By all accounts, CASQA’s 6th annual Stormwater Conference held on November 1 - 3, 2010 at the Westin Mission Hills in Rancho Mirage was a success! High marks were given by conference attendees to the quality of the information provided around the conference theme, as well as to the exhibitor area.
This year's conference theme was “Rethinking Stormwater: Creative Solutions to Complex Problems” and featured a full day of concurrent in-depth workshops (November 1st) and two full days of concurrent session presentations (November 2nd and 3rd). All four Monday pre-conference Workshops were webcasted to hundreds of viewers, and over 82 technical papers were presented during the two full days of the main conference. The Keynote and Award ceremony, as well as one technical track, were also webcasted as a bonus to webcast subscribers. Conference participants found an array of training, learning, and networking opportunities in the following stormwater areas:
2010 Conference Program and Presentations - PDF Files
Workshop Agenda - Monday, 11/1/10
Conference participants list (general, speaker, and exhibitor) for the 2010 CASQA Conference that was held in Rancho Mirage, CA November 1 - 3, 2010.
2010 Conference Tracks
CONSTRUCTION PERMIT This track focused on the recently adopted statewide construction permit. Topics included compliance with numeric effluent limits and numeric action levels, new development and redevelopment requirements, risk assessment, monitoring and reporting.
INDUSTRIAL PERMIT This track focused on the latest issues related to the existing and pending industrial permit. Topics included case studies, permit updates, numeric effluent limits and numeric action levels, reporting and monitoring.
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, numeric 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.
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 practicable, TMDLs, basin planning issues, and 303(d) listings.
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.
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.
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, hydromodification mitigation, and stormwater harvesting and reuse into these various planning processes was also addressed.
TRUE SOURCES 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, producer responsibility, zero waste policies, runoff elimination and conservation, and multi-jurisdictional approaches.
Despite the down economy and restricted travel budgets, attendance at the 2010 two-day conference was more than the previous year's conference in San Diego, with over 500 participants including vendors and speakers. The one-day pre-conference workshops had over 300 participants. Our Keynote Speaker was Tim Moore, Founder of Risk Sciences, a highlight of our Tuesday program.
In addition to the program, a myriad of continuing education units (CWEA, AICP, CPESC, CPSWQ, CESSWI) were handed out and CISEC and CPESC trainings were conducted the day after the conference.
Thank you again to all of those that participated in the success of this year’s conference! And please set a budget item aside now for next year’s conference, which we expect to be held between mid-September and end of October, likely in the San Francisco or Monterey bay areas.
2010 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 sixth conference, CASQA made awards in the following categories:
The Outstanding Sustainable Stormwater Project Award
Cucamonga Valley Water District for its Frontier Project, which constructed a sustainable campus building that incorporates low impact development stormwater management approaches, green building policies, renewable energy resources, and water conservation throughout the project.
The Outstanding Regional Stormwater News, Information, Outreach, and Media Award
City of Los Angeles for its Stormwater Public Education program, which maintained its public education efforts despite financial calamity through e-newsletters, a program blog, a Facebook page and an interactive website to engage in dialogue with constituents and establish a presence in the community.
The Outstanding Stormwater BMP Implementation Program Award
Disneyland Resort for its master water quality management plan, which included state-of-the-art upgrades to the Anaheim-based resort to improve water quality, reduce stormwater discharge and ensure the overall sustainability of the resort in regards to stormwater management.
The Outstanding Stormwater BMP Implementation Project Award
Los Angeles & San Gabriel River Valley Rivers Watershed Council for its Elmer Avenue Retrofit Demonstration project. This project used local products and equipment to improve the treatment process of stormwater runoff from the area, thereby reducing pollution, promoting water conservation and increasing community awareness of watershed and stormwater issues.
Honorable Mention in the Outstanding Stormwater BMP Implementation Project Category
City of Santa Monica for its Bicknell Avenue project, a stormwater infiltration project that reduces stormwater discharge.
View the CASQA Awards Ceremony presentation
View the Press Release issued October 28, 2010