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Committee Leadership 

Ben Custalow
Greeley and Hansen
(804) 204-2426

Jen Cobb
Henrico County
Vice Chair

Laura Bendernagel

Phill Yi
Hazen and Sawyer
Board Liaison

The Stormwater Committee consists of members experienced or interested in the operations, maintenance, repair and design of stormwater systems

Click here to learn more about our committee's Mission, Goals, Leadership and Membership.   

Meetings: Monthly committee meetings and/or conference calls are typically held at 11am on the 3rd  Thursday of every month in order to network, conduct committee planning and discuss stormwater topics. Please contact committee leadership for Zoom call in information.   Approximately five monthly meetings per year are organized as in-person luncheons with a feature presentation on a relevant stormwater topic. Check the VWEA calendar for the latest upcoming committee meeting details and events. A typical meeting agenda is provided below:

  1. Welcome & Introductions
  2. Safety Minute
  3. Discussion and Planning of Upcoming Events - Spring Seminar, WaterJAM Stormwater Workshop, Lunch & Learns
  4. Stormwater Hot Topic – New Issue or Concern in the community
  5. Committee and Volunteer Planning
  6. Updates on partner organizations / events (WEF, JAM).
  7. Open Discussion and Next Meeting Coordination

Events: The committee actively organizes various events throughout the year related to stormwater management in order to work towards achieving committee goals. These events include:

  • Spring Stormwater Seminar – A 1-day event held in late April. Includes a technical program focused on recent stormwater research, industry trends and new approaches to stormwater challenges.  Also includes an exhibition hall for vendors to showcase their products and services.
  • Stormwater Lunch and Learns – 1-2 hour lunch seminars, Engineering a Resilient Waterfront Lunch and Learn  Alexandria, VA, 2019typically held once annually in each of 4 regions of VA. Each covers a current stormwater topic and/or demonstration project tour.
  • Stormwater Workshop – A half day workshop held during the annual WaterJAM conference in September. Typically focused on a single contemporary stormwater topic and providing technical expert presentations and interactive open discussions or activities.

Check the VWEA calendar for upcoming events.

Splash Award:  In support of committee goals, the VWEA Stormwater Committee awards the Splash Award to recognize a stormwater professional for their contribution to the profession and to the community. The Splash Award recognizes a distinguished stormwater professional that demonstrates the following:

  • Exceptional leadership;
  • Innovation;
  • Agency service;
  • Customer service;
  • Community service;
  • Contributions to the stormwater field.

For more information on the Splash Award and Nomination Form please click here.  

Past Splash Award Winners

2019 – Normand Goulet, Northern Virginia Regional Commission

2018 – Chris Pomeroy, AquaLaw

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