Summer 2012

Issue #47

In This Issue
Runoff Ramblings
More on Green Infrastructure
Circuit Rider
Local Chapter Update
The Center "Rolls Out" Some West Virginia Stromwater Projects
Trainings and Conferences
Cool Links
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Hello there!  


The Summer 2012 issue of Runoff Rundown is here! This summer has brought some brought some warm days and a new weather pattern I just learned about called a "derecho" - a widespread straight-line windstorm accompanied by thunderstorms - to the east coast. Power was out for a good part of the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area, but it was also a time to play in the water. To celebrate the dog days of summer, we invite you to post and share some of your favorite summer water photos on our Facebook page.


As always, if you have suggestions for future content, or would like to contribute to Runoff Rundown, email us.


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Runoff Ramblings: The Old Question of Farms versus Towns: Who Should Be Responsible For Reducing Pollutant Loads in our Watersheds?
By Dave Hirschman, Program Director

Back in the early 1990s, my friend, "M," who was a local pioneer in the sustainability movement, instructed me that the words "ecology" and "economy" have the same root from Ancient Greek: ecos or oikos, meaning "house" or "household." The implication, of course, is that the ecology and economy of a place are two, co-dependent facets of the whole. While this is a satisfying linguistic twist, in the real world of watershed and stormwater management, we are often wrestling with this integration. If the ecology of our watersheds needs to be healthier, who in the economy should pay to make this happen?


I was recently talking with my friend, "K," a university economics professor, about the efficiency, or lack thereof, of trying to exact stringent pollutant load reductions from urban areas through MS4 permits. In K's thinking, it would be much more efficient to get most of these reductions from farms or rural areas (presumably within the same watershed), where the cost per pound reduced is much less. I can certainly see the wisdom of K's thinking on this. It represents the basic economic theory of comparative advantage. If farms can reduce pollutant loads at a lower marginal cost and with fewer opportunity costs than towns, then isn't that the most elegant solution?


I posed a similar question to my friend, "C," who is a water resources manager in a dense, fairly built-out urban/suburban MS4 community. We were driving around sniffing out stormwater retrofit opportunities, attempting with some difficulty to exact some modicum of stormwater treatment from a landscape that does not give of itself generously for this type of effort. Poking around street rights-of-way and parking lots, I asked C: "If given the opportunity, wouldn't it make more sense for your community to pay farmers out in the country to implement pollutant reduction projects?"   


C's response surprised me. She explained that, even if the pollutant trading scenario were an option, the citizens in her community would want the local government to take actions to make sure their own streams were as clean and healthy as possible. As if on cue, a passing motorist saw the County vehicle parked along the road shoulder and pulled over to chat with C about a recent stakeholder meeting and ongoing watershed protection efforts. Wow. . .people pulling over at random to engage local government staff on water issues. . .I was impressed.


There you have it: K's argument suggests that farmers may enjoy a comparative advantage in reducing pollutant loads at the broader watershed scale. Nevertheless, C has the constituency (not to mention the permit requirement) to pursue clean water initiatives within the more challenging urban context.


Of course, most practitioners in our field would claim that everyone - farmers, townsfolk, industries, wastewater dischargers, and others -- must do their share. We will never get to our clean water goals without all parties doing some of the lifting.


I tend to agree with that sentiment, but the question still remains of how to allocate this responsibility among the parties, and doesn't cost efficiency HAVE to play a role in an age of limited and shrinking budgets. We also have the issue that everyone is not really EVERYONE. For instance, among the townsfolk, we have MS4s who have increasingly stringent permit requirements and, in some cases, wasteload allocations through TMDLs, and non-MS4s, who are either remaining very quiet or waiting for the other shoe to drop, but not doing very much actual lifting as a general rule.


When we think about allocating responsibility for pollutant reductions, I think the principle that everyone would adhere to is fairness. I experience the fairness debate every day among my teenagers concerning earth-shattering issues such as screen time, control of iPods, and whose turn it is to have a sleepover. Apparently, the sensibility that things should be "fair" runs deep in the human psyche.


During my tenure as a local government water manager, there seemed to be a perennial tension between farmers and developers about who: (1) created the mess in the first place, and (2) should pay to clean it up (sounds like my teenagers again!). Among most of these folks, the issue wasn't that they didn't want to do anything or take responsibility for their fair proportion of the effort - it was that they didn't want their particular group to get too far out in front of the others. It was like the reverse of that children's game, "red light, green light," where the person who was "it" turned his or her back while everyone else sprinted forward as far as possible before "it" turned back around. With watershed stakeholders, the objective of the game is to NOT get too far ahead of the other players.


I'd have to conclude by saying that the trading scenario certainly shows some promise on the fairness front. If farmers (and/or other non-urban entities) enjoy a comparative advantage for pollutant reduction efforts, doesn't it make sense to create a market where they can be compensated for their efforts by those for whom pollutant reduction is more costly and difficult. I'd also maintain that this type of trading scenario is far from the full solution - that fairness dictates that all parties do their share to achieve clean water objectives on the home front and within the larger watershed. After all, the farmers have to take care of their own pollutant loads (sometimes called the "baseline") before being eligible to offer credits to the townsfolk.


Therefore, the real issue is knowing where to draw the line - when do we know when the town has done enough and is free to trade the rest of its obligation to the farm, and when the farm has done enough to be able to accept the offer?


I'd love to get M, K, and C together over some beers and maybe we could come up with the answer. What's your answer? Email us at rambler@cwp.org to let us know your thoughts.

More on Green Infrastructure  

By Katrina Harrison, Watershed Membership Assistant 


The Center for Watershed Protection (Center) is continuously researching and implementing projects on upcoming and new topics in the scientific community. One of these topics that have been generating interest is Green Infrastructure. Green Infrastructure (GI) uses environmentally friendly techniques to help naturally manage stormwater and improve water quality over a section of land. Currently the Center is working on several projects related to GI. There are still several questions to be answered involving GI which includes the general guidelines to site assessment and construction, along with the cost comparison of GI to other practices. By completing a variety of projects related to GI, the Center is hoping to grasp a better concept for GI that the stormwater community will be able to share. This article will briefly describe the different projects that the Center has been working on in order to increase our knowledge of GI.


One of these projects includes Arlington County Retrofit Assessments. Arlington County, Virginia is in the process of retrofitting and assessing retrofit opportunities for streets, hotspots, and public and private properties in order to determine the feasibility of GI throughout the county.  Arlington County has a goal to retrofit 30% of their county with various stormwater retrofits. This project will help the county to understand if this goal can be met. Some of the GI and BMPs (Best Management Practices) that were proposed included street bioretention areas, rain gardens, grass swales, downspout disconnections, stormwater planter boxes, and permeable pavement.  The proposed practices then scored and prioritized based on nine different screening factors.  Some of these factors include potential phosphorous and nitrogen removal, potential utility or site constraints, and impervious area acreage.  


Stormwater education and public involvement were also critical to this project.  As the Center began work on each watershed (or group of watersheds) a public stakeholder meeting was held to teach the residents of the watershed about the nature of the project, and stormwater management in general.  Then, the public's input was sought for identification of potential retrofit locations and other issues in their watershed.  A second public stakeholder meeting was held at the completion of each watershed assessment to present the results of the Center's work.  In all, ten public stakeholder meetings were held.  More technical trainings were also conducted for Arlington County's staff engineers to improve their stormwater retrofit design capabilities, and discuss issues that come up when implementing the Center's proposed retrofits.   


Another GI related project that the Center is working on is with Johnson, Mirmiran & Thompson (JMT). For this project, the Center is a sub-contractor helping JMT write specifications for stormwater BMPs and Green Infrastructure.  For several of the BMPs, the specifications will include standard details, narrative sections describing sizing, materials, construction sequence, etc., and a spreadsheet design tool.


The Montgomery County RainScapes Project takes on homeowners as the primary audience to develop a program where they can implement GI projects through cost share and technical assistance. RainScapes is a program that promotes and implements GI projects on residential, institutional, and commercial properties to reduce stormwater pollution (Department of Environmental Protection). Montgomery County, Maryland consists of high density condos, townhouses, and family homes. The Center is involved in the neighborhood assessment to identify green residential properties that have characteristics where RainScapes can implement GI to reduce stormwater runoff. There are public meetings in Montgomery County to gain public interest in the implementation of GI. This project has just completed the pre-implementation phase and is currently in the calibration phase. The Center is hoping to see several GI projects created throughout the Montgomery County residential areas.


Another aspect of GI that is being researched is the affects that GI has on combined sewer overflows. The City of Lynchburg, Virginia Department of Water Resources Project is investigating sites to explore how GI projects could help reduce combined sewer overflows (CSO) and become a part of the Long Term Control Plan. The investigation was also completed to find which types of GI practices are applicable to the CSO part of the city. Over fourty candidate GI projects were identified after a desktop assessment and field investigation. The types of GI projects that are being proposed for the City of Lynchburg are bioretentions, street or right-of-way bioretention, impervious disconnection, dry swales, rain gardens, permeable pavement, disconnection with check dams/ soil amendments, and stormwater wetland basin. The estimated value for the combined storage volume of the identified projects was 64,500 cubic feet. This estimate was based on the identified projects that can be used as input for the modeling efforts involving peak flow and volume (Draft Report for the City of Lynchburg).


After completion of these projects, a better understanding of how to outline general guidelines in implementing and investigating GI, along with construction and the initial site assessment for GI will begin to be formed. This knowledge will help all environmental practitioners to implement the same techniques throughout the country.  


References Cited:

Department of Environmental Protection. "RainScapes Program." Montgomery County Maryland. Montgomery County Government, 2002. Web. 27 June 2012.


Draft Report for City of Lynchburg, Unpublished.

"Safe Drain - SPCC Compliant Storm Drain Technology." Stormwater BMP. Safe Drain, n.d. Web. 29 June 2012. 

Evolution of the Circuit Rider 

By Bryan Seipp, Watershed Manager

For the past three years the Center for Watershed Protection (Center) has been "Circuit Riding" around Maryland and Virginia delivering technical services to over 25 jurisdictions and planning commissions stretching from the Appalachian highlands to the coastal plain. The project, funded by EPA, allowed the Center to quickly deliver technical expertise and manpower to local governments in desperate need of additional support to meet increasingly sophisticated environmental and stormwater regulations. While many of the communities shared the same regulatory responsibility the unique qualities and problems of each community required unique solutions and approaches. As a result we accomplished a wide range of tasks with those we worked with including IDDE investigations and programmatic support, BMP design and implementation assistance, watershed assessments, CSO elimination investigations, staff trainings, presentations, watershed modeling, GIS work, and watershed forestry.


More recently we have been working with state agencies, counties and planning commissions to provide assistance in understanding the implications of the Chesapeake Bay TMDL to the "Urban" sector. Mix in current and future MS4 permit requirements and it becomes clear that communities are experiencing increasing stormwater and watershed management responsibilities in the face of shrinking budgets and staff capacity. Despite these challenges the train rolls on and as we complete the Phase II WIP development process we all need to quickly move into planning and implementation of a variety of projects and strategies if we are to meet two-year milestone, 2017, and 2025 goals.


In response to this EPA and others have ramped up funding levels to provide local governments with an opportunity to acquire more free technical support from the Center as well as a variety of other qualified pre-approved technical service providers through the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation's Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund technical assistance program which can be accessed here. The Center, utilizing this funding, is already working with several communities in Maryland and Virginia on issues and projects specific to their needs. Given our experience during the Circuit Rider project we expect high demand for the resources to deliver watershed and stormwater technical expertise and trainings; the Center remains ready to help lend our expertise and experience where needed.


To find out more about the program and how to work with the Center contact Bryan Seipp.


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Local Chapter Update
by Neely Law, PhD, Senior Research Analyst

The Virginia Chapter of the Association of Stormwater and Watershed Professionals (AWSPs) met in Chantilly, VA at the offices of William H. Gordon Associates, Inc. for the Center's webcast on "Stream Restoration: Implementation You Can Take to the Bank". The local chapter meeting was part of AWSPs' 'lunch and learn' where members meet to discuss watershed and stormwater issues; a benefit of membership. Webcast presenters, Richard Starr from the US Fish and Wildlife Service and Will Harman from Stream Mechanics, Inc. were available after the webcast for an informal Q&A session. Members were keen to learn to more about the challenges presented in urban stream restoration and how the streams function pyramid framework would apply. A clear message from this discussion and the webcast was the need for continued monitoring to further understand the response of streams to restoration efforts - what can be achieved from urban restoration (aka 'functional lift' in the pyramid) and how to evaluate and document project progress.


The webcast and pursuant discussion was followed by a presentation by Roger  Stewart from the Virginia  

Figure 1. Hachİ real-time sampling equipment. (photo courtesy of Roger Stewart)
Department of Environmental Quality on "Real Time Water Quality Monitoring in Flatlick Branch". The presentation illustrated the results of a demonstration project conducted over the last two years where new equipment was being tested for real time nutrient monitoring on an urban stream in Fairfax County. Although new to real-time in-stream water quality monitoring, the equipment provided by Hach Corporation through their Homeland Security Technologies is used to identify threats to water supplies in the United States. The benefits of 'real-time' data collection for nutrients would allow increased accuracy of pollutants loadings and can be evaluated on daily, seasonal and annual basis. The higher temporal frequency of data collection would also assist with watershed implementation planning and have applications to help identify pollutant sources, BMP effectiveness and design (although not part of this demonstration project). Data was generated for: conductivity, nitrate, nitrite, dissolved oxygen, ortho-phosphate, turbidity, pH and temperature. Although the results from the demonstration project were limited in time, the data suggest that the higher resolution of data collection can better inform regulatory decisions than traditional monitoring approaches.


For more information about the Local VA Chapter of AWSPs contact: David Powers

For more information about the VA DEQ demonstration project contact: Roger Stewart

The Center "Rolls Out" Some West Virginia Stormwater Projects

By Dave Hirschman, Program Director


Some have said that if you rolled the state of West Virginia out flat, it would be larger than Texas. Although not ambitious enough to attempt that feat, the Center for Watershed Protection (Center) has been working with the State's Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP) to roll out some intriguing stormwater initiatives. Designing and constructing stormwater BMPs is not difficult for all areas of West Virginia, but they certainly do have their share of challenging terrains and circumstances, including steep slopes and mountainsides, valley fills, areas of acid mine drainage and iron leachate, trout streams, and other interesting settings. The State is also blessed with engaged and forward-thinking stormwater professionals at the state and local levels.


The Center is currently working with WVDEP on three separate intriguing stormwater projects:


1. West Virginia Stormwater Management & Design Guidance Manual

The Center has been working with WVDEP and a stakeholder workgroup to develop the State's first statewide stormwater manual. West Virginia has adopted a very progressive MS4 General Permit that not only contains a performance standard to "reduce" runoff associated with the first 1-inch of rainfall, but also includes "Watershed Protection Elements" that aim to synch up stormwater with site design practices, such as reducing impervious cover, preserving ecologically-sensitive areas, protecting soils, and preventing thermal impacts to streams.


The manual, now in draft form, contains practical better site design checklists as well as detailed design specifications for eleven stormwater BMPs. These include some old friends, such as filters, bioretention, and infiltration, and also some relative newcomers, including rainwater harvesting and regenerative stormwater conveyance (which may be an appropriate practice for the state's steeper terrain). The manual also includes a design process, based on the Runoff Reduction Method (currently used for the statewide stormwater program in Virginia and proposed in several other states), that coordinates BMP design elements with assigned performance values for annual volumetric runoff reduction.


The manual will be complete by the fall of 2012.


2. MS4 Annual Reporting Form

For this project, the Center is working closely with WVDEP and our project partner, Downstream Strategies, based in Morgantown, WV. Some states currently utilize a standardized form for MS4s to submit their annual reports to the state. For this project, we analyzed the good, bad, and ugly aspects of existing forms to try to craft a user-friendly and comprehensive reporting form. This will help streamline and standardize the types of reports WVDEP receives from the state's MS4s, which currently range from 2-pagers to thick 3-ring binders. The reporting form will make the task more straight-forward for both the MS4s and the WVDEP reviewers and inspectors.


3. Payment-In-Lieu Guidance

As previously mentioned, the MS4 General Permit standard reduces the volume associated with the first 1-inch of rainfall. The Permit also contains a provision that at least some of that volume reduction can be addressed off-site, either through developer-initiated projects or a municipally-operated payment-in-lieu program. The Center and Downstream Strategies are currently working on guidance that will help MS4s craft their off-site mitigation policies and programs.


The guidance will contain practical step-by-step procedures for establishing the program, as well as sections for setting an appropriate payment-in-lieu fee, crediting various BMPs for volume reduction performance, model ordinance language for off-site mitigation, a standard application form, and other tools.


As local stormwater programs evolve, this type of off-site mitigation program will become increasingly important to provide flexibility and ensure compliance across the broad range of site development conditions.


For more information on these West Virginia projects, contact David Hirschman or Sherry Wilkins from WVDEP. For more information about Downstream Strategies, contact Evan Hansen. 



Watershed Science Bulletin  

Did you have a chance to check out our latest issue of the Watershed Science Bulletin published in April featuring the application of monitoring and modeling in stormwater and watershed management? This issue highlights how monitoring and modeling can be effectively transferred from research-based efforts to practical tools and includes a collection of research articles and vignettes that present a wide array of monitoring and modeling applications. The next issue of the Bulletin featuring watershed planning is currently underway and is scheduled for publication in October. We'd like to welcome a few new members to the Bulletin's Editorial Committee - Stacey Berahzer, Senior Project Director at the Environmental Finance Center; Bruce Roll, Watershed Department Manager at Clean Water Services; and Gene Yagow, Senior Research Scientist at Virginia Tech's Biological Systems Engineering Department. Click here for additional information about the Bulletin, including subscription and publication opportunities.


Watershed Science Bulletin Article Solicitations 

AWSPs is currently soliciting short (5,000 words or less) articles for the Spring 2013 issue of the Bulletin.

Spring 2013: Green Infrastructure

This issue focuses on the use of green infrastructure and its impact on environmental, social and economic aspects of watershed and community health. For the purposes of this issue, green infrastructure is broadly defined to include landscape-scale natural features and site-scale practices such that the full range and scale of its application may be considered. For example, green infrastructure in the field of conservation planning refers to the network of natural lands across the landscape such as forests, wetlands, stream corridors and grasslands, while its application in engineering includes practices such as impervious cover reduction and stormwater best management practices (BMPs), like bioretention. No matter the scale, green infrastructure strives to improve water quality and aquatic ecosystems, and to positively affect social and economic aspects within communities. The goal of this issue is to support national and local efforts to help fill gaps in our knowledge about the performance of green infrastructure at site and landscape-scale applications, approaches taken to implement green infrastructure within a community, its cost-effectiveness, and how green infrastructure, in its many forms, fit into programs to protect and restore watersheds.

Deadline for Submissions is October 5, 2012

Click here for submission information  


2012 Watershed and Stormwater Conference

Baltimore, Maryland 

October 8-10, 2012

Early bird registration for the 2012 Watershed and Stormwater Conference sponsored by the Center for Watershed Protection and the Association of Watershed and Stormwater Professionals (AWSPs) ends on July 13. The conference will present the latest and emerging developments in watershed management through interactive educational sessions and provide a forum of engagement, networking, and discussion. Approximately 250-500 people are anticipated to attend, including practitioners, regulators, scientists, educators, advocates, students, and others from federal, state, and local agencies, consulting firms, nonprofit organizations, and universities. Check out the conference website - www.cwp2012event.org - for a look at the agenda, program, and speakers. Also, please consider attending our 20 year anniversary gala on the evening of Tuesday, October 9th aboard a Spirit Cruise of Baltimore's Inner Harbor and celebrate with us in "high-fashion, low-brow" Center style. Register now to secure your spot!  


Online Watershed Library  

The Online Watershed Library (OWL) is a service provided by the Association of Watershed and Stormwater Professionals (AWSPs) that allows practitioners to readily access Center for Watershed Protection and other watershed and stormwater resources to support the development and improvement of local programs. OWL is a searchable, online database of research, stormwater and watershed manuals and plans, assessment tools, and regulatory information. A monthly special feature of "hot topics" highlights innovative and up-and coming information to keep practitioners apprised of the latest stormwater and watershed issues. Users may also submit materials for inclusion in the OWL. OWL was developed to be a time-saver for watershed and stormwater practitioners as it provide users access to a well-organized database of relevant and up-to-date information. 


Career Center
With its focus on the watershed and stormwater industry, companies and professionals, the AWSPs Career Center offers its members-and the industry at large-an easy-to-use and highly targeted resource for online employment connections. Both members and non-members can use the AWSPs Career Center
to reach qualified candidates. Employers can post jobs online, search for qualified candidates based on specific job criteria, and create an online resume agent to email qualified candidates daily. They also benefit from online reporting that provides job activity statistics.  


For job seekers, the AWSPs Career Center is a free service that provides access to employers and jobs in the watershed and stormwater industry. In addition to posting their resumes, job seekers can browse and view available jobs based on their criteria and save those jobs for later review if they choose. Job seekers can also create a search agent to provide email notifications of jobs that match their criteria.  


As a registered employer or job seeker you also have access to the Engineering & Science Career Network (ESCN), a growing network of leading engineering and science associations. AWSPS' alliance with the ESCN increases your reach to over 13,000 resumes and over 750 job postings - giving you more control over your career advancement and a one-stop-shop to find targeted and quality candidates.

Save 20% off regular job posting price through August 15, 2012

Use Promo Code CCrt20Save  
Trainings and Conferences    

Center Webcast: Get the Dirt on Stormwater  

August 15, 2012, 12-2 Eastern  

Cost: $149; register here  

Recently, stormwater management has become dirty business, meaning that the dirt has a lot to do with the effectiveness of stormwater practices. There have been many innovations in the field of structural soils, soil amendments, and sophisticated soil mixes for bioretention - all for the purpose of enhancing stormwater treatment systems and/or targeting particular pollutants. This webcast will give you the dirt on soil revolution and provide many practical design tips and resources.

AWSPs members save $60 off regular registration - log in and access your discount code  


Fourth International Conference on Climate Change Conference 2012

The University of Washington, Seattle, Washington

July 12-13, 2012

The Climate Change Conference is for any person with an interest in, and concern for, scientific, policy and strategic perspectives in climate change. It will address a range of critically important themes relating to the vexing question of climate change. Plenary speakers will include some of the world's leading thinkers in the fields of climatology and environmental science, as well as numerous paper, workshop and colloquium presentations by researchers and practitioners.

Participants are invited to submit a proposal for an in-person paper presentation, workshop/interactive session, poster/exhibits session, or a jointly presented colloquium. Parallel sessions are loosely grouped into streams reflecting different perspectives or disciplines. Each stream also has its own talking circle, a forum for focused discussion of issues. For those unable to attend the conference in person, virtual participation is also available.   

AWSPs members save $100 off registration - log in and access your discount code 

Western Pond Turtle Workshop

Watsonsville, California
August 6, 2012

The Elkhorn Slough Coastal Training Program is pleased to announce the 2012 Western Pond Turtle Workshop August 16, 2012 from 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., at the Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve. The workshop fee is $285. Training consists of classroom lecture and lab with hands-on opportunities with the species. Because our training site does not have easy access to natural populations in the field, this training does not have a field-based training component. Intended audience includes: biological consultants, land managers, researchers, and regulatory agency personnel.

The workshop features experts Drs. David Germano and Galen Rathbun. The instructors present a comprehensive training on the biology and conservation of the western pond turtle (Actinemys marmorata). The instructors have published reports and papers on the ecology and life history of this species, and their lecture summarizes the knowledge base on the ecology and conservation of the species.

Visit the Coastal Training Program website to register


Geomorphic and Ecological Fundamentals for River and Stream Restoration   
Truckee, California
August 6-10, 2012
Incorporating insights from recent research in fluvial geomorphology and ecology, the Geomorphic and Ecological Fundamentals for River and Stream Restoration. The course integrates perspectives from leading academic researchers to consulting practitioners in river restoration, and across that spectrum it draws on a range of approaches from state-of-the-art hydraulics and sediment transport, historical geomorphic-ecological process analysis, urban-infrastructure-focused approach, to resource-focused approaches.The course emphasizes developing predictive connections between objectives and actions, learning from built restoration projects, and developing restoration strategies and innovative management approaches to address underlying causes of channel or ecosystem change, rather than prescriptive approaches.
2012 ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings  Pacific Grove, California
August 12-17, 2012 

The 2012 ACEEE Summer Study is the 17th biennial ACEEE conference on Energy Efficiency in Buildings. A diverse group of professionals from around the world will gather at this preeminent meeting to discuss the technological basis for, and practical implementation of, actions to reduce energy use and the climate impacts associated with buildings. Presentations and discussions will relate to the theme, "Fueling Our Future with Efficiency." Global activities related to building energy efficiency and sustainability have received increased attention worldwide in recent years, in order to avoid the worst consequences of climate change, while also addressing the problems of energy security and resource depletion. To progress towards an energy-efficient and sustainable future, the pace of investment in, and implementation of, energy use reduction strategies must be greatly accelerated. Well integrated government and utility programs, codes and standards, technologies, integrated design processes, operation practices and financing sources need to be further developed and cost-effectively implemented, while addressing behavioral factors and workforce development needs. A new generation of multi-disciplinary practitioners, researchers, and policymakers needs to be educated and quickly deployed to solve the closely-coupled energy efficiency and climate problems that we face. Come to the 2012 Summer Study, where you can share your ideas and engage in dialogue with leading thinkers, visionaries, and luminaries in the field, while experiencing the magnificent natural setting of Asilomar.

We invite you to contribute your most creative work in the following areas:

  • design, operations, and performance of buildings
  • program design, implementation, and evaluation
  • utilities
  • market transformation 
  • human behavior and social dynamics
  • climate change and energy efficiency policy
  • training and education
  • sustainable and net zero energy economies
  • information technologies
  • visions for the future

The conference promotes the interaction among participants through a balance of structured and unstructured sessions. Refereed papers are presented in the mornings, informal and display sessions in the afternoons, and plenary sessions in the evenings.  

 Click here for more details about "Buildings" Summer Study 2012


Low Impact Development Researchers Symposium

Grove Park Inn, Asheville, NC

August 13-14, 2012 

Come meet and talk Green Infrastructure with 4 of the world's leading stormwater researchers! Research and design information will be presented by researchers from North Carolina State University, the University of Maryland, Villanova University, and the University of Auckland (New Zealand). Researchers will share their expertise on several common LID practices including bioretention, green roofs, permeable pavement, swales and filter strips. There will also be a discussion on choosing appropriate design targets for all stormwater practices. Lots of question-and-answer opportunities are provided throughout the event as the presenters turn panelists and answer attendees' requests. Registrants are encouraged to submit questions in advance of the event as well.The event will be held at the historic Grove Park Inn in Asheville, NC, in the heart of the NC Appalachians. Make it a long weekend in the beautiful North Carolina mountains! 

Click here for more details 

StormCon: The North American Surface Water Quality Conference & Exposition 
Sheraton Downtown, Denver, Colorado
August 19-23, 2012  
StormCon offers expertise from the nation's leading engineering consultants and the unparalleled opportunity to learn from case studies presented by municipal professionals, engineering consultants, contractors, researchers, and others on the front lines of implementing stormwater programs, BMPs, sediment and erosion control techniques, low-impact development approaches, research and testing of BMPs, and water-quality monitoring programs. The conference focus is to gather stormwater professionals from throughout the US and other nations to enhance our understanding of stormwater issues.

AWSPs members save 50% off registration
- log in and access your discount code. 

Duluth, Minnesota

October 1-3, 2012

At the very least, go check out the agenda, admire the snazzy conference website, find out why its going to be a Tentacular Event, and make sure you still have the days blocked off in your calendar.

Registration is now open for NEMO U8! Beat the crowds -sign up today!

UMISC: Upper Midwest Invasive Species Conference  
La Crosse, Wisconsin
October 29-31, 2012

The purpose of UMISC 2012 is to exchange information on invasive species topics. This is an all-taxa conference covering invasive aquatic and terrestrial plants, animals, pests, and pathogens. The goals of the conference are to:  

  • Strengthen awareness of invasive species issues, prevention, and management; and 
  • Facilitate information sharing and collaboration among researchers, land managers, natural resource professionals, university personnel, landscapers, nursery, agricultural or forestry employees, environmental specialists, lake association members, land owners, governmental agencies, nongovernmental organizations, and others interested in controlling the spread of invasive species in the Upper Midwest.


Wisconsin Wetlands Association's 18th Annual Wetlands Conference
Blue Harbor Resort, Sheboygan, Wisconsin
February 12-14, 2013 
Wisconsin Wetlands Association invites you to participate in our 18th Annual Wetlands Conference. The conference will highlight the environmental, socio-cultural, and economic value of wetlands and will promote the latest research on and techniques for wetland restoration and management.The conference program will include a keynote address, theme-focused sessions, general wetland sessions, one or two symposia or special sessions, a banquet with speaker, working groups, and field trips. Based on recent conference attendance, we anticipate that our 2013 event will draw 200-300 natural resource scientists and professionals from university departments, government agencies, private firms, and non-profit organizations as well as representatives of the media and citizen conservationists. Our audience typically includes participants from all around the state of Wisconsin and from the larger Great Lakes & Upper Midwest regions.  
Call for Symposia - issued June 2012
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: September 30, 2012 
Visit us for conference details or call 608-250-9971

2013 International Low Impact Development (LID) Symposium 

Saint Paul RiverCentre, Saint Paul Minnesota
August 18-21, 2013
The 2013 International LID Symposium will bring together over 1,000 professionals to share their research, implementation, policy, financing, and education strategies to build and restore cities while protecting our environment.   
Requests for abstracts will begin in Fall 2012. 
For more information, visit the symposium website, email or 612-624-3708.
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"Cool Links" provides information on some new or new-found resources that are helpful to watershed managers and stormwater professionals.



Register for Webcast on "USDA's National Water Quality Initiative"

Join us for a Watershed Academy Webcast on July 10, 2012 from 1:00 -3:00 pm Eastern to learn more about USDA's National Water Quality Initiative (NWQI). USDA's NWQI is focusing on 157 priority watersheds in the U.S. in 2012. These 157 watersheds were identified with assistance from state agencies, key partners, and USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) State Technical Committees. NRCS will make available at least $33 million in financial assistance to farmers, ranchers and forest landowners this year in these priority watersheds to implement conservation practices to improve water quality and aquatic habitats in impaired lakes and streams. Using funds from the Environmental Quality Incentives Program, NRCS will provide financial and technical assistance to producers for implementing conservation practices such as cover crops, nutrient management, filter strips and terraces. This webcast will highlight how this Initiative is working and how USDA's NRCS is working with state water quality agencies and others to implement this Initiative in priority watersheds.

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EPA Releases Green Infrastructure Permitting and Enforcement Series 

EPA has released a series of six factsheets on incorporating green infrastructure measures into National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) wet weather programs. The series builds upon existing EPA authority, guidance, and agreements to describe how EPA and state permitting and enforcement professionals can work with permittees to include green infrastructure measures as part of control programs. The six fact sheets and four supplements address stormwater permits, total maximum daily loads, combined sewer overflow long-term control plans, and enforcement actions.  

Series available on EPA's Green Infrastructure website 

Runoff Rundown Team:

Byran Seipp, Dave Hirschman, Hye Yeong Kwon, Katrina Harrison, Laurel Woodworth, Neely Law, and Snehal Pulivarti 


If you have suggestions for future Runoff Rundown content, or would like to contribute an article, contact us at center@cwp.org 


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