The StormCon 2018 Call for Papers Is Open

Oct. 17, 2017

StormCon, the conference dedicated exclusively to stormwater, is now accepting abstracts for 2018. The conference will take place in Denver, CO, August 11–16, 2018. The deadline to submit an abstract is Wednesday, December 6, 2017.

We’re seeking presentations in six conference tracks, described below. Based on feedback from those of you who attended last year, the conference tracks have changed slightly, so please take a look at the new categories and descriptions.

Presentations are 30 minutes long. Conference attendees include municipal stormwater and public works managers, industrial stormwater managers, engineering consultants, regulators, and others concerned with stormwater and surface water quality.

If you have an interesting project, a successful stormwater funding or outreach program, new research to share, or lessons that can help others in the field, please consider submitting an abstract. You can see the full call for papers here and the abstract submittal form here.

These are the 2018 conference tracks:

Stormwater Infrastructure and Best Management Practices
This track presents examples of how structural and nonstructural best management practices (BMPs) are being used—with case studies and performance data—including combinations of BMPs to achieve water-quality goals. It also deals with “gray” stormwater infrastructure and conveyance systems: inlets, pipes, tunnels, and other detention facilities. Please note that there is a separate conference track specifically for dealing with green infrastructure practices and installations.

Presentations must not promote or endorse any proprietary BMP, technology, or company, nor should they simply describe the features of a product. However, examples of infrastructure or BMP installations with data on the effectiveness of a particular system will be considered. Topics in this track include:

  • Sizing and designing detention and conveyance systems
  • Inspection, maintenance, and repair of BMPs
  • Urban retrofitting
  • Pipe rehabilitation and repair
  • Filtration systems
  • Retention and detention systems
  • Advanced applications and treatment trains
  • Post-construction stormwater management

Green Infrastructure
This track includes examples of green infrastructure and low impact development (LID). These practices strive to maintain or mimic the predevelopment hydrology of a site by infiltrating, storing, filtering, and evaporating stormwater runoff rather than moving it offsite to a centralized stormwater system. Areas of focus for this track include:

  • Infiltration and bioretention practices
  • Rain gardens
  • Green roofs
  • Porous pavement
  • Maintenance of green infrastructure practices
  • Measuring the effectiveness of green infrastructure
  • Community-wide and watershed-scaled water-quality approaches
  • Green infrastructure for infill development and redevelopment
  • Green infrastructure to reduce combined sewer overflows
  • Rainwater harvesting and stormwater reuse
  • LEED-certified projects

Stormwater Permit Compliance
This track covers the different aspects of complying with municipal stormwater permits. Focus areas include:

  • Strategies for meeting NPDES permit requirements
  • Integrating the municipal stormwater program with TMDL development
  • Building public education and outreach programs
  • Illicit discharge detection and elimination programs
  • Construction-site compliance
  • Municipal good housekeeping practices
  • Reporting requirements
  • Program audits

Funding, Staffing, and Managing the Stormwater Program
This track covers funding and staffing issues affecting municipal and state programs:

  • Funding options for stormwater programs, such as bonds, development impact fees, and enterprise funds
  • Creating and managing a stormwater utility
  • Obtaining Clean Water State Revolving Fund assistance
  • Paying for capital improvement programs
  • Stormwater credit trading
  • Public-private partnerships
  • Working with NGOs and other stakeholders
  • Asset management
  • Hiring and training in-house staff
  • Hiring and working with consultants

Industrial Stormwater Management
This track covers industrial stormwater management and permitting, focusing on publicly and privately owned facilities covered by industrial stormwater permits or EPA’s stormwater multi-sector general permit. Facilities range from small businesses located in urban areas, such as restaurants and automotive repair shops, to large sites, such as manufacturing plants, transportation facilities, landfills and waste transfer stations, and mining operations. Topics in this track include:

  • Managing stormwater at industrial and manufacturing facilities
  • Stormwater management in the mining industry
  • Concerns for oil and gas facilities
  • Transportation activities: airports, ports, and fleet maintenance facilities
  • Managing stormwater on active landfill sites
  • Selection, installation, and maintenance of stormwater management systems on closed landfill sites
  • Storage and handling of hazardous waste
  • Inspecting industrial sites for stormwater compliance
  • Integrating industrial stormwater operations with municipal permits

Research and Testing
This technical track includes academic research; methods for testing the effectiveness of best management practices and comparing different BMPs; and topics and trends in stormwater research, such as standardizing testing protocols and standards for measuring the effectiveness of BMPs. Topics in this track include:

  • Performance standards and testing protocols
  • Evaluating BMP performance
  • Characterizing pollutant loads
  • Fate and transport of pollutants
  • Water-quality modeling
  • Sampling tools and techniques
  • Bacterial detection and identification techniques

Please note that we are not looking for descriptions of technologies or proprietary BMPs and how they work without supporting performance data. If your presentation deals with one or more BMPs, especially with proprietary systems, your abstract must indicate what supporting data the presentation will include. 

About the Author

Janice Kaspersen

Janice Kaspersen is the former editor of Erosion Control and Stormwater magazines.