Worth Noting - July 2015

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Terry Ball was named the director of the Streets and Stormwater Department for the City of Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Terry Pennington was appointed to the New Albany (Indiana) Stormwater Board by the City Council.

Engineering firm Fehr Graham and the City of Monona received an Outstanding Performance Award for watershed protection and water quality improvement from the Iowa Stormwater Education Program in recognition of the city’s role in curbing stormwater runoff from Monona Aquatic Center into Silver Creek and, ultimately, Turkey River. The city, with the help of Fehr Graham, replaced the aquatic center’s gravel parking lot with permeable pavement able to infiltrate, treat and slow down water runoff from polluting the creek. A majority of the $260,000 project was funded through the State of Iowa Water Resource Restoration Program and the Clean Water State Revolving Fund.

Mike Keenum was named the city engineer for the Lubbock (Texas) Public Works Department. Keenum served as the stormwater engineer for the city since 2006 and managed the Stormwater Management Department’s daily operations while also overseeing the capital improvement projects involving stormwater and drainage. Keenum replaces Wood Franklin, who was named director of Public Works.

The City of Marysville upgraded its water plant and wastewater treatment plant, and those combined projects received a Regional Project of the Year Award from the Detroit Metro Branch of the American Public Works Association, and a State Project of the Year Award from the Michigan Chapter of the American Public Works Association. The improvements at the sewer plant have had a big impact on water quality in the St. Clair River, primarily via the installation of a 2-million-gallon stormwater retention basin, in which combined waste and stormwater is held during big rain storms for later treatment at the plant.

The City of Spirit Lake received the 2015 Iowa Stormwater Award from the Dickinson County Clean Water Alliance for improvements to the storm sewer system and the quality of water in Center Lake.

A partnership among the City of Chicago, Chicago Public Schools, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago, Openlands and Healthy Schools Campaign — known as “Space to Grow” — received three high-level awards for its ongoing efforts in the field of environmental sustainability across the state of Illinois. Space to Grow is a public-private partnership that transforms Chicago schoolyards into vibrant outdoor spaces that encourage physical activity, outdoor learning and community engagement, while addressing broader environmental issues, including stormwater management and water conservation. Space to Grow also received the Sustainability Award from the Illinois Association for Floodplain and Stormwater Management, which recognizes excellence in stormwater management across the state of Illinois.

Learning Opportunities

American Water Works Association

The AWWA is offering:

  • Aug. 12 – Treatment Tips and Tricks: Filtration Webinar
  • Aug. 26 – Optimizing Filters: Assess Conditions, Rehabilitation and Management Webinar
  • Oct. 26 – Understanding Advanced Stormwater Management Techniques, New Brunswick, New Jersey

Visit www.awwa.org.


The University of Wisconsin Department of Engineering-Professional Development is offering Using WinSLAMM v.10.1: Meeting Urban Stormwater Management Goals R174 on Nov. 5-6 in Madison. Visit http://epdweb.engr.wisc.edu.


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 Conference, 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, Arizona. Visit www.apwa.net.

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

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