SWS editors reflect on the inaugural SWS Conference & Exhibition
The inaugural Storm Water Solutions (SWS) Conference & Exhibition kicked off Nov. 7 with a tour of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Great Chicago’s Tunnel and Reservoir Plan (TARP) at the facility’s interactive exhibit area. The subsequent days featured 11.5 available Professional Development Hours (PDH) as well as countless opportunities to network with industry leaders.
Lauren Baltas, managing editor of SWS said, "The inaugural event was a success. Tinley Park offered an ideal venue, and attendees networked with other industry professionals on the show floor and attended sessions with high-quality content. Thank you to all the staff that made this exciting event possible!"
Storm water professionals convened at the Tinley Park, Ill., Convention Center in the Greater Chicago area for a week jam-packed with educational opportunities. The keynote speaker, Jennifer Zielinski Missett, P.E., of Biohabitats, led a lecture about the progress at the Chesapeake Bay TMDL watershed restoration and lessons learned. Session topics ranged across a wide spectrum through green infrastructure, storm water management and monitoring.
Beyond the sessions, the exhibit hall featured the latest storm water and erosion control technology from rainwater harvesting to permeable pavement. The exhibit hall provided the opportunity to mingle with other storm water professionals and discuss the latest technology.
For SWS Associate Editor Lauren Estes, the State of the Industry Panel was noteworthy. Estes commented, “As someone who is new to the storm water industry, it was invaluable to be privy to industry insights from a wide array of storm water professionals. I feel I have a more comprehensive view of both the challenges and trajectory of the industry in light of contemporary climate issues.”