2020 Clear Water Alabama Webinars

October 15, 22 and 29, 2020

Clear Water Alabama began as Red Water Blues in 2004 to provide technology to protect Alabama’s surface waters and related resources during construction activities. The program evolved in 2008 into the current event known today as Clear Water Alabama. The event provides technology in erosion control, sediment control and stormwater management. The 2020 event planned for September at Cullman, Alabama was cancelled and has been replaced by webinars presenting most of the topics planned for the seminar at Cullman. Events (26 since 2004) are provided by the Alabama Erosion and Sediment Control Partnership and Industry Supporters and this year with co-sponsorship by the IECA and the Alabama Stormwater Association.

This program includes 6 webinars with two webinars each Thursday for three weeks. Complete agenda is below:

Agenda (all times in Central Standard Time):

Thursday, October 15

10:00 – 11:00AM | Alabama Stormwater Regulations and Water Quality Update with Jimbo Carlson, PE & Jennifer Haslbauer
The Stormwater Update will describe ADEM’s Construction Stormwater and MS4 programs with regard to permitting, compliance and enforcement. It will also give updates on the upcoming renewals of the Construction Stormwater and MS4 General Permits. After almost 40 years since the establishment of the Alabama Department of Environmental Management, the Water Quality program remains an essential component in maintaining and improving the health of Alabama’s surface waters. The quality of Alabama’s surface waters has greatly improved over those 40 years, and the Water Quality program continues to evolve to address water quality issues. This presentation will compare the past water quality of Alabama versus the present and will provide information on current siltation impairments within the state.

1:00 – 2:00PM | Performing CPR on Alabama’s Rivers: Conservation, Protection, and Restoration at Watershed Scale, with Jason Throneberry and Alana Reynolds
The Nature Conservancy (TNC) in Alabama has developed a holistic, watershed-scale approach to achieve long term conservation goals in focal watersheds within the state. This method has proved successful within the Paint Rock Watershed over the past 20 years and is now being implemented in other Strategic Habitat Units (SHUs) in Alabama. TNC’s current priority watersheds include: Paint Rock River, Locust Fork of the Black Warrior River, Big Canoe Creek, Cahaba River, and Terrapin Creek Watersheds. The holistic approach is an innovative concept that will serve to improve resiliency in the face of climate change, protect critical habitat, and sustain water resources for generations to come. Using science-based analytical processes, such as the Bank Erosion Hazard Index (BEHI) analysis, to identify major contributors of sedimentation within the watershed helps to focus restoration efforts as well as monetary resources. TNC strives to promote freshwater conservation through streambank restoration using natural channel design, reconnecting hydrologic landscapes with their natural floodplains, and directing private landowners to farm bill cost-share opportunities to implement best management practices. The core mechanisms that drive TNC’s conservation objectives include: (1) headwater protection through land acquisition and easements, (2) protection of water quality by restoring and bolstering riparian buffers on public and private lands, (3) on the ground restoration projects that stabilize eroding streambanks and increase overall water quality and instream habitat on public and private lands, and (4) promote public access and recreational use of these rivers to build a river culture where conservation and protection of the water resource is at the forefront.

Thursday, October 22

10:00 – 11:00AM | Solar Facility Construction Stormwater Challenges and Solutions with Barry Fagan, PE/PLS, ENV SP, CPMSM, CPESC, CESSWI and Kelly Yates, CPESC
As utility-scale solar energy has become more cost effective, facility owners, designers, and contractors have expanded their territories into the more irregular terrain and wetter climate of the southeastern United States. The construction of these facilities requires large areas of disturbance. If not properly managed, related construction stormwater runoff can result in negative impacts to the natural environment and take away from the overall positive benefits of the sustainable energy source. In this presentation, two local stormwater professionals with experience in managing construction stormwater at solar facilities will discuss likely stormwater challenges and offer successfully applied approaches and solutions.

1:00 – 2:00PM | Low Impact Development – Perspectives on Hydrologic & Long-Term Performance with Rob Brown, Ph.D., PE
Low impact development (LID), or green infrastructure, stormwater management practices are becoming increasingly common as regulations are driving developments to infiltrate and treat the first flush of pollutants from stormwater runoff. LID practices function to restore the predevelopment hydrologic water balance in the landscape by promoting infiltration and evapotranspiration, and they also provide a variety of pollutant removal mechanisms to improve water quality of stormwater runoff. This presentation will discuss the connection between LID and healthy streams from a hydrologic perspective, and will highlight important design considerations from the speaker’s previous research, monitoring, and modeling results. In order to maintain and ensure long-term performance of these practices, a new set of visual-based operation and maintenance (O&M) tools for LID practices, that were developed in collaboration with the University of Georgia Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant, will be introduced.

Thursday, October 29

10:00 – 11:00AM | Auburn University Erosion and Sediment Control Test Facility Update with Wesley Donald, Ph.D., CPESC
This presentation will discuss recent findings associated with work performed at the Auburn University – Erosion and Sediment Control Test Facility. Findings will include tests performed on both erosion and sediment control practices and products. Finally, an overview of the recent AU-ESCTF facility expansion and planned direction for future research and training will be discussed.

1:00 – 2:00PM | New and Innovative Tools for Erosion and Sediment Control
Designing Silt Fence to Address Specific Site Condisions and Storm Events – Michael Perez, Ph.D., CPESC
Tapping Technology to be More Efficient in the Field – John Curry, PE
Low Impact Development Handbook for the State of Alabama – Eve Brantley, Ph.D.
New App for the Field Guide for Erosion and Sediment Control on Construction Sites in Alabama – Ashley Henderson

Course Level: All