Worth Noting - February 2020

People/Awards; Calendar


  • Chris Bird retired after serving for 25 years as director of the Alachua County (Florida) Environmental Protection Department. Handling stormwater issues was among his duties. 
  • Chad Polsky was hired as the public works superintendent for the Village of Thomasboro (Illinois). 
  • Wightman, an architecture, engineering, environmental and surveying company, received a Michigan Award from Keep Michigan Beautiful for its rain garden beautification project, which collects and filters pollutants from stormwater runoff before the water enters the Ox Creek watershed. 
  • The town of Newmarket (Ontario) received a Healthy Water Award at the Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority’s 2019 Conservation Awards ceremony. The town was honored for its commitment to more environmentally friendly winter maintenance practices, which resulted in smaller amounts of harmful stormwater runoff going into stormwater ponds, wetlands, lakes and streams. 
  • Korey Barnes was hired by Georgia’s DeKalb-Peachtree Airport as its environmental analyst. Among his responsibilities is managing environmental events for stormwater compliance. 
  • The Anne Arundel County (Maryland) Department of Public Works Watershed Protection and Restoration Program received a National Municipal Stormwater and Green Infrastructure Award from the Water Environment Federation.
  • The city of Columbia and Woolpert were honored by the South Carolina American Public Works Association with its Project of the Year award in the category of structures/historical restoration for their Martin Luther King Jr. Park Detention and Water Quality Project. The collaboration resulted in an offline dry detention area to assist with stormwater attenuation, as well as increased overall stormwater storage capacity. 
  • Fort Wayne (Indiana) City Utilities received a Sustainable Water Utility Management Award from the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies. It was honored for several reasons, including consistent stewardship to protect the environment through projects that reduce pollution in stormwater runoff.


Feb. 17-20

Water & Wastewater Equipment, Treatment & Transport Show, Indiana Convention Center, Indianapolis. Visit www.wwettshow.com.

Feb. 18-20

Illinois Rural Water Association Conference, Holiday Inn, Effingham, Illinois. Visit www.ilrwa.org.

Feb. 25-28

Utility Management Conference, presented by the Water Environment Federation and American Water Works Association, Hyatt Regency Orange County, Garden Grove, California. Visit www.awwa.org.

March 23-26

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

March 29-April 1

American Water Works Association Sustainable Water Management Conference, Hyatt Regency, Minneapolis. Visit www.awwa.org.

April 14-17

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

April 19-22

American Public Works Association North American Snow Conference, Cleveland (site TBA). Visit www.apwa.net.

May 17-21

World Environmental & Water Resources Congress, presented by the Environmental & Water Resources Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers, Green Valley Ranch Resort, Spa and Casino hotel, Henderson, Nevada. Visit www.ewricongress.org.

May 20-21

American Society of Civil Engineers Watershed Management Conference, Green Valley Ranch Resort, Spa and Casino Hotel, Henderson, Nevada. Visit www.asce.org.

July 12-15

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

Aug. 9-12

American Society of Civil Engineers Pipelines Conference 2020, San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter, San Antonio. Visit www.asce.org.

Aug. 18-22

StormCon, Hyatt Regency, Atlanta. Visit www.stormcon.com.

Aug. 30-Sept. 2

American Public Works Association Public Works Expo (PWX 2020), New Orleans (site TBA). Visit www.apwa.net.

Sept. 14-16

National Rural Water Association WaterPro Conference, Phoenix (site TBA). Visit www.nrwa.org.

Oct. 28-31

American Society of Civil Engineers 2020 Convention, Disneyland Hotel, Anaheim, California. Visit www.asce.org.

Nov. 9-12

American Water Resources Association Annual Conference, Embassy Suites by Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista South, Kissimmee, Florida. Visit www.awra.org


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