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

IAFSM Stormwater Utility Seminar
Navigating Towards Effective Stormwater Program Funding

Sponsored by the Illinois Association for Floodplain and Stormwater Management (IAFSM), Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP), and Michael Baker International. The Seminar Chair is Mark Hoskins of Michael Baker International.

May 21, 2015
9 am to 4 pm

Willis Tower
CMAP 8th Floor Conference Room
(downtown Chicago)

Registration fee:
$50 Attendance to IAFSM

(includes lunch)
Register online: https://www.123signup.com/register?id=yrfjm

Dr. Warren Campbell PhD, PE, CFM is the Hall Professor of Civil Engineering at Western Kentucky University. He serves as the academic representative for the Association of State Floodplain Managers’ (ASFPM) Certification Board of Regents and is co-chair of ASFPM’s Higher Education Policy Committee. He is coordinator for both the first floodplain management minor and first 4-year college degree in floodplain management in the country.

Course Outline:
Learn from experienced Illinois stormwater utility program managers, Meet national expert Dr. Warren Campbell, Participate in a panel discussion.

Please direct any questions regarding this seminar to Sarah Harbaugh at (630) 443-8145 or via e-mail at IAFSM@illinoisfloods.org.

Download Seminar Flyer

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

Introductory-Level Two-Day HEC-HMS Course
Metropolitan Water Reclamation District
Watershed Management Ordinance Focus

November 11-12, 2015, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm each day
Christopher B. Burke Engineering, Ltd., 9575 W. Higgins Road (Lower Level Conference Room), Rosemont, IL 60018

The Environmental & Water Resources Institute (EWRI) – Chicago Chapter is pleased to present an Introductory-Level HEC-HMS Course. HEC-HMS was created by the United States Army Corps of Engineers in the mid-1990’s to simulate the complete hydrologic processes of watershed systems. The software includes many traditional hydrologic analysis procedures such as event infiltration, unit hydrographs, and hydrologic routing. The software features a completely integrated work environment including a database, data entry utilities, computation engine, and results reporting tools. A graphical user interface allows the user seamless movement between the different parts of the software.

The “hands-on” computer workshop will introduce you to HEC-HMS and teach you how to use it with confidence. Short lectures will be supplemented with example problems on the computer and question and answer sessions. Using sample problems, the workshop will take you through HEC-HMS step-by-step. On the first day, you will learn about the background and general capabilities of the model. In addition, you will work with the basin, precipitation, and runoff modules of the model. The second day will be reserved for covering stream routing, reservoir routing, dam break analysis, model execution, and analysis of results. After attending this two day course, you will feel comfortable enough with HEC-HMS to begin using it immediately.

Throughout the course, several teachings will focus on how HEC-HMS can be used to meet requirements of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District’s (MWRD) Watershed Management Ordinance (WMO). The MWRD WMO became effective in Spring 2014 and recommended the usage of HEC-HMS to meet some of its requirements.

The main presenter will be Thomas Burke, PE, PhD, CFM from Christopher B. Burke Engineering, Ltd. Thomas has over 18 years of consulting experience and oversees a staff of 22 water resources engineers. His professional experience include hydrologic and hydraulic analysis, feasibility studies, FEMA floodplain and floodway map revisions, stormwater master plans and watershed studies. He is a Past-President of the Illinois Section and Governor for Region 3 of ASCE. He has taught numerous hydrologic and hydraulic modeling seminars and has co-authored books and manuals on stormwater. Thomas and his team at CBBEL had an instrumental role in assisting MWRD in authoring the WMO and have already taught numerous training workshops on HEC-HMS and its relationship in meeting requirements of the WMO.

A continental breakfast and lunch will be provided each day. 14 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! All course materials (including a review manual) will be provided at the course and are included in the course fee. All registrants will be required to bring a laptop with the latest version of HEC-HMS previously installed.

The latest version is available for download at: http://www.hec.usace.army.mil/software/hec-hms/downloads.aspx. Registration deadline is November 1, 2015. This course has very limited capacity, so register today! For more information, please contact Don Oliphant at doliphant@cbbel.com or at 847-823-0500.

COST: $800 ASCE/EWRI members / $900 non-members / $750 Government employees

ONLINE REGISTRATION: https://www.123signup.com/register?id=pjgsn

Course Flyer

2015 Upper Mississippi River Conference

2015 Upper Mississippi River Conference

October 15-17, 2015
136 E 3rd Street
Davenport, IA 52801

Click here to submit your panel or presentation!

Planned sessions include:

  • Floodplain Management
  • Agriculture: Voluntary vs. Mandatory Environmental Initiatives
  • Geo-Tourism and River Tourism
  • Large Scale Water Resource Projects: Exploring Different Perspectives
  • Citizen Power – Citizen-Led Initiatives
  • River and Watershed Restoration: Putting science to practice

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