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KC Urban Stormwater Conference

Photo of umbrella in the rain. Text reads: KC Urban Stormwater Conference 2017, January 23-24.The MARC Water Quality Public Education Committee, in cooperation with Missouri Water Environment Association and Kansas Water Environment Association held the first Greater Kansas City Urban Stormwater Conference on Jan. 23–24, 2017. The conference convened national, regional and local stormwater professionals to discuss the growing issues around urban stormwater.

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Conference Sponsors:

KC Urban Stormwater Conference Sponsors: Benesch logo, Black & Veatch logo, Burns & McDonnell logo, CDM Smith logo and Phronesis logo



Conference Session Sponsors: KC Urban Stormwater Conference Session Sponsors: Amec Foster Wheeler logo, GBA architects engineers logo and Olsson Associates logo


Presented by:

MARC Water Quality Public Education Committee logo Kansas Water Environment Association logoMissouri Water Environment Association



Presentations in order of appearance:

Keynote Speaker

Howard Neukrug, P.E., BCEE, D.WRE
Principal, CASE Environmental, LLC; CEO, Philadelphia Water (retired)

Howard M. Neukrug has nearly four decades of stormwater management experience — as a professor, engineering consultant, researcher and advisor. After holding the position of Commissioner and CEO at Philadelphia Water, he has spread his knowledge to entities both public and private, including work with the University of Pennsylvania and as a senior fellow for the U.S. Water Alliance.

Neukrug is an inspirational leader in innovative water utility management, water resources protection, urban planning and sustainability, and green infrastructure. He has held numerous board positions and received many awards from many organizations, ranging from green building councils to the National Arbor Day Foundation.

National Perspective from the Water Environment Federation (WEF)

Marlou Gregory, senior advisor to WEF’s Stormwater Institute
Mike Beezhold, senior Water Resources project manager, HDR

The WEF Stormwater Institute is a center of excellence for stormwater management professionals and practitioners working to leverage outside support to advance expeditious policies, practices and broad participation in stormwater management. One such effort is the Green Infrastructure Certification sponsored by District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority and supported by a multitude of agencies including Kansas City, Missouri.


Constructing Centralized Green Infrastructure

Priya Inyenga, project manager at Kansas City, Missouri Water Services
Rachelle Lowe, P.E., ENV SP, senior civil engineer, water, Burns & McDonnell

This presentation will cover construction of large green infrastructure in Kansas City, Missouri. Construction challenges were examined, along with how to manage changes in the field.

Monitoring and Maintaining Green Infrastructure

Lisa Treese, RLA, LEED® AP, senior landscape architect, Kansas City, Missouri Water Services
Andy Sauer, P.E., ENV SP, senior project manager, Green Infrastructure & Stormwater manager, Burns & McDonnell Water Global Practice

This presentation will provide an overview of required maintenance and monitoring of green infrastructure in urban areas. Addressed are lessons learned on maintenance activities, keeping projects viable into the future and how to schedule work orders. Examples of monitoring infiltration rates within green infrastructure were presented, along with other performance monitoring activities.

Urban Design Plans and Green Infrastructure Enhancements for Regional Green Infrastructure Solutions

Tim Duggan, ASLA, RLA, founding partner of Phronesis – landcape architecture, planning, infrastructure and built
This presentation will covered the critical role of planning in the implementation of green infrastructure and how public-realm enhancements can improve projects. Successful green infrastructure projects implement strategic planning processes to develop holistic solutions with greater benefits. This approach emphasizes the identification of opportunities that support both resilient infrastructure strategies, and are catalytic redevelopment opportunities.

Technical Session Two: FUNDING

Johnson County Stormwater Management Program Strategic Plan

Lee Kellenberger, program manager, Johnson County Stormwater
The Johnson County Stormwater Management Program, established in 1998, provides financial assistance for flood-damage reduction projects to cities in Johnson County, Kansas. The program recently underwent a strategic planning process, restructuring to provide assistance for water quality and stormwater management infrastructure projects to meet the needs of stormwater management into the future.

City of Shawnee Stormwater Maintenance Funding

Mike Gregory, stormwater manager, city of Shawnee, Kansas
This presentation provided an overview of the city’s Stormwater Management Program and the basic funding sources Shawnee has used. Stormwater improvements that have been constructed using these funding mechanisms will be highlighted. It also covered how stormwater utility fees are used to address infrastructure maintenance, and challenges the city faces from a funding perspective.

Stormwater Funding Options

Ann Casey, principal management consultant, CDM Smith
This presentation provided an overview of ways to fund stormwater management and projects, with a focus on local, city-based funding options.

Technical Session Three: LEVEES

Levee Accreditation Life Cycle: Design with Community in Mind

Will Zung, PMP, CFM, ENV SP, Levee lead and Regional Service Center lead, Stantec
This presentation focused on the FEMA process of levee accreditation.

Sevens Levees Study

Eric S. Lynn, P.E., PMP, Section Chief for Community and Risk Communication, Planning Branch, Kansas City District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
This presentation provided an overview of the Sevens Levees Study that evaluated the current conditions and improvement needs for seven authorized levee units along reaches of the Kansas and Missouri Rivers in Kansas City, Kansas and Kansas City, Missouri. The study includes the Argentine, Armourdale, Birmingham, Central Industrial District (Kansas and Missouri), East Bottoms, Fairfax-Jersey Creek, and North Kansas City levee units.

Levee Certification with Multiple, Private Owners

Matt Scott, water resource engineer, CDM Smith
This presentation provided a case study of the FEMA levee accreditation process for a private levee. The challenges associated with the accreditation were discussed, including the coordination of multiple, private owners, adjacent improvements next to a private levee and a phased approach to accreditation to realize efficiencies in the review process while completing necessary construction improvements.


EPA Audits of MS4 Programs: What to Expect

Pete Green, EPA Region 7
This presentation covered Region 7’s procedures for conducting MS4 program audits at Phase one and two permitted systems, including interviews, records review, and field inspections. It closes with tips for staying in compliance with MS4 permits.

EPA Response to MS4 Inspection Findings

Cynthia Sans, EPA Region 7
This presentation discussed Region 7’s approach to MS4 enforcement for Phase I and II programs.

Missouri Department of Natural Resources MS4 Draft Permit

Mike Abbott, Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System coordinator, MDNR
The presentation covered the status of the MS4 General Permit, MS4 Workshops, and the federal MS4 Remand Rule — and what the rule means for Missouri’s MS4s.


United Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kansas CSO Program

Trenton Foglesong, collection system manager, Unified Government of Wyandotte County /
Kansas City, Kansas 
Waldo Margheim, project manager, Water Systems Group, Burns & McDonnell

This presentation provided an overview of the Integrated Overflow Control Plan (IOCP) that was recently completed by the Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kansas (UG). The presentation reviewed the major elements of the IOCP, the process, and some of the outcomes. The IOCP was developed to comply with federal requirements in a manner that meets goals supported by UG’s stakeholders: protect human health, public safety, and customer property, while fostering continued progress towards improving water quality.

St. Joseph Long-Term Control Plan

Andy Clements, assistant director of Public Works and Transportation/ CSO program manager, city of St. Joseph, Missouri
This presentation provided an overview of St. Joseph’s Long Term Control Plan (LTCP). The LTCP details the city’s commitment to controlling the amount of sewer overflows and the frequency of overflows that discharge into the Missouri River.

Kansas City, Missouri Overflow Control Program

Andy Shively, special assistant to the City Manager, the city of Kansas City, Missouri
This presentation provided an overview of Kansas City, Missouri’s Overflow Control Program (OCP). Focus will be given to the major program elements related to stormwater, including the green infrastructure program.

Technical Session Six: CIVIL WORKS PROJECTS

Maintaining Your Levee

Leon Staab, associate project manager, Burns & McDonnell
This presentation provided an overview of required maintenance activities, asset inventories and other operational needs for levees.

Turkey Creek Flood Mitigation Project

John Grothaus, Chief of the Plan Formulation Section, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Kansas City District
Summary of the Upper Turkey Creek flood protection project in Merriam, Kansas. A partnership between the Corps of Engineers, the City of Merriam, and Johnson County, Kansas.

Community Rating System (CRS) Flooding Program Overview

Melissa Mitchell, CFM, ISO/CRS specialist for FEMA’s Community Rating System
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This session provided a brief introduction to the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) CRS program. The National Flood Insurance Program’s (NFIP) CRS is a voluntary incentive program that recognizes and encourages community floodplain management activities that exceed the minimum NFIP requirements. Premium rates are discounted to reflect the reduced flood risk from community actions that meet the three goals of the CRS: reduce flood damage to insurable property; strengthen and support the insurance aspects of the NFIP; and encourage a comprehensive approach to floodplain management.

Technical Session Seven: PLANNING and DESIGN TOOLS

Stormwater AutoCASE/Envision

Madison Gibler, Water Resources staff engineer, Burns & McDonnell
This presentation will provide an overview of the AutoCASE evaluation tool that calculates an economic value to social and environmental benefits to determine a return on investment for green infrastructure projects. A demonstration of this software application on a real project will show the financial costs and benefits of a project, and the net results when including the environmental and social impacts.

The Evolution of Regional Stormwater Design Standards

Bill Cunningham, retired engineer, APWA member
Chad Johnson, stormwater engineer, Olsson Associates

This presentation is an overview of the development and adoption of stormwater standards in the Greater Kansas City area.  The American Public Works Association (APWA), made up of stormwater professionals from state and local government and engineering firms, helped by providing a framework to create the first widely-adopted, comprehensive design guidelines.  APWA became a forum for developing and updating standards as the practice of stormwater management evolved

Twin Creeks: Technology and Tools BEFORE Regulation. Not BECAUSE of Regulation

James Walton, registered engineer, Stormwater Utility Department, Kansas City, Missouri Water Services
FEMA regulatory floodplains stop at approximately one square mile and typically cover only 30 percent of a community’s streams. From there, the community must meet State and Federal regulations and create regulatory process for stormwater management through local systems and funding. Do we know or share enough? Are we simply procedure-oriented with alignment of legal responsibilities in a way that does not achieve stormwater management goals over time? Is regulation driving technology and methods, or is the technology driving what we know and can do? Do we really need all the procedural regulations created, or can better technology and tools — provided up-front — reduce regulation and time expended, freeing up time to focus on the goal of better stormwater management? The Twin Creeks Pilot Area for Second and First Creek will be Kansas City, Missouri’s answers.

Technical Session Nine: FEMA AND FLOODING

FEMA Risk-Based Mapping

Joe File, senior project manager, Amec Foster Wheeler Environment and Infrastructure, Inc.
Stephen Noe, program manager for FEMA Related Services, Amec Foster Wheeler Environment and Infrastructure Inc.

Advances in geospatial information technology have resulted in mapping tools that can convey a larger variety of data than ever before. While earlier mapping primarily demarcated regulatory floodplain boundaries, newer digital products include risk-based parameters such as flood depth and flow velocity for a wider range of event intensities and probabilities. This presentation highlights some of the applications for these new mapping methodologies. — Where Water is at in Kansas City

Dan Hurley, systems analyst, city of Overland Park, Kansas
If you live in the Kansas City metro, consider yourself a water/weather geek, and haven’t visited, you’re missing out., presented by the city of Overland Park, has provided myriad real-time water and weather data (now with over 800 sensors) to the Greater Kansas City region since 1996. In addition to real-time data, Stormwatch offers real-time and post-event analysis of rainfall events for use in emergency management and flood mitigation efforts. In April of 2016, a new mobile-friendly version of website was launched. This presentation will highlight the tools for locating data, and features that describe what it means.


Emerging National Trends in Stormwater

Andrew Smith, National Practice lead, Stormwater Flood Mitigation, Black & Veatch
This presentation will provide a high-level overview of trends affecting stormwater. Topics include finance, regulation, organization, and some unique regional approaches. The presentation will also touch on how these trends have impacted local stormwater issues.

KC Green Infrastructure: A New Framework for Healthy Communities

Christina Hoxie, associate principal, Planning + Urban Design BNIM
Thomas Morefield, AICP, community planning manager, BikeWalkKC

BNIM lead the completion of Phase I of the MARC Regional Green Infrastructure Plan. This recent effort resulted in a Green Infrastructure Framework for the nine-county, Greater Kansas City region. The purpose of the framework is to provide the structure to illustrate not only the presence of health and natural systems, but also the layered opportunities for protection, connection and enhancement of our communities.

Missouri State Water Plan

Brenda Macke, P.E., CFM, ENV SP, principal project manager/Green Infrastructure technical specialist, CDM Smith
This presentation will provide an overview of the state of Missouri’s Water Plan process.


Rainfall, Runoff, and Peak Flows: Calibration of Hydrologic Design Methods for the Kansas City Area

Bruce McEnroe, Ph.D., P.E., Professor, the University of Kansas
C. Bryan Young Ph.D., P.E., Associate Professor, the University of Kansas

This presentation examines the findings from a recent calibration of the hydrologic design methods in American Public Works Association- Kansas City’s (APWA-KC) Section 5600. Rational runoff coefficients, runoff curve numbers, and new relationships for lag time and time of concentration were calibrated using new National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Atlas 14 rainfall frequency estimates, local U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and Automated Local Evaluation in Real Time (ALERT) gaging data. New rainfall frequency tables and equations for 10 counties in the Kansas City area were developed from the NOAA Atlas 14 data.


KC to the Sea: Integrating Stormwater Education into the Big Picture

Lara Isch, Water Quality educator, Kansas City, Missouri Water Services
KC Water is using innovative education programs and community partnerships to help link stormwater education to art, science, and most importantly, our drinking water. Learn how changing the way you present stormwater issues can help empower others to take responsibility for water quality protection.

Public Outreach and Involvement Programs that Really Work

Rob Beilfuss, stormwater manager, city of Olathe, Kansas
This presentation will highlight Olathe’s public outreach and involvement activities intended to meet National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) requirements, and engage our residents in watershed management. This presentation will discuss program elements, logistics and measurable results. Attendees will also learn about unique program activities such as Aqua Fest and Adopt-a-Stream.

For more information contact Alecia Kates, 816-701-8233