Worth Noting - July 2020

People/Awards; Calendar


Judy Nitsch, founding principal of Nitsch Engineering in Massachusetts, retired from the company she founded in 1989. Chairman and CEO Lisa Brothers will continue to lead Nitsch Engineering, which has spearheaded numerous stormwater projects over the years.

Tom O’Hara was named director of the Surface Water Management Division of the Genesee County (Michigan) Drain Commissioner’s Office. He replaces Jim Gerth, who retired after 44 years with the county. O’Hara’s duties include overseeing stormwater management.

Rita Davis was named stormwater director for the city of Elizabethtown, Kentucky.

The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management awarded $569,500 in matching grants for three projects to mitigate water pollution from storm- water and nonpoint sources. The grants were made possible through federal funding from the Environmental Protection Agency under the Clean Water Act. Projects receiving funding are the Bristol Police Station Stormwater Improvement Project, Narrow River Stormwater Installation in Indian Trail Neighborhood and Septic System Replacement at Portsmouth Public Works Garage.

Cornell University professors Christine Goodale and Todd Walter and Penn State assistant professor Lauren McPhillips received a 2020 Best Paper Award from the American Society of Civil Engineers’ Journal of Sustainable Water in the Built Environment. Their paper is titled “Nutrient Leaching and Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Grassed Detention and Bioretention Stormwater Basins.”

The city of Lumberton (North Carolina) received a $6.8 million grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration to improve stormwater drainage in the Tanglewood community and reduce the risk of flooding. 


July 12-15

American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers Annual International Meeting, to be held virtually. Visit www.asabe.org.

Aug. 3-5

Florida Rural Water Association Annual Conference, Hilton Daytona Beach, Daytona Beach, Florida. Visit www.frwa.net.

Aug. 8-12

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

Aug. 10-13

National Association of Flood and Stormwater Management Agencies Annual Meeting, Stein Eriksen Lodge Deer Valley, Park City, Utah. Visit www.nafsma.org.

Aug. 17-19

StormCon, Washington State Convention Center, Seattle. Visit www.stormcon.com.

Sept. 14-16

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

Sept. 30-Oct. 1

Southern Nevada Water Authority WaterSmart Innovations Conference and Exposition, South Point Hotel and Conference Center, Las Vegas. Visit www.watersmartinnovations.com.

Oct. 20-22

New Jersey Water Association Management and Technical Conference, Golden Nugget Hotel, Atlantic City, New Jersey. Visit www.njwater.org.

Oct. 28-31

American Society of Civil Engineers Annual 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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