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Full Day Preconference Accredited Courses

Monday August 3, 2015
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
0.5 Continuing Education Unit

Registration Fee: $250.00

Monday August 3, 2015
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
0.5 Continuing Education Unit

Registration Fee: $250.00

Monday August 3, 2015
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
0.5 Continuing Education Unit

Registration Fee: $250.00

Monday August 3, 2015
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
0.5 Continuing Education Unit

Registration Fee: $250.00

Monday August 3, 2015
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
0.5 Continuing Education Unit

Registration Fee: $250.00

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BMP Selection to Improve Your Watershed

Monday August 3, 2015

8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

0.5 Continuing Education Unit

Registration Fee: $250.00

Course Description:

Selecting the right Best Management Practices (BMPs) is crucial for protecting and improving watersheds, but understanding the array of choices and the conditions in which different BMPs are most effective can seem overwhelming.

This comprehensive workshop guides program managers and engineers through the criteria necessary for selection of the most effective BMPs for a project. It begins with a discussion of pollutant types and their sources, moving into an overview of pollutant removal unit processes, followed by a discussion on regulations for impaired waters, NPDES, TMDLs, and numeric nutrient criteria. The next part of the course addresses the difference between new development BMP design and retrofitting existing development for TMDL compliance.

A detailed description of 33 BMPs is given - from ponds, alum injection systems, and constructed wetlands, to various types of media filters, inlet devices, sand filters, hydrodynamic devices, and more. Low Impact Development rainwater harvesting methods and applications will be demonstrated. A section on selection criteria gives participants a list of factors for making the best choices, including not only pollutant removal effectiveness, but also types of pollutants, available space, groundwater level, soil type, and maintenance costs. The workshop also includes discussions of first flush, monitoring of BMPs, and BMP removal efficiency databases. Several computer models and case studies of pollutant loading calculations for TMDL compliance and pollutant removal calculations for BMPs and treatment trains are demonstrated. An in depth look at BMP inspections and maintenance will also be given along with a method to track sediment removals from street sweeping and maintenance activities to achieve reductions in TMDL allocations.

Instructor

Stuart Stein, PE, DWRE and president of GKY and Associates

Stuart Stein has over 29 years of experience in stormwater management and water resources engineering, including watershed management plans, stormwater and drainage studies, MS4 compliance, BMP design and analysis, TMDLs, and flood studies. He has coauthored several publications, including the Federal Highway Administration’s popular Evaluation and Management of Highway Runoff Water Quality, and its Urban Drainage Design Manual, Hydraulic Engineering Circular No. 22. He assisted the EPA’s Office of Policy in evaluating the impacts of land development alternatives (e.g., traditional sprawl, smart growth) on water quality. Mr. Stein serves on the faculty of Virginia Tech’s civil engineering department, where he teaches urban hydrology and environmental systems modeling. He was also chair of the ASCE’s National Urban Water Infrastructure Management Committee and chair of the ASCE TMDL Evaluation Task Committee.

Construction Site SWPPP Compliance: Learning to truly implement a compliant program

Monday, August 3, 2015

8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

0.5 Continuing Education Unit

Registration Fee: $250.00

Course Description

This fresh approach to stormwater compliance for construction sites will focus on strategies that are not necessarily highly technical, rather they demand high levels of common sense. If you, or your construction site exposes more than an acre of disturbed soil you already understand the confusing, comprehensive regulations surrounding stormwater compliance.

What the industry or the regulatory professionals have not yet provided is a simple, plain approach to satisfying these regulations. What can one construction site do to manage the runoff and still remain profitable? This course will be the first step in demystifying the intense broad regulations that affect construction projects all throughout the United States. Further, this course will focus on determining with a risk assessment mindset what strategies are the most important in maintaining an environmentally compliant project.

In addition to on site examples, this course will look into the design issues that often set projects up for failure. The participant will learn important lessons and mistakes to avoid when correctly assessing a site for environmental compliance and determining what practices will best manage compliance. Finally, the participant will learn what to do when unforeseen circumstances occur. How to plan for extreme situations and what types of language to include for rapid response procedures.

Although not intended for academic purposes, this course will speak to strategies and processes of compliance. The course will focus on techniques, not specific practice installation or performance standards. In addition, the goal of this course is to share common misconceptions, techniques that expose sites to the highest level of risk, and the common sense strategies for compliance that many sites do not take full advantage of.

Finally, this course will provide the participant with specific techniques, for each phase of construction, that will aid the site manager in making sure their project is not fined. In addition to case history examples, interviews with project managers, and site environmental penalty examples this course provides real data to consider when making site management decisions.

The key concept remains; plain, construction focused language that will allow the participant to make informed decisions for environmental compliance.

Instructor

Jennifer Hildebrand, CPESC, CPSWQ, CESSWI, CISEC environmental compliance manager, WSB and Associates Inc.

Jennifer Hildebrand has been involved in the erosion and sediment industry for over 18 years. She has a master’s degree in business administration from Augsburg College, and specializes in compliance strategies within the stormwater market.

Currently with by WSB and Associates, Jennifer's experience and industry involvement allow WSB to deliver excellence in environmental compliance to their clients. Her specialties include stormwater compliance issues, training and awareness programs, site inspection programs, compliance program design, and site plan reviews. She has developed and delivered education and compliance programs in both the construction and post construction stormwater market. Her involvement in the construction industry has provided her with valuable experience in a wide variety of stormwater compliance products and services. As a result, Jennifer has developed a selection of technologies that involve several methods of hydraulic application techniques and biotechnical stabilization practices throughout the United States and Canada. This private industry experience and public representation experience provides opportunities for facilitation of appropriate stormwater, erosion, sediment, control programs and techniques. In addition, this experience also illuminates the challenges and opportunities that exist in post construction phases of stormwater compliance.

Her presentations and classes have been conducted in many states throughout the United States and Canada. She has also spoken and presented materials at multiple government agencies and Departments of Transportation. She has been a part of specifications and standards development for Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnesota, North and South Dakota, and Manitoba, Canada.

Stormwater Pollution Modeling for LID, TMDL, and Retrofitting Analyses -  An Overview of WinSLAMM

Monday, August 3, 2015

8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

0.5 Continuing Education Unit

Registration Fee: $250.00

This course requires all attendees to have a laptop computer with them for use during the course. If you plan on attending with someone from your organization, you may also share a computer.

Attendees with their own laptop may use a temporary license of the model during the course. WinSLAMM can be run on a PC with Windows XP, Vista, or Windows 7, and will need a CD drive and/or a USB port to load the program. You will need administrative privileges for the computer if the program is not pre-loaded.

Course Description:

This hands-on computer-based course will demonstrate how to use WinSLAMM to utilize source area stormwater controls to maintain or create a hydrologically functional landscape that mimics natural watersheds’ hydrologic functions (volume, frequency, recharge, and discharge). By integrating source area controls into site design, you can approach the pre-development site stability to retain water and pollutants.

You will learn to:

Quantify pollutant sources in complex urban watersheds

Predict the performance and impact of many interacting development and control options

Calculate pollutant loads and runoff volumes from various structural and non-structural management scenarios

Estimate and compare the costs of stormwater control practices

About WinSLAMM:

WinSLAMM is a Windows-based, continuous simulation computer program, that helps water resources professionals make effective decisions by modeling the stormwater impacts of new or existing developments and evaluating the benefits of various control measures. The WinSLAMM model has been used for over 15 years to calculate urban stormwater runoff volume, pollution loads, and assess a wide range of management measures. The model enables accurate planning-level and design-level analyses. Wisconsin’s Department of Natural Resources has adopted the model for regulatory compliance purposes. The WinSLAMM batch processor provides data for decision makers to select the most cost-effective alternative stormwater control practices. WinSLAMM is typically used in continuous simulations of at least one year of local rain events to examine these issues over a wide range of actual site conditions.

The One-Day Course Will Cover:

Modeling terminology and preparing to model WinSLAMM theory and practice

WinSLAMM model features and navigation

Base file setup

Grass swale & filter strip modeling/design

Biofilter modeling/design

Analyzing an example LID subdivision development for stormwater volume & TSS loads

Instructors

John Voorhees PE, PH, Water Resources Engineer, AECOM


Dr. Robert Pitt PhD, PE, Emeritus Cudworth Professor of Urban Water Systems, University of Alabama

James Bachhuber, PH, Brown and Caldwell

James Bachhuber is a nationally respected hydrologist with extensive experience in urban stormwater management planning, pollution modeling, stormwater permitting, ordinance development, and the analysis of urban stormwater BMPs. At the Wisconsin DNR, he helped develop applications for rural and urban nonpoint source pollution load models. As a consulting engineer, he manages water resource projects dealing with urban stormwater runoff, environmental impacts, and TMDLs.

Caroline Burger, PE, Water Resource Engineer, Brown and Caldwell

Caroline Burger has 10 years of experience in stormwater management planning, pollution modeling and monitoring, hydrologic and hydraulic modeling, stormwater permitting, ordinance development, and analysis of BMPs. She has extensive experience using WinSLAMM and has been a key part of the team involved with the calibration and development of the WinSLAMM model itself.

Repairing Entrenched, Incised and Degraded Urban Streams – Techniques and Case Studies

Monday, August 3, 2015

8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

0.5 Continuing Education Unit

Registration Fee: $250.00

Course Description

Urbanization, with its associated decrease in overall infiltration and increases in impermeable surfaces, along with a proliferation of hydrologic and hydraulic sciences that “get the water off the site”, frequently result in incision of the associated urban streams. Not just urbanization but also other anthropogenic factors such as dams, heavy long-term grazing, highly roaded timber areas, and instream gravel mining.

Urban stream entrenchment, incision, and degradation are a high-priority, national issue leading to poor water quality, loss of riparian function, loss of aquatic habitat and costly threats to infrastructure. The new provisions of the Clean Water Act are an attempt to deal with these issues. Post-construction BMPs and revegetation requirements, along with LID and other reductions of hydromodification during development and construction are now required as part of the NPDES program.

Urban streams which are “properly functioning”, often mimicking pre-development conditions, with healthy stream buffers, riparian zones, and instream function can often ameliorate the effects of urbanization and other anthropogenic land use problems.

This course will deal with some of the tools needed to design and build naturally-functioning stream, river, and creek reaches. The material will be presented with the extensive use of Case Studies. John McCullah will present projects utilizing Bioengineering and Environmentally-Sensitive techniques from US, and Canada, to New Zealand, some spanning over 15 years. David Derrick will present many projects from his extensive collection of stream projects. They will be joined by guest presenters representing a large firm with world-wide experience restoring stream function.

In 2005, the Transportation Research Board and National Cooperative Highway Research Board published NCHRP Report 544 – Environmentally Sensitive Channel and Bank Protection Methods Report 544- Environmentally Sensitive Channel and Bank Protection Methods. This report, authored by J. McCullah, D. Gray, and D.F. Shields was published on CD and includes over 50 Techniques, from re-directive Rock Vanes and Bendway Weirs to Vegetated Rip Rap and Longitudinal Stone Toe with Live Siltation. It incorporates design considerations, construction specifications and detailed drawings. An Educational Version of this design guidance document will be provided free to all StormCon class attendees.

This class is a must for Engineers, Hydrologists, Planners, Ecologists who are challenged with Urban Stream “greening”, repair, and restoration. Join these experienced project designers and builders to see what has worked and what not. The training will be fast and fluid, using case studies, Dirt Time movie clips and extensive use of Case Studies. Guidance documents, including the NCHRP Report 544 – Environmentally Sensitive Channel and Bank Protection Methods Report 544 – Environmentally-Sensitive Channel and Bank Protection Methods, on CD, will be provided for free.

Course Highlights

1. Basic Fluvio-geomorphology

a. Stream Form and process

b. Lane’ Equation, Channel Evolution Model

c. Cause and effects of Entrenchment

2. Techniques for Channel and Bank Stabilization

a. Part One – John McCullah

b. Part Two – David Derrick

c. Part Three – Guest Presenters

3. Other Solutions

a. flood terraces, inset floodplains

4. Open Forum, Questions and Wrap Up

Instructors

John McCullah, President of Salix Applied Earthcare, Northern California is a fluvio-geomorphologist and Certified Professional Erosion and Sediment Control Specialist (CPESC) with over 20 years experience implementing erosion control, stream/river restoration and bioengineering projects. John’s trainings are filled with first hand, practical experiences. He will show you not only what applications work and why some practices are not so good! This course will focus on low-cost and environmentally-sensitive methods to control riverbank erosion.

John has a B.S from Humboldt University, Watershed Geology, A.A. Biology from Shasta College and is a CA Landscape Contractor. John is an adjunct instructor at Shasta College for 16 yrs. As past Project Manager for Trinity and Western Shasta RCDs and as current Executive Director for Sacramento Watersheds Action Group, McCullah has had extensive experience designing, building and monitoring projects.

Dave Derrick, Potomologist & Senior Restoration Consultant with Cardno ENTRIX, specializes in bioengineering & redirective energy management methods to stabilize and provide environmental uplift to every size of river and stream, with many projects in urban settings.

In a typical year Derrick spends more than 200 days on the road, teaches 600 to 1,000 students a year; is the lead designer, or a member of the design team, for 60 to 100 projects a year; and provides construction oversight (builds) 5 to 15 projects per year, many as hands-on workshops for fellow professionals.

Dave has been instrumental in pioneering the use of Bendway Weirs to redirect stream energy & flow to protect roads, highway bridge abutments, and high pressure pipeline crossings. He has also developed and refined over 20 other cost-effective stream protection techniques, including: Living Half-Drowned Bushes; Slit Trench Pole Plantings; Hydraulic Cover Stones; Viffles (a combination Cross Vane and Rocked Riffle, co-developed with John McCullah); Angle Slams, Grand Slams, and Wrong-Way Boil-Up Pools.
Mr. Derrick graduated with a B. S. Civil Engineering degree in 1978 from Villanova University, Villanova, Pennsylvania, has consulted for dozens of clients over the last 17 years, & recently retired after 34 years as a Research Hydraulic Engineer from the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Designing and Reviewing Effective Sediment and Erosion Control Plans for Construction Sites

Monday, August 3, 2015

8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

0.5 Continuing Education Unit

Registration Fee: $250.00

Designing and Reviewing Effective Sediment and Erosion Control Plans for Construction Sites (Skill Level: Advance)

This one-day advance level course is for designers, reviewers, or anyone responsible for effective sediment and erosion control plans for general construction sites. It is expected that all participants will have a good knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering as well as an excellent understanding of sediment and erosion control practices. The course will demonstrate how applying science and engineering principles can increase the effectiveness (and identify limitations) of BMPs. It will also provide accountability and technical tools for designers and reviewers for use in the development of effective sediment and erosion control plans.

Course Outline

1. Erosion, Sediment, and Sedimentation

a. Definitions

b. Understanding RUSLE2

c. Using MUSLE to calculate sediment yields

2. The Limitation of Barriers

a. Sheet flow conditions

b. Inlet barriers

c. Check structures

3. Designing Effective Sediment Containment Systems

a. Components of an effective SCS

b. Capturing untreated and polymer treated suspended particles

4. Erosion Control Methods that Require Technical Knowledge

a. Slope drains

b. Establishing vegetation

c. Channel flows and criteria for selecting TRMs

5. Effective Sediment and Erosion Control Drawings

a. Review and assessment of an “approved” plan

b. Guidelines for developing effective plans

6. Performance Goals and Effectiveness of a S&EC Plan

a. Developing Performance Goals at critical discharge points

b. Assessing plan Effectiveness

Instructors

Dr. Jerald Fifield
Ms. Tina Wills

Since 1982 when Dr. Jerald Fifield started HydroDynamics Incorporated, he has been actively involved with drainage, sediment and erosion control, water rights and nonpoint pollution control. Through his company, he develops sediment and erosion control plans, completes drainage analysis, provides inspection services and teaches about controlling sediment and erosion on construction sites. Jerry has authored numerous professional papers, researched sediment and erosion control products, and written a sediment and erosion control manual for designers and a field manual for inspectors and contractors.

Since earning her degrees in Civil and Mechanical Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines in 1999, Ms. Tina Wills has been working as a consultant at HydroDynamics Incorporated. She is involved with research for expert testimony, works on SWPPP development, and completes construction site inspections. Tina also assists with drainage assessments, develops sediment and erosion control plans for contractors, coordinates activities associated with sediment and erosion control, analyzes drainage issues for homeowners, and teaches about controlling sediment and erosion on construction sites.

Manual Material: Fifield, Jerald S. 2011. Designing and Reviewing Effective Sediment and Erosion Control Plans. Forester Press, Santa Barbara, CA. Supplemental material will also be given to the participants.


Cancellation Policy: Cancellations prior to July 1, 2015, will be subject to a processing fee of 35%.   After July 1, 2015, registration fees will not be refunded, but may be applied to another individual's registration fees. StormCon must be notified in writing prior to July 1, 2015 of any transferred registration. A completed form with the new attendee's information must accompany the notification.