SWS Webinar Fest Keynote Speakers Announced

Earn Professional Development Hours at the online event held Oct. 17 to 19, 2017

SWS Webinar Fest announces keynote speakers

Keynote speakers have been announced for the first SWS Webinar Fest to be held Oct. 17 to 19, 2017. Each day of this free, three-day online event will feature two live keynote webinars and several on-demand webinars covering a comprehensive range of storm water management and erosion control topics. Attendees can earn Professional Development Hours and interact with industry experts while broadening their knowledge and learning about innovative solutions from the comfort of their home or office.

The schedule for the Webinar Fest can be found below. Click here to register. 


12:00 PM Eastern
The Important Role of Vegetation in Storm Water Management


Andrew Earles Ph.D., P.E., D.WRE; vice president; Wright Water Engineers (WWE)

Jennifer Keyes, CPESC; senior environmental scientist; WWE

As an erosion-resistant ground cover, vegetation plays important roles in hydrologic processes, including interception and infiltration, that affect the rate and volume of runoff generated during a rainfall event. This webinar will present data collected on canopy interception in Colorado; an overview of the latest guidance on establishing vegetation for projects related to storm water drainage and quality in wetland, riparian and upland areas; and information on how vegetation affects hydrologic, chemical and biological processes in storm water treatment.

3:00 PM Eastern
Finding the True Test for Calculating the Load-rating Capacity of Storm Water Storage Systems


Jason Bailey, P.E.; product line manager; Storm Tank Brentwood Industries

It is important to understand underground storm water storage systems’ true structural capacity and longevity for specification, and who is responsible should the system fail. This presentation will take an in-depth look at the AASHTO LRFD (Load Resistance Factored Design) for Bridge Design Standard to understand the calculations behind the HS-25 load-rating criteria; explore the different ways in which manufacturers are testing their products to meet load ratings; and discuss the method that produces the most reliable and trustworthy information upon which to base your designs.


12:00 PM Eastern
Real-world Residential Preferences for Green Infrastructure Incentives: An Urban Case Study


Nancy Ellwood, environmental scientist, CDM Smith

The initial focus for urban communities that explored the use of green infrastructure (GI) as a storm water management tool tended towards publicly owned properties. But for large-scale use of GI, the focus needs to shift to residential properties which cover more territory in most urban areas. The perception has been that most homeowners will not voluntarily incur the cost of installation and long-term maintenance. This presentation focuses on the results of a recent USEPA-funded study to determine which types of incentives would entice urban homeowners to install GI practices on their properties. Surprisingly, cost was not the top choice of the residents.

3:00 PM Eastern
Municipal Water Supplies & Winter Road Maintenance: Determining Vulnerability for Midwestern MS4 Communities


Rebecca Kauten, former board member/officer, International Erosion Control Assn. Great Rivers Chapter

Since the 1950s, chlorides (salts) have been applied to roadways in cold climates for motorist safety. One of the risks of salts, particularly when sourced to roadways, is the increased potential for mobilizing toxic heavy metals in runoff. This presentation will discuss a project that sampled roadway runoff from two locations to characterize the concentration of chlorides and metals in winter roadway runoff, and to compare results to warm season sample data. The resultant metric will help classify the likely sources of roadway runoff contents, identify key factors, and establish guidance for potential mitigation strategies.


12:00 PM Eastern
Leveraging Storm Water Cloud Technology on Industrial and Commercial Sites


Ryan Janoch, P.E.; founder; Mapistry

Learn about new technologies being used in the storm water industry to gather and understand data, train staff, and comply with permits. Technical considerations will be discussed, including developing robust, practical pollution prevention plans using online tools; collecting data via real-time monitoring and instrumentation; managing multiple sites using tablets and cloud-based apps; leveraging software for greater efficiency at industrial facilities; and using drones to map and photograph large watersheds. Case studies that resulted in significant time and cost savings will be reviewed, as will examples of mobile and online technologies for conducting and tracking inspections, and interactive, online learning tools that can be applied in training and sampling.

3:00 PM Eastern
Developing an Innovative Storm Water Management System


Jay Holtz, P.E.; director of engineering; Oldcastle Precast Stormwater

While the development of innovative storm water treatment and storage technologies is a detailed, time-consuming, and expensive process, the result can be a system that optimally balances water quality, treatment or storage capacity, an extended service life, ease of maintenance, and cost. This presentation will focus on the development of the “BioPod,” Oldcastle Precast Stormwater’s second generation of the TreePod biofilter. Participants will gain an understanding of the steps required to advance storm water treatment technology, from development work in the laboratory to actual field testing to support product approval.