National Stormwater Summit Continues to Gain Momentum

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The National Stormwater Summit has, no pun intended, taken the construction industry by storm. Creating a new educational concept is not easy, making stormwater compliance training interesting can be an even more daunting task. A team of best-of-breed industry experts has done it though. The National Stormwater Summit, launched in November 2005, is sweeping across the country in a 26-city tour that is filling rooms and igniting an interest in an otherwise somewhat dry topic.

We’ve had a great response to the Summit and we’re filling the workshops fast, so I encourage anyone who is interested in a top-rated stormwater compliance training program to sign up with us today

It started on the West Coast: a buzz in the industry that has continued to build. The National Stormwater Summit has, no pun intended, taken the construction industry by storm.

Creating a new educational concept is not easy, making stormwater compliance training interesting can be an even more daunting task.

A team of best-of-breed industry experts has done it though. The National Stormwater Summit, launched in November 2005, is sweeping across the country in a 26-city tour that is filling rooms and igniting an interest in an otherwise somewhat dry topic.

“We offer a training program that is a unique experience because we bring together members of the industry who may otherwise be on opposing sides,” said John Hall, principal of the National Stormwater Summit.

“When we put regulators and members of the Environmental Protection Agency side-by-side with builders, subcontractors and engineers to discuss how to find solutions and comply with tough stormwater regulations, you can feel the attendee’s anticipation rise and the question of their faces for ‘what’s going to happen next?’,” he continued.

The Summit arose out of the need for stormwater compliance training that would offer risk management solutions to builders, developers, subcontractors, engineers and government officials in a venue unlike any other training session in the country – and in response to the increased regulatory actions taken by the US EPA against violators of

the US Clean Water Act and National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES).

“We’re taking compliance training to a new level,” said Hall. “It’s the vision of our team of experts to incorporate leadership and team-building concepts into our sessions because at the end of the day, the developer may hold the permit, but the general contractor, project manager, subcontractors, and BMP installers are the ones who are at the building site and can readily track compliance issues.

“The concepts we discuss enhance the value proposition for everyone involved, from the project engineer. to the sub who handles the concrete washout -- if they work together to maintain compliance with the Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan, everyone wins.”

Participants in the West Coast summits gave rave reviews for the comprehensive educational component of the workshops, along with the lively manner in which the material was discussed. They also spoke highly of the value of having, first-hand, the ability to discuss regulatory questions with representative from the EPA, engineers, along with BMP producers and installers.

“We’ve had a great response to the Summit and we’re filling the workshops fast, so I encourage anyone who is interested in a top-rated stormwater compliance training program to sign up with us today,” said Hall.

“This is an opportunity to gain valuable insight into the requirements associated with stormwater compliance in an atmosphere that keeps the topic interesting and the workshop informative. There really isn’t any other training program like this available.”

The Summit is sponsored in part by Paradigm Engineering, SI Geosolutions, Profile Products, Concrete Washout Systems (CWS), Great American Total Erosion Control (TEC), Total Site Maintenance (TSM) and Pollution Solution Inc. (PSI). National resource partners include the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Land Development Today.

The Summit includes: a top-rated NPDES stormwater training program; the experts’ roundtable; a site tour and demonstration that includes some of the leading BMP manufacturers, suppliers, and installers; the EPA perspective session; internationally renown, motivational speaker, Jeff Conley; along with a comprehensive reference manual and certificate of completion.

Each participant will receive a comprehensive reference manual, including presentation materials, state NPDES regulations, and merchandise discounts.

Five dollars of every registration fee will be donated to one of four charitable organizations. Participants are asked to select from: Habitat for Humanity (http://www.habitat.org), Waters of Mercy (http://www.watersofmercy.org), the Red Cross (http://www.redcross.org), and The Nature Conservancy (http://www.nature.org)

To learn more about the National Stormwater Summit or to register and attend one of the workshops, please call (303) 944-4225 or visit http://www.stormwatersummit.com.

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