Worth Noting - July 2016

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The City of Mississauga, Ontario, was recognized by Credit Valley Conservation for its “support and adoption of innovative stormwater practices” and presented with the 2015 Friends of the Credit Award for the development of the Central Parkway Rain Garden, which uses a creative way of catching and using water runoff. Rainwater is filtered through soil in underground units called soil cells. The water is then provided to the trees above. This new process improves stormwater management in the area while adding to the urban tree cover. The rain garden is located in Ward 4 on Central Parkway East, south of Burnhamthrope Road and north of Mississauga Valley Boulevard.

Jason Craft, engineer with the City of Clinton, Iowa, was honored by the Iowa Stormwater Education Partnership for his leadership effort to implement green stormwater infrastructure to address urban stormwater quality and quantity issues associated with Clinton’s combined sewer overflows.

Joanna Colletti was selected by the Illinois Jaycees as an honoree for its Outstanding Young Persons of Illinois awards program. Colletti, who was recognized in the Personal Achievement category, volunteers with the Cary-Grove Jaycees and the Fox River Grove Lionesses Club. She is the water resources manager and chief stormwater engineer for the McHenry County Department of Planning and Development. She also sits on the Sustainability Committee for the Illinois Chapter of the American Society of Engineers and is a member of the Illinois Association for Floodplain and Stormwater Management and the Northwest Water Planning Alliance.

The American Council of Engineering Companies of Illinois recognized Baxter and Woodman (based in Crystal Lake, Illinois) for engineering a $10 million construction project in suburban Glenview. The Harms Road Regional Stormwater Project protects residents from river backflows while simultaneously allowing local storm flows to drain. Officials from Glenview and the Glenview Park District cooperated and assisted Baxter and Woodman on the project. The council selects winning projects based on project originality and complexity, client expectations, and social, economic or sustainable design effects.

The Rockdale County (Georgia) Board of Commissioners announced that Todd Cosby was named the county’s Employee of the Year for 2015. Cosby is the general engineering manager of the county’s Department of Planning & Development – Stormwater Division.


American Water Works Association

AWWA is offering a webinar titled What You Need to Know About Climate Risks to Water Utility Infrastructure and Assets on Nov. 30. Visit www.awwa.org.


The University of Wisconsin Department of Engineering-Professional Development is offering Using WinSLAMM v. 10.2: Meeting Urban Stormwater Management Goals R324 on Oct. 6-7 in Madison. Visit epdweb.engr.wisc.edu.


  • July 3-6 Canadian Society for Bioengineering Annual General Meeting and Conference, Halifax World Trade and Convention Centre, Halifax, Nova Scotia. Visit www.csbe-scgab.ca.
  • July 11-13 American Water Resources Association Summer Specialty Conference: GIS and Water Resources, Hilton Sacramento Arden West, Sacramento, California. Visit www.awra.org.
  • July 17-20 American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers 2016 Annual International Meeting, Orlando, Florida. Visit www.asabe.org.
  • Aug. 14-18 Geo-Chicago 2016: Sustainability, Energy and the Geoenvironment, Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers, Chicago, Illinois. Visit www.asce.org.
  • Aug. 22-25 StormCon, Indiana Convention Center, Indianapolis, Indiana. Visit www.stormcon.com.
  • Aug. 28-31 American Public Works Association International Public Works Congress and Exposition, Minneapolis Convention Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota. Visit www.apwa.net.
  • Sept. 12-14 National Rural Water Association WaterPro Conference, Orlando, Florida. Visit www.nrwa.org.
  • Sept. 28-Oct. 1 American Society of Civil Engineers 2016 Convention, Oregon Convention Center, Portland, Oregon. Call 800/548-2723 or visit www.asce.org.
  • Nov. 13-17 American Water Resources Association 2016 Annual Conference, Florida Hotel and Conference Center, Orlando, Florida. Visit www.awra.org.


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