As regulations, technology, and engineering practices evolve, it is important for civil engineers, city officials, and those in the construction community to keep up to date with changes in the world of stormwater management. Here in Ohio, we’re lucky that the Ohio Stormwater Association coordinates the annual Ohio Stormwater Conference, providing a one-stop shop for networking with and learning from those who are stormwater management experts and those who are responsible for the regulations governing the design of stormwater systems.
I was fortunate to be one of the over 900 attendees at the 2018 conference held in May at the Kalahari Resort and Conference Center in Sandusky, Ohio. The event served as a great resource to get updates on environmental issues, new technologies, regulatory information and pollution prevention as it relates to stormwater management.
Following are a few key takeaways from the conference:
A major topic at the conference was the Ohio EPA’s General Construction Permit update. This document specifies guidelines engineers must follow when designing a site, providing quantities, equations, and descriptions for different engineering techniques. The major change to the permit is a new water quality volume calculation. In the equations, the constant for precipitation depth was changed from 0.75 […]