May 07, 2020

2020 SWS Webinar Fest On-Demand

View all six webinars on-demand now. From storm water management and BMPS to low impact development and erosion control, earn PDH credits with these webinars. 

The webinar topics ranged in topic from low impact development to COVID-19 impacts.
The webinar topics ranged in topic from low impact development to COVID-19 impacts.

The 2020 SWS Webinar Fest took place from April 28-30 and included six webinars ranging in topic from low impact development to BMPs regarding storm water management and erosion control. 


All of the webinars are available to view for free here. 

State EPA Session on NPDES Stormwater Permitting

Urban runoff contains heavy metals, fecal coliform, total suspended solids, and nutrients. To address the problems that urban runoff causes, regulation was passed in 1990 and 1999 regulating stormwater discharges using the NPDES program. There are three different components of the stormwater program, municipal, construction, and industrial. The majority of permits issued under these programs are general permits rather than individual and rely on best management practices to prevent pollution of stormwater rather than end-of-pipe controls to remove pollutants. With the implementation of these programs stormwater is getting the attention it deserves but more work needs to be done if stormwater pollution is going to be eliminated.


Stormwater Purification: Evolving Stormwater Best Practices for Green Infrastructure Projects

During this presentation, you will learn how a major commercial developer and an underserved municipality in the east coast leverage stormwater purification technology and programs to help protect the environment, improve security, and spark business growth. 

The first case study showcases how an underserved municipality is able to take advantage of a EPA visioned program called “Community based Public/Private Partnership” to address stormwater challenges iIn conjunction with seeding economical vitality through performance program goals.

The second case study highlights how a real estate developer is able to realize its vision of transforming  a historic and storied industrial site into a hub of pioneering companies driving innovation and sustainability. 



Tapping Technology to Build Resilience and Mitigate the Risk of Extreme Weather Events

During this presentation, Global Water Works Chief Innovation Officer Mary Conley Eggert will take participants on a tour of storm water management using use case studies to show how sensors, big data and analytics are providing advance notification on extreme weather events, and helping city leaders keep pace with mother nature, increase resilience and mitigate risk.  Participants will walk away with a clearer understanding of real-time weather and water/infrastructure monitoring tools available today.   

 The Technologies covered today will include:  Flood mapping tools (FloodScores), Real-time stream and sewer monitoring (SmartCover), hyper-local real-time weather (Climacell), automation and controls (OptiRTC) and point of use water (WaterGen and Water Harvesting).  Reference will be made to the EPA Wet Weather Events, the USGS Next Generation Operating System and the Army and UN Resilience Planning tools.


Tackling More Rain During Intense Storms: What Cities and NOAA Can Do About It

More intense storms mean more rain. This is impacting our stormwater systems and leading to localized flooding. Looking at frequency estimates, 100-year storm event increases, and how Atlas 14 figures into the mix, there is a case to be made to establish stable funding and a consistent national schedule for updating these precipitation frequency estimates. Unfortunately, neither are currently in place. We are currently capable – through full-system hydrology and hydraulics models – of accurately modeling stormwater runoff from various design storms and the movement of water through city-wide stormwater systems. If more cities had these models, they would be able to identify potential problem areas before they become catastrophes. This presentation looks at the “how’s” and “whys” of considering: state-level funding and national advocacy to get Atlas 14 updates funded and regularized. These are a no-brainer when it comes to significant climate change responses based on updated historical data, without relying on climate change projections. 


COVID-19 & Its Impact on the Storm Water & Erosion Control Markets

As the new coronavirus, known as COVID-19, swept across the globe in early 2020, businesses closed, events were canceled and projects were delayed among other business challenges. To better understand the impact of COVID-19 on the storm water and erosion control industries, Storm Water Solutions conducted a market impact survey. Those who participated shared how their businesses and municipalities were affected on various fronts, including staffing and demand, and this webinar will share those results in more detail. Additionally, this webinar will be elevated with a panel of three industry professionals representing the engineering, municipal and manufacturing sectors, who will share their perspectives and address how these newfound challenges can be overcome.


To view all the webinars, please click here.