WEF and Member Associations Taking a Lead in Stormwater
There was a lot of buzz around the Stormwater Congress at WEFTEC 14 in late September when 20,385 water professionals from nearly 100 countries assembled in New Orleans. It was the second annual Stormwater Congress that included more than 30 stormwater technical sessions and workshops as well as the Stormwater Pavilion in its third year. Of particular interest this year was an enhanced discussion on Stormwater Testing and Evaluation of Practices and Products (STEPP). The goal of the program is to build support around and develop a framework for a national testing and evaluation protocol for stormwater management practices and devices.
A national protocol that applies to states in most markets and WEF's potential administration of that program is supported by a number of related associations, government entities, and manufacturers. The program would help reduce cost and time barriers for companies looking to get innovative stormwater products to market.
When EPA administrator Gina McCarthy spoke during the Great Water Cities session, she announced $250,000 dollars in support of STEPP and the Leaders Innovation Forum for Technology, a joint WEF and Water Environment Research Foundation effort. She also mentioned WEF's work on developing a national municipal stormwater and green infrastructure recognition program, for which W
EF recently received a $25,000 grant from EPA. The program will distinguish high-performing municipal separate storm sewer system programs. Expect the application information for this award to be finalized by a Board-Appointed Awards Task Force this year.
Support for WEF taking a national role in stormwater technical training, advocacy needs, and leadership was agreed to during the first National Stormwater Summit, which brought together municipal stormwater leaders and other sector professionals. According to a number of utility leaders managing stormwater, WEF's advancement into the stormwater arena is a huge plus for all stormwater utilities seeking to better managae their stormwater assets and water quality within their communities.
WEF volunteers on the Stormwater and WAtershed committees put together a comprehensive, cutting-edge program through the Call for Abstracts and Invited sessions. Attendees spoke highly of the quality of the technical program, and said they enjoyed the networking opportunities. Based on feedback from exhibitors and attendees, the exhibit hall also was well attended, and the Stormwater Pavilion Theater was a great draw. The collaboration between the Stormwater and Watershed committees both at WEF and at the Member Associations only continues to grow. While WEF is helping to advance stormwater education and advise policy at national level, Member Associations are addressing state and local stormwater issues through products, conferences, and more. To facilitate these efforts, a number of Member Associations have developed Stormwater Committees including the Chesapeake, Virginia, Texas, New York, New England, Michigan, Missouri, and South Carolina MAs.
For more stormwater news, sign up for WEF's monthly Stormwater Report and engage on Twitter @WEFstormwater. If you are a stormwater expert, note that the 2015 WEFTEC/Stormwater Congress Call for Abstracts is open until Dec. 1.
April 15 - 17: Host: Virginia WEA in Virginia Beach
April 29 - May 1: Host: Missouri WEA in Kansas City, MO
May 13 - 15 - Host: Pacific Northwest CWA in Coeur d'Alene, ID
May 27 - 29 - Host: Reseau Environnement in Quebec City, Canada
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