Registration:                    8:00 – 8:30 am

Morning Session:             8:30 – 11:30 am

Lunch (On your own):       11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Afternoon Session:           12:30 – 4:30 pm

Understanding Stormwater Permit Requirements and Procedures

   Background and development of national and state regulations and permit requirements

   Activities exempt from construction general stormwater permit requirements

   Complying with Texas Commission on Environmental Quality procedures

      • Notice of intent requirements

      • Special conditions for sensitive waters

      • Review and permitting process

   Implementing, monitoring and assessing SWPPPs

Understanding and Applying the Science of Stormwater

   Hydrology, soil science and drainage

   Classifying storm events

   Identifying consequences of storm events

   Stormwater modeling

Developing Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plans (SWPPP)

   Including required elements

   Assessing building sites

   Choosing best management practices (BMPs)

   Planning for required inspection, maintenance and recordkeeping

   Obtaining plan certification

   Implementing SWPPPs

Choosing Appropriate Stormwater Best ManagementPractices (BMPs)

   Stormwater management planning

   Sizing criteria

   Green infrastructure practices

      • Preservation of natural features and conservation design

      • Reducing impervious cover

   Green management techniques

      • Conservation of natural areas

      • Riparian buffers and filter strips

      • Vegetated swales

      • Disconnected runoff

      • Stream daylighting

      • Rain gardens

      • Green roofs

      • Stormwater planters

      • Rain barrels/cisterns

      • Porous pavement

      • Proprietary practices



     6.5 HSW CEPHs/Contact Hours, (1.0 Sustainable Design Hour)
     6.5 AIA HSW Learning Units

Landscape Architects

     6.5 HSW CEPHs/Contact Hours (1.0 Sustainable Design Hour)
     6.5 LA CES HSW PDHs

Professional Engineers

     6.5 PDHs

Floodplain Managers

     6.5 ASFPM CECs


     Non-Mandatory CE Opportunity

Continuing Education Credit Information

This seminar is open to the public. It offers 6.5 HSW CEPHs, including 1.0 hour in sustainable design to Texas architects and landscape architects and 6.5 PDHs to Texas professional engineers to whom the subject matter is professionally relevant. Educators and courses are not subject to preapproval in Texas.

This seminar is approved by the American Institute of Architects for 6.5 HSW Learning Units (Sponsor No. J885) and the Landscape Architect Continuing Education System for 6.5 HSW PDHs.

Architects, landscape architects, and engineers seeking continuing education credit in other states will be able to apply the hours earned at this seminar, in most cases. Refer to specific state rules to determine eligibility.

The Association of State Floodplain Managers has approved this event for 6.5 CECs.

This seminar offers contractors a continuing education opportunity, but it has not been submitted to any state contractor licensing entity for continuing education approval.

Attendance will be monitored, and attendance certificates will be available after the seminar for most individuals who complete the entire event. Attendance certificates not available at the seminar will be mailed to participants within fifteen business days.


Chris Maxwell-gaines

Innovative Water Solutions, LLC, Austin
Mr. Maxwell-Gaines received a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering specializing in water and wastewater from Texas A&M University in College Station. After college, he and his wife joined the U.S. Peace Corps and accepted volunteer positions in Suriname, South America. They were assigned to the remote village of Godo Olo which is located in the Amazon rainforest, deep in the interior of Suriname. They helped the village implement a water well project, provided after-school tutoring, and provided business training for the villagers. They spent 27 months serving in the Peace Corps. After returning to Austin in 2002, Mr. Maxwell-Gaines worked at a civil engineering firm that provided a breadth of project experience ranging from TMDL computer modeling projects for impaired streams in Texas, to subdivision design, to water and wastewater treatment plant design. He became a licensed engineer in 2007. In 2004, Mr. Maxwell-Gaines started Innovative Water Solutions LLC. IWS is a design/build water conservation company that focuses on the nexus of stormwater management and water conservation. The company designs and installs rainwater/stormwater collection systems, stormwater management systems including green infrastructure, and graywater reuse systems, as well as efficient irrigation systems and water conservative landscaping for residential and commercial projects. To date, IWS has installed over 8,000,000 gallons of rainwater storage capacity across the state of Texas. Mr. Maxwell-Gaines has designed water conservation systems and green infrastructure projects for numerous institutions including: Texas A&M University; The University of Texas at Austin; City of Austin; Texas Department of Transportation; Texas Parks and Wildlife; numerous Independent School Districts (Austin, Dripping Springs, Wimberley Hays CISD); Atmos Energy; CubeSmart; Denton County, Texas; City of New Braunfels; San Jacinto River Authority; and SeaWorld.