June Meeting Annoucement

DATE:    Wednesday, June 29th
PLACE:  Hawthorne Lucky Lab Brew Pub, 915 SE Hawthorne Blvd
TIME:     11:30 a.m. Networking, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Presentation
SPEAKER:  Nikki Guillot, City of Vancouver
TOPIC: International BMP Database

The International BMP Database was created in 19BMP Database96 as a partnership of several professional engineering groups looking for a way to collect and display emerging data on the effectiveness of various stormwater treatment facilities. Since its inception, over 530 studies have been contributed from over 400 sites in several countries. Updates to the web interface, partnerships with research institutions including the National Stormwater Quality Database have contributed to a wealth of information available to a broad audience.

What does this data look like? Where is it coming from and who is checking it? Context is important and with analysis tools built into the web interface, it can be tempting to draw conclusions about broad categories of stormwater facilities. It’s important to take a look at the source of the data, to consider the limitations of the information and approach addressing policy decisions or design approaches based on the available information in the database carefully.

Nikki Guillot is an Engineering Specialist with the City of Vancouver’s Surface Water program. She has spent over a decade working in the stormwater management field from agricultural drainage and water quality impairments in the Midwest to municipal permit compliance in Kansas and Washington. She has contributed to stormwater design manuals and has been a construction inspector and a project manager. Nikki spent a couple of years on the headquarters staff at the American Public Works Association and was a lead on the International BMP Database committee. She has an Environmental Science degree from Drake University and is a Certified Stormwater Manager (CSM) with APWA.