The 2012 Stormwater Symposium, hosted by the Water Environment Federation and Chesapeake Water Environment Association, will be held in Baltimore July 18 to 20. Be sure to register before the Super Saver rate closes June 13. Conference sessions will cover an array of stormwater topics from policy to cutting-edge research to innovative technologies. The New Stormwater Management Paradigm, a panel discussion, will involve several well-known professionals in the stormwater field.

Larry Coffman, president of Stormwater Services, recognized as an early leader in the development of Low Impact Development at Prince George’s County, Md. will act as the moderator for this group.  Panelists will include Lawrence Liebesman, partner at Holland & Knight, who represents multiple clients in the stormwater sector, particularly in the areas of stormwater funding and finance and Chris Kloss, green infrastructure coordinator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and an integral member of the team focusing on the current national stormwater rulemaking effort.

Opening general session participants will include Robert Traver, who is a leading researcher in the stormwater field and is the director of the Villanova Urban Stormwater Partnership, Kim Burgess (invited) who is chief of surface water management with City of Baltimore Public Works Department, and Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (invited). Robert Summers, secretary of the environment with the Maryland Department of the Environment, who has been at the forefront of many of Maryland’s progressive stormwater programs, will provide input as a lunch keynote speaker along with a representative from the organization Green for All, which released a report last year focusing on green infrastructure and green jobs.