Attending Stormwater Summit 2021: A Virtual Event is the most convenient way to stay on top of emerging trends in green infrastructure, utility management, U.S. federal regulatory policy, and more, while connecting with peers from around the world. 

Hosted by the Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Virginia) in cooperation with the Central States Water Environment Association, Stormwater Summit 2021 will feature a diverse collection of technical content, chances to engage with sector-leading utilities and equipment manufacturers, as well as pre-conference and post-conference workshops. The virtual event occurs June 22 and 23. Register by June 4 to save as much as $100 on attendance costs.

“WEF looks forward to welcoming the best and brightest talents in stormwater management to this year’s virtual Stormwater Summit,” said Julianne Jones, WEF Education and Training Manager. “The Summit Steering Committee has put together a packed program with something for everyone, offering stormwater professionals the chance to learn useful skills from the comfort of their own homes and offices.”

Diverse Educational Opportunities

Kickstart your learning experience June 21 at 1 p.m. Eastern (separate registration required) with a live, pre-conference workshop covering green infrastructure finance. Facilitated by the WaterNow Alliance (San Francisco, California), the interactive workshop will focus on ways to deploy decentralized green infrastructure at scale, detailing innovative financing strategies aimed at both public and private properties. The workshop will also present perspectives on how to ensure green infrastructure remains equitable and improves well-being in vulnerable neighborhoods and communities.

Sponsoring organizations for the Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Virginia) Stormwater Summit 2021 include 2NDNATURE Software (Santa Cruz, California); OptiRTC (Boston); Stantec (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada); Vieux & Associates (Norman, Oklahoma); Innovyze (Portland, Oregon); Jacobs (Dallas, Texas); and Vaughan Co. (Montesano, Washington).

On Tuesday, June 22, at 11 a.m. Eastern, an Opening General Session begins the event in earnest. Hear from Stormwater Summit 2021 co-chairs Mark Doneux of the Capitol Region Watershed District (Saint Paul, Minnesota), and Nancy Ellwood in the Cincinnati, Ohio, office of CDM Smith (Boston), as well as representatives from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and administrators of WEF’s 2020 National MS4 Needs Assessment Survey. Following an hour of live demonstrations and question-and-answer sessions from leading stormwater product manufacturers and service providers, Tuesday afternoon also features two technical sessions. Each session is an hour long and focuses on maximizing green infrastructure co-benefits and facilitating its construction.

Wednesday, June 23, features three additional technical sessions that will cover groundbreaking innovations in stormwater monitoring, harvesting, and outreach; technology enabled asset management strategies; and case studies that exhibit excellence in stormwater program management. The day also features a curated Technology Spotlight session. The session offers participants a first-hand glimpse of innovations with the potential to revolutionize the stormwater sector.

Register for a post-conference workshop focusing on building climate-resilient stormwater infrastructure on Thursday, July 24, beginning at 1 p.m. Eastern. The workshop, hosted by consultants from Water 365, LLC (Milwaukee, Wisconsin), will address considerations infrastructure planners should take to ensure their projects can adapt to the increased stressors of climate change and enhance the resilience of their host communities. Workshop participants are invited to discuss the specific challenges they face when planning for climate change effects and receive narrowly tailored advice from experts.

Learn More

Networking opportunities will be available throughout the event, enabling guests to compare strategies, share information, and form partnerships. Learn more about the virtual event’s networking capabilities.

Questions? Contact the WEF Education and Training team at SWSummit@wef.org or explore the following resources:


ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Justin Jacques is editor of Stormwater Report and a staff member of the Water Environment Federation (WEF). In addition to writing for WEF’s online publications, he also contributes to Water Environment & Technology magazine. Contact him at jjacques@wef.org.