The 2009 CASQA stormwater conference was held in San Diego, CA on November 2 - 4, 2009 at the Hilton San Diego at Mission Bay.
The conference theme was “Stormwater Management: Challenges and Solutions” and featured a full day of concurrent in-depth workshops (November 2nd) and two full days of concurrent session presentations (November 3rd and 4th). Conference participants found an array of training, learning, and networking opportunities in the following stormwater areas:
Regulations, Permits, and Policies – this track was intended for managers and practitioners interested in learning the latest developments related to the statewide general permits, effluent limitations, Receiving Water Limitations, the definition of Maximum Extent Practical, TMDLs and basin planning issues.
Sustainable Development – this track focused on addressing the tension between current land use practices, integrated regional planning and watershed planning concepts. Alternative methods and case studies for addressing the incorporation of Low Impact Development, Smart Growth, and Hydromodification Mitigation into these various planning processes was also addressed.
True Source Control – this track focused on current efforts to eliminate tensions between various state and federal regulations that result in the authorized use of products and chemicals that are known to pollute and impair streams, lakes and rivers. Topics included presentation of efforts and case studies addressing pesticide management and regulation, product substitutions, zero waste policies, runoff elimination and conservation.
Stormwater Treatment – this track focused on presentations that feature the latest BMP designs, recommendations and studies. Topics included BMP design and implementation, BMP case studies, regional treatment and multi-purpose facilities.
Pollutants of Concern – this track focused on current approaches to addressing receiving water impairments. Topics included 303(d) listings, TMDL implementation, TMDL case studies and multi-jurisdictional approaches.
Modifying Public Behavior – this track focused on the latest challenges and solutions related to public education, training, inspections, and enforcement.
Program Assessment – this track focused on the challenges of program assessment, including Effluent Limits, Municipal Action Levels, and setting goals and targets; as well as the latest proposed solutions and/or alternatives. Program assessment addressed monitoring assessment, BMP Effectiveness Assessment, and Program Effectiveness Assessment.
Scientific Advances – this track focused on the latest research into stormwater management. Topics included pollutant source tracking, emerging pollutants, new technologies, new monitoring and assessment tools, stormwater impacts and economic assessments.
Attendance at the 2009 two-day conference was over 500 participants including vendors and speakers. The one-day pre-conference workshops had over 300 participants. The Keynote Speaker was John Robertus, Executive Officer of the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board.
Conference Participants list (general, speaker, and exhibitor) for the 2009 CASQA Conference that was held in San Diego, CA November 2 - 4, 2009.
2009 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 Outstanding Programmatic Stormwater BMP Award
San Diego County Office of Education for their Municipal Stormwater Management Consortium that assists school districts in developing and implementing Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plans (SWPPPs) for school bus maintenance facilities.
The Outstanding Structural Stormwater BMP Award
City of Santee for the Forester Creek Improvement Project, which is a restoration project that resulted in improved water quality, increased flood control capacity and restored beneficial uses for the creek.
The Outstanding Regional Stormwater News, Information, Outreach, and Media Award
City of Santa Rosa – Storms and Creeks Program for the Santa Rosa High School Macroinvertebrate Bioassessment Program. This two week curriculum provides opportunities for outdoor, hands on assessments of local creeks to promote stormwater awareness with local high school students.
The Outstanding Sustainable Stormwater Project Award
Mercy Housing for the Colonia San Martin Project. Colonia San Martin is a recently completed 60-unit transit-oriented infill development in SacramentoCounty with a density of 20 units per acre and a wide array of other sustainable features such as vegetated stormwater quality bioswales, extensive use of drought-tolerant water efficient landscaping, community gathering areas, and a community garden.