Abstract Submittal

UPDATE: Abstract selection notifications were emailed on Tuesday, July 2:

The 2019 abstract submittal period has closed. On July 2, 2019, CASQA emailed selection results (both selected and not-selected) to the primary speakers of technical presentations, the poster-only presenters, and the submitters of panels, forums, roundtables, and training workshops.

Important 2019 Updates to the Abstract Submittal Process

CASQA welcomes your abstract submission for our 2019 Annual Conference. Please read all of the information on this page before submitting your abstract via the appropriate link provided at the bottom.

This year we are pleased to announce that we have opened up our abstract submittal process beyond technical presentations and posters, to also include submissions for 3-hour training workshops and 55-minute panels, forums, and roundtable discussions. The Conference Program track teams will review all submissions regardless of type.

  1. There are two different abstract submittal online form links at the bottom of this page depending on the session type for which you are submitting (session type descriptions are provided farther down this page):
    1. Technical Presentation or Poster
    2. Panel, Forum, Roundtable, or Training Workshop
  2. To further integrate the conference we have chosen 11 tracks that will be incorporated in the program for all three days of the conference, regardless of the abstract / session type.
  3. The conference will continue to offer three days of in-depth learning opportunities and discussions on a wide-range of stormwater and water management topics, with a focus around the conference theme. For 2019 we have also made some changes to the agenda by moving the Plenary Session to Monday morning to officially kick off the conference with our Welcome Remarks, CASQA Awards Announcement, and Keynote Presentation. This will be followed by morning interactive discussion sessions, 3-hour afternoon training workshops, and a field tour. Over 125 concurrent session presentations following multiple conference thematic tracks, as well as panels, forums, and roundtable discussions, will provide two additional packed days of stormwater information from leading stormwater practitioners from across California and the world.

Dates & Deadlines: 

  • Submittal period opens: April 22, 2019
  • Submittal deadline: Monday, May 20, 2019 - 12:00 NOON PT 
    • IMPORTANT: Please allow plenty of time to complete the online abstract submittal form. Do not wait until 11:30 AM on the last day!
    • Abstracts not submitted by the deadline will not be reviewed or selected.
  • Notifications: July 1, 2019 (expected)
    • CASQA will email selection results (both selected and not-selected) to the primary speakers of technical presentations, the poster-only presenters, and the submitters of panels, forums, roundtables, and training workshops.
    • Note: At the discretion of the Conference Program Team, abstracts may be selected for a different track, type, or length than for that submitted. 

2019 CASQA Annual Conference Theme

Stormwater... Why We Do What We Do!

“You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.” - Jane Goodall

Looking back over the last 30 years, it was in 1989 that a few early champions of California’s stormwater community banded together to form the California Stormwater Quality Task Force. The Task Force quickly emerged as the cutting-edge statewide stormwater collaborative organization, bringing together stormwater professionals to help members achieve the goals of the Clean Water Act while improving the efficiency and effectiveness of stormwater management. As the stormwater regulatory arm reach broadened, so did the needs of the California stormwater community. To help meet these growing needs, the Task Force organized and formed the California Stormwater Quality Association (CASQA) in 2002. CASQA continues to be a leader in stormwater and is committed to seeing stormwater managed as a vital component of California’s water resources, to support human and ecological needs, to protect water quality, and to restore our waterways.

Looking forward into the next thirty years and beyond, it is vital to not only be stewards of our waters, but to also be mentors for the next generation that will continue to protect and enhance our waterways for future generations. As an organization, CASQA will foster sustainable solutions to our water quality challenges, incorporating the best science and technologies to promote the health and viability of our natural waters.

Session Type Definitions

Technical Presentation: A 20-minute oral presentation followed by a 5-minute Q&A. Limited to one or two speakers; one of those being the primary speaker. Technical presentations will be grouped into 55-minute sessions based on related content within the Technical Program Tracks.

Poster: A research presentation that generally includes an Introduction and Background; Methods or Approach; Results; and the Conclusion and/or Discussion.

When submitting an abstract for poster consideration you will select one of the following options under ‘Presentation Type Preference’:

  • Poster presentation for the poster session
  • Both an oral presentation and a poster presentation

Panel: A 55-minute session where a group of people are gathered to discuss a topic in front of an audience. Panels include a moderator who guides the discussion and elicits audience questions, with the goal of being informative and entertaining.

Forum: A 55-minute session where ideas and views on a particular topic are exchanged. These informal discussion-based gatherings are aimed at building networks and exploring ideas. This is the only session type for which there is no formal presentation; instead the facilitators ensure that there is time for introductions amongst those in attendance and come with questions or ideas to spark discussion around a particular topic area.

Roundtable: A 55-minute session where participants agree on a specific topic to discuss and debate. Each person is given equal rights to participate. Roundtables typically include 15 minutes of presentation, followed by 40 minutes of discussion and feedback. Roundtable presenters should bring targeted questions to pose to others at the tables, in order to learn from and with those attending. Roundtables are an ideal format for networking and in-depth discussion on a particular topic. (Note: We will not have attendees seated around a table, but instead will have them move chairs around to simulate a roundtable within our standard room set-ups.)

Training Workshop: A 3-hr interactive training where participants are requested to actively participate. The Training Workshop Lead(s)/ has prepared the concepts and techniques they will present and discuss through a combination of visual materials, interactive tools or equipment, and demonstrations.

Submission Requirements and Guidelines

To be considered, an abstract (4,000 characters maximum including spaces) must concisely describe the project, program, or study proposed for a presentation, poster, panel, forum, roundtable, or training workshop at the conference. Abstracts must be relevant to the conference theme and the track to which submitted. The abstract itself is the sole basis for selection. Abstracts must meet all CASQA Abstract Submission Requirements. Please review the documents provided below:

Abstract Submission Requirements & Guidelines: Technical Presentation or Poster

Abstract Submission Requirements & Guidelines: Panel, Forum, Roundtable, or Training Workshop

Descriptions of Conference Tracks

Required Accompanying Information:

Before starting the online abstract submittal form, be prepared to provide the following (not included in the 4,000 character limit):

  • The title of the technical presentation, poster, panel, forum, roundtable, or training workshop
  • Whether submitting for a technical presentation, poster, panel, forum, roundtable, or training workshop
  • 1st choice and 2nd choice proposed conference tracks (e.g., Sustainability) - for technical presentations and posters
    • Note: Submitters of abstracts for a panel, forum, roundtable, or training workshop will select just one track
  • Contact information for the primary speaker for technical presentations and posters or all proposed panelists / speakers for a panel, forum, roundtable, or training workshop
  • Name and organization of contributing author(s) - for technical presentation and poster submissions only
  • Speaker biographies (limited to 100 words each)

Guidelines on the Number of Speakers or Panelists:

  • Technical presentations will be 20 minutes folllowed by 5 minutes of Q&A. There will be one primary speaker per presentation. Due to time constraints, we suggest limiting the number of supporting speakers to one, if any.
  • We suggest limiting panels, forums, and roundtables to four people (not including the moderator) due to the 55-minute sessions.
  • Training workshops may have more speakers.

Primary Speaker, Panelist, and Poster Presenter Information

By submitting an abstract, a primary speaker agrees to prepare PowerPoint slides and make an oral presentation or display a poster at the conference. Panelists are not required to use a PowerPoint. Slides will be made available on the CASQA website following the conference consistent with the publishing permissions required during the online abstract submission process.

The corresponding primary speaker, panelists, and poster presenter of an accepted abstract must attend the conference (unless attending only the session in which they are speaking). The Training Workshops are held on Monday afternoon and the Technical Program track sessions are held on Tuesday and Wednesday. Substitution of primary speakers, panelists, and poster presenters is not allowed without advance approval of the conference co-chairs. Speaker, Panelist, and Poster Presenter registration will open following abstract selections and speaker confirmations. Speakers, panelists, and poster presenters are responsible for their own travel and lodging costs, but are eligible for discounted registration fees as follows:

  • Eligible for discount:
    • Primary speaker (1) for each technical presentation
Alternate presentation speaker for each technical session
    • Panelists for a panel, forum, or roundtable
Training Workshop speakers / panelists
  • Supporting speakers and contributing authors are not eligible and must pay the full CASQA Member or Non-Member attendee rate
  • Poster presenters who are not also presenting orally and are not alternate presentation speakers receive a $50 discount off the Member general attendee rate, whether or not a CASQA member
  • Speaker, panelist, and poster presenter rates apply to both Members and Non-Members

  • There is no charge for speakers attending only the session or a half-day of the training workshop in which they are speaking

Additional information for poster presenters:

Posters must be approximately 3’w x 4'h in portrait orientation and printed on a medium that can be affixed to a standard poster display board; if selected, detailed information will be provided. The posters will be displayed during the entire conference (Oct 7 –Oct 9) - beginning at 10:00 AM Monday, Oct 7.

How to Submit Your Abstract

Please read all bullets before clicking one of the links below, which will take you to the correct online submittal form specific to the type of session for which you are submitting.

  • If necessary, please upgrade to Internet Explorer 10+ or use another browser such as Firefox or Chrome. The CASQA website does not support Internet Explorer 8 or 9.
  • Do not use all capital letters when entering information on the online form; use upper and lowercase as appropriate.
  • Click the SUBMIT button at the bottom of the online form once all tabs are complete. Please note that partial submissions will not be saved. 
  • Important: Upon submitting, you will immediately be redirected to the CASQA website Home page where you will see a green text box with a confirmation message including your abstract ID number. Please make a note of it. You will not receive a submittal confirmation email.


Click here to submit your abstract for a technical presentation or poster (link has been removed)

Click here to submit your abstract for a panel, forum, roundtable, or training workshop (link has been removed)