Worth Noting - December 2014

People/Awards; Learning Opportunities; Calendar

People / Awards

The City of Lafayette received a Community Achievement Award from the Indiana Association of Cities and Towns for its environmentally friendly Durkees Run Stormwater Park.

The Water Environment Federation announced the winners of its 2014 StormTV Video Project. Videos from nonprofit organizations, government entities, consulting firms and equipment manufacturers were judged based on innovation, message communication, visual appeal and quality, content matter and relevance. To view the videos, visit WEF’s YouTube Channel under the StormTV Project playlist. Winners include:

The Volkswagen Group of America received a regional 2014 Rain Catcher Award from the Environmental Protection Agency in the Commercial Category for the Chattanooga, Tenn., assembly plant. The facility is the world’s first LEED platinum certified automotive facility. The facility voluntarily set aside at least 20 percent of the property as open space and implemented a host of practices aimed to protect stormwater. These practices include the use of bioswales in the facility parking lots and the construction of 3.3 miles of stream and 2.8 miles of greenspace. The site collects stormwater from its roof for use in its cooling tower and toilets.

The Alewife Stormwater Wetland project received a 2014 Public Works Project of the Year Award from the American Public Works Association. The Cambridge Department of Public Works, as the managing agency, P. Gioioso and Sons Inc., as the primary contractor, and Kleinfelder/MWH/Bioengineering Group, as the primary consultant, shared the honor. The project, which was awarded in the “Environment: $25 million to $75 million” category, demonstrates how innovative approaches to science, engineering and ecology can concurrently resolve infrastructure problems, enhance the environment and provide open-space resources to the community.

Learning Opportunities

American Public Works Association

The American Public Works Association is offering a Sharpen Your Executive Soft Skills audio/Web broadcast on Dec. 4. Visit www.apwa.net.

American Society of Civil Engineers

The ASCE is offering the following courses:

  • Dec. 4-5 – Stormwater Treatment Using Detention Ponds and Commercial Devices, Tampa, Fla.
  • Dec. 11-12 – Financial Management for the Professional Engineer, Philadelphia
  • Jan. 8-9 – Pumping Systems Design for Civil Engineers, Las Vegas
  • Jan. 15-16 – Leadership Development for the Engineer, Dallas
  • Jan. 22-23 – Financial Management for the Professional Engineer, Seattle

Visit www.asce.org.


The University of Wisconsin Department of Engineering-Professional Development is offering Using WinSLAMM v.10.1: Meeting Urban Stormwater Management Goals on March 23-24. Visit http://epdweb.engr.wisc.edu.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is offering a General Safety seminar on Dec. 9 in Plover. Visit http://dnr.wi.gov.


Dec. 10-12: Florida Stormwater Association Winter Conference, Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld, Orlando, Fla. Call 888/221-3124 or visit www.florida-stormwater.org.

Feb. 17-20: American Water Works Association Utility Management Conference, Hyatt Regency Austin Hotel, Austin, Texas. Visit www.awwa.org.

March 30-April 1: American Water Resources Association Spring Conference: Water for Urban Areas, Los Angeles Airport Hilton, Los Angeles. Visit www.awra.org.

April 12-15: American Public Works Association North American Snow Conference, DeVos Place, Grand Rapids, Mich. Visit www.apwa.net.

June 7-10: American Water Works Association Annual Conference and Exposition, Anaheim, Calif. Call 303/347-6181 or visit www.awwa.org.

July 26-29: American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers Annual International Meeting, New Orleans. Visit www.asabe.org.

Aug. 2-6: StormCon North American Surface Water Quality Conference & Expo, Austin, Texas. Visit www.stormcon.com.

Aug. 30-Sept. 2: American Public Works Association International Public Works Congress and Exposition, Phoenix Convention Center, Phoenix. Visit www.apwa.net.


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