GS&P’s Water + Environment Expertise on Display at Ohio Stormwater Conference

From Infrastructure Rehabilitation to Climate Change Resiliency Presentations Cover Industry Insights and Best Practices

May 07, 2018   |   Columbus,  Ohio   |   Events

Gresham, Smith and Partners is proud to announce that four members of the firm’s Water + Environment market will present at the 2018 Ohio Stormwater Conference, one of the largest stormwater conferences in the country. Senior Environmental Engineer Tom Dietrich, P.E., LEED AP, Senior Environmental Scientist, Mark McCabe, CPESC, CESSWI, CMS4S, ENV SP, Senior Water Resources Engineer Katie Nolan, P.E., and Environmental Engineer Kathryn Gruver, P.E., will discuss a variety of topics related to stormwater management, rehabilitation best practices and climate change resiliency. The conference will be held May 9-11 in Sandusky, Ohio.

“Aging infrastructure and climate change are just two of the major issues impacting the need for proactive stormwater management in communities across the country,” commented Nolan. “We are excited to share some of our case studies on successful stormwater management planning and effective stormwater infrastructure improvement projects with our clients and peers at this year’s Ohio Stormwater Conference.”
 
A brief summary of each GS&P presentation is below:
 
City of Newark – Log Pond Run Diversion Channel Restoration
Presentation by Tom Dietrich, P.E., LEED AP, and John Trujillo
 
The City of Newark identified a stream that had deteriorating diversion channel armoring that was constructed in the 1960s. Concerned about its safety and stability, the City took this need for maintenance as an opportunity to not only remove the armoring but also use natural channel design restoration techniques to improve the water quality. However, the City of Newark needed a way to fund the project within their budget.
 
The City’s solution? Partner with Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District, an organization also dedicated to protecting water quality. The City sought out and secured major funding through the District to design and construct 1,200-feet of stream restoration for the Log Pond Run Diversion Channel. In this presentation, Tom Dietrich and the City of Newark’s John Trujillo will discuss the design process, lessons learned and the benefits of the natural channel design restoration techniques.
 
 
Regional Collaboration for Resiliency Planning, Sustaining Scioto Study Phase 2
Presentation by Mark McCabe, CPESC, CESSWI, CMS4S, ENV SP, Lisa Jeffrey, Rachael Beeman and Mike Andrako
 
Large-scale issues associated with climate change, including increases in temperature and the unpredictability of rainfall, are best addressed on a regional basis. Vulnerabilities include degradation of water quality, increased potential for algal blooms and increased droughts, extreme storms and flooding. In this presentation, Mark McCabe will join fellow panelists in discussing best practices for proactively managing threats from climate-related events.
 
 
ODOT Cost Benefit Analysis for Culvert Replacement
Presentation by Katie Nolan, P.E.
 
The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) conducted a cost-benefit analysis of its culvert database to determine a preferred method for rehabilitating and replacing culverts across the state. The analysis was completed in two steps: first, they conducted a fatal flaw analysis before then doing a preferred method analysis. ODOT will use the results to determine if purchasing trenchless equipment is cost-efficient and drive planning decisions. In this presentation, Katie Nolan will discuss how GS&P assisted ODOT with the research and how municipalities can leverage data to support replacement and rehabilitation decisions.
 
 
ODOT’s Updated Stormwater Management Plan
Presentation by Kathryn Gruver, P.E., and Mark McCabe, CPESC, CESSWI, CMS4S, ENV SP
 
The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) had to update their 2003 stormwater management plan. ODOT capitalized on the opportunity and incorporated lessons learned, previous experience and new technology, not only updating, but also improving their management strategy. In this presentation, Kathryn Gruver and Mark McCabe will highlight key changes to the stormwater management program, including GS&P’s role in the creation of ODOT’s MS4 liaison position, the implementation of new tools for tracking construction and post-construction best management practices, coordination with local health departments to identify home sewer treatment systems discharging into ODOT’s right-of-way and the application of industrial stormwater pollution prevention plans at ODOT’s garages and outposts.
 
 
Alleviating CSOs in St. Louis – Harlem Baden Trunk Sewer Rehabilitation
Presentation by Katie Nolan, P.E.
 
Sewer rehabilitation methods are not a one size fits all. With many options on the market today, designers have a choice on which method may best fit the overall client goal, schedule and budgetary constraints. In this presentation, Katie Nolan will discuss how to tackle combined sewer overflow issues on a watershed level, highlighting GS&P’s process for selecting the method and materials to rehabilitate nearly 7,000-linear-feet of combined trunk sewer within the St. Louis Metropolitan Sewer District’s Harlem Baden watershed.
 
 
Transportation Roundtable
Hosted by Transportation Committee Chair Mark McCabe, CPESC, CESSWI, CMS3S, ENV SP
 
Led by Chair Mark McCabe, this roundtable will provide answers to questions related to linear transportation and stormwater and water quality issues. Additionally, this roundtable will include discussion about the Ohio Department of Transportation’s (ODOT) design manual updates, the effects of the newly enforceable construction general permit and the implications of ODOT’s statewide stormwater pollution prevention plan manual.

“Aging infrastructure and climate change are just two of the major issues impacting the need for proactive stormwater management in communities across the country. We are excited to share some of our case studies on successful stormwater management planning and effective stormwater infrastructure improvement projects with our clients and peers at this year’s Ohio Stormwater Conference.”

Katie Nolan, P.E., senior water resources enginer, GS&P
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