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Choosing Omaha as Your Conference Location

About Omaha, NE

Omaha is the largest city in the state of Nebraska, and is the county seat of Douglas County. Omaha has numerous tourist attractions and offers a wonderful mixture of historical, cultural, and natural wonders. Omaha plays host annually to the NCAA Men’s College World Series at the new TD Ameritrade Park and is also home to the Old Market, Omaha’s historic entertainment district, where boutiques, antique stores and restaurants line cobblestone streets.

Special Features of this Conference

Douglas County Environmental Services and the City of Omaha Stormwater Program are teaming up to sponsor the Center for Watershed Protection’s 2016 National Watershed/ Stormwater Conference in Omaha. Attendees in Omaha will enjoy 3 special sessions focused on stormwater issues of concern for Nebraska and have ample time to network and discuss local issues.

Rebate incentive

As an added incentive the first 75 people that register to attend the Omaha hub location are eligible for a registration rebate of $229, so your final cost to attend is just $100!  Just go to the CWP website and register at the General Admission rate to attend at the Omaha hub location.  To qualify for the rebate you’ll just need to bring your proof of registration to the conference on April 12th, complete a short form with your contact information (i.e. where you want us to send your rebate check), sign in, and enjoy the conference. Breakfast, lunch, and break refreshments are all included.

Hub Location Address

The Swanson Conference Center on Metropolitan Community College’s Fort Omaha Campus will serve as our venue.  It is a first rate conference facility and is co-located with Metro’s Institute of Culinary Arts, with great food to complement your conference experience.  The campus entrance is located at 32nd & Sorensen Pkwy in Omaha.

Point of Contact

Karin Caldwell
Administrative Assistant
Douglas County Environmental Services
3015 Menke Circle
Omaha, NE  68134
(402) 444-6181

Getting There

By Car

The Fort Omaha Campus entrance is located at N. 32nd Street & Sorensen Pkwy. This is the closest entrance to the Swanson Conference Center. Parking is located adjacent to the building.

By Air

Omaha’s airport, Eppley Airfield, has more than 200 arrivals and departures daily and is located a quick drive from Omaha’s downtown area.

By Train

The Amtrak station can be found at 1003 South 9th Street, Omaha, NE 68108


For those attendees needing overnight accommodations Douglas County Environmental Services has coordinated a special $89 rate at the Sonesta ES Suites Hotel, 6990 Dodge Street, that includes parking, WiFi, full breakfast buffet, and a Manager’s Social, Monday-Wednesday.  Attendees should make their own hotel arrangements.

T:  402-553-8898


Omaha Agenda

7:30 AM – 8:30 AM

8:30 AM – 9:00 AM
Introduction to the 2016 National Webcast Conference and the Local Hub

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Omaha presentation – Watershed Master Planning and potential impact on future 319 grant funding.

Sara Mechtenberg, FYRA Engineering

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Overview of Pollution Prevention: An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure…
“Be the solution to stormwater pollution” or it will cost you.    From pet waste to leaf litter to dumpster juice, car wash water, plastic bags, and stormwater hotspots, learn what others are doing to educate, prevent, and enforce pollution prevention in their communities.

Karen Cappiella, Program Director, Research – Center for Watershed Protection
Neely Law, Senior Research Analyst – Center for Watershed Protection
Kara Pennino, Assistant Program Manager – Trash Free Potomac Watershed Initiative
Christopher Kibler, Environmental Protection Specialist – District of Columbia Department of Energy and Environment

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
LUNCH, Local Hub Discussion & Networking (free time for participants – no presentation scheduled; Douglas County and City of Omaha Stormwater information on display)

12:00 PM – 12:30 PM 
Overview of IDDE: A recap of IDDE investigations by CWP across the country
How does IDDE stack-up against other tools for meeting TMDL goals? Is this a missed opportunity for low-cost pollutant reductions?  What is the prevalence of these “hidden sources of pollution?”

Bill Stack, Deputy Director of Programs – Center for Watershed Protection

12:30 PM – 1:40 PM
IDDE from 3 perspectives; the municipality, the consulting community and  the wastewater side
Types of discharges and characteristics, field screening techniques and equipment, parameters to screen for, measurable successes.  Hear about sewage sniffing dogs, sewershed studies, laterals and exfiltration.

John Cox, Water Quality Manager – City of Durham, NC (Municipal Programs Case Study)
Dana Allen, Water Quality Specialist – Watershed Consulting Associates (Consultant Case Study)
Steve Jepson, Principal, Dudek Engineering, Encinitas, CA (Wastewater Engineering Approach)

1:40 PM – 2:00 PM  
Breaking down barriers – Key Programmatic Issues
What does it take to integrate the waste water/stormwater programs. What role do NGO’s have? What are other key issues: enforcement, accounting, funding.

Panel discussion:
All previous IDDE speakers
Jonathan Baker, Water Quality Specialist – City of Durham, NC (Municipal Programs Case Study)

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM  
Local Omaha Presentations
First topic:  Nebraska H2O – Post-Construction Stormwater Standards for Phase II MS4s.
This presentation will cover the recommended standards for stormwater treatment volume and rate for Phase II MS4s in Nebraska. A development scenario will highlight the need for alternative ways to plan and manage permanent stormwater treatment in some of these communities.

Second topic: Municipal Maintenance Operations and Risk-Based Evaluation Methods
This presentation will highlight the risk-based approach to evaluate municipal maintenance operations for stormwater management and challenge good housekeeping/pollution prevention practitioners to clarify behaviors that create good stormwater protection habits.

Jesse Poore, Felsburg Holt & Ullevig

3:00 PM – 3:30 PM  
Overview of Post-Construction Stormwater Management
Current status of PC programs across the country, why is this the juggernaut of minimum measures? The terminology tug: BMPs, SMPs, LIDs, GI, etc. and overarching stormwater paradigms. Stormwater practices for new and redevelopment vs. retrofits of existing developed areas.

Dave Hirschman, Senior Water Resources Specialist – Center for Watershed Protection
Tom Hegemier, PE, Senior Project Manager – Alan Plummer Associates, Inc.

3:30 PM – 4:10 PM
Let’s Start with Maintenance
How considerations of long-term maintenance will influence your front-end program decisions—know what you are getting in to. Review of common maintenance issues with BMPs, with particular emphasis on vegetated BMPs.

Ani Jayakaran PhD, PE, Associate Professor & LID Specialist – Washington State University – Extension (ANR Prog. Unit)
Curtis Hinman, Senior Scientist and Green Stormwater Infrastructure Specialist – Herrera Environmental Consultants

Local hub break time. No specific presentation scheduled.

4:30 PM – 5:00PM
Overview of Special MS4s- Prisons, Campuses, Etc.
How are these MS4s treated in the regulatory process?  What are unique considerations for special MS4s?

Ted Brown, PE, Water Resources Engineer- Biohabitats

5:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Master Planning and Avoiding a Thousand Cuts
How facility master planning can lead to efficiencies and better BMPs. What are opportunities to collaborate with surrounding MS4s/ communities?

Sally Hoyt, Stormwater Engineer – University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Ben Chandler, Vice President & Senior Sustainability & Lean Consultant – Haley & Aldrich, Inc.

5:30 PM – 6:15 PM
Keeping it Clean: Top tips for facility SWPPPs

Learn about some pitfalls with pollution prevention planning and implementation for the Industrial General Permit;
is your facility prepared?

Laurel Warddrip, Industrial and Construction Storm Water Unit Chief – California State Water Resources Control Board