Apr 15, 2019

SWS Announces Spring Webinar Fest Lineup

Free online event features six storm water & erosion control webinars

SWS Spring Webinar Fest

The SWS Spring Webinar Fest is a free online event  to be held April 23 to 25. The event offers daily keynote webinars and on-demand webinars covering current and innovative storm water and erosion control topics. Attendees can earn Professional Development Hours and engage with industry experts in live Q&A sessions.

On April 23 at 12 p.m. EST, Dr. Andrew Earles, vice president of Water Resources at Wright Water Engineers Inc. and Anna Campbell, water & civil engineer at Wright Water Engineers Inc. will present “Master Planning for Watershed & Stream Health.” This webinar will include three case studies of streams in the Rocky Mountain Region and 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.

At 3 p.m. EST, Samantha Justice, civil engineer at Presto Geosystems, will present “Protect Stormwater Channels with 3D Geocell Technology”. 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.

On April 24 at 12 p.m. EST, Andrew Sidor, technical manager of water quality at Michael Baker Intl., will present “RUSLE2 - The Long Lost, or Misunderstood, Savior to our Stabilization Questions”. 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.

At 3 p.m. EST, Anna Griggs, business development manager at Apex Companies, will present “Managing a Successful Storm Water Planned Maintenance Program”. 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 attendees 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.

On April 25, at 12 p.m. EST, Robert Traver, founding director of Villanova Center for Resilient Water Systems, Josh Caplan, environmental scientist at Temple University, and Edwina Lam, water resource practice leader of the Greater Pennsylvania Region at AECOM, will present “Urban Green Infrastructure on I-95: The University Research Monitoring Program”. 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 is building more than 70 storm water management practice devices to manage runoff volume, peak flow rates and quality from the roadway. This presentation will highlight findings, spanning the research on water quantity, water quality, and plant health.

At 3 p.m. EST, Tom Price and Jason Cooper from  Conservation Design Forum Inc. will present “Green Infrastructure Plant Selection.” 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.

This event is sponsored by CBI Systems, Ltd., Clean Way Environmental Solutions, Contech Engineered Solutions, Ecoturf Midwest Inc., Faircloth Skimmer, In-Situ, Oldcastle Infrastructure and Stormtank.

To register for the webinar, click here. For more information, visit the website.