanced Stormwater Management Programs in New England

Track: Stormwater Program Management

Session 504: Data-Driven Decisions

In each of these projects, technology — in the form of modeling, reporting, and design — help to inform and transform management approaches.

  • Decision Modeling: Data Analytics for Stormwater Project Selection and Risk Analysis
  • MS4 Permit Compliance — Reporting Requirements
  • Ultimate Green Street Project: Culver Boulevard Stormwater Road Realignment Project

Track: Evaluating BMP Performance

Session 505: Testing, Testing, 1, 2, 3

They say you can't manage what you don't measure. Learn how these communities developed testing and sampling protocols to assess BMP effectiveness.

  • Sharp Avenue Permeable Pavements
  • Global solutions to local problems: finding, testing and sharing stormwater innovation at coastal facilities
  • Protocol for Testing the Performance of Trash Removal Devices for Stormwater Treatment

Wednesday, Aug. 19, 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Track: Stormwater Infrastructure and BMPs

Session 601: Controlling Flows and Floods

Faced with rapid growth, intense redevelopment, and urban density challenges, these communities with expanding impervious surfaces illustrate options for handling increased runoff and first-flush rainfall.

  • Meeting Municipal Surface Water Needs During Intense Redevelopment
  • Paved Wetlands: Resorting Flood Storage Post Urbanization

Track: Green Infrastructure

Session 602: Charting the Future Direction of Stormwater

Design guidelines and standards supporting stormwater quality and groundwater recharge plans. Connections between condition assessment and O&M to shape policy. GSI co-design principles applied to nature assist with health promotion and disease prevention in communities.

  • How Construction Can Impact Maintenance: Proper Construction to Reduce Long-Term Maintenance of GI
  • Closing the Feedback Loop in Green Streets: How O&M Lessons Learned Inform the Stormwater Manual

Track: Stormwater Permit Compliance

Session 603: Get with the Program

Stormwater program audits provide invaluable information on the strengths and weaknesses of a stormwater program. This session addresses challenges, lessons learned, and how to prepare for an audit.

  • Lessons Learned from a Four-Year Audit of the Hawaii DOT’s Stormwater Programs
  • California Industrial General Permit TMDL Requirements Pose Unique Challenges to the City of Los Angeles Harbor Department
  • Scalable Active and Passive Treatment Solutions to Address TMDLs

Track: Stormwater Program Management

Session 604: Framework Fundamentals

In any complex project, compiling the right data and resources will facilitate discussion, direction, and decision.

  • Sea Level Rise Community Resilience Toolkit for Infrastructure Planning and Community Education
  • A Non-Profit's Approach to Scaling Up Green Infrastructure

Track: Evaluating BMP Performance

Session 605: WSDOT Connects the Drops

Washington State DOT is at the forefront of stormwater management in the state. This session takes an in-depth look at how WSDOT monitors its highways and byways.

  • Vegetated Filter Strip and Compost-Blanket Filter Strip Highways Runoff Treatment Performance
  • Continuous Monitoring for Roadside Hydraulic Conductivity
  • Stormwater Treatment and Monitoring on the World's Longest Floating Bridge

Wednesday, Aug. 19, 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Track: Stormwater Infrastructure and BMPs

Session 701: What's the Model with You?

When the design and construction of million-dollar (or even billion-dollar) infrastructure is at stake, there is immeasurable benefit in the ability to simulate various real-world scenarios. These presentations highlight approaches and tools for modeling complex stormwater solutions.

  • Stormwater Modeling Done Right
  • A Big Data Approach for Continuous Hydrology Simulation
  • Uncharted Waters in 2D Modeling – Regina City-Wide Stormwater Model Development

Track: Green Infrastructure

Session 702: Plan the Work, Work the Plan

Presenters will share their planning approaches to a variety of green infrastructure projects, including private-property siting, green roofs, and drainage compliance.

  • NYC'S Approach to Private Property Green Infrastructure
  • Evaluating Green Roof Detention with Experimental and Modeling Approaches
  • Using Enhanced Urban Drainage Modeling to Prioritize Green Infrastructure Efficiencies

Track: Stormwater Permit Compliance

Session 703: Technology that Gets the Job Done

Low-tech or high-tech, technology is a vital tool for preserving water quality. This session examines how the technologies of the future and the present can address bacteria loads, sedimentation, and modeling challenges.

  • Leveraging State of the Science Tools to Identify Bacteria and Nutrient Sources in Surface Waters
  • Technology and the Future of Stormwater Compliance
  • Stormwater Smackdown: Street Sweeping vs. Catch Basin Cleaning

Track: Stormwater Program Management

Session 704: Program Management Potpourri

Bluffton, S.C., creates a case for policy development to improve water quality; Long Beach demonstrates regional approach to stormwater treatment; and green infrastructure is key to CSO compliance for New York's Onondaga County.

  • Runoff Reduction at the Tesoro Viejo Development in Madera County, California
  • Long Beach Municipal Urban Stormwater Treatment Project — Treating Runoff for Compliance/Water Supply

Track: Evaluating BMP Performance

Session 705: Bioretention for Stormwater Treatment, Control

Soil is one of Mother Nature's most effective methods for slowing and treating stormwater. These presentations examine various soil types and mixes to achieve the best results.

  • The History of Bioretention in Washington State
  • Evaluating Vegetation and Growing Media for High-Performing Bioretention
  • Implementation of a Bioretention Facility and Rain Garden Assessment Protocol