2018 National Watershed and Stormwater Conference Description
It’s been 45 years since the passage of the Clean Water Act. We’ve observed great improvements to the Nation’s water quality, due largely to pollutant discharge permit programs whose requirements are implemented by local jurisdictions and other permittees. Despite the significant progress, there is more work to do, as stormwater runoff continues to be a leading cause of degraded waterways. Regulatory mandates—funded and unfunded—to reduce pollutant loadings prompt communities to embrace a watershed approach and implement traditional and innovative best management practices (BMPs). Yet, future federal funding for these programs is uncertain, as is the extent of federal regulation of pollution sources under the Clean Water Act. Staff capacity and financial support continue to be identified as major issues for effective program implementation by those involved in managing water quality and watershed programs.
In response, local jurisdictions are finding ways to transform how watersheds and stormwater runoff are managed–from program administration to source control measures. Permittees are pursuing alternative strategies to develop cost-effective stormwater and watershed management programs. The Center for Watershed Protection’s 2018 National Watershed and Stormwater Conference will bring these issues to the forefront with presentations on financing strategies for watershed and water quality improvements, and programs and practices that innovate to more comprehensively address multiple pollutant sources in mixed land use watersheds.
2018 National Watershed and Stormwater Conference Agenda
7:30 AM – 8:30AM Local Hub Registration
8:30 AM – 9:00 AM Local Hub Introduction to the 2018 National Conference – Icebreaker and Conference Logistics
9:00 AM – 10:30 AM Local Presentations (Local Hubs)
10:30 AM – 10:45 AM Break & Networking
10:45 AM – 12:00 PM National Webcast – It Ain’t Easy Getting Green: Incentivizing Watershed Programs (Online)
The morning National webcast will present an overview of water quality funding strategies throughout the United States with a look back at historical approaches to appreciate our need to look ahead in the adoption of alternative approaches. Two case studies will present how an East Coast city is implementing urban stormwater credit trading and how a West Coast utility is achieving funding resilience for watershed programs.
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM Lunch & Networking (Local Hubs)
1:30 PM – 2:45 PM National Webcast 2 – Managing Stormwater at the Agriculture/Urban Continuum (Online)
The afternoon webcast will shift gears and provide presentations on strategies to address the uncertainty of regulated and non-regulated pollutant loads in urban and agricultural watersheds.The regulatory and modeling context for nutrient management typically associates loadings from discrete land uses, such as urban, agriculture and wastewater sectors. Consequently, the management of these land use-based loading sources are addressed by separate organizations and distinct BMPs or conservation practices. This approach presents challenges for implementation in communities that include a mix of urban, rural and agricultural land where there are MS4 or non-regulated jurisdictions. The webcast presentations will provide an overview of pollutant sources and pathways present in these mixed-use watersheds, and the issues and challenges faced with their management. Two case studies will provide examples of strategies and methods to implement pollutant reducing measures in this urban to rural continuum and the lessons learned for broader application.
2:45 PM – 3:00 PM Break & Networking
3:00 PM – 4:45 PM Local Presentations (Local Hubs)