Join us at the 16th Annual EPA Region 6 Stormwater Conference on July 27– August 1, 2014, in Fort Worth, Texas. This event includes Inspector Training Workshops, numerous technical Sessions, Exhibits showcasing stormwater products and services and many more opportunities to learn about the various issues and challenges of managing municipal stormwater, as well as new and upcoming rules and regulations.
On Tuesday, July 27th, will be an educational track focusing on Low Impact Development and it's adoption and implementation through the Region. David Batts, Director of our Stormwater Systems Department, will be a featured Technical Presenter, along with several other LID experts. During the course of this day long session, speakers representing key Texas markets, including Houston, Dallas-Fort Worth, San Antonio and Austin will join speakers from Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma and New Mexico, in giving the attendees an overview of the status of LID implementation and highlight key projects in their areas. These speakers are respected leaders in the LID adoption process in their respective communities and include civil engineers, an architect, landscape architects, a developer, MS4 personnel and representative from an environmental non-profit.
In addition to these speakers, one portion of the program will explore the highly successful LID implementation program carried out by Harris County, where the adoption of LID is being implemented at a pace that is far more rapid than any major metropolitan area in Region 6 and arguably, perhaps faster than in any major metropolitan area in the country. This portion of the program will explore the process of development and the background behind the Harris County LID Design Guidance which was developed in 2011 and has been the catalyst for the areas surge in LID-based development. Important topics addressed will include the reasons behind key decisions, internal concerns dealt with in the promulgation of the rules and the County's view (three years later) of how the rules and the collaborative permitting process that supports them are working out. Further discussion will cover how LID is being utilized on public infrastructure projects and how the County feels about these projects, and a host of other thoughts on the LID implementation process in Harris County.
Additional speakers will address key lessons learned with respect to the issues and processes that must be addressed in the implementation of LID with respect to the Operations and Maintenance of LID Integrated Management Practices. Bob Adair, President of Construction EcoServices organized this track and will act as moderator.
Reflecting proportionally the state of adoption in their various areas, the speaker list includes,
Margaret Robinson, ASLA, Asakura Robinson
Steven Albert PE, Aguirre & Fields
Charlie Penland PE, Walter P Moore & Associates
From Harris County
Nick Russo, Harris County PID
Alisa Max, Harris County PID
Andy Johnston PE, Halff & Associates
From San Antonio
Karen Bishop, San Antonio River Authority
Tiffany Price, Bender Wells & Clark
From Dallas-Fort Worth
Mikel Wilkens, PE, Verdunity
Zach Roach, Ideal Homes
Becky Roark, Illinois River Watershed Partnership
Dana Brown, ASLA, Dana Brown Associates
From New Mexico
George Radnovich, ASLA, Sites Southwest
Operations & Maintenance
David Batts, Construction EcoServices
The conference is presented in partnership by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the South Central Chapter of the International Erosion Control Association (SCIECA) and the States of Region 6. The event is hosted by the City of Fort Worth, the North Central Texas Council of Governments and the Dallas-Fort Worth Airport. For more conference information and registration please visit EPA Region 6 or SCIECA.
We look forward to seeing you there!