The 2008 CASQA stormwater conference was held in Oakland, CA on September 22 - 24, 2008 at the Marriott City Center Hotel.
The conference theme was “Collaboration and Innovation to Achieve Water Quality Goals” and featured a full day of concurrent in-depth workshops (September 22) and two full days of concurrent session presentations (September 23 and 24). Conference participants found an array of training, learning, and networking opportunities in the following stormwater areas:
Innovations in Research – this track is intended for researchers and practitioners involved in applied research to present the latest advances in stormwater science, source identification, program management, and treatment technologies.
Policy – this track will focus on the collaborative process and how it has been utilized to develop stormwater policies. Presentations will also address related issues such as permits, statewide stormwater policy, basin planning, Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) implementation through permits, Areas of Special Biological Significance (ASBS), etc.
Planning – this track will focus on innovative planning initiatives at both an individual facility/jurisdiction level, and a multi facility/jurisdiction level (TMDL implementation plans, hydromodification plans, Integrated Regional Watershed Management Plans (IRWMP), Low Impact Development (LID), etc.).
Implementation – this track will focus on presentations that feature innovative approaches related to the operation and maintenance of core stormwater program elements (public education, municipal operations, inspections, enforcement, etc.) and BMPs (structural, non structural and LID).
Assessment – this track is intended for stormwater and facility managers to present successes (or lessons learned) in demonstrating stormwater program effectiveness using the CASQA six level outcome pyramid or other assessment tools.
Attendance at the 2008 two-day conference was over 500 participants including vendors and speakers. The one-day pre-conference workshops had over 200 participants. The Keynote Speaker was Peter Gleick, internationally recognized water expert.
Conference Participants list (general, speaker, and exhibitor) for the 2008 CASQA Conference that was held in Oakland, CA September 22 - 24, 2008.
2008 CASQA Award Winners
The mission of the CASQA Awards Program is to advance the stormwater quality management profession by identifying and recognizing exemplary leadership, outstanding projects, activities, and contributions to the field of stormwater quality management. At its fourth conference, CASQA made awards in the following categories:
The Leadership Award
Sandra Mathews for her outstanding contributions to the stormwater management profession.
The Outstanding Stormwater BMP Implementation Award
Santa Clara Valley Urban Runoff Pollution Prevention Program for their Trash BMP Tool Box Structural and Institutional Controls Project which presents effective trash removal alternatives for municipal staff who manage or maintain drainage systems.
The Outstanding Stormwater Research Project Award
Sustainable Conservation for the Brake Pad Partnership Project, which is a long-term study of the impacts of copper from brake pads on receiving water quality.
The Outstanding Regional Stormwater News, Information, Outreach and Media Award
Santa Clara Valley Urban Runoff Pollution Prevention Program, the cities of Santa Barbara, Watsonville, and Salinas, the Counties of Santa Barbara, Monterey, and Santa Cruz, and Ecology Action of Santa Cruz for the Green Gardener Training and Outreach Program. This program brings quality training to landscape professionals about environmentally-friendly gardening practices.
The Outstanding Statewide Stormwater News, Information, Outreach and Media Award
California Department of Transportation Headquarters Environmental Analysis Division for their Don’t Trash California Campaign and Program which is a statewide outreach and education effort designed to raise community awareness of the environmental impacts of littering.