This event offers daily keynote webinars and several on-demand webinars covering current and innovative storm water and erosion control topics. Attendees can earn Professional Development Hours, as well as engage with industry experts in live Q&A sessions. It’s a one-of-a-kind industry event.
Environmental Scientist & Project Manager, CDM Smith
Jay Holtz, P.E., Director of Engineering,
Oldcastle Precast Stormwater
& Watersheds Branch,
EPA Southeast: Region 4
Sam Justice, P.E., Civil Engineer,
Carrie Bristoll-Groll, P.E., CFM,
Principal Civil Engineer & CEO,
Stormwater Solutions Eng. LLC
Ryan Janoch, P.E.,
Co-Founder and COO, Mapistry
Nancy Ellwood, Environmental Scientist Project Manager
This webinar details a study that focuses on the importance of conducting longer term evaluations of the sustainability of urban green infrastructure installed in the Greater Cincinnati area through periodic observational field assessments. Long-term sustainability is critical if these practices are to be used for storm water management. A select group of green infrastructure controls on both public and private property–covering all types of green infrastructure practices controls at different scales–were evaluated through physical observation and interviews with the property owners. Every four years the selected controls are assessed for potential signs of failure including vegetative success (or failure), presence of invasive species or undesired vegetation, areas of unexpected erosion, signs of runoff “workarounds,” subsurface media present at the surface, clogging or sedimentation, surface degradation for features with hard surfaces, hard surface buckling, and signs of overflows, such as mulch migration, media movement and staining. The intent is to determine whether each green infrastructure control is maturing as designed and, if not, what is responsible for lack of long-term success.
Jay Holtz, P.E., Director of Engineering
Can precast concrete play a positive role in the development of Green Infrastructure? Bioretention has become one of the most widely employed green infrastructure best management practices for stormwater treatment and peak flow attenuation. But it presents challenges on sites with space limitations, steep slopes, or poorly draining or contaminated soils. Site conditions like these often require a bioretention system to be constructed within a structure. And concrete is almost always the go-to material since it is durable, waterproof, versatile, relatively inexpensive, and can be attractive. But bioretention structures are too often custom-designed and field-cast, rather than precast. The precast product offers a number of advantages and is often less expensive. This presentation will introduce precast concepts as they pertain to storm water best management practice. In the end, participants will understand that a custom design often precludes an efficient precast option, but a precast design never precludes a field-cast option. So why not go with a precast design to give a contractor options? Contractor options usually result in a happy contractor and a lower project cost.
Bryan Hummel, Sustainable Communities & Watersheds Branch
This webinar will cover several landscape-scale, nature-based, green infrastructure biomimicry practices that convert drought and flooding liabilities into groundwater assets. Hummel will highlight dryland farmers that are winning statewide yield competitions; ranchers using bison biomimicry to dramatically increase the infiltration rates of their pastures; and large forestry companies using beaver biomimicry to increase forest health and productivity. Each industry is increasing its profitability by working with nature. They also are mitigating drought, flooding, erosion, sedimentation, water pollution, groundwater decline, subsidence and saltwater intrusion as environmental co-benefits of these nature-based practices.
Sam Justice, P.E., Civil Engineer
Today’s increasingly stringent storm water regulations continue to create the need for storm water management. The preferred method is to retain the stormwater onsite rather than having it move offsite through overland flow or into storm sewers. Typical solutions—retention or detention ponds—are expensive to construct, occupy valuable land, require significant maintenance, can be safety hazards and are unattractive nuisances. An alternative solution is to reduce the amount of impermeable surface on the site. Hard-surface (asphalt and concrete) porous pavements are quite expensive and can be very difficult and time consuming to install. Rigid, plastic porous pavers provide a low-cost, easy- to-install surface designed to handle the most demanding load requirements. The rigid pavers can have a vegetated or aggregate surface.
Ryan Janoch, P.E.,
Co-Founder and COO
Navigating the complex and ever-changing regulatory landscape of industrial storm water compliance is more challenging than ever. Legal risks are on the rise and compliance violations are easier to detect. Are you prepared? Stay ahead of the latest trends, challenges and solutions facing compliance leaders by understanding the latest storm water litigation trends across the U.S. and how to take a programmatic approach to record keeping, reporting, SWPPPs and training. We will showcase how environmental professionals are embracing technology to ensure compliance while running smarter, data-driven programs. In addition, we look at a couple studies of companies able to empower their staff and implement non-structural and DIY structural best management practices to address water quality exceedances. Some area we will cover include the latest trends in citizen lawsuits; strategies for running more effective compliance programs while keeping costs down; tips to automate and enhance compliance workflows; and actionable ways to prevent and address environmental compliance violations.
Carrie Bristoll-Groll, P.E., CFM, Principal Civil Engineer and CEO
Effectively engaging stakeholders is a critical yet often missing step in a public project. Many public entities have well-meaning engineers who design what they know to be the safest, most cost-effective and overall best design for their clients or residents, only to receive push-back and less-than-thankful public sentiment in return. Learning when and how to engage the public and other stakeholders, including what information to share and at what point is key to the buy-in, support, and acceptance of a completed project that eventually leads to ongoing public ownership and pride.