|National Conference on Urban Storm Water: Enhancing Programs at the Local Level, Proceedings, Chicago, IL, February 17–20, 2003 (624 pp, 20.1 MB) (EPA/625/R-03/003) February 2003
A wide array of effective storm water management and resource protection tools have been developed for urban environments, but their implementation continues to be hampered by a lack of technology transfer opportunities. At this national conference, attendees learned about state-of-the-science technologies and implementation programs that have proven to be successful in local communities. The timing of this conference coincided with the implementation of EPA's Phase II Nation Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Storm Water program.
Conference participants learned about the most effective tools and technologies for meeting the new NPDES permit requirements. Attendees included staff and engineers representing local municipalities, water resource managers, conservation groups, local officials, researchers, educators, and state agency personnel.
Conference sessions featured scientists, researchers, and managers of successful projects from across the country. Two sessions—one focusing on tools and technology, the other focusing on program implementation—allowed participants to tailor the conference experience to fit their personal educational goals.
This conference was the fifth in a series of water quality specialty conferences sponsored by EPA’s Region 5 Water Division. The Chicago Botanic Garden, which is owned by the Forest Preserve District of Cook County and managed by the Chicago Horticultural Society, coordinated the conference. EPA’s Office of Wastewater Management and Office of Research and Development, and Tetra Tech, Inc. cosponsored the event. The conference was conducted in cooperation with the Center for Watershed Protection.
Preconference workshops were held on February 17. “Smart Watersheds: Building Municipal Programs to Restore Urban Watersheds” provided practical and useful advice on implementing “smart” watershed programs. These programs relate to 17 municipal programs that can be integrated at the watershed level to improve the quality of runoff and habitat in urban streams. This workshop was led by staff from the Center for Watershed Protection.
“Countdown to the Phase II Implementation Deadline: Putting the Final Touches on Your Storm Water Permit” presented details that Phase II municipal programs and construction site operators need to know in order to complete their programs and storm water permit applications.
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