Call for Submissions

EWRI’s 2017 conference on the Operation and Maintenance of Stormwater Control Measures will be held at the Embassy Suites Downtown in Denver, CO, on November 6-9, 2017. The conference will highlight advances in operation and maintenance of gray and green stormwater control infrastructure, including design for maintenance, O&M training programs, new maintenance approaches, advances in municipal program management and implementation, life cycle cost analysis, lessons from the field, and more.

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CONFERENCE TOPICS

ASSET MANAGEMENT

  • Data collection and reporting
    • Web-based tools
    • GIS
    • Mobile Applications/Work Order Management Software

REPORTING

  • Recordkeeping
  • Compliance validation
    • Maintenance feedback for continuous improvement
  • Under- and over-maintaining
    • Equipment and cost sharing programs

O&M TRAINING AND CERTIFICATION

  • Programs
    • National Green Infrastructure Certification Program (NGICP) - WEF and DC Water
    • North Carolina State University BMP inspection and maintenance certification
  • Inspectors
    • How to inspect
    • Legal issues with inspections on private property
    • Notices and interacting with the public
  • Maintenance providers
    • Public
    • Private
    • Requirements for contracts/procurement
  • Public outreach and education
  • Stormwater control measure design & operation evaluation
    • WEF Stormwater Testing and Evaluation for Products and Practices (STEPP) initiative
    • State of Washington’s Technology Assessment Protocol – Ecology (TAPE)
    • Technology Acceptance Reciprocity Partnership (TARP)
    • Interstate Technology and Regulatory Council (ITRC)
  • Incorporating O&M into different levels of government
    • Big cities (e.g., Philadelphia, New York, Washington, DC, Milwaukee)
    • State transportation departments
    • Small towns
  • Coordination with other programs and multi-benefit opportunities
    • Complete streets/safe routes to schools
    • Street trees/urban forestry programs
    • Street sweeping

FUNDING

  • Public
    • Stormwater utilities
    • Public-private partnerships
  • Private
    • Budgeting
    • Bonding

COST

  • Life cycle costs
    • Initial costs
    • Long-term O&M
    • Minor
    • Major
    • Reconstruction
  • True costs vs. perceived costs
    • Operational costs
    • Management costs
    • Hidden costs
    • Irrigation
  • Triple bottom line

REGULATION AND ENFORCEMENT

  • Regulatory framework
  • Maintenance agreements and plans
  • Determination of need/inspection
    • Loading studies
    • Infiltration studies
    • “Windshield” inspections vs. measurement-based inspections
    • Remote and automated monitoring
    • Levels of service
  • Managing and enforcing violations

PRACTICES AND METHODS – WHAT MAINTENANCE TECHNIQUES AND PRACTICES WORK?

  • Green infrastructure/low impact development (Frequencies and tasks)
    • Bioretention
    • Green roofs
    • Permeable pavements
    • Rainwater harvesting
    • Swales
    • Wet/dry ponds and wetlands
  • Gray infrastructure
    • Catch basins
    • Filters
    • Separators
    • Detention systems
  • Equipment and innovation
  • Climate resilience
  • Long-term issues: pollutant accumulation and hydraulics

CONSTRUCTION ISSUES

  • Building the design so it works: Construction-stage inspection and testing
  • Coordination with other projects – street repaving, utility work, etc.
  • Addressing conflicts during construction – utility lines and more

WORKING WITH STAKEHOLDERS

  • Maintenance staff and managers
  • The public
  • Environmental groups
  • Regulators
  • Elected officials
  • Non-Government Organizations (NGOs)

DESIGN WITH MAINTENANCE IN MIND

  • Access
  • Right of way (ROW)
  • Safety issues
    • Personnel—traffic, confined space, etc.
    • Public health—mosquitoes, ponded water, etc.
  • Pollutant/trash capture
  • Plant selection
  • Flow pathways
  • Recognizing significant pollutant sources – trash, leaves, debris, and fine particulates
  • Retrofitting upgrades
  • Feedback loops and review

MAINTENANCE TOOLS

  • The basics: shovels and rakes
  • Mechanized equipment: vactors, loaders, etc.
  • Innovations
    • Equipment and methods to simplify and reduce costs

RESIDUALS MANAGEMENT

  • Performance over time – accumulation, fate, and transport
  • Characterizing residuals
    • TPH
    • Testing methods
    • Metals
  • Regulation and classification
    • Separate regulations and requirements
    • Using the wrong regulation
  • Disposal
    • Liquids/solids separation
    • Decant stations
    • Landfills/composting
    • Water resource reclamation facilities
  • Reuse
    • Aggregates
    • Fill material
    • Composting

CASE STUDIES – RECOGNIZING FAILURE AND CELEBRATING SUCCESS

  • Institutional methods
  • Stories from the field
  • Stakeholder coordination

Cooperating Organizations

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