Webinar: Using ESC Inspection History to Improve our Practice

stormwater webinar

Event details

  • July 14, 2020
  • 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
  • Virtual Webinar
  • (319) 855-2955 - Ben Curtis, ISWEP


Stormwater Sessions Live! is back in 2020 and ready to address the challenges of the next decade. What can we learn from “big data” or failed practices? How can we work across the public/private divide to better address long-term success? We don’t have all the answers, but our stormwater webinar presenters might! ISWEP is proud to offer our annual webinar series at discounted rates for members. City and Educational members should use code “ISWEP20A” and Professional members should use code “ISWEP20B” when registering. Discounts are also provided for groups at one office.

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Professional Development Hours

Stormwater webinars are eligible for 6 total hours of continuing education or professional development hours, 1 hour per webinar. Sessions are recorded live and available on demand if sessions are missed. All stormwater webinars take place from 12 – 1PM central time. For questions, please contact Ben Curtis at bcurtis@iowastormwater.org.


May 12 – The Milwaukee Green Infrastructure Plan

Co-Presenter: Erick Shambarger, Environmental Sustainability Director, City of Milwaukee

Erick Shambarger is the Director of Environmental Sustainability for the City of Milwaukee, where he leads the Environmental Collaboration Office (ECO). He was appointed by the Mayor in June 2015.  ECO was created by Mayor Tom Barrett to develop practical solutions that benefit Milwaukee’s environment and economy. Mr. Shambarger developed Milwaukee’s Green Streets Stormwater Management Plan in 2013 and comprehensive Green Infrastructure Plan in 2019, through collaboration with the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District, City of Milwaukee Department of Public Works, and collaboration with other stakeholders. He also oversees the City of Milwaukee’s climate action efforts including extensive programs in energy efficiency and renewable energy.  He holds a Masters of Public Affairs degree from the University of Wisconsin and certificates in Water Technology and Energy Analysis and Policy.

Co-Presenter: Erin Keleske, Water Centric City Program Coordinator, City of Milwaukee

Presentation Description: The City of Milwaukee, WI, adopted a comprehensive Green Infrastructure Plan in June 2019.  By 2030, Milwaukee will add approximately 36 million gallons of stormwater storage by implementing green infrastructure. This is the equivalent of adding 143 acres of green space throughout the City. The plan envisions that green infrastructure will be designed, installed and maintained by an inclusive workforce that is representative of the City’s diversity. Learn how Milwaukee is building green infrastructure into its streets, schoolyards, parking lots, and private developments


June 9 – Private Stormwater BMP Management

Presenter: Joe Reitz, P.E., M ASCE, CPESC, CESSWI, Public Works Director, City of Avon Lake

About the Presenter: Mr. Reitz has been employed with the City of Avon Lake for 30 years in various duties.  His current position is for oversight of the City’s Engineering, Service and Planning Departments and serves in the capacity of the City’s Stormwater Program Manager.  These positions offer him a unique opportunity to be the City’s code writer, development reviewer, and project enforcement.  Currently the City is working on the final two years of combined sewer separations with a recent focus on lateral separations.  Mr. Reitz is the one who prepares the budget for the Public Works Department and knows the dealings between the Mayor and Council and dealing with the public.  Mr. Reitz has been an advocate for municipalities in the area of stormwater awareness and has worked with EPA on various training programs.

Presentation Description: Presentation will discuss how the City of Avon Lake has been working with HOA’s and Developers over the years in BMP management with a focus on Stromwater Detention/Retention Basins.  From the aspects of ongoing maintenance needs to inspections including regular volumetric studies and budgeting analysis.  The City has also used this experience to modify designs with developers from the perspective of long term maintenance.  This program goes back to before the NPDES Regulations came into place by working with HOA’s on volumetric stormwater basins that came into existence in the early 1990’s in Avon Lake. This successful program has taught HOA’s, Property Management Companies and Developers how to build and maintain effective stormwater control measures.  This has been a learning experience from both sides and has been very successful.


July 14 – Using ESC Inspection History to Improve our Practice

Presenter: Jeff Mazanec, P.E., Senior Consultant, R.A. Smith, Inc.


About the Presenter: Jeff Mazanec is a professional engineer providing municipal engineering and infrastructure planning and design services. He supports permit compliance and ESC inspection efforts of communities in several states. He is a lifetime member of the American Public Works Association, a member of the IECA Great Lakes Chapter, and the North East Wisconsin Stormwater Consortium.


About the Presentation: Thousands of ESC inspections are recorded every day, each potentially offering valuable information to guide better practices. This presentation summarizes data from thousands of ESC inspections on municipal, commercial and residential construction projects in several states from 2007 through 2019 as recorded by agency (MS4) and contractor inspectors. The analysis addresses these issues: Typical inspection pass/ fail rates for municipal, large plat, commercial and residential projects; Identify BMPs that fail most frequently by project type; Compare inspection pass/fail rates for agency (MS4) inspectors and contractor self-inspections; Use of comprehensive inspection data to improve overall program performance.


Conclusions drawn from the analysis of this data relate to development of a baseline, or benchmark, for project inspection pass/fail rates, suggestions on key BMP failure rates, insight on the relative credibility of self-inspections and offers guidance for targeted training to improve overall program effectiveness. The presentation also includes an in-depth analysis of similar information as a case study in Carmel, IN, generating more specific insight into opportunities for improved program effectiveness.


August 11 – Smart Stormwater Systems

Presenter: Debabrata Sahoo, Ph.D., PE, PH, Senior Engineer, Woolpert

Presentation Description: TBA


September 8 – Pretreatment Forebay Design and Innovations

Co-Presenter: Joe Barten, CPSWQ, Senior Research Conservationist, Dakota County SWCD, MN

Co-Presenter: Gregg Thompson, City of Eagan MN, Water Resource Specialist

Presentation Description: TBA


October 13 – Urban BMP Deep Dive: Duck Creek Bioreactor

Co-Presenter: Cassie Druhl, Coordinator, Partners of Scott County Watersheds

Co-Presenter: Amy Kay, Clean Water Manager, City of Davenport

Co-Presenter: Brian Stineman, Public Works Director, City of Muscatine

Presentation Description: TBA