SOURCE: Forester Communications

June 29, 2005 12:12 ET

Nation's Stormwater Experts Gather to Fight Water Pollution

Wal-Mart and Others Seek Solutions for Meeting EPA Regulations at StormCon

SANTA BARBARA, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- June 29, 2005 -- The future of water pollution prevention is rain -- where it falls, what it carries into storm drains, and how to filter it. Public works officials, engineers, and construction and industry professionals looking for leading-edge methods to address stormwater pollution challenges will attend StormCon, the nation's largest stormwater conference, July 18-21, 2005, at the JW Marriott Grande Lakes Hotel in Orlando. Polluted stormwater runoff inundates rivers, lakes, and oceans, and causes beach closures, natural resource contamination, and, for professionals struggling to meet regulatory standards, headaches.

Louisiana State University civil engineering professor John Sansalone and more than 160 of the nation's leading stormwater experts will lead 40 educational sessions at StormCon, now in its fourth year. StormCon is expected to draw 1,000 municipal and government officials, consultants, executives, and environmental professionals from some of the nation's leading companies and organizations, including Wal-Mart, Alcoa, Koch Industries, KB Home, Washington Group International, Vulcan Materials Company, URS Corp., Target Corp., Lennar Homes Inc., Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, and the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center. More than 175 vendors and service providers will exhibit stormwater-related equipment, the world's largest tradeshow of its kind.

Stormwater pollution is regulated under the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permitting program. Violators of NPDES permit requirements receive heavy fines and stop-work orders.

Dr. John C. Ogden will deliver the opening keynote address July 19 at 8 a.m. Dr. Ogden is director of the Florida Institute of Oceanography and a biology professor at the University of South Florida. He has conducted extensive fieldwork on coral reefs and ecosystems, and contributes to ocean policymaking.

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