Dec 24, 2019

2019 SWS Spring Webinar Fest On Demand

The 2019 SWS Spring Webinar Fest took place from April 23-29, 2019, and included six keynote webinars discussing relevant topics to the storm water and erosion control industries.

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The 2019 SWS Spring Webinar Fest took place from April 23-29, 2019, and included six keynote webinars discussing relevant topics to the storm water and erosion control industries. From watershed planning to green infrastructure, the webinars discussed various topics that are pertinent to storm water and erosion control. 

The webinars can be viewed at this link and are as follows:

Master Planning for Watershed & Stream Health

Presenters: Andrew Earles, Ph.D., P.E., D.WRE, Vice President of Water Resources, Wright Water Engineers Inc.; and Anna Campbell, P.E., Water Resources Project Engineer, Wright Water Engineers Inc.

This webinar will include three case studies of streams in the Rocky Mountain Region and the ways that local governments, watershed groups, and others are planning and designing infrastructure to minimize the effects of urbanization on streams. Case studies will be presented of master planning efforts for the Big Thompson River through Loveland and portions of Larimer County, the Roaring Fork River through Aspen, and the Fountain Creek watershed from Colorado Springs to Pueblo. Case studies will speak to the unique conditions of each of these watersheds and streams including effects of hydrologic changes from diversions, urban runoff and other factors; water quality; fluvial geomorphology; and historic and future community uses of stream corridors. The goal of the webinar is for attendees to appreciate how differences in watersheds and stream types lead to different approaches in master planning and to understand that a first step in any master planning effort has to be understanding the unique characteristics of the coupled watershed-stream system.


Protect Stormwater Channels with 3D Geocell Technology

Presenter: Samantha Justice, P.E., Civil Engineer, Presto Geosystems

Storm water channels are an important factor in the design of both small-scale urban renovations and large-scale rural construction projects. Collecting the storm water and moving it efficiently offsite is required, while limiting lifetime maintenance costs is highly desired. Typical solutions such as large riprap, gabions and articulating concrete blocks (ACBs) are expensive to procure and install, can require significant maintenance, as well as be safety hazards, and are unattractive nuisances. The modern approach to channels uses 3D geocelluar confinement technology to protect the chosen infill materials and provide erosion control and resistance to hydraulic conditions. Using a geocell channel protection system, stormwater channels can be created with vegetation, stone or concrete infill, for virtually any size of channel. Flexible solutions for limited flow swales for flooding mitigation to continuous flow drainage channels are possible, including control of high flow situations through the use of energy dissipation.


RUSLE2 – The Long Lost, or Misunderstood, Savior to our Stabilization Questions

Presenter: Andrew Sidor, Technical Manager, Water Quality, Michael Baker Intl.

Originally developed to model erosion for cropland, RUSLE2 has expanded to be much more. However, its full potential has yet to be realized in construction storm water. This presentation will look at the capabilities of RUSLE2 in construction storm water, including more effective site design and greater success with final stabilization planning.


Managing a Successful Storm Water Planned Maintenance Program

Presenter: Anna Griggs, Business Development Manager, Apex Companies

This presentation will target multiple site property owners, homeowner associations, facility managers, retail facility maintenance professionals, developer managed properties, municipalities, industrial facilities and more. The information provided will help the attendee understand the concepts and steps behind building a successful planned maintenance program for multiple sites. This information will include identifying the various types of systems, the need for storm water asset cataloging, how to asset catalog, how to determine the regular inspection and maintenance needs, costs of planned maintenance versus the cost of reactive repairs, the difference in costs varying by system type, and how to digitally manage all the data.

Urban Green Infrastructure on I-95: The University Research Monitoring Program

Presenters: Robert Traver, Ph.D., Professor, Villanova University; Founding Director, Villanova Center for Resilient Water Systems; and Josh Caplan, Ph.D., Environmental Scientist, Temple University
Edwina Lam, P.E., Water Resource Practice Leader, Greater Pennsylvania Region, AECOM

SR 0095, Section GIR is a $1.1 billon roadway reconstruction project encompassing 3 miles of Interstate 95 within the city of Philadelphia. To meet the Philadelphia Water Department’s storm water management requirements, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is building more than 70 storm water management practice (SMP) devices to manage runoff volume, peak flow rates and quality from the roadway. PennDOT has also established a University Research Monitoring Program by partnering with Villanova and Temple universities, with the goals of evaluating and understanding current SMP performance, building on this knowledge to improve SMP performance and reduce maintenance needs. This presentation will highlight findings, spanning the research on water quantity, water quality, and plant health. It will also address challenges of designing SMPs in the urban setting at a large scale.


Green Infrastructure Plant Selection

Presenters: Tom Price, P.E., Principal, Civil and Water Resource Engineering, Conservation Design Forum Inc.; and Jason Cooper, PLA, LEED AP, Principal, Landscape Architecture and Planning, Conservation Design Forum Inc.

This webinar will share examples of built green infrastructure, including bioretention systems, porous pavements, rainwater collection and naturalized conveyance and detention, along with key factors necessary for a successful implementation. As plants play a key role in green infrastructure, this webinar will cover a newly developed plant selection tool that CDF created for the Milwaukee Sewerage District. Users can select the various conditions and reveal the plants most suited for their particular installation. 


View the webinars here.