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IAFSM Sponsored Conferences & Workshops
(for non-IAFSM sponsored workshops, click here)

Check back again soon for upcoming IAFSM sponsored conferences and workshops!

Past IAFSM Conferences

NFIP Reform and CRS, August 13, 2013.

Workshop presentations for download:

3-Day Unsteady HEC-RAS Seminar

This three-day seminar will prepare participants to set up and run HEC-RAS unsteady flow applications with a combination of lectures and hands-on workshops taught by renowned instructor Vernon Bonner, P.E. Participants will learn the concepts of basic unsteady flow modeling, as well as how to model bridges, inline and lateral structures, storage areas, and floodways.

July 24-26
NIU Naperville
1120 East Diehl Road
Naperville, IL 60563
July 29-31
University of Illinois
2204 Griffith Drive
Champaign, IL

Registration Fee:
$600 (includes breakfast & lunch for 3 days)
Register Online: https://www.123signup.com/register?id=bnnpr

Registration deadline is one week prior to course

Vern Bonner, P.E.

21.5 PDH's (12 CECs)


This seminar assumes that the participant is familiar with the application of steady‐flow HEC‐RAS. Lectures and hands-on computer workshops will provide the background required to apply the key features in RAS Version 4 and to evaluate the computed results. Participants will know the steps required to process geometry files, add unsteady flow boundary conditions, set up and process an unsteady‐flow solution and evaluate results. Hydraulic modeling of inline and lateral structures, storage areas and connections, and
floodway evaluations are covered.

Each participant should have previous experience with HEC‐RAS and will need to bring a laptop with HEC‐RAS installed.

Please direct any questions to regarding this course (agenda, hotel options, meals, etc.) to Shauna Urlacher at (312) 382‐1294 or via e‐mail at shauna.urlacher@clarkdietz.com.

Course Flyer and Agenda

2013 IAFSM Annual Conference, March 6-7, 2013
Bloomington-Nomral Marriott
Hotel & Conference Center
201 Broadway Avenue
Normal, Illinois 61761

Conference Forms
Conference Flyer & Registration Form - Coming in early January
Exhibitor Form
Sponsor Form

Conference Presentations
(not all presentations are available)


Wednesday, March 6, 2013
9:00 am Plenary Session

10:30 am Concurrent Session 1

1A Mitigation

1B Floodplain Modeling

1C Stormwater Tools

12:00 pm Lunch

1:30 pm Concurrent Session 2


2B Regulatory

2C BMP's

3:20 pm Concurrent Session 3

3A Flood Insurance

3B Dams and Gates

3C Stormwater Retrofits

3D Regulatory

  • 10 Years After TB 10-01
  • Development and Implementation of the Village of Lakewood's BMP Ordinance
  • 7th Avenue Creek Revitalization Project

Thursday, March 7, 2013
9:00 am Plenary Session

10:10 - 11:00am Follow up discussion on Changes to Stormwater Runoff Standards

10:30 am Concurrent Session 4

4A Mapping

4B Mapping Levees

4C Floodplain Managemet

4D Case Studies

12:00 pm Lunch

    • Awards Luncheon
    • Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient Recognition
    • Vendor Door Prizes

1:30 pm Concurrent Session 5

5A Wetlands

5B Restoration

5C HEC-GeoRAS Walk-Through Workshop*

5D BMP Case Studies

* Denotes In Depth Presentation


Wetlands Committee
Wetlands Educational Seminar & Field Trip

The Illinois Association for Floodplain and Stormwater Management (IAFSM) are pleased to present a day-long Wetlands Educational Seminar and Field Trip focused on the general topic of “Wetlands of Northeastern Illinois.” This is an introductory “Wetlands for Dummies” educational experience that will include a morning seminar with various speakers from the environmental industry followed by an outing to a local forest preserve to view regionally-significant wetlands, including an ongoing wetland mitigation project. The basics of wetlands and wetland science will be discussed and viewed in action.

The morning seminar portion of the day (approximately 2 hours) will consist of approximately 15-20 minute presentations on selected wetland topics, with question and answer opportunities following each speaker. Planned seminar topics include:

  • “Wetlands 101 – Introduction to Wetlands” – what’s a wetland, why are they protected?
  • Wetlands Regulation – general overview of federal, state and municipal wetland regulations
  • Mitigation – how we create wetlands to replace those impacted
  • Maintenance and Monitoring – why is management of natural areas important

The field trip, immediately following the seminar, will consist of a bus trip departing from the parking lot of CBBEL’s offices in Rosemont, traveling to Deer Grove East Forest Preserve in Palatine, Illinois. Deer Grove East, a holding of the Forest Preserve District of Cook County, is one of the mitigation sites for the O'Hare Modernization Program. The mitigation project area, about 180 acres in size, includes woodland and prairie habitats and wetland habitat types from wet prairie to deeper open water. Most of the wetlands are easily accessible via an existing public trail system…..wear comfortable shoes. We are scheduled to return to CBBEL’s office at approximately 5:00 pm.

Registration deadline is October 5, 2012. Registration will be limited to the first 25 individuals. No refunds will be given after the registration deadline unless the workshop is cancelled, in which case the registration fee will be refunded in full. IAFSM reserves the right to cancel the seminar.

Date: October 11, 2012
Time: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm (lunch provided)
Where: Christopher B. Burke Engineering, Ltd.
9575 W. Higgins Road
Rosemont, IL 60018
Cost: $10.00
Questions: Sarah Harbaugh
(630) 443-8145
Workshop Flyer: IAFSM Wetlands Seminar Flyer.pdf

2012 IAFSM Annual Conference, March 14-15, 2012
InterContinental Chicago O'Hare
Rosemont, IL

Conference Photos have been posted!

Workshop Presentation Files for Download
Adobe Acrobat files *.pdf:

Conference Forms
Conference Flyer
Conference Registration
Exhibitor Form
Sponsor Form


9:00 am Plenary Session

  • How To Talk To Your Legislator: Representative Mike Fortner
  • Lt. Governor Sheila Simon, Watershed Management & Lt. Governor’s Office (invited)

11:00 am Concurrent Session 1

12:30 pm Lunch

2:00 pm Concurrent Session 2

4:00 pm Concurrent Session 3

Thursday, March 15, 2012

9:00 am Plenary Session

11:00 am Concurrent Session 4

12:30 pm Awards Luncheon

2:00 pm Concurrent Session 5

Costs of Green and Gray Stormwater Infrastructure
When: Tuesday, October 25, 2011, 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
(Registration and Continental Breakfast at 8 a.m.)
Location: NIU Outreach Center, 1120 East Diehl Road, Naperville, IL 60563
Registration fee: Morning & Afternoon Session, including Box Lunch $ 40
Certification Credits: 4 PDH / 3 CEC

There is much information available on green stormwater infrastructure, including design considerations
and methods for modeling its effectiveness. Use of low impact development and BMPs aimed at treating
and/or keeping runoff onsite is increasingly practiced in Illinois and nationally. There is still much debate
and discussion regarding when these methods are cost-effective as compared to more traditional ‘gray’
infrastructure. This workshop will compare costs of green and gray infrastructure and provide considerations
of the elements that influence the selection of one or the other.

This seminar is intended for stormwater engineers, permitting agencies, contractors and developers. The
event will begin with an EPA update on the NPDES Rules Making status and then proceed with providing
a framework of factors that influence the evaluation of cost. Subsequent presentations will then focus on
real-life case studies, presented by both private and public sector subject matter experts. .
Event Highlights:

  • Overview of NPDES rules making update
  • Public sector experiences in addressing green/gray stormwater cost implications
  • Real-life cost case studies from the Mid-west

Conference Downloads

Floodplain Management Workshop
Hosted by the Illinois Association for Floodplain and Stormwater Management
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Dupage County, JTK Administration Auditorium
421 North County Farm Road
Wheaton, Illinois 60187

Workshop Downloads:
Floodplain Management Workshop Flyer
Floodplain 101 - Paul Osman, IDNR/OWR
LOMR/CLOMR Process - Chris Hanstad, Illinois State Water Survey
LOMR/CLOMR/PMR (MT-2) Technical Review - Brian Chaille, Illinois State Water Survey

2011 IAFSM Annual Conference, March 8-10, 2011

Conference Photos have been posted!

Workshop Presentation Files for Download
Adobe Acrobat files *.pdf:

Pre-Conference Seminars:


Plenary & Lunch:



Introduction to WinSLAMM
January 27, 2011

Click on the following presentations to download:

Construction & Development Effluent Guidelines
EPA’s 2010 – 2012 Stormwater Rulemaking
(focused on stormwater discharges volumes and hydrology)
December 1, 2010

Click on the following presentations to download:

IDNR-OWR Dinner Seminar
Presented by
Illinois Association for Floodplain and Stormwater Management
Environmental Engineering & Water Resources Group
Illinois Section of ASCE
November 10, 2010

Click on the following presentations to download:

Radar Precipitation Seminar
Lisle Police Department - Training Room
August 23, 2010

Some of the presentations from our August 23rd, 2010 seminar, “Radar Precipitation- How it can be used in hydrologic studies to improve calibration”, have been made available by our presenters. Thanks to all our presenters who made this seminar a success.

Click on the following presentations to download:

Construction Erosion Control, Post Construction BMPs, and Illicit Discharge Detection
Strategies for Compliance with Stormwater NPDES Regulations
May 25, 2010, I-Wireless Center, Moline, IL

Workshop Presentation Files for Download
Adobe Acrobat files *.pdf:

2010 IAFSM Annual Conference, March 9-10, 2010

Conference Photos have been posted!

Workshop Presentation Files for Download
Adobe Acrobat files *.pdf:

Pre-Conference Seminars:


Plenary & Lunch:

MWRDGC Cook County Oridinance and Watershed Studies Dinner Seminar EE&WR,
, November 12, 2009
Workshop Presentation Files for Download

Adobe Acrobat files *.pdf:

Stormwater Management Committee BMP Design Workshop, September 29, 2009
Workshop Presentation Files for Download

Adobe Acrobat files *.pdf:

2009 IAFSM Annual Conference, March 11 & 12, 2009
Workshop Presentation Files for Download

Adobe Acrobat files *.pdf:

Stormwater Master Planning Workshop, 9/23/08
Workshop Presentation Files for Download

Powerpoint files .ppt:

Adobe Acrobat files *.pdf:

Non-IAFSM Sponsored Conferences & Workshops

Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control
Review and Exam Seminar
November 14-15, 2013

The Environmental & Water Resources Institute (EWRI) – Chicago Chapter is pleased to once again present a review and exam seminar to become a Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control (CPESC). The CPESC accreditation shows a recognized specialization in soil erosion and sediment control measures. The course will be held at the Chicago Center for Green Technology (CCGT).

Please note that all participants are separately required to submit an application and fee to become eligible to take or re-take the exam. Typical review time periods for these applications are 30 days. This application or re-test fee is not included in the seminar fee and is the responsibility of the participant. Application and eligibility requirements can be found at www.cpesc.org.

John Price of Hanes Geo Components will be the instructor for the course. John is a licensed engineer in both North Carolina and Michigan after earning a BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Idaho and an MS in Civil Engineering from Purdue University. His diversified career of nearly 35 years, spanning consulting, product development, sales and marketing of geosynthetics, erosion & sediment control materials/systems and water quality improvement systems, requires him to routinely develop and present training sessions to project owners, designers, contractors and regulators. He has served on the industry advisory board to the Civil-Environmental Department of Michigan Technological University. John has also served on the Board of the International Erosion Control Association, including being its President, and he continues to serve the erosion control industry as an instructor for both the CPESC and CISEC certification programs.

A continental breakfast will be provided each day and lunch will be provided on day one. 6 PDH’s will be provided upon completion of this course. This is a great class for Illinois licensed engineers who haven’t met their continuing education requirements for the November 30th renewal deadline!!! No PDH’s will be given to participants who only take the exam on day two. All course materials (including a review manual) will be provided at the course and are included in the seminar fee for full registrants. Registration deadline is November 1, 2013. This course has limited capacity, so register today! For more information, please contact Don Oliphant at doliphant@cbbel.com or at 847-823-0500.

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PRRSUM Stream Restoration Symposium
February 23-16, 2014
LaCrosse, Wisconsin

The Partnership for River Restoration and Science in the Upper Midwest (PRRSUM) presents the 5th annual Upper Midwest Stream Restoration Symposium (UMSRS).

UMSRS is designed to foster exchange, conversation, and new collaboration amongst stream and river restoration practitioners in the Midwest.

AT UMSRS, professionals & students all gather to listen to single-track presentations on stream restoration projects and science, promoting multi-disciplinary dialogue and discussion.

Key Dates:
Oral Abstracts Due: 10-18-13
Registration Opens: 11-8-13
Poster Abstracts Due: 1-24-14
Registration Closes: 1-24-14


Visit www.prrsum.org to learn more.

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Emergency Management Institute (EMI) Training Opportunities

Through its courses and integrated programs, EMI serves as the national focal point for the development and delivery of emergency management training to enhance the capabilities of State, local, and Tribal government officials; volunteer organizations; FEMA’s disaster workforce; other Federal agencies; and the public and private sectors to minimize the impact of disasters and emergencies on the American public. EMI curricula are structured to meet the needs of this diverse audience with an emphasis on separate organizations working together in all-hazards emergencies to save lives and protect property. Particular emphasis is placed on governing doctrine such as the National Response Framework, National Incident Management System, and the National Preparedness Guidelines.

EMI provides a wide range of training opportunities and upcoming training includes:

  • HAZUS (7/22) and
  • NFIP/CRS (7/29)

The Emergency Management Institute news and schedules are available here: http://training.fema.gov/EMI/#News

Courses are held at the Emergency Management Institute in Emmitsburg, Maryland.  For more information, please go to: http://training.fema.gov/emicourses or contact the Admissions Office at (301) 447-1035 or via email at netc-admissions@dhs.gov .  Send completed applications to your State Training Officer for approval.  The State will then forward them to Admissions. 

If interested, apply immediately!



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