Stormwater Pollution/Land Erosion Conference to be Held

March 5, 2007

GROVEPORT, Ohio -- Preventing stormwater pollution and controlling land erosion is just one way to protect the environment while promoting conservation practices. Network with professionals addressing such issues at the Central Ohio Stormwater and Erosion Control Expo.

The event will be held April 4 at the Eastland Career Center in Groveport, Ohio. Partner agencies include: Ohio State University Extension; Franklin, Fairfield, Madison, Union and Delaware County Soil and Water Conservation Districts; Ohio NEMO; and the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission Greenways Program.

Landscape architects, design professionals, land developers, builders, contractors, landscapers, foresters, farmers, plan reviewers, watershed managers, federal, state, and local government officials and inspectors, and other interested individuals are invited to attend. Registration is $20 by March 19, and $25 at the door. The registration fee includes lunch.

The event will run from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Topics of discussion include: implementing low impact development (LID) on large projects; plan review sessions; permitting requirements of Section 404 of the Clean Water Act; hydrological design with pervious concrete; and the Big Darby Creek construction stormwater permit.

The list of presenters includes:

• Scott Sonnenberg of Eco-Design and Engineering, Ltd., will make a presentation on illustrating the use of LID techniques on the new Dublin hospital, as well as the design plans for the new Hilliard high school.

• Chad Lucht, a Fairfield SWCD urban specialist, will discuss new ways to create erosion control construction drawings.

• Desiree Hann, a regulatory specialist with the Army Corps of Engineers, will cover topics on wetland delineation requirements, jurisdictional determinations, nationwide and individual permits, and mitigation authorities.

• Warren Baas, vice president of Engineering for Ohio Ready Mixed Concrete Association, will cover the topic of hydrological design with pervious concrete.

• Burgess & Niple specialists Chris Everett, Katherine Fontaine, Brian Tornes, and Scott Doran will cover aspects of the Big Darby Creek construction stormwater permit.

In addition to the Central Ohio Stormwater and Erosion Control Expo, a Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control (CPESC) review course will be offered. The fee for the course is $120 and includes lunch and course materials. The course begins at 8:30 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m.

The course was developed as a tool to help qualified CPESC applicants review or learn important information to pass the CPESC exam. Seating is limited for the course, so preregistration is required.

For more information or to register, log on to http://www.franklinswcd.org/Expo.htm, or contact Leslie Strader of the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission at (614) 233-4124, or lstrader@morpc.org.

Author(s): 
Candace Pollock
Source(s): 
Leslie Strader