Stormwater Gets Going at WEFTEC

Posted on October 25, 2010

By Dr. Chris Crockett, Director of Planning and Research at the Philadelphia Water Department

 

Looking back at all WEFTEC 2010 activities, the newly-formed Stormwater Coordinating Council’s first meeting was a major event for me. I was fortunate enough to be chosen to chair this group along with long-time active WEF member Tad Slawecki as vice-chair, and together we pulled in representatives from 13 committees and CoP’s as Council members to help set the course for the future of stormwater at WEF. Our meeting was well-attended (we had twice as many attendees as council members there) despite having a late time slot (running past 6:00), and we got through the entire agenda within only 90 minutes. Jeff Lape, EPA deputy director for the Office of Water Science and Technology and active WEF member, joined us and provided strong support for WEF’s involvement in stormwater. He noted there is a significant paradigm shift occurring in the world of stormwater which encourages infiltration through distributed treatment further up the watershed, as opposed to the old view of efficient collection through paved and highly connected flowpaths to large, regional facilities further downstream in the watershed.  


We heard from each council member about stormwater-related activities in their respective committees and discussed the short-term and long-term activities and goals that the Council will be engaged in.  For instance, we are currently working together to provide comments on a draft position statement on stormwater, which will articulate WEF’s stance on a variety of technical and regulatory facets of stormwater.  Also, we are working together to create the first Stormwater Symposium at WEFTEC 2011.  However, the most critical short-term goal is to take a comprehensive inventory of stormwater activities across WEF and coordinate future stormwater-based activities that our committees engage in.  Once we dig in and get a handle on these near-term efforts, we will then look to longer-term goals, most notably, developing WEF’s path in stormwater in the future. Meanwhile, please feel free to post your thoughts regarding the direction of stormwater management or any innovative approaches to stormwater in your area.


 

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Posted October 25, 2010

By Dr. Chris Crockett, Director of Planning and Research at the Philadelphia Water Department Looking back at all WEFTEC 2010 activities, the newly formed Stormwater Coordinating Council’s first meeting was a major event for me.

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Is there any more news about whether or not the Stormwater Symposium will be on at WEFTEC 2011?

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Stormwater Gets Going at WEFTEC

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Stormwater Gets Going at WEFTEC

Posted on October 25, 2010

By Dr. Chris Crockett, Director of Planning and Research at the Philadelphia Water Department

 

Looking back at all WEFTEC 2010 activities, the newly-formed Stormwater Coordinating Council’s first meeting was a major event for me. I was fortunate enough to be chosen to chair this group along with long-time active WEF member Tad Slawecki as vice-chair, and together we pulled in representatives from 13 committees and CoP’s as Council members to help set the course for the future of stormwater at WEF. Our meeting was well-attended (we had twice as many attendees as council members there) despite having a late time slot (running past 6:00), and we got through the entire agenda within only 90 minutes. Jeff Lape, EPA deputy director for the Office of Water Science and Technology and active WEF member, joined us and provided strong support for WEF’s involvement in stormwater. He noted there is a significant paradigm shift occurring in the world of stormwater which encourages infiltration through distributed treatment further up the watershed, as opposed to the old view of efficient collection through paved and highly connected flowpaths to large, regional facilities further downstream in the watershed.  


We heard from each council member about stormwater-related activities in their respective committees and discussed the short-term and long-term activities and goals that the Council will be engaged in.  For instance, we are currently working together to provide comments on a draft position statement on stormwater, which will articulate WEF’s stance on a variety of technical and regulatory facets of stormwater.  Also, we are working together to create the first Stormwater Symposium at WEFTEC 2011.  However, the most critical short-term goal is to take a comprehensive inventory of stormwater activities across WEF and coordinate future stormwater-based activities that our committees engage in.  Once we dig in and get a handle on these near-term efforts, we will then look to longer-term goals, most notably, developing WEF’s path in stormwater in the future. Meanwhile, please feel free to post your thoughts regarding the direction of stormwater management or any innovative approaches to stormwater in your area.


 

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Is there any more news about whether or not the Stormwater Symposium will be on at WEFTEC 2011?
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This is my first time to visit here. I found so many entertaining stuff in your blog, especially its discussion. From the tons of comments on your articles, I guess I am not the only one having all the leisure here! Keep up the good work.
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Chris Crockett, 

Director of Planning and Research at the Philadelphia Water Department
 

Dr. Crockett is Director of Planning and Research at the Philadelphia Water Department, where he oversees water and wastewater planning and research studies as well as stormwater management for all development in the City.  He has over 15 years of experience in the water, stormwater, and wastewater industry participating and leading innovative projects to improve customer service, performance, revenue, and regulatory compliance. Previously, Dr. Crockett worked in PWD's Office of Watersheds, where he was responsible for MS4 Phase 1 stormwater and CSO compliance and managed teams to accomplish green infrastructure, wet weather compliance, development stormwater design review, and watershed management approaches. Some accomplishments include leading teams in the creation and implementation of new stormwater management requirements for development and studies of impervious cover based stormwater billing for non-residential customers. Under his leadership his teams have won numerous local, state, and federal awards.  He also has been involved in several national groundbreaking environmental projects using information technology for early warning systems for drinking water supplies and public notification for recreation.