Conference Overview

The CASQA Annual Conference offers three days of training workshops, technical sessions, and poster presentations on wide-ranging stormwater and water management topics, with a focus around the conference theme. Half-day and full-day training workshops and one full-day field tour will provide in-depth learning opportunities on Monday. A keynote address and over 90 concurrent session presentations following multiple conference thematic tracks, and including forums and panel discussions, will provide two additional packed days of stormwater information from leading stormwater practitioners from across California and the world.

Scroll down to see an overview of each day.

2018 CASQA Annual Conference Theme

Connecting the Drops from Summit to Sea

The 2018 California Stormwater Quality Association (CASQA) Annual Conference will be held in downtown Riverside, the heart of the Inland Empire. This year’s conference theme reflects its location in the upper portion of the Santa Ana River Watershed, an area of diverse habitat and extreme topography. The densely populated watershed is home to over six million people in four southern California counties. Here, as in all of California and beyond, stormwater professionals are hard at work complying with National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits and Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs), creating urban infrastructure that implements low impact development and reduces hydromodification impacts, capturing stormwater for water supply, and providing protection for groundwater and surface water resources. 

At this year’s conference we will “connect the drops" by providing an extensive program of training workshops, technical presentations, and posters addressing a range of challenges and opportunities facing urban stormwater practitioners including sustainability, source control, conservation, stormwater capture, communication, pollutant management, and permitting. The conference will highlight the recent integrating approaches developed by the State Water Board STORMS Program and the CASQA Vision to establish stormwater as a vital resource through focused efforts and resources.

Conference Agenda, Mobile App, Map

Online Conference Agenda

The online Conference Agenda provides an up-to-date hourly view of the program and speakers. You can see an overview of all days or filter by day, track, or training workshop.

View the 2018 Conference Agenda

Printed Conference Program

Due to the printing deadline the printed conference program does not include changes made in the last few weeks before the conference begins; if necessary, an errata sheet will be provided.

View or download the PDF of the Conference Program (will be available Oct 2018)

Errata List (link available as needed Oct 2018)

CASQA Annual Conference Mobile App

Conference attendees with Apple iOS or Android devices will be able to personalize their conference experience with the many features in our CASQA Annual Conference mobile app. Here are just some of the many features.

NOTE: The CASQA 2018 Annual Conference event will be available to download approximately one month before the conference begins.

Conference Map

Map of the meeting rooms, exhibit hall, CASQA Conference Services & Registration Desk, break, lunch, & event venues.

View the Conference Map (link available at a later date)

Conference Overview

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Check-in at the CASQA Registration Desk: 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM (Riverside Convention Center - Upper Concourse)

Beat the Monday morning rush by checking in and picking up your conference packet on Sunday.

New Member-New Attendee Event: 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM (The Mission Inn Hotel - Oriental Courtyard)

This casual event is a great way for new CASQA members or first-time conference attendees to break the ice before the official start of the conference. Current CASQA members will be on hand to welcome new members and answer questions. Appetizers will be served; cash bar. Join us!

Monday, October 15, 2018

Training Workshops: Descriptions

Poster Session

Networking Event: 6:00 PM - 10:30 PM 

Our eighth annual Monday evening Networking Event will be held at nearby Riverside Municipal Auditorium. The RMA is a Riverside landmark designed by famed Mission Inn architects Arthur Benton and G. Stanley Wilson in 1928. The Mission Revival style building was commemorated by the National Register of Historic Places in 1978. This is a unique opportunity to socialize after hours, enjoy food and entertainment, and continue the stormwater discussion. This event is included with a 3-Day Full Conference Pass. Tickets can be purchased as an add-on option for $70 when registering online for a 1-Day or a 2-Day Conference Pass and for guests of attendees. Dinner is included.

Tuesday, October 16 and Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Technical Program Tracks: Descriptions

Poster Session

Plenary Session: Tuesday: 8:30 AM - 9:55 AM

Welcome and opening remarks: CASQA Chair - Daniel Apt

CASQA Vision: Richard Boon

CASQA Awards: CASQA Awards Committee Chair - Mark Lombos

Keynote Address: Keynote speaker to be determined

Exhibitor Reception: Tuesday: 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Vendors and conference attendees always enjoy a chance to visit in this casual and cordial environment. Appetizers and drinks will be served.

Keynote Address

The keynote address will be given during the Plenary Session on Tuesday, October 16, 2018.

Suzanne Earp, Water Resources Institute, California State University, San Bernardino

Suzanne (Suzie) Earp is the Director / Archivist of the Water Resources Institute, California State University, San Bernardino, and noted Water Historian. Her Keynote Address will focus around the question: What do we do when it floods?  Suzie will share stories and images of the great 1938 flood in southern California. Earp has more than 150 pictures of the flood itself along with an extraordinary 1938 home movie. She will show before and after shots of specific locations that were impacted by the flood, including Mill and E in San Bernardino and the Southern Pacific Yards in Colton.  Her talk, which will include background information about local demographics and a brief history of floods in San Bernardino, emphasizes the human and social side of natural disasters: experiences and consequences.