Nov 19, 2018

SWS Conference & Exhibition 2018 Provides Educational Opportunities

The second annual conference brought together industry professionals

Second annual Storm Water Solutions Conference a success
Second annual Storm Water Solutions Conference a success

The second annual Storm Water Solutions (SWS) Conference & Exhibition brought together industry leaders from across the storm water and erosion control industries. Held Nov. 13 to 15, 2018, at the Tinley Park Convention Center in Tinley Park, Ill., near Chicago, the live event was well attended.



Maryland’s Secretary of the Environment Ben Grumbles kicked off the event as the keynote speaker, drawing a crowd as he addressed national trends in storm water permitting, as well as specifically his efforts in Maryland. With 13.5 Professional Development Hours (PDH) available at the conference, attendees learned from strong educational tracks highlighting topics including MS4 program management, green infrastructure and more. Additionally, the conference featured a tour of the McCook Reservoir Stage 1, hosted by the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRDGC).



Beyond sessions, the conference provided numerous opportunities for storm water and erosion control experts to connect. A networking reception following the first day of sessions was well-attended and facilitated connections between professionals. A Young Professionals Breakfast brought together industry leaders Samantha Brown, the regional regulatory manager-stormwater for Contech Engineered Solutions LLC, and Ty Garmon, the national sales manager for CBI Systems Ltd., with other young professionals in the industry.

The exhibit hall featured a new passport program which encouraged attendees to collect signatures from exhibitors to compete for prizes while facilitating conversations with technology leaders. The prize drawing was held the final day of the conference following the SWS Top Project Luncheon and featured noteworthy prizes such as a drone, kayak, paddleboard and numerous gift cards.

Finally, at the SWS Top Project Luncheon, SWS Managing Editor Lauren Baltas presented the SWS Top Project awards to the 10 winners of the 2018 contest. Winner profiles will be featured in the November/December 2018 issue of SWS magazine in both print and online. A video of the South Shore Park project in Milwaukee can be viewed here.



“Nominations for the SWS Top Project awards demonstrate the industry’s commitment to finding exceptional solutions to the country’s storm water and erosion control challenges, and this year was no exception,” Baltas said in a press release. “We’re thrilled to honor these noteworthy winners for their leadership, forward thinking and innovation.”

Overall, this year’s event provided unparalleled educational tracks coupled with notable networking and opportunities to explore the latest technologies in the storm water and erosion control industries.