GKY President Presents at StormCon 2017

In the world of stormwater management, one conference floats above the rest. Now in its 16th year, StormCon is the hub of industry knowledge and networking. It’s the largest event of its kind, drawing environmental engineers, scientists, and policy wonks alike.

Presenting at StormCon for the 13th time, GKY President Stuart Stein will lead a full-day pre-conference workshop on watershed Best Management Practices (BMPs).

Part educational conference, part trade show, StormCon takes place August 27-31 in Bellevue, WA at the Meydenbauer Convention Center and Hyatt Regency Hotel. Stormwater officials from around the world will gather to learn the latest industry practices and trends.

StormCon isn’t just for stormwater project managers. The conference also attracts government officials, consultants, and corporate engineers.

According to StormCon’s host, Forester University, stormwater runoff is “the fastest growing source of water pollution.” That’s why continual education is so important. You need to keep up with best practices to maintain surface water quality in the face of escalating pollution.

It’s also important to understand the ever-changing regulations affecting stormwater management. States are adopting stricter pollution standards every day. At StormCon, attendees can learn this key information directly from industry leaders.

Before StormCon 2017 officially begins, participants can take full-day courses for a deeper dive into specific stormwater topics. On August 28, Stu will present one of these intensive workshops: “BMP Selection to Improve Your Watershed.”

The comprehensive course covers BMPs for protecting and improving watersheds. Choosing the right BMPs makes all the difference for watershed management. But there are a lot of options to navigate, and it can be overwhelming. That’s why Stu’s workshop is essential training for stormwater program managers and engineers.

Throughout this 7.5-hour training, attendees will learn the ins and outs of stormwater BMPs, including:
• Understanding the different BMP types and how effective they are
• Selecting the best BMPs for a project
• Identifying pollutant types and sources
• Reviewing pollutant removal processes
• Knowing which regulations will affect your projects
• Navigating restrictions around MS4 and TMDLs
• Working with new designs or retrofitting older projects
• Learning low-impact rainwater harvesting
• Inspecting and maintaining successful BMPs
• Keeping track of your BMPs
• Using computer models to enhance BMPs

That’s a lot of ground to cover, even for a full-day course. Luckily, Stu has plenty of experience with these topics. He has worked in stormwater management for over 30 years.

His expertise stretches beyond BMPs into every avenue of the industry. From flood studies and watershed plans to MS4s and TMDLs, Stu understands what it takes to manage water resources efficiently, effectively and ethically.

Not to mention, he has written the book on stormwater runoff — literally. Stu co-authored the Federal Highway Administration’s widely referenced manual, “Evaluation and Management of Highway Runoff Water Quality,” as well as many other water management publications.

Once they’ve learned all about BMPs, conference attendees can choose from several educational tracks: Stormwater program management; Advanced research topics; Water-quality monitoring; BMP case studies; and Industrial stormwater management. There are over 130 presentations on these topics over the course of the conference.

The event also includes a trade show of innovative stormwater equipment. Hundreds of exhibitors will share their most up-to-date tools for stormwater management and pollution prevention.

On the last day of StormCon, attendees can tour local stormwater management facilities in Tacoma, WA. The city has built green stormwater infrastructure to manage its industrial runoff. This means cleaner water for the region. Insights and innovations like these are what make StormCon so valuable.

Though GKY isn’t presenting on every stormwater topic, we can’t wait to absorb the collective industry knowledge at StormCon 2017. We’re excited to share our BMP know-how and learn from our peers.

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