Worth Noting - September 2019

People/Awards; Learning Opportunities; Calendar


Laura Christensen was hired as district administrator for the Fillmore County (Minnesota) Soil and Water Conservation District, whose areas of involvement include stormwater management.

The Clermont County Soil and Water District, the Clermont Office of Environmental Quality and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Office of Research and Development were named Government Stormwater Project of the Year at the 2019 Ohio Stormwater Conference. The project, funded by a U.S. Department of Agriculture Conservation Innovation Grant, involved the installation of an urban stormwater detention basin.

Misty’s Dance Unlimited of Onalaska, Wisconsin, received a Soak It Up! Award from the La Crosse Urban Stormwater Group. Virtually no runoff from the business’ 16,800-square-foot property goes to public storm drains or directly to the area’s waterways. All water that falls on the building’s roof flows into a simple piping system and then to one of three rain gardens. Proper grading moves rain and snowmelt from the parking lot to the same low gardens, where the runoff soaks through a special soil mixture to naturally filter out pollutants.

The Martinsburg (West Virginia) Veterans Affairs Medical Center received the Best Urban BMP in the Bay Award for Most Sustainable Facility by the Chesapeake Stormwater Network. The center was honored for its community outreach and staff-education efforts, as well as its innovative approach to incorporating stormwater management into the existing and proposed green space on campus.

The Town of Collierville received an Excellence in Stormwater Management Award from the Tennessee Municipal League.

The American Academy of Water Resources Engineers honored Kay Whitlock, vice president of Christopher B. Burke Engineering, with a Service to the Academy Award. She was honored for “her indelible contributions to the AAWRE, championing post-license board certification and advancing the practice in water resources engineering.” Managing stormwater projects is among her responsibilities.

Hillsboro City Administrator Larry Paine received the 2019 Edgar P. Schowalter Award from Kansas Municipal Utilities, which is involved in stormwater management.



The American Water Works Association is offering an Effective Utility Management seminar on Oct. 3-4 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Visit www.awwa.org. 


The American Public Works Association is offering:

•  Oct. 3 – Preparing for Implementation of Automated/Connected Vehicles.

•  Nov. 21 – Facility Maintenance Efficiency Strategies.

Visit www.apwa.net.


Sept. 8-11

American Public Works Association Public Works Expo (PWX), Washington State Convention Center, Seattle. Visit www.apwa.net.

Sept. 9-11

National Rural Water Association WaterPro Conference, Nashville, Tennessee. Visit www.nrwa.org.

Sept. 21-25

Water Environment Federation Annual Technical Exhibition and Conference, McCormick Place, Chicago. Visit www.weftec.org.

Oct. 9-13

American Society of Civil Engineers Annual Conference, Miami. Visit www.asce.org.

Oct. 20-23

AWWA Water Infrastructure Conference & Exposition, Hyatt Regency at The Arch hotel, St. Louis. Visit www.awwa.org.

Nov. 3-7

American Water Resources Association Annual Water Resources Conference, Sheraton Hotel, Salt Lake City. Visit www.awra.org.

March 23-26

American Water Resources Association Geospatial Water Technology Conference, DoubleTree by Hilton, Austin, Texas. Visit www.awra.org.

April 14-17

Center for Watershed Protection National Watershed and Stormwater Conference, Renaissance Austin Hotel, Austin, Texas. Visit www.cwp.org.

May 19-22

American Public Works Association North American Snow Conference, Salt Palace Convention Center, Salt Lake City. Visit www.apwa.net.

July 12-15

American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers Annual International Meeting, CHI Health Center, Omaha, Nebraska. Visit www.asabe.org.


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