Working in the erosion prevention and stormwater industry is an ongoing education process, with new technologies and methods appearing every year. What is the best way to educate yourself in this industry? Well it surely isn’t sitting in front of a computer screen alone in an office. Conferences and expos are a great way to learn from hundreds of leading professionals and companies within the stormwater industry about the ever-changing array of products and services available to us. These conferences are being held all over the U.S., but for your convenience, we at CloudCompli wanted to list a few events that caught our interest.

Ohio StormWater Conference
Especially interesting to us this year is the Ohio Stormwater Association’s ninth annual conference, being hosted May 4th. This event’s key focus is on the knowledge and understanding of comprehensive stormwater management for those individuals dealing specifically with planning, design, implementation and compliance. They will be co-working with the Tinker Creek Watershed Partners to offer essential information on stormwater issues from influential and experienced leaders in the field. Environmental intensive workshops dedicated to educating on permits and policies, sustainable development, modifying public behavior, and stormwater treatment. This conference is designed for all individuals who are stakeholders in stormwater management, nonpoint source pollution or the modeling of urban water systems. We know exhibit space runs out quickly because we’re currently on the waitlist! If you can claim a place, don’t miss out on a great conference at an unbeatable price.

Date: May 4 – 6, 2016
Location: Sharonville, OH
Event Center: Sharonville Convention Center
Price: $

Attendee Profile

  • Stormwater Managers
  • Municipal Government Professionals
  • County Government Representatives
  • State and Local Agencies
  • Educational Institutions
  • Designers
  • Engineers
  • Contractors
  • Project Managers
  • Consultants
  • Distributors

American Water Works Association ACE16
The AWWA’s massive annual conference converges on the busy city of Chicago for what promises to be an exciting schedule. Last year, over 11,500 water professionals were in attendance, and this year promises to be even bigger. The distinguishing aspect of the ACE conference is definitely the exhibit floor, where executives and managers, engineers, educators, and policymakers flock to see the amazing array of products and services on display that reflect the latest in wastewater, stormwater, and other water utility areas. Definitely not to be missed. Last years conference polls stated that 95% of exhibitors met their objectives attending the show and 81% of exhibitors rated their interactions with attendees as extremely valuable.

Date: June 19 – 22, 2016
Location: Chicago, IL
Event Center: McCormick Place
Price: $$$

Attendee Profile

  • Management
  • Design & Engineering
  • Executive
  • Operations
  • Consultant
  • Marketing & Sales
  • Scientist
  • Student
  • Professor
  • Regulator

What makes Stormcon worth paying attention to? Well, besides the normal attraction of the event, this year’s conference will be hosted alongside WasteCon 2016. These two environmentally conscious conventions will be conveniently side-by-side in the great city of Indianapolis, StormCon’s location for the 15th year running. StormCon is highly recommended to those working with stormwater management, permitting and pollution control sectors. “Survey revealed 99.6% of attendees found more relevant content at StormCon and were likely to recommend the conference to a colleague.” StormCon is known for its presentations, so don’t miss out on some of the leading innovators giving speeches on issues and solutions for the stormwater community.

Date: August 22 – 25, 2016
Location: Indianapolis, IN
Event Center: Indiana Convention Center
Price: $$

Attendee Profile

  • Stormwater Managers
  • Municipal Government Professionals
  • County and State Government Representatives
  • Federal Agency Representatives
  • Engineers
  • Contractors
  • Project Managers
  • Consultants
  • Distributors

APWA: American Public Works Association
In their own words, “APWA is uniquely positioned to create valuable connections and solutions for those serving our communities through public works.”  Formally known as PWX, the annual APWA event will be going through several other changes this year, since its new name release at last year’s expo, according to Larry Frevert. With an estimated 6,000 individual professionals and more than 400 companies showcasing at 2016 public works expo, “The exhibit floor isn’t your ordinary exhibit floor—it’s an EXPERIENCE.” This is a great opportunity to further your education in the industry with more than 125 technical and professional development sessions presented by your colleagues and industry vendors.

Date: August 28 – 31, 2016
Location: Minneapolis, MN
Event Center: Minneapolis Convention Center
Price: $$$

Attendee Profile

  • Public Works Directors
  • Superintendents and Managers
  • Directors and Managers of Operations and Operations Personnel
  • City and County Engineers
  • Consulting Engineers
  • Construction Directors and Managers
  • Solid Waste Managers and Coordinators
  • Public Fleet Directors and Managers
  • Public Facilities and Grounds Directors and Managers
  • Water Services Directors and Managers
  • Streets/Roads/Bridges Directors and Managers
  • Transportation Directors and Managers
  • Stormwater and Flood Control Directors and Managers

CASQA: California Stormwater Quality Association
CASQA will surely show everyone some warm West Coast hospitality. The California Stormwater Quality Association is hosting their conference this year in San Diego California, at the lovely Paradise Point Resort. It almost makes you wish it were a day or two longer… The theme of this conference is to provide information that reflects changing views in Urban Stormwater sourced by a flood control issue, along with habitat management, nuisance, and using pollutant source as a resource for groundwater recharge. Register now, you won’t want to miss it.

Date: September 12 – 14, 2016
Location: San Diego, CA
Event Center: Paradise Point Resort
Price: $$$

Attendee Profile

  • Local, state, and federal decision makers
  • Stormwater program coordinators
  • Contractors
  • Consultants
  • Engineers
  • Lawyers
  • Scientists
  • Planners

WEFTEC: The Water Environment Federation Annual Technical Exhibition and Conference 
Since 1928, The Water Environment Federation has watched over the wellbeing of the environment and the public. One way they do so is by hosting the largest stormwater conference in the world. With a long-standing reputation and over 80 years of experience, it would be hard to say otherwise. Consisting of 33,000 individuals and 75 associations, this conference is great to obtain the maximum amount of exposure by connecting with the industry’s largest audience of purchasers and decision makers. This conference attracts leading water and wastewater companies from 85 countries all around the globe. If you can put all your eggs in one basket and head to New Orleans, we highly recommended it. We had the honor of speaking a few years back and we can attest to what a memorable experience WEFTEC is.

Date: September 24 – 28, 2016
Location: New Orleans, LA
Event Center: New Orleans Morial Convention Center
Price: $$$$

Attendees Profile

  • Collection Systems Managers
  • Consultants
  • District Managers
  • Environmental Engineers/Chemists/Scientists
  • Equipment Manufacturers and Representatives
  • Executive Managers
  • Industrial Water and Wastewater Treatment Professionals
  • Local, State, and Federal Regulators
  • Private Industry and Academia Researchers
  • Water and Wastewater Operators
  • Public Officials
  • Students
  • Suppliers
  • Water and Wastewater Utility Managers

With all these events to attend, at CloudCompli we already know that we’ll be having a busy 2016. We hope you too can get out there and enjoy at least some of the exciting educational and networking opportunities that are available this year in the stormwater field.