2015 Stormwater Congress Opens for Registration

Stormwater Congress 2015Registration and housing now is open for the 2015 Stormwater Congress. The conference is cohosted with WEFTEC® 2015, the Water Environment Federation’s (WEF’s; Alexandria, Va.) 88th annual technical exhibition and conference. Both events will be held Sept. 26–30 at McCormick Place in Chicago. Stormwater Congress registration gives attendees access to all that WEFTEC has to offer and vice versa. Register by July 15 to receive the best rate.

In 2015, the Stormwater Congress will offer more than 30 stormwater-specific technical sessions and workshops. The program includes a vanguard luncheon speaker as well as stormwater policy and research updates. Speakers will share municipal stormwater program innovations, stormwater program funding options, integrated planning frameworks, flooding and resiliency solutions, and the effects of green infrastructure on groundwater. Additionally, session speakers will cover all the basics, including guidance on green infrastructure maintenance and asset management, tools for low-impact development design, and solutions for common construction challenges. Separate sessions will focus on stormwater solutions specific to transportation systems, combined sewer overflow settings, and urban areas. Attendees also can learn more about monitoring, modeling, and quantifying the effects of structural and nonstructural stormwater controls. More information about these and other sessions is available in the 2015 Stormwater Congress Program.

As part of Stormwater Congress, WEF will host a facility tour exploring urban flooding solutions at four sites, to demonstrate how the local Calumet Stormwater Collaborative’s (Chicago) work is translating to real-world effects.

As part of the second annual Stormwater Congress, the Stormwater Pavilion featured a concentrated area for exhibiting stormwater companies as well as other highlights such as this networking reception. Photo courtesy of Oscar Einzig Photography.

As part of the second annual Stormwater Congress, the Stormwater Pavilion featured a concentrated area for exhibiting stormwater companies as well as other highlights such as this networking reception. Photo courtesy of Oscar Einzig Photography.

Located on the WEFTEC exhibition floor, the Stormwater Pavilion is filled with exhibitors featuring traditional and cutting-edge stormwater products and services. This year’s Stormwater Pavilion is set to be the largest yet, with 465 m2 (5000 ft2) of floor space already sold. The pavilion also includes a theater featuring short, interactive stormwater presentations and two networking receptions. Attendees can access the WEFTEC exhibit hall and Stormwater Pavilion at no charge with the complimentary exhibition registration. However, this option does not include the full technical program.

Additionally, this year’s annual Community Service Project, organized by the WEF Students & Young Professionals Committee, will involve constructing a rain garden and learning garden at Pershing Magnet School in Chicago’s Bronzeville neighborhood on Sept. 26. The project will serve as a tool for further education related to water, the environment, and green infrastructure. Registration for the service project is free and open to all conference attendees and their guests.

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