SOURCE: StormCon

June 08, 2007 12:37 ET

L.A.'s Water Quality Issues Addressed by National Experts After Propositions O and V, What Happens Next?

SANTA BARBARA, CA--(Marketwire - June 8, 2007) - Proposition O, the $500 million bond measure for cleaning up L.A.'s runoff pollution passed in November 2004. The City of Santa Monica passed the similar Measure V to clean up their stormwater in November 2006. What happens next? National stormwater experts and key water agency professionals directly responsible for launching the ambitious new programs will discuss on-the-ground techniques, technologies, and relevant issues for achieving water quality goals throughout the entire Los Angeles County region. The panel is one of four full-day workshops that will cover stormwater pollution prevention techniques relevant to Southern California, to be held Friday, June 15, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. at the Warner Center Marriott in Woodland Hills. Los Angeles City Councilmember Jan Perry, co-author and champion of Proposition O, will speak at 2:45 p.m. on Prop O's promise for cleaning L.A.'s waters.

Presented by StormCon, the world's largest stormwater conference, each full-day workshop features nationally recognized experts from the across the nation. The Warner Center Marriott is located at 21850 Oxnard Street in Woodland Hills, California.

Professionals from the City of Los Angeles, Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board, Port of Long Beach, City of Malibu, Orange County, Riverside County, and national homebuilders will attend along with hundreds of municipal professionals, engineers, consultants, and contractors from across California to learn state-of-the-art stormwater pollution-prevention and monitoring techniques. For further information visit

Afternoon Guest Speaker Los Angeles City Councilmember Jan Perry, Ninth District

Councilmember Jan Perry co-authored and is credited with the passage of Proposition O. The funds created by Proposition O will be used to stop dangerous pollutants and bacteria from flowing from neighborhoods throughout Los Angeles into waterways. The measure benefits every neighborhood in Los Angeles by upgrading storm-drain systems, eliminating flooding at key intersections, creating new community parks, and improving water quality.

Morning Guest Speaker Michael Drennan, Vice President, Brown and Caldwell

The City of Santa Monica hired Brown and Caldwell in 2004 to prepare their citywide Watershed Management Plan that identifies over $100 million in capital improvements to clean up stormwater quality with multipurpose projects that also provide wildlife habitat, recreation, and water supply. Michael Drennan is the project manager responsible for the plan that was instrumental in supporting the recent passage of Measure V.

About StormCon

The 6th annual StormCon®, The North American Surface Water Quality Conference and Exposition, will be held in Phoenix, AZ, August 20-23, 2007, at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Hotel. Visit


StormCon presents four full-day stormwater pollution prevention workshops taught by national experts.

WHAT:     StormCon Workshops Los Angeles
WHEN:     Friday, June 15, 2007
WHERE:    Warner Center Marriott
          21850 Oxnard Street
          Woodland Hills, CA 91367

PROGRAM:  Opening Guest, Michael Drennan, Vice President, Brown and
          Caldwell, 8:15 a.m. (free)
          Afternoon Guest, Jan Perry, L.A. City Councilmember,
          2:45 a.m. (free)
          Workshops: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. (pre-registration and $295.00
          fee required)
--  BMPs for the Los Angeles Region, Meeting TMDL Goals, and Funding


Anna Lantin, P.E., Vice President, Storm Water Management, RBF Consulting,
Irvine, CA
Bob Finn, P.E., Vice President, Brown and Caldwell, Irvine, CA
Scott Taylor, P.E., Vice President, Water Resources, RBF Consulting,
Irvine, CA
David Alderete, Research Engineer, Office of Water Programs, California
State University, Sacramento
Thomas Cahill, P.E., President, Cahill and Associates, Westchester, PA
James Rasmus, P.E., Urban Runoff Treatment Specialist, PBS&J, Encinitas, CA
Nancy Gardiner, Stormwater Specialist, Brown and Caldwell, San Diego, CA
Martin Kammerer, Ph.D., Blue Green Consultants, Whittier, CA
Bryan Plude, Ecosystem Restoration Engineer, Brown and Caldwell, Davis, CA
Michael Drennan, P.E., Vice President, Watershed Management, Brown and
Caldwell, Los Angeles, CA
Mitzy Taggart, Ph.D., Staff Scientist, Heal the Bay, Santa Monica, CA
Craig Perkins, Director of Environmental and Public Works Management, City
of Santa Monica; Member, City of LA Proposition O Citizen Oversight
Advisory Committee
Xavier Swamikannu, Ph.D., Chief, Storm Water Permitting, Los Angeles RWQCB

--  Stormwater Management Issues and Solutions for Southern California


Eric Strecker, P.E., Principal, GeoSyntec Consultants, Portland, OR
Lisa Austin, P.E., Senior Project Manager, GeoSyntec Consultants, Los
Angeles, CA
Gary Palhegyi, P.E., Project Manager, GeoSyntec Consultants, Oakland, CA
Nathan Jacobson, P.E., Project Engineer, GeoSyntec Consultants, San Diego,
Felicia Federico, Project Scientist, GeoSyntec, Los Angeles, CA

--  Stormwater Monitoring: How to Plan and Implement an Effective BMP
Evaluation Program


Jim Lenhart, P.E., Chief Technical Officer, Contech Stormwater Solutions
Inc., Portland, OR
David Pohl, P.E., Ph.D, Senior Project Manager, Weston Solutions, Inc.,
Carlsbad, CA
Vaikko P. Allen II, Southwest Regulatory Manager, CONTECH Stormwater
Solutions, Santa Monica, CA
Scott de Ridder, Product Evaluation Manager, CONTECH Stormwater Solutions,
Portland, OR
John Pedrick, Field Research Scientist, Contech Stormwater Solutions Inc.,
Portland, OR

--  LID Principles and Implementation: A Hands-On Workshop


Daniel E. Medina, Ph.D., P.E., CFM, Senior Water Resources Engineer, CH2M
HILL, Silver Springs, MD
Avinash S. Patwardhan, Ph.D., P.E., Principal Water Resources Engineer,
CH2M HILL, West Palm Beach, FL
Barbara Chongtoua, P.E., Water Resources Engineer, CH2M HILL, Denver, CO
Cole Slater, MLA, Natural System Designer, CH2M HILL, Los Angeles, CA

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