We may be in a new year, but my mind is still reeling over the big events of 2016. The U.S. elected a new president, the Chicago Cubs won the World Series and the water industry was the focus of several of the year’s top news stories. We’re only two months in, but already 2017 has brought about a number of new developments—nationally, locally and here at SWS.
As you hold this magazine in your hands, I’m sure you’ve already noticed one big change we’ve implemented in the new year. The width of our print issue has increased by an inch, giving us more space in which to provide the same timely, informative content to our readers.
If you haven’t been to our website recently, head to www.estormwater.com and check out the fresh design. You also might spot some new faces in the blog section. Starting this year, Ryan Janoch, P.E., founder of Mapistry, will be contributing Industrial Insights, a monthly blog covering issues in industrial storm water management. Also, the popular Talking Points column, provided by Contech Engineered Solutions, will be appearing in every other regular issue, as well as in a quarterly blog on our website. To ensure you don’t miss any of these updates, head to www.estormwater.com/newsletter/subscription/form and sign up to receive our enewsletters.
In alternating issues, we’ll feature input from a diverse group of industry professionals, from regional associations to national resources to engineering experts, covering a range of pressing topics. This month’s Brain Storm column on page 6 features Brenna Mannion and Nathan Gardner-Andrews from the National Association of Clean Water Agencies detailing some trends in MS4 permit litigation.
Finally, it’s only February, but we’re already gearing up for our first Storm Water Solutions Conference & Exhibition, to be held Nov. 7 to 9, 2017, in the Chicago suburb of Tinley Park, Ill. This national conference will focus on the future of the ever-evolving storm water and erosion control industries. A call for abstracts will be sent out soon, and registration will open this summer, so be sure to save the date and be on the lookout for more information.
We’ve only just begun this year of change, and it will be interesting to see how the rest of the year shapes up. From new policies at national and local levels, to new features and events right here at SWS, we’ll be sure to continue keeping you up to date on the latest developments.