2011 Conference

By all accounts, CASQA’s 7th Annual Stormwater Conference held on September 26 - 28, 2011 at the Hyatt Regency Monterey in Monterey, California was a success! High marks were given by conference attendees to the quality of the information provided around the conference theme, the opportunity to network with colleagues, the location and ambience, as well as to the exhibitor area.

This year's conference theme was “Stormwater Management: Practical Solutions to Changing Conditions.”  Monday featured 8 half-day, in-depth workshops (September 26) followed by two full days of concurrent session presentations (September 27 and 28). Additionally, all 8 Monday pre-conference Workshops were Webcast to hundreds of viewers. Over 80 technical papers were presented during the two full days of the main conference. The Keynote address, Awards ceremony, as well as one technical track were also webcast, as a bonus to webcast subscribers. Conference participants found an array of training, learning and networking opportunities in the following stormwater areas listed below under "2011 Conference Tracks".

Despite the down economy and restricted travel budgets, attendance at the 2011 conference was more than the previous year's conference in Rancho Mirage, with almost 500 participants including vendors and speakers. The one-day pre-conference workshops had over 310 participants. Our Keynote Speaker was Steven R. Palumbi, Director of Stanford University’s Hopkins Marine Station, a Pew Fellow in Marine Conservation, and a senior fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment. Dr. Palumbi gave a very interesting and engaging talk on the death and life of Monterey Bay.

In addition to the program, a myriad of continuing education units (CWEA, AICP, CPESC, CPSWQ, CESSWI, CISEC, State Bar) were handed out and a Construction QSD/QSP Forum conducted early one morning before the start of the conference program was very well attended.

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 have already set the dates for November 5-7, 2012 and it will be in San Diego, CA. We hope to see you there!

2011 Conference Program and Presentations - PDF Files

Workshop Agenda - Monday, 9/26/11

Technical Agenda - Tuesday and Wednesday, 9/27/11 – 9/28/11

2011 Conference Participants

Conference participants list (general, speaker, and exhibitor) for the 7th Annual CASQA Conference that was held in Monterey, CA September 26 - 28, 2011.

2011 Conference Tracks

Construction Permit - This track focued on lessons learned during the first year under the reissued California Construction General Permit and recent advancements in construction permits nationwide. Including perspectives from dischargers, regulators, and MS4s on:

  • numeric effluent limits and numeric action levels
  • post-construction requirements
  • risk assessment
  • sampling and monitoring
  • field compliance strategies

Industrial Permit - This track focused on the progress made under the forthcoming California statewide permit reissuance and related issues concerning stormwater management and BMP implementation at industrial sites. Topics included:

  • innovative stormwater compliance strategies/case studies
  • BMP effectiveness evaluations
  • integrating MS4 and industrial discharge approaches
  • field compliance strategies
  • numeric effluent limits/action levels
  • site monitoring
  • proposed 2011 revisions to the California statewide permit
  • practical solutions to comply with new regulatory requirements

Modifying Public Behavior - This track focused on the latest challenges and solutions related to approaches to change public and business behavior including:

  • public education
  • training
  • inspections
  • enforcement

Program Assesment - Including Monitoring Assessment, BMP Effectiveness Assessment, and Program Effectiveness Assessment - this track addressed focused on the strategies to assess the effectiveness of stormwater programs including:

  • effluent limits
  • numeric action levels
  • data collection and setting goals and targets
  • implementing BMPs
  • changing polluting behaviors
  • reducing pollutant loading
  • attaining improvements in receiving water quality
  • communicating outcomes effectively to multiple audiences, as well as the latest proposed solutions and/or alternatives

Regulations, Permits and Policies - This track focused on the latest developments in stormwater regulations, policies and permits. Topics included:

  • effluent limitations
  • receiving water limitations
  • the definition of maximum extent practicable toxicity policy
  • ASBSs
  • TMDLs
  • basin planning issues and 303(d) listings

Scientific Advances - This track focused on Monitoring and the latest research into stormwater management. Topics included:

  • data collection and evaluation
  • pollutant source tracking
  • emerging pollutants
  • new technologies
  • new monitoring and assessment tools
  • stormwater impacts and economic assessments

Stormwater Treatment - This track focused on the latest BMP designs, guidance and studies. Topics included:

  • BMP design and implementation including case studies
  • facility retrofitting
  • regional treatment
  • multi-purpose facilities

Sustainable Development - This track focused on Onsite-specific and watershed scale approaches to addressing low impact development (LID) and hydromodification requirements. Topics addressing these challenges included:

  • integrating land use practices
  • integrated regional planning
  • watershed planning concepts
  • green streets
  • smart growth
  • stormwater harvesting and reuse
  • coordination with other sustainability initiatives
  • Alternative methods and case studies for addressing the incorporation of LID and hydromodification mitigation were also addressed.

TMDLs in MS4 Permits - This track focused on the development, planning, implementation and assessment of TMDL compliance programs for MS4 Permits. Topics included:

  • discussion of regulations and policies related to TMDL implementation in MS4 permits
  • addressing TMDLs in permits 
  • planning, developing and assessing TMDL compliance programs.

True Source Control - This track focused on current efforts to influence various state and federal regulations to reduce or eliminate 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
  • green chemistry
  • runoff elimination and conservation with water districts
  • multi-jurisdictional approaches

2011 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 7th Annual Stormwater Conference, CASQA made awards in the following categories:

Outstanding Stormwater Best Management Practice (BMP) Implementation - Comprehensive Regional Project Award

City of Malibu for its Malibu Legacy Park project, which has provided exceptional and sustainable improvements to the water quality in Malibu Creek, Malibu Lagoon, and localbeaches. The innovative efforts performed at Legacy Park have enhanced the use of these resources for recreation, aided in the restoration of riparian habitats, and provided effective treatment for removal of bacteria in stormwater.

Outstanding Stormwater BMP Implementation - Targeted Local Project Award

City of Hermosa Beach for its Hermosa Strand Infiltration Trench, the first project of its kind in California. This full-scale pilot project was created to demonstrate the effectiveness of beach infiltration of storm drain flows during dry weather and small storms as a simple, cost effective alternative to diverting storm drain flows to the sanitary sewer for compliance with Federal and State beach recreational water quality standards.

Outstanding Stormwater News, Information, Outreach and Media Award

City of Sunnyvale for its Earth Care Kidz program which demonstrated a unique, integrated, and cooperative approach among staff from the Department of Public Works, Public Safety, and Community Services to educate campers about pollution prevention and sustainability issues. Campers learn about actions/choices they can make (at their young age) to have a safe, healthy community and environment, while having fun at the same time.

Outstanding Stormwater Research Project Award

City of Santa Barbara for its Canine Scent and Microbial Source Tracking, a project designed to: compare canine responses to chemical and microbial indicator analyses, use canine scent tracking to trace a detected problem to an upstream source, use canine scent tracking to investigate recreational vehicle dumping to storm drains, and determine the feasibility of canine scent tracking for use in watershed reconnaissance studies.

Outstanding Stormwater BMP Implementation Project Award

City of Oxnard for its Storm Drain Keeper Program, originally developed as a work/learn program for youth in the Oxnard City Corps program. Participants are educated in tools and techniques of flood control channel maintenance as well as the environmental impact of trash and debris. While performing channel maintenance, City Corps staff also help track the types and sources of trash removed, and study adjacent watersheds to identify patterns of trash movement.


View the CASQA Awards Ceremony Presentation

View the Press Release issued September 26, 2011