CASQA 2020: Envision the Future
Two-day virtual conference: Tuesday 9/15/2020 - Wednesday 9/16/2020
The 2020 Technical Program comprises nine conference thematic technical presentation and discussion sessions with 88 oral presentations, 13 panels, 2 forums, 1 roundtable, and 4 training workshops in the 14 tracks listed below. For further details, the online conference agenda provides an up-to-date hourly view of the program, speakers, and panelists.
CASQA is pleased to include a poster session at the conference; adapted to a virtual environment.
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. This track will include presentations from CASQA Awardees.
Construction and Post Fire Response
This track will focus on proven strategies to resolve construction issues: innovative BMPs and controls; challenges and solutions to site management; implementing cost controls; resolving monitoring and sampling issues; and dealing with the challenges of linear utilities and overhead best management programs. Additionally, this track will explore innovative post-wildfire response using techniques in assessment, aerial mapping, outreach, mitigation, funding, contracting, and monitoring.
Data Management, GIS / GIS Tools, and Modeling
This track will focus on data management and visualization, stormwater geographic information systems (GIS), data collection tracking, advances in watershed planning and modeling. It will focus on the future and how tools from other industries may be used in the stormwater arena.
This track focuses on emerging contaminants: what we know or don't know or need to learn, upcoming regulatory changes that may impact the stormwater community, and new advances in science that allow us to measure or characterize both human and environmental risk related to emerging contaminants.
This panel will focus on how we identify the connections between the business of water management and its direct and indirect impact on vulnerable communities. Included will be discussions of current programs, lessons learned, and how to bring equity considerations into all aspects of our work in the stormwater communities.
Funding and Financing
This track will address stormwater program infrastructure funding and financing, both public and private, and asset management. Integration of stormwater needs into existing funding and financing mechanisms, such as capitalization and scheduling for replacing aging infrastructure, will be a focus.
This track will highlight all things industrial, such as pollutant source assessments, exceedance response action levels, monitoring, Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs), how municipalities are modifying their programs to implement SB205, and Clean Water Act citizen lawsuits.
Legislation, Policy, Permitting, Legal
This track will provide a forum for updates from regulators, discussions of future policy and legislative initiatives, examples of innovative ways that regulatory obligations can be met, and updates from legal experts.
Monitoring and TMDL Implementation
This track will highlight two topics that are closely related, monitoring and TMDL implementation. Innovations in monitoring methods and monitoring program development will be explored for a range of monitoring situations, including TMDL compliance monitoring. The track will also explore the science that goes into developing TMDLs and TMDL alternatives, the challenges of complying with TMDL-based requirements, and ways in which parties to a TMDL can come together to work on implementation.
Municipal Program Implementation
This track will focus on the challenges and solutions to implementing a municipal stormwater program for both Phase I and Phase II agencies and cover emerging issues for municipalities such as planning activities for permit compliance, post-fire stormwater management response, permanent post-construction BMPs, monitoring program challenges and unique solutions, and transient encampments.
Outreach and Education
This track will share experiences creating and implementing innovative stormwater outreach campaigns, building community to foster a sense of stewardship, using social media as an outreach tool, reaching school-age children with programs in/out of the classroom, and measuring effectiveness.
Resiliency and Sustainability
This track will look at sustainable practices, legal requirements, opportunities for collaboration, and programs that connect stormwater and other environmental sectors. Important topics such as water supply, water rights, groundwater recharge, Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) planning, energy, watershed management, resiliency planning, and climate change will be discussed.
Stormwater Infrastructure and Natural Waterways
This track will highlight examples of physical infrastructure for improving stormwater runoff quality, protecting natural channels from hydromodification, preventing flood impacts to property, recharging groundwater supplies, permanent post-construction BMPs, and harvesting rainwater. It will focus on pilot studies, design lessons learned, operation and maintenance challenges/solutions, and adaptability after installation.
This track will incorporate topics relevant to the Trash Amendments, such as full trash capture BMP implementation, monitoring methods, reporting, and demonstrating compliance under Track 2. Related topics will include source identification, effective and sustainable solutions, data comparability, micro-debris, and relationships between trash and other potential pollutants.