Worth Noting - March 2017

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The American Public Works Association selected public works professionals for its year-long Emerging Leaders Academy. Participants include:

  • Chris Anderson, Public Works manager, city of West Kelowna, British Columbia
  • Emmalee J. Browne, civil engineer, Green Bay, Wisconsin
  • Angela Jordan, engineering tech II – stormwater, city of Rock Hill, South Carolina

Katie Kaz, general manager at Miller Hill Mall (Duluth, Minnesota) received the 2016 Community Conservation Award from the Minnesota Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts and Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. The award recognizes her accomplishments implementing conservation practices at Miller Hill Mall, which recently had 72 trees planted throughout its property to improve stormwater management of nearby Miller Creek. Miller Hill Mall recently created a comprehensive stormwater management plan in cooperation with Barr Engineering and the South St. Louis Soil and Water Conservation District using funding from the Clean Water Fund.

The Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs announced recipients of grant funding through the Stormwater Improvement Program. Recipients include:

  • The town of Brookston, which was awarded $500,000 for rehabilitation of its stormwater collections system
  • The town of Crothersville, which was awarded $500,000 for its Crothersville Stormwater Improvements Project
  • The town of Sheridan, which was awarded $500,000 to install new drainage infrastructure
  • The town of Whitestown, which was awarded $500,000 for improving the stormwater system in the Legacy Core of Whitestown

John Stark was named the director of the Washington Stormwater Center in Puyallup, Washington.

The Los Angeles Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers selected Ventura County Public Works Agency’s Happy Valley Bioswale Meiners Oaks Urban Low Impact Development Retrofit as the 2016 Environmental Engineering Project of the Year. The stormwater treatment retrofit is a project of the Ventura County Public Works Agency’s Watershed Protection District, led by stormwater program manager Ewelina Mutkowska and the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy.

Ashlie Farmer, stormwater coordinator with the city of Clarksville Street Department, received the Person of the Year award from the Tennessee Stormwater Association. Farmer earned the commendation for the time and dedication she devoted to the association in 2016. As stormwater coordinator, Farmer manages the Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permit, which is part of the federal Clean Water Act enforced by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation.

Escambia County (Florida) received a $2.3 million grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program. The FEMA program funds projects that reduce the loss of life and property due to natural disasters. Escambia will use its grant to help fund the Delano Street Area Drainage Project, which will implement long-term hazard mitigation measures to reduce flooding around Delano Street in the Englewood area. That area, north of the city limits, was a crucial point of failure that contributed to widespread flooding in many parts of the city in April 2014. The mitigation project would modify existing stormwater facilities and acquire new pond sites to better manage stormwater and increase pond and infrastructure efficiencies and capacities.



The University of Wisconsin Department of Engineering Professional Development is offering Using WinSLAMM v.10.2: Meeting Urban Stormwater Management Goals on April 20-21 in Madison. Visit epdweb.engr.wisc.edu.


March 4-6 National Utility Contractors Association 2017 Convention, Palms Casino Resort, Las Vegas. Visit www.nuca.com.

April 23-26 American Public Works Association 2017 North American Snow Conference, Iowa Events Center, Des Moines, Iowa. Visit www.apwa.net.

April 30-May 3 American Water Resources Association 2017 Spring Specialty Conference, Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort, Snowbird, Utah. Visit www.awra.org.

May 21-25 American Society of Civil Engineers’ World Environmental & Water Resources Congress, Sacramento Convention Center, Sacramento, California. Visit www.ewricongress.org.

June 11-14 American Water Works Association Annual Conference & Exposition, Pennsylvania Convention Center, Philadelphia. Visit www.awwa.org.

June 25-28 American Water Resources Association 2017 Summer Conference: Climate Change Solutions, Sheraton Tysons Hotel, Tysons, Virginia. Visit www.awra.org.

June 26-29 National Association of Flood and Stormwater Agencies Annual Meeting, Belmond Charleston Place, Charleston, South Carolina. Visit www.nafsma.org.

July 16-19 American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers 2017 Annual International Meeting, Spokane, Washington. Visit www.asabe.org.

Aug. 27-30 American Public Works Association PWX (Public Works Expo), Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Florida. Visit www.apwa.net.

Aug. 27-31 StormCon: North American Surface Water Quality Conference & Exposition, Meydenbauer Center, Seattle. Visit www.stormcon.com.

Sept. 18-20 National Rural Water Association WaterPro Conference, Reno, Nevada. Visit www.nrwa.org.

Oct. 8-11 American Society of Civil Engineers 2017 Convention, New Orleans Marriott, New Orleans. Call 800/548-2723 or visit www.asce.org.

Nov. 5-9 American Water Resources Association Annual Conference, Red Lion on the River-Jantzen Beach Hotel, Portland, Oregon. Visit www.awra.org.


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