3 Key Reasons to Attend Stormwater2018

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With only 4 weeks until the close of registration, there are many reasons why you and your colleagues should join us at Sydney Olympic Park to attend Stormwater2018.


With 3 half and full day pre conference workshops and over 80 breakout sessions
across 4 streams, this conference provides an outstanding opportunity to access
stormwater experts, learn about new services and develop strategies to improve
your professional practices.


Experience the power of fresh viewpoints as you share ideas and experiences
with more than 300 professionals from other organisations and build your
industry networks.


Interact with the leading service suppliers to the stormwater industry and use the
opportunity to get one-on-one answers to some of your specific challenges and
provide feedback on the provision of support services.

Often, the best recommendations come from those who have come before you, so here is some feedback from delegates who attended Stormwater2016 on the best parts of our last national conference:

"Many of the technical papers were excellent and several of the keynotes were brilliant."

"Variety of content, caliber of attendees and presenters and the format to stimulate networking and thinking outside the square."

"I have to say this was the best Stormwater industry conferences I have attended, and I have attended a few, on and off, since 2008. The venue and the key note speakers where all a cut above what I have been used to, including a mix of technical, inspirational and very funny presentations. There was also a change in vibe since 2014 which indicated that we are all beginning to challenge the norms established back in the early 2000s around WSUD."

"The opportunity to leave work behind and have time to think - learning some really innovative solutions to technical challenges."

"Location. Inspirational keynotes were EXCELLENT. Loved the activities at the start of each day, each one was great, but I think the bingo set the scene for the rest of the conference. Everyone was so ready to talk to each other and was so friendly after that!! Excellent facilitation. Everything went so smoothly, everything felt relaxed."

"For me it was the generosity of the people who attended. Almost all were approachable and happy to share their work and insights with other delegates. I have made a bunch of new contacts as a result that will benefit the work of my organisation."

To see what's in store for delegates in 2018 have a look at our Conference Program at www.stormwater2018.com.au

What will our Keynote Speakers share at Stormwater2018?

Here's a glimpse of our keynote presentations:

Better Together: Advancing Stormwater Management through Collaboration
Integrating Stormwater Management into Municipal Programs: A Cost Effective Method for Achieving Clean Water Goals
Stormwater - It's Time to Grow Up!
Jane Clary
Vice President and Senior Water Resources Scientist, Wright Water Engineers, Colorado, USA
Ruth Hocker
Stormwater Program Manager City of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA
Andrew Reese
Vice President and Principal Consultant, The Wood Group, Tennessee, USA
In the 1990's, the Clean Water Act began requiring significant new stormwater quality management efforts in urbanized areas in the United States. Despite recognition that managing stormwater quality was important to protect streams and lakes, many questions remained on the effectiveness of various stormwater control measures. In the mid-1990's, a group of stormwater practitioners and academic researchers proposed development of a national stormwater best management practices (BMP) database to answer some of these questions.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency funded the initial project, which over 20 years later is now sponsored by a coalition of partners led by the Water Research Foundation, Federal Highway Administration, and the Environment and Water Resources Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers. Through collaboration of these governmental and non-governmental organizations, academic researchers, local governments and private-sector engineering firms, the effort has grown into the International Stormwater BMP Database project.

Performance information is now available for over 600 stormwater practices, including both traditional and green infrastructure practices, as well as manufactured devices. The project has recently expanded to address whole lifecycle costs of stormwater control measures, with particular emphasis on developing a better understanding of the maintenance requirements of green infrastructure. This presentation will provide an overview of the collaborative nature of the BMP Database project, highlight various resources now available through the project, and invite increased international collaboration from Australian researchers and practitioners.

Highly urbanized, the City of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, encompasses approximately 200 kilometers (125 miles) of streets, 45 kilometers (27 miles) of alleys, and over 0.4 hectares (500 acres) of paved parking lots. The City of Lancaster is one of over 7,000 municipalities in the United States with State and Federal permit obligations to control the rate, volume, and quality of stormwater runoff from its Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4). Additionally, the City is one of approximately 1500 local municipalities across six states required to reduce sediment, nitrogen, and phosphorus from runoff that ultimately reaches the Chesapeake Bay in a manner consistent with the Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) issued by EPA for this regional watershed.

In order to achieve these goals, the City has developed an integrated approach that relies largely on green infrastructure (GI) and is achieving cost savings by integrating stormwater management projects as part of its core public works practices.

The presentation will provide an overview of stormwater management in the United States from the Federal Clean Water Act to State and Local regulations followed by a review of the City's GI program and key approaches to saving costs by integrating GI into public works programs. Case studies will be highlighted from the over 55 projects built since the City's GI Plan was completed in April 2011, to demonstrate cost efficiencies, summarize operations and maintenance practices, and highlight lessons learned.

Stormwater has always been the "wild child" among the three siblings in the local water family, the others being water and wastewater. While the other two are well educated, married, have houses, and steady jobs, stormwater is that one who left college, hiked through Nepal and now lives in his parents basement playing drums in a band!

City after city is finding that it is time for stormwater to mature in a large number of ways.

This presentation will highlight the "top ten" ways that stormwater has been growing up in leading programs in the United States with some application to the Australian stormwater milieu.

For further information about Stormwater2018, please contact GEMS Event Management Australia on +61 2 9744 5252.

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