Stormwater Utility Webinar Series

In the coming months, we will be hosting a variety of webinars relating to different aspects of stormwater utilities. Keep checking in for updates on new webinars and posted recordings.

Upcoming Webinars

There are no upcoming webinars at this time. 

Previous Webinars

Webinar 1: You Might Want to Consider a Stormwater Utility

 April 6, 2022 1:00 PM EDT

Presenters: Dave Dickson and Mary Looney, UConn CLEAR

In this introduction, we will review the new law allowing for stormwater utilities in Connecticut, several examples of utilities in action, and why you may want to consider a stormwater utility for your town.

Webinar 2: Starting A Stormwater Utility: Learning from the South Burlington Experience

May 4, 2022 1:00 PM EDT

Presenter: Dave Wheeler, Stormwater Superintendent, South Burlington, VT

For the second webinar of our Stormwater Utility Series, the Stormwater Superintendent of South Burlington, VT, Dave Wheeler, will discuss the process of establishing the first stormwater utility in the state. This webinar will provide further detail on various aspects of setting up and maintaining a stormwater utility, such as the fee and schedule, use of funding, community impact, as well as what has been learned along the way.

About the presenter:

Dave Wheeler is the Stormwater Superintendent for the City of South Burlington. He joined the City as the Assistant Stormwater Superintendent in 2015. Prior to that he worked at a private engineering consulting firm in Burlington, Vermont. He holds a B.S. in Civil & Environmental Engineering from the University of Vermont.

Webinar 3: Stormwater Utility Trends

June 15, 2022 1:00 PM EDT

Presenter: Dr. Warren Campbell, Ph.D. P.E. CFM, Western Kentucky University

Dr. Warren Campbell from Western Kentucky University has been collecting and analyzing information on stormwater utilities in the US for 15 years. He has been described as a human encyclopedia of stormwater utilities. In this webinar, he will dive into how widespread stormwater utilities are in the U.S., as well as various trends and patterns he’s seen throughout the years of his work. Read his latest publication: 2022 Stormwater Utility Survey 

About the presenter:

Warren Campbell is the Hall Professor of Civil Engineering at Western Kentucky University.  He is the creator of the WKU Stormwater Utility Survey published yearly since 2007.  Currently his database holds information on over 1900 stormwater utilities (SWUs) in the U.S. and 100 in Canada.  Information from this database has been used and is widely cited in SWU feasibility studies for many communities, is referenced by water resources companies, local state and Federal government agencies, and non-profit organizations in the U.S. and abroad.

Dr. Campbell is active in the Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM) and was formerly the Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM) Exam Workgroup Chair, and he served for 10 years on the Certification Board of Regents.  Sixty-four of his students are CFMs.  For his efforts he was given the ASFPM 2014 John Ivey Award for Superior Efforts in Certification.

Living in one of the major karst areas of the world, his research involves stormwater funding, karst hydrology, and the application of artificial neural networks to engineering problems.

Webinar 4: Gaining Public Support with Your Stormwater Utility: The City of Dover

October 5, 2022 1:00 PM EDT

Presenter: Gretchen Young, P.E., City of Dover, New Hampshire

For our fourth webinar of the series, Gretchen Young PE, the Environmental Projects Manager for the City of Dover, New Hampshire, will discuss the city’s current standing in their process of implementing the state’s first stormwater utility. After an initial unsuccessful attempt at establishing a utility, Dover has decided on a different approach for their second attempt, this time with the assistance of a community-based ad hoc committee. This webinar will dive into Dover’s use of public support and engagement throughout their utility process as well as and explore the next steps to come for the city.

You can also access Dover’s Ad Hoc Committee page containing the meetings, findings report, and summary of recommendations. These resources can be found on the bottom of the page.

About the presenter:

Gretchen Young, PE is the Environmental Projects Manager for the City of Dover.  As Environmental Projects Manager, Gretchen oversees a variety of projects involving municipal sanitary sewer/stormwater issues related to the Clean Water Act.  She has 19 years of experience as a professional engineer working throughout New England specializing in civil/environmental engineering with a particular focus on municipal stormwater compliance, and utility and infrastructure improvements.

For the last seven years, she has acted as the Chair of the Seacoast Stormwater Coalition working with NHDES, UNH Stormwater Center, and other municipalities to ensure positive stormwater improvements and MS4 compliance throughout the Seacoast region.  Recently, she has also taken the role as Chair of the Municipal Alliance for Adaptive Management, again working with other municipalities and stakeholders to collaboratively take positives steps towards improving the water quality in the Great Bay estuary and ensure compliance with the EPA Great Bay Nitrogen General Permit.

She received her BS in Civil Engineering from the University of New Hampshire and a Master’s Degree in Environmental Engineering from Norwich University.

Webinar 5: Regional Stormwater Utilities Efficiencies and Challenges

February 22, 2023 1:00 PM EDT

Presenter: Jeff Colella; Wyoming Valley Sanitary Authority, Pennsylvania

For this webinar, we invite Jeff Colella, Stormwater Division Manager of the Wyoming Valley Sanitary Authority (WVSA) to discuss the program’s experience as a regional stormwater utility and MS4 Administrator in Pennsylvania. In this webinar, we will hear about the WVSA story and program, the implementation of their regional stormwater utility spanning 32 municipalities, and keys to success for those are considering following a similar path.

About the presenter:

Since 2019, Jeff has served as the Stormwater Division Manager at the Wyoming Valley Sanitary Authority, where he oversees stormwater management projects, activities, and compliance with Minimum Control Measures as required. He also manages continual collaboration and project executions among member municipalities. A graduate of Penn State University, Jeff continually ensures that the stormwater division meets annual goals that are beneficial to the Authority’s local communities.


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This program is funded by Connecticut Sea Grant