The Stormwater Speaker Series has evolved from a modest forum into a sought after seminar that fills every seat available.
September brought our biggest and best Speaker Series to date. The overwhelming response from our invitations to the Santa Ana event urged us to move into a larger space to accommodate additional seating. This was our second time in Santa Ana and while we saw a few familiar faces we were joined by many new ones that helped us further the conversation about Stormwater. While Torrent Resources is local in California, Inland Empire, we are headquartered in Phoenix where most of our efforts to planning and executing the speaker series takes place. Our President and CEO Jeremy Livengood was able to join us this September to experience the event first hand and meet with our speakers and attendees.
“The Speaker Series was designed to provide a platform for professionals from both the design and municipal sides to come together and discuss the opportunity that stormwater reuse offers Southern California. I believe it’s done that, but must confess the quality of speakers and interaction from those in attendance has exceeded my expectations.” (Jeremy Livengood, CEO/President, Torrent Resources)
Dave Albus joined us to present “Percolation 101” and participate in a live Q&A with attendees. “I was pleased to see the strong participation by both civil engineering firms and municipal staff who are plan checking WQMP plans. Clearly there is an interest in understanding the geotechnical side of designing BMPs.” (Dave Albus, P.E., Albus-Keefe & Associates)
Martin Spongberg joined us for a second time presenting “Using Infiltration for Compliance with (or exemption from) the Industrial Permit” that includes strategies for using infiltration BMPs for IGP compliance. For the first time, we were joined by Mark Grey from the Building Industry Association of Southern California. Mr. Grey’s presentation, “Building and Construction Industry Perspectives on Stormwater Management Permit Compliance” brought in new information to our attendees and provided thoughtful insight during Q&A discussions.
One of our own, James Mayer, presented “Recharging Ground Water Through the Vadose Zone”. Mr. Mayer noted how the combination of speakers at this event was the perfect combination of presentations for our audience and reflected on our humble beginnings. “We weren’t sure how it would go when we scheduled our first event back in May, but seeing attendance increase each time and receiving nothing but positive feedback has confirmed the Speaker Series is providing timely and relevant information! It has been a privilege to be part of these events and I’m looking forward to many more.” (Jim Mayer, Technical Marketing Manager, Torrent Resources)
The Stormwater Speaker Series is intended to be a small, informal forum for discussing stormwater management in the southwest. With the goal of sharing relevant, timely, and useful information regarding stormwater, we hope to further the conversation about this most important topic. While the series is primarily intended for engineering professionals, it is really appropriate for anyone interested in stormwater and how it’s managed.
We invite you to join us for our fourth and final event of 2016 in San Diego this November. We also urge you to share our event information with colleagues who can benefit from this free, educational series. To register or share, click here.