Keynote Presenters (2016)

Bill_in_Oregon Dr. William Hunt, PE

Dr. Hunt is a William Neal Reynolds Distinguished University Professor and Extension Specialist in North Carolina State University’s Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering department.¬†Since 2000, Hunt has assisted with the design, installation, and/or monitoring of over 90 stormwater best management practices (BMPs), including bioretention, stormwater wetlands, innovative wet ponds, green roofs, permeable pavement, water harvesting/cistern systems and level spreaders. He teaches 20-25 short courses and workshops each year on stormwater BMP design and function throughout NC and the US.

 Barry Mr. Barry Fagan, PE/PLS, CPESC, CMS4S, CESSWI

Barry Fagan is the Alabama Department of Transportation (AL DOT) Environmental Program Engineer. He has over 25 years of construction experience, especially in the areas of environmental protection and regulatory compliance. Barry works with a variety of stakeholders throughout Alabama, the Southeast, and the nation to understand stormwater problems and generate solutions through communication, science, and technology.

 Cory Mr. Cory Rayburn, CPESC, CFM

Cory Rayburn is a Construction Project Manager for the City of
Atlanta‚Äôs Environmental Restoration Division. He has played a lead role in adopting and implementing Atlanta’s Green Infrastructure standards for new and redevelopment projects in the City. Cory attended the University of Georgia, receiving a B.S. in Environmental Health Science and a B.A. in Anthropology and is currently working on a Master‚Äôs Degree in Civil Engineering from Southern Polytechnic College of Engineering at Kennesaw State University. Cory also serves as District Supervisor on the Fulton County Soil and Water Conservation District.

Opening Session:

Building Green, Cory Rayburn, City of Atlanta

Green, Gray, Purple, It’s All Infrastructure,¬†Barry Fagan, Alabama Department of Transportation

Stormwater Research and Applications, Bill Hunt, North Carolina State University

National Perspective, Deborah Nagle, US EPA

Alabama MS4 Update,  Marla Smith, Alabama Department of Environmental Management

City of Auburn IDDE Program, Dan Ballard, City of Auburn

Construction Site Stormwater Runoff Control, Richard Powell, University of Alabama

Keynote Presenters, Opening Session

Thank you 2016 Sponsors!

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Session 1: Technology: Erosion and Sediment Control

The Use of Unmanned Aerial Systems in Construction Site Erosion and Sediment Control Inspections , Wesley Zech, PhD, PE, Auburn University, Department of Civil Engineering

Large Scale Runoff Control Techniques, Wesley Donald, PhD, Auburn University, Department of Civil Engineering

Evaluating Sediment Barrier Performance, Alan Bugg (Wesley Zech), Auburn University, Department of Civil Engineering



Session 2 Management:Planning

Promoting the Watershed Approach: Plan, Implement, Monitor, Respond and Adapt,  Christian Miller, Auburn University Marine Extension and Research Center, Mobile Bay NEP Outreach Specialist

Development of the Foe Killer Creek Watershed Improvement Plan,  Julie Kaplan, Water Resources Specialist, Tetra Tech

Stormwater and Landscape Management at Auburn University Mark Dougherty, PhD, PE, Auburn University Department of Biosystems Engineering



Session 3 Science: Hydrology Applications

Beneficial Uses of Stormwater and Greywater to Enhance Domestic Water Supplies and Reduce Discharges, Bob Pitt, PhD, PE, Emeritus Cudworth Professor of Urban Water Systems, Dept. of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering, University of Alabama

The 2015-2016 El Ni√Īo and Alabama-Mississippi Hydrologic Response,¬†Glenn Tootle, PhD, University of Alabama, Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering

Automated flood control tool: Flood-Con Jon Rasmussen, Gonzalez-Strength

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Session 4 Management: Education / Outreach

Creating a Clean Water Future Ashley Campbell, City of Daphne and Leslie Gahagan, City of Foley

Alabama Water Watch РWater Quality Application at Municipal, County, State Level, Eric Reutebuch, Director, Alabama Water Watch

Alabama Water Watch Water and 4-H Youth Programs Rachel Brinks, Alabama Cooperative Extension System




Session 5 Science: Stormwater Tools and Applications

Introduction of Excel Based Tool ‚Äď SEDSpread Wesley Donald, PhD, Auburn University, Department of Civil Engineering

A Technology for Enhanced Control of Erosion, Sediment and Metal Leaching at Disturbed Land Using Polyacrylamide and Magnetite Nanoparticles, Min Zheng, PhD Student, Auburn University, Environmental Engineering Program, Department of Civil Engineering

Analysis on Controlling Factors of Urban Road Runoff Discharge, Xing Fang, PhD, Auburn University, Department of Civil Engineering



Session 6 Technology: Low Impact Development

Flood Mitigation at Toulmins Spring Branch Watershed through LID Practices, Enis Baltacci, Auburn University, School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences

Soil Media Characteristics of Stormwater Biofilitration on Construction Sites, Redahegn Sileshi, EIT, PhD, University of North Georgia

Large Scale Monitoring and Modeling to Verify Performance of Green Infrastructure Stormwater Controls, Bob Pitt, PhD, PE, Emeritus Cudworth Professor of Urban Water Systems, Dept. of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering, University of Alabama




Session 7 Technology: Watershed Restoration Design

Naturalized Stabilization Measures and Stream Restoration Projects in South Alabama, Wade Burcham, PE, Integrated Science & Engineering

Restoring Alabama’s Coast: A Design Example, Justin Barrett, PE, Goodwyn, Mills, Cawood, Inc.

Integrating LID, Stream Enhancement, and Floodplain Functions in Urban Watersheds, Greg Jennings, PE, PhD, Jennings Environmental, LLC



Session 8 Science: Evaluation and Monitoring

Infiltration Rates of Maintained and Unmaintained Permeable Pavement, Thorsten Knappenberger, PhD, Auburn University, Dept of Crop, Soil and Environmental Sciences

Standardizing Restoration Monitoring in Mobile Bay Subwatersheds to Assess Changes in Ecosystem Function, Renee Collini, Mobile Bay National Estuary Program

Identification of Landscape Plant Species for Use in Rain Gardens, Amy N. Wright, PhD, Auburn University, Department of Horticulture

Rain Garden Plant References courtesy Dr. Wright (pdf)




Session 9 Management: Phase II Stormwater Case Studies

City of Tuscaloosa РOnly Rain Down the Drain Josh Yates, City of Tuscaloosa, Storm Drainage Engineer

Innovation Through Collaboration: The City of Auburn Stormwater Management Program, Dan Ballard, City of Auburn, Water Resources Management, Watershed Division

Keeping Our Heads Above Water, Scott Parker, City of Opelika, City Engineer, Lisa Deason, City of Smiths Station, Stormwater Manager




Closing Session – 2016 Stormwater Symposium Synthesis (PDF)


Thanks (again) to our sponsors!

  • Flexamat: Motz Enterprises, Inc.
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  • Sunshine Supplies, Inc.
  • Source Molecular


Fun Photos – Thanks for a great event!

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 Catfish dinner and networking.


 Stormwater is for all ages!
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 We could not have done the symposium without the students, faculty and staff at Auburn University.  Dedicated!
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¬†And … dedicated!


¬†Outstanding presentations …
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 Watershed restoration = hug your Juncus


 Thanks to all who participated in the final planning session.
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Good information and ideas for future stormwater needs and goals.


Headed out on the walking tour of campus (so appreciative of the cloud cover that morning).
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Paterson Greenhouse experiments for stormwater and plants.


Davis Arboretum is a treasure of stormwater practices and native plants.
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Auburn University Parkerson Mill Creek Restoration Project


We had the best audience ever for the symposium.
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Justin Barrett and Tom McCauley describe challenges and benefits of urban stream enhancement. Patrick Thompson provides an overview of the carnivorous plant bog at the Davis Arboretum.