By all accounts, CASQA’s 9th Annual Stormwater Conference held on September 9 - 11, 2013 at Squaw Creek, Lake Tahoe, California was a huge success! High marks were given by conference attendees to the quality and immediate usefulness of the information provided around the conference theme, the opportunity to network with colleagues, and the location and ambience.
This year's conference theme was “Taking Stormwater Quality Management to New Heights”. Monday featured 11 half-day, in-depth workshops including a Field Trip (September 9) followed by two full days of concurrent session presentations (September 10 and 11). Additionally, all 10 Monday classroom Workshops were Webcast to hundreds of viewers. Over 90 technical papers were presented during the two full days of the main conference. The Keynote address and one technical track on Tuesday 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 "2013 Conference Tracks".
Despite the recovering economy and restricted travel budgets, attendance at the 2013 conference set a record for northern California, with over 660 participants, including vendors and speakers, over the three days. The one-day pre-conference workshops had over 450 participants. Our Keynote Speaker was David C. Antonucci; freelance writer, professional speaker, meeting facilitator, presentation development consultant, and environmental engineering consultant. Mr. Antonucci gave a humorous and enjoyable talk about the life and times of Mark Twain when he spent time in Lake Tahoe in the 1860s.
In addition to the program, a myriad of continuing education units (AICP, CPESC, CPSWQ, CESSWI, CWEA, and MCLE (State Bar)) were handed out, and two special forums -- a Construction QSD/QSP Forum as well as a LID Roundtable conducted early one morning before the start of the conference program on Wednesday were both 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 in Orange County, California; September 15 - 17, 2014. We hope to see you there!
2013 Conference Program and Presentations - PDF Files
Workshops Agenda - Monday, 09/09/13
Technical Agenda - Tuesday and Wednesday, 09/10/13 – 09/11/13
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2013 Conference Participants
Conference participants list (general, speaker, exhibitor, webcast viewer) for the 9th Annual CASQA Conference that was held in Lake Tahoe, CA September 9 - 11, 2013.
2013 Conference Tracks
BEHAVIOR CHANGE This track will focus on the latest challenges and solutions to changing public and business behavior through public education, training, inspections, and enforcement.
CONSTRUCTION PERMIT This track will focus on lessons learned from the field while implementing the California Construction General Permit including compliance strategies, common problems, sampling, bioassessment monitoring, responding to exceedances of numeric action levels, and using active treatment systems.
EFFECTIVENESS ASSESSMENT This track will focus on strategies to assess the effectiveness of stormwater programs including effluent limits, numeric action levels, data collection goals and targets, implemented BMPs, effectiveness of source controls, changes in polluting behaviors, reductions in pollutant loading, improvements in receiving water quality, and funding of MS4 programs.
GIS APPLICATIONS, MONITORING, AND SCIENTIFIC ADVANCES This track will focus on unique GIS tools, data collection and evaluation, pollutant source tracking, emerging pollutants, new technologies, new monitoring and assessment tools, stormwater impacts, and economic assessments.
INDUSTRIAL PERMIT This track will focus on innovative stormwater compliance strategies/case studies, BMP effectiveness evaluations, LID at industrial sites, MS4 industrial program implementation, monitoring strategies/techniques, and practical strategies/solutions to comply with a more stringent California Industrial General Permit expected in 2013, including proposed numeric action levels.
LAKE TAHOE This track will focus on programs in the Lake Tahoe Basin including water quality research and science, the recently adopted TMDL, Basin specific NPDES municipal and construction permits and state and local stormwater programs.
REGIONAL / INTEGRATED APPROACHES TO STORMWATER COMPLIANCE This track will focus on stormwater compliance through regional/integrated collaboration with flood management, drinking water supply, and wastewater treatment agencies and will include strategies and case studies related to watershed/regional management, integrated water management, and climate change adaptation.
REGULATIONS, PERMITS, AND POLICIES This track will focus on the latest developments in federal and state stormwater regulations, permits, policies, and funding priorities including effluent limitations, receiving water limitations, maximum extent practicable, toxicity policy, Areas of Special Biological Significance, TMDLs/303(d) listing, basin planning issues, and federal NPDES rulemaking.
STORMWATER PROGRAM MANAGEMENT This track will focus on innovative ideas and lessons learned from MS4, industrial, and construction stormwater programs regarding implementation strategies, enforcing compliance, internal and external communication with stakeholders, building relationships with regulators, reviewing and implementing stormwater plans, management tools, and auditing and assessment.
STORMWATER TREATMENT This track will focus on site-specific approaches, alternative methods, case studies and BMP designs for LID, green infrastructure, green streets, hydromodification, and stormwater harvesting.
TMDLs AND POLLUTANT SPECIFIC COMPLIANCE This track will focus on the development, planning, implementation and assessment of TMDL compliance programs including regulations and policies related to TMDL implementation in MS4 permits.
TRASH This track will focus on reducing the impact of trash on water bodies including permit requirements, source controls such as public outreach and product bans, full/partial trash capture devices, monitoring and modeling, and assessments of effectiveness.
2013 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 9th Annual Stormwater Conference, CASQA made awards in the following categories:
Outstanding Stormwater BMP Implementation Award
Boeing-Santa Susana Biofilter Project
The Santa Susana biofilter is designed to harness natural processes to treat stormwater runoff while promoting habitats that encourage pollination. The system uses plants, soils and filter media to capture sediment and pollutants before releasing cleaner water back into the watershed. The biofilter also serves as an educational tool for students and the community, as its surrounding ADA-compliant walking paths are lined with educational signage and benches where visitors can observe its top layer of native vegetation.
Outstanding Sustainable Stormwater Project Award
Placer County Low Impact Development Guidebook
The guidebook was developed to provide much-needed tools and guidance on the use and implementation of LID techniques to protect and enhance the water quality of Placer County in the Yuba, Truckee, and American River watersheds through the promotion of sustainable, innovative and cost effective stormwater management techniques in the higher elevations. The guidebook’s thorough fact sheets and other tools are also valuable to many other stormwater practitioners throughout California, as the resource was produced with the intention to also benefit those of varying geographic and topographic locations.
Outstanding Stormwater News, Information, Outrreach, and Media Award
City of Santa Rosa and Sonoma County Water Agency Creek Stewardship Program
The City of Santa Rosa and Sonoma County Water Agency designed the Creek Stewardship Program to empower citizens to help improve the water quality within their local creeks, with strong support from the City and Water Agency’s stormwater management programs. The City and the Water Agency accomplished their three goals for the program: to educate the community about the importance of the creek through distributing materials and outreach events; to give people the opportunity to directly help the creek by becoming Creek Stewards; and to respond thoroughly and efficiently to citizen concerns through interagency operations. These outreach efforts, in conjunction with the City and the Water Agency’s renewed commitment to be stewards of the public infrastructure and environment for the benefit of their citizens, have steadily improved the water quality in Santa Rosa’s urban creeks.
CASQA Leadership Award
This year's recipient, Scott Taylor, PE, D.WRE has more than 28 years of extensive, specialized expertise in stormwater quality, flood control, and stormwater management. Taylor is an active member of CASQA and has previously served as Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors. In those capacities, Taylor led CASQA in various statewide efforts to develop pragmatic and sustainable policies and stormwater management programs. Taylor has also represented CASQA at the federal, state, and local levels.