Stormwater Congress: Education Quality and Quantity at WEFTEC 2013
By Mike Beezhold
August 22, 2013
Over the course of my 20 years in watershed management and water conservation, I started to see in recent years the convergence of thinking and practice in the field of stormwater management. And as a longtime WEF member and current Stormwater Committee Chair, it has been interesting to talk with others about what WEF could bring to stormwater management. Following the success of WEF’s 2012’s well-attended Stormwater Summit the upcoming Stormwater Congress at WEFTEC 2013 will demonstrate what WEF credibility and technical excellence can bring to the table for professionals working in this rapidly expanding and challenging field.
This inaugural Stormwater Congress is co-located as a “conference-within-a-conference” at WEFTEC 2013 in Chicago, where it leverages cutting-edge education and unlimited networking opportunity for water professionals and others working within both the fields of stormwater and wastewater. Indicating stormwater’s rising profile, the number of presentations seen in 2012 has more than doubled, and so has the number of submissions to the video competition, StormTV Project. This exciting event will showcase the most innovative programs, tools, and services through three full days of concurrent sessions that cut across disciplines ranging from landscape architecture, forestry which is my academic background, planning, engineering and operations and maintenance. There is something for everyone working in the stormwater profession--and you won’t want to miss all the hot topics discussed in the exhibit hall at the Stormwater Pavilion.
Beyond all this, WEF has a finger on the pulse of stormwater rulemaking at EPA, meaning attendees will hear the latest information on where the agency is headed and how to prepare a response. Everyone’s looking for tools that ensure compliance in a cost-effective way, and at this event they’ll find pragmatic, implementable tools. Whether stormwater is managed by the Public Works and/or the Parks and Recreation Departments or the Wastewater Utility there is need of collaborative and innovative ways to manage stormwater quality and quantity with fresh approaches that reflect geographic and economic differences across the country and around the globe. The solutions are at Stormwater Congress—come join us in Chicago!
Don’t forget to subscribe to the Stormwater Report for the latest in stormwater news with a readership of almost 30,000. You can also subscribe to the new quarterly WEF magazine World Water: Stormwater Management; the first edition will be available by WEFTEC 2013—you can pick up a copy at WEFTEC and we’ll see you there!