Regulation or Technology – Who Is Driving the Bus for Innovation in Stormwater?

Presenters: Jacob O. Burkey, P.E., J.P. Johns, P.E.,Chris Bogdan, Jacqueline Williams, PE & Kurt Kelsey

This Fireside Chat brings together the parties that drive the implementation of new and innovative technologies: manufacturers that develop and test, practitioners that specify and design, and regulators that assess and approve. Which comes first, the new regulations or the new technologies? Do they move at the same pace? Do they even speak the same language? This forum will share challenges, success stories, and thoughts on the future from the professionals working at the cutting edge of how we manage stormwater.

Learning Objectives: 
  • Identify several innovative new technologies that are hot topics in the stormwater management industry.
  • Understand how emerging technologies interact with different kinds of existing stormwater rules and regulations.
  • Visualize a path forward where technology and regulations work together to improve and innovate stormwater management.

Jacob O. Burkey, P.E.

J.P. Johns, P.E.

Chris Bogdan

Kurt Kelsey

Moderated by Jacob O. Burkey, P.E. – Water Resources Engineer, Woolpert Inc with Secondary Presenters: J.P. Johns, P.E. – Discipline Leader, Water Resources, Woolpert Inc, Chris Bogdan – President, Environmental Conservation Solutions, Jacqueline Williams, PE – Stormwater Manager, SCDOT & Kurt Kelsey, American Excelsior

Jacob O. Burkey, P.E., has 7 years’ experience in water resources engineering with emphasis areas of stormwater management, erosion prevention and sediment control, post-construction water quality, and environmental monitoring of aquatic systems. He earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Biosystems Engineering from Clemson University with a Master’s thesis on the topic of construction site runoff quality. He has been an IECA Southeast Chapter member since 2014 and is the chairperson of the IECA Stormwater Management Track Education Committee.

Mr. J.P. Johns, P.E., has over 20 years’ experience in hydrology and hydraulic analysis of urban waterways with additional experience in erosion prevention and sediment control, post-construction water quality, and NPDES MS4 program implementation. He earned a B.S. degree in Agricultural Engineering and an MS degree in Biosystems Engineering from Clemson University. He received the IECA 2014 Sustained Contributor Award, 2018 IECA Tecnical Paper of the Year, is currently the President of the IECA Southeast Chapter, is a member of the South Carolina Association of Stormwater Managers, the Water Environment Association of South Carolina, and sits on the ASTM D18 and C27 committees.

Chris Bogdan is the president of Environmental Conservation Solutions (ECS). Chris is working on projects throughout the Southeastern United States related to water quality and conservation in the wastewater and stormwater industries using the patented technologies of ECS. Chris’ primary focus has been in green infrastructure and low impact development design.

Jacqueline Williams, P.E. graduated from North Carolina State University with a B.S. Degree in Engineering and is registered as a Professional Engineer for the State of South Carolina. Jacqueline began her career with the South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) in January 2008 as the assistant storm water manager within the Preconstruction Support division. In September 2015 she accepted a position within the SCDOT Finance division to manage the Professional Services Contracting Office. Jacqueline returned to the Preconstruction Support division in February 2018 as the SCDOT Stormwater Manager administering the SCDOT Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) program.

Mr. Kurt Kelsey is employed by American Excelsior Company - Earth Science Division - Arlington, TX, as the Division Director. Mr. Kelsey has a Bachelor of Science degree in Water Resources with an emphasis in Watershed Science and a minor in Soil Science from the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point and a Masters of Science in Natural Resources with an emphasis in Soil and Water Science from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point. Mr. Kelsey is CPESC and CPSWQ certified. He has worked on numerous erosion and sediment control projects and has authored and co-authored a plethora of papers and articles related to the field. He is an active member of ASTM where he serves on the D18 Executive Committee and he is Chairman of the D18.25 Committee on Erosion and Sediment Control Technology. Mr. Kelsey is active with the International Erosion Control Association (IECA) where he serves on their Erosion and Sediment Control Educational Track. Mr. Kelsey is also active with the Erosion Control Technology Council (ECTC). In addition, Mr. Kelsey is the industry liaison to the National Transportation Product Evaluation Program (NTPEP) Technical Committee on Erosion Control Products and Sediment Retention Devices.