Worth Noting - October 2015

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The Huntington Water Quality Board’s Stormwater Division received an Award of Excellence from the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection for the environmental partnerships it has forged with the community. Specifically, the Stormwater Division was recognized for working with businesses on stormwater protection plans and for public education efforts such as rain barrel and rain garden demonstrations.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency awarded a Rain Catcher Award to the City of Durham Department of Public Works in the Municipal Category for a project in Durham, North Carolina. The project aims to build small-scale projects on private property to reduce pollutants and storm surge in a sub-watershed of Ellerbe Creek. The EPA Region 4 Rain Catcher Award recognizes excellence in the implementation of stormwater green infrastructure practices. Green infrastructure uses natural systems and/or engineered systems designed to mimic natural processes to more effectively manage stormwater and reduce receiving water impacts.

Shawn Massey, a heavy-equipment operator, and Douglas Stevenson, a crew leader, were named June 2015 employees of the month by the City of Valdosta, Georgia, for their outstanding work with the city’s Stormwater Department.

The City of Walla Walla, Washington, was chosen to receive a $466,390 grant from the state Department of Ecology for a stormwater filtration system project.

The Water Environment Federation announced the establishment of the WEF Stormwater Institute, which will address the growing issue of stormwater and urban runoff. The institute will be housed within WEF to leverage the organization’s existing leadership, breadth of membership and varied partnerships with federal, state and local entities responsible for managing stormwater issues.

The City of Racine, Wisconsin, received a $5,000 Wege Award from the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative to help it implement stormwater management projects. The Wege Award is given to a community with a population of less than 100,000 as seed money for a Great Lakes-St. Lawrence protection and restoration project.

Learning Opportunities

American Society of Civil Engineers

The ASCE is offering:

  • Oct. 22 – Structural-Condition Assessment of Existing Structures, San Diego
  • Nov. 5 – Managing the Design Process: Keeping on Schedule, Within Budget, and Selecting the Right Resources, New Orleans
  • Nov. 12 – Pumping Systems Design for Civil Engineers, Scottsdale, Arizona
  • Nov. 19-20 – Financial Management for the Professional Engineer, Cincinnati Visit www.asce.org.

American Water Works Association

The AWWA is offering Understanding Advanced Stormwater Management Techniques on Oct. 26 in 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 Oct. 19-20 in Madison. Visit epdweb.engr.wisc.edu.


  • Oct. 7-9 National Utility Contractors Association 2015 Fall Leadership Conference, Embassy Suites, Omaha, Nebraska. Visit www.nuca.com.
  • Oct. 11-14 American Society of Civil Engineers 2015 Convention, New York. Visit www.asce.org.
  • Oct. 12-16 American Water Works Association 2015 Water Infrastructure Conference and Exposition, Bethesda, Maryland. Visit www.awwa.org.
  • Nov. 2-4 WJTA-IMCA Conference & Expo, Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, New Orleans. Visit www.wjtaimcaexpo.com.
  • Nov. 16-19 American Water Resources Association Annual Conference, Grand Hyatt Denver, Denver. Visit www.awra.org.


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