2018 Stormwater Design Series

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2018 Stormwater Design Series

05/08/2018 at 11:30 AM - 10/09/2018 at 1:00 PM
Ben Curtis

Register for all webinars, or just a few! Click the link below for registration via PayPal, credit card, or check. ISWEP members can also opt to use FLEX Funds to purchase webinars. Please contact Ben for an access code for FLEX Funds prior to registration.

Earn a total of 9 PDHs when you register for all 6 webinars. Webinars are recorded and available to participants after the live event. Please Note: Only 1 PDH Certificate of Attendance will be issued per individual registration.

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WEBINAR 1 - May 8

Presentation Description: How can we promote and show the value of low-impact development (LID) and green infrastructure (GI) projects? Rocky Keehn, owner of Common Sense WRE, has over 30 years of experience in the water resources industry and believes the answer lies in modeling. This addition of the Storm Water Design series will focus on models that are used to design LID/GI facilities (specifically EPA-SWMM, HEC-HMS, and HydroCAD) and show how such models can be powerful tools for deriving potential benefits. Keehn will demonstrate how to calculate the correct size of LID/GI facilities over a wider variety of rainfall events, which can improve resiliency and reduce future maintenance costs.

Speaker Bio: Mr. Keehn graduated from Iowa State University in 1987 with a Master’s Degree in Water Resources Engineering and a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering from the University of Nebraska Lincoln. After working for a mid-size Midwest, A&E firm for 30 years, Mr. Keehn opened his own LLC specializing in Water Resources Engineering in 2017. He is regularly involved with or performs design development, project and engineering management, project review, quality control from concept to final design, plans and specifications, and constructability on all projects.


WEBINAR 2 - June 12

Presentation Description: Utilizing a series of shallow aquatic pools, cascade/weir grade controls, native vegetation, and underlaying sand/wood chip beds, regenerative stormwater conveyances (RSCs) uniquely provide both water quality treatment and quantity conveyance in a single system. Join ISWEP and WK Dickson and learn the ins and outs of RSCs, from site identification, through design and construction, through monitoring. WK Dickson will explain how RSC retrofits are not only repairing eroded outfalls and channels, but also improving water quality and aesthetics at a lower cost/unit than more traditional approaches.

Speaker Bios: Ward Marotti is a senior project manager in WK Dickson’s Watershed Services Department.  He is currently based in Charlotte, NC and has been involved in successful ecological restoration project planning, design, permitting, implementation, oversight, and monitoring for over 28 years.  In addition to his experience throughout the Southeast, Ward has successfully completed restoration and mitigation projects in the West, Great Plains, Gulf Coast and South America.  He is past-president of the North Carolina chapter of the National Association of Environmental Professionals and currently serves as the NC chapter representative on the national board.  In addition to the environmental documentation and permitting/approval required for restoration projects, Mr. Marotti has authored and managed scores of Environmental Assessments (EAs), Biological Evaluations (BEs), and Categorical Exclusions (CEs) in support of public infrastructure project approval and funding by multiple local, state, and federal agencies, as well as international funding consortia. 

Marc Horstman, PE, PH, CFM, is a project manager in WK Dickson’s Watershed Services Department and is a Registered Professional Engineer in NC, SC and GA. He has both an Undergraduate and Master of Science Degrees from the Biological Engineering Department at North Carolina State University, where he also spent time researching and developing ways to improve nitrate dissipation/removal capacity for stormwater wetlands. His career expertise includes mathematically modeling complex hydrologic and hydraulic systems; including using models such as SWMM, HEC-HMS, HEC-RAS and AutoDesk HydraFlow Storm Sewers.  He has also created several mathematical models to evaluate water quality and Low Impact Development (LID) systems, including the WK Dickson’s Regenerative Stormwater Conveyance (RSC) Surface/Sub-surface infiltration model. In addition to modeling proficiency, Marc’s expertise also includes planning and designing innovative water quality devices for Capital Improvement Projects (CIPs), LID and infrastructure upgrade projects.


WEBINAR 3 - July 10

Presentation Description: Cost-share programs for urban best management practices are growing in line with demand for residential green infrastructure. But gaps in communication and information still exist in the sustainable landscape industry. Sean Pearl, owner of Sustainable Landscape Solutions, will present on the challenges, successes, and overall trends of green infrastructure adoption and how the contractor is taking on a new role, as an advocate and educator.

Speaker Bio: Sean Pearl, Sustainable Landscape Solutions


WEBINAR 4 - August 14

Presentation Description: Recently published by NACTO in July 2017, the Urban Street Stormwater Guide provides practitioners, leaders, and other advocates with the tools to design streets for successful stormwater management. The guide is a first-of-its-kind; Corinne Kisner, Director of Programs, will share how collaboration between city transportation, public works, and water departments has created a collection of creative, proven innovations for incorporating green infrastructure within the right of way.

Speaker Bio: Corinne Kisner is the Director of Programs at the National Association of City Transportation Offiicials (NACTO). In this role, she convenes and facilitates networks of peer cities working to build safe, sustainable transportation systems and equitable, active cities through better street design and transportation policy. Corinne directs the annual Designing Cities conference; developed and launched Leadership NACTO, a new leadership development program for city transportation officials; and served as the project manager and lead author for the 2017 Urban Street Stormwater Guide.

Dan Soler is the Project Director for the Metropolitan Council’s Blue Line Extension Light Rail Transit Project in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Prior to that Dan was the Director of Transit Systems Design and Construction for the Central Corridor (Green Line) LRT Project which opened for revenue service in June 2014. Prior to his work on LRT projects Dan worked with Ramsey County as the Traffic Engineer and Project Manager for over 20 years.  He has a bachelor degree from the University of Minnesota in Civil Engineering and is a Professional Engineer in the State of Minnesota. He has extensive experience giving presentations to the public, City, County, and Regional councils and at numerous conferences.


WEBINAR 5 - September 11

Presentation Description: Well-designed multifunctional green infrastructure (GI) practices have the potential to improve water quality, attenuate storm runoff, restore groundwater, provide ecosystem services, provide economic benefits to the project and community, engage human interaction, provide recreational benefits, and much more. Capitalizing on over 10 years of experience facilitating, designing, and overseeing the construction of several significant green infrastructure projects, John and Ryan will describe how they have added function and value into GI practices, engaged and integrated community participation within GI projects, utilized GI for challenging stormwater situations, and championed an integrated, multifunctional design approach that benefits all members of the community.  

Speakers: John Royster, PLA, FASLA, ENVISION Sustainability Professional is the President and CEO of Big Muddy Workshop, Inc. Throughout his 36-year career, John’s creative design solutions have treated rainwater as a resource and not as a nuisance, taken maintenance into account, and re-used existing on-site resources. John’s undergraduate education in agriculture, horticulture and natural resources along with his Master of Landscape Architecture allows him to develop innovative and successful solutions by blending these unique areas of expertise.

Ryan Bentley, PLA, ASLA, LEED AP BD+C is a unique professional landscape architect with a specialization in stormwater management planning and green infrastructure design. His stormwater projects have ranged in type and size from conceptual planning on municipal storm drainage system upgrades to the design of bioretention gardens on environmentally sensitive sites. Ryan earned a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from Utah State University and a Master of Landscape Architecture from University of Georgia.


WEBINAR 6 - October 9

Presentation Description: A look at how using software can help you collect and manage your stormwater compliance data and activity records.  MS4web v2.0 is a compilation of more than 16 years of industry experience and customer feedback fueling a GIS application that not only will assist in maintaining data, inspections and compliance activities, but also is versatile enough to keep up with the ever-changing regulatory landscape.

Speakers Bio: Ty Garmon is the National Sales Manager for CBI Systems, Ltd. a subsidiary of LJA Engineering located in Houston TX. Ty has been with CBI Systems since 2012 when the company was owned by Carroll & Blackman Engineering. In 2016 both Carroll & Blackman Engineering and CBI Systems were purchased by LJA Engineering. Ty has spent the last 6 years crisscrossing the country working with MS4s and using MS4web to help them with their compliance needs. Since becoming part of the LJA Engineering Ty has been working closely with the LJA development team in creating the new 2.0 version of MS4web.

Eric Schmechel holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Planning and Science from the University of Wisconsin—Green Bay.  Eric started his career with the US Fish and Wildlife Service and then moved to Dubuque in 2007 to work on an urban/rural watershed project.  Since 2007, Eric has been working with rural and urban landowners, builders, developers, MS4 management, and community stakeholders on both stormwater solutions, watershed projects, and new policies that protect and improve water quality and flooding. 



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