Worth Noting - April 2015

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The Tennessee Stormwater Association, in partnership with the Department of Environment and Conservation, the Tennessee Valley Authority and the Tennessee Department of Transportation, awarded $103,080 to five local governments to fund green infrastructure and low-impact development projects beginning in spring 2015. The recipients were the cities of Chattanooga, Ducktown, Lewisburg, Johnson City and Memphis.

Stormwater technician Willie Jones was honored by Valdosta (Ga.) Mayor John Gayle and city engineer Pat Collins as the January 2015 Employee of the Month. Recently, while driving home from work, Jones observed a woman and three young children beside a broken-down vehicle.  Being a mechanic by trade, Jones stopped to assist the citizens and quickly determined that the vehicle had a failed water pump. When he learned that the family had limited resources to have the vehicle repaired, Jones volunteered to fix the vehicle — which took nearly six hours to complete.

Valerie Gray was named executive director of City Public Works for Corpus Christi, Texas.

Gary Brinkworth received a Certificate of Recognition from New Albany (Ind.) Mayor Jeff Gahan for his service on the New Albany Sewer Board and Stormwater Board.

John Moden, the city engineer and director of the Engineering and Stormwater Department for Palm Coast, Florida, retired in February 2015. He played a major role in developing and maintaining Palm Coast’s infrastructure and managing the city’s stormwater system over the past 37 years.

Axel Bishop, co-founder of Design Concepts, a community and landscape architecture firm based in Colorado, joined the Society of Fellows, the highest recognition within the landscape architecture industry. Bishop is recognized as an innovator in, and advocator for, sustainable landscapes, multiuse stormwater management and learning landscapes. His accomplishments include redesign of regional stormwater and drainage systems as naturalized, recreational amenities.

The Town of Cloverdale received a $500,000 grant from the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs. The grant will be used to address stormwater drainage issues.

The Fresno Metropolitan Flood Control District Board of Directors awarded annual clean stormwater grants to six local environmental education projects and 20 fifth-grade classes for field trips to the San Joaquin River. The largest grants, which totaled $2,000, went to the Academy for Civic and Entrepreneurial Leadership, the Center for Advanced Research and Technology, the San Joaquin River Parkway and Conservation Trust, and Yokomi Elementary Schools.

Greg Klucharich was hired as the sustainability coordinator for Whitpain Township (Pa.).

Learning Opportunities

American Water Works Association

The AWWA is offering a Financial Management Seminar on April 20-22 in Atlanta. Visit www.awwa.org.


The University of Wisconsin Department of Engineering-Professional Development is offering an Advanced Modeling Using HEC-RAS P750 Seminar on April 13-14 in Madison. Visit http://epdweb.engr.wisc.edu.


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, Michigan. Visit www.apwa.net.

April 19-22 - Collection Systems 2015: Collection Systems Taking Center Stage — Seize the Opportunity, Cincinnati. Visit www.wef.org.

May 6-8 - 2015 Ohio Stormwater Association Conference, Sandusky, Ohio. Visit www.ohiostormcon.com.

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

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

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

Aug. 17-19 - Smart H2O Summit 2015: Sustainable Water Solutions, San Francisco. Visit www.smarth2osummit.com.

Aug. 18-20 - National Association of Flood and Stormwater Management Agencies Annual Meeting, Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Visit www.nafsma.org.

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

Sept. 28-30 - National Rural Water Association WaterPro Conference, Oklahoma City. Visit www.nrwa.org.

Oct. 11-14 - American Society of Civil Engineers 2015 Convention, New York City. Visit www.asce.org.

Oct. 12-16 - American Water Works Association 2015 Water Infrastructure Conference and Exposition, Bethesda, Maryland. Visit www.awwa.org.

Nov. 16-19 - American Water Resources Association Annual Conference, Grand Hyatt Denver, Denver. Visit www.awra.org.


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