AUBURN, Ala. — Spring showers are usually welcome, but when showers turn into storm, they can wash pollutants into lakes and waterways. Polluted runoff is the major contributor to water pollution in Alabama and the United States. The Alabama Stormwater Forum offers an opportunity to learn about different technologies and strategies to manage stormwater pollution.
The forum is May 11-12 and will be at the Auburn University School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences. Registration for the event is $125 per person before April 28. After April 28, registration will be $175 per person. Student registration is $25.
Guiding People to New Stormwater Technologies
Dr. Eve Brantley, an Alabama Extension water resources specialist, said that there are new technologies emerging to manage stormwater quality.
“There is a need to help governments, private industry and concerned citizens effectively and economically plan for future needs,” said Brantley. “Technology is changing. We want to share what works in Alabama’s climate, soils and landscapes. ”
Brantley said the symposium will provide participants with information on control technologies, innovative education strategies and erosion and sediment control
“Participants can expect updates on ongoing research in Alabama as well as lessons learned by other communities,” said Brantley. “Three keynotes speakers, all with diverse backgrounds, will offer their perspectives managing stormwater.”
Andrew J. Reese is a water resources engineer and vice president at Amec Foster Wheeler. He has more than 40 years’ experience in stormwater management, water resources, and hydraulic and hydrologic engineering research. He is a recognized international leader in stormwater management with current emphasis on stormwater funding and green infrastructure.
Lea Ann Macknally is a landscape architect and president of Macknally Land Design. She leads the firm’s focus on creating innovative and collaborative design concepts with a strong practical foundation. In addition, she works with ACE Mentor of Alabama, Your Town Alabama and Cahaba River Society.
Christopher J. Estes is president of Estes Design, Inc. and Anglesy Construction companies in Charlotte, North Carolina. Estes assisted in the revision of the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources’ “Permeable Pavement” manual and works with state regulatory commissions to revise and update Low Impact Development standards.
For more information and to register for the event visit the online website at http://agriculture.auburn.edu/stormwater/online-registration/.
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