February 10, 2020

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Rishab Mahajan and Dennis Dreher to Present on Stormwater Detention Volumes at The Conservation Foundation's Beyond the Basics Stormwater Management Seminar

Rishab Mahajan, P.E., CFM, CPSWQ and Dennis Dreher (Illinois), will be presenting "Use of Continuous Simulation Watershed Models for Estimating Stormwater Detention Volumes in an Uncertain Future" at The Conservation Foundation's 2020 Beyond the Basics Stormwater Management Seminar: Designing for an Uncertain Future on February 27, 2020. Their co-presenter is Tom Price, Environmental Consulting & Technology.

Brian Valleskey, CFM, CLP (Illinois) will also be moderating a panel on dredging.

Rishab is a Project Engineer based in Illinois focused on regulatory permits and requirements, stormwater management, surface water system assessments, TMDL development and implementation, and nutrient criteria limit development. He also works with the development and calibration of hydrodynamic, sediment transport and water quality models, including one-dimensional (1-D), 2-D, and 3-D models. He specializes in geographic information system (GIS) analysis and programming in Java, Visual Basic, and database management.

Dennis is a Senior Consultant based in Illinois with more than 40 years of experience focused on green infrastructure, low impact development, and watershed planning. He also works with clients and staff engineers and ecologists to identify and incorporate conservation design practices into residential, commercial, and institutional development projects.

Brian is a senior Scientist based in Illinois with more than 20 years of experience focused on hydrology & hydraulics, floodplain management, lake management, and inland waterway dredging.

This half-day seminar will kick off with a keynote address "Accounting for The Changing Frequency of Heavy Storms in Illinois" by Dr. Momcilo Markus, hydrologist with the Illinois State Water Survey, part of the Prairie Research Institute at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Attendees will then break into two tracks, one focused on policy, procedures, funding and communication and the other looking at the technical aspects of BMPs, and their implementation and applicability.

Founded in 1972, The Conservation Foundation is one of the region's oldest and largest not-for-profit land and watershed conservation organizations dedicated to preserving and restoring open space, protecting rivers and watersheds and promoting stewardship of the environment in northeastern Illinois. They focus their work in DuPage, Kane, Kendall and Will Counties, but have also worked on significant projects in Cook, DeKalb, Grundy and LaSalle Counties.

Presentation Description

Extreme precipitation events coupled with increased urbanization have resulted in an increasing amount of flooding damages in the last decade. This presentation will describe the use of state-of-art continuous simulation models, such as such as Hydrological Simulation Program – FORTRAN (HSPF) for estimating stormwater detention volume. The presentation will also show how the use of such an approach would enable planners and engineers to "design for an uncertain future" with more confidence.

More Information

About the event: https://www.theconservationfoundation.org/event/5120/
About The Conservation Foundation: https://www.theconservationfoundation.org/about-us/
For consultation regarding stormwater, contact Rishab Mahajan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Dennis Dreher at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Learn more about Rishab: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rishabmahajan/
Learn more about Dennis: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dennis-dreher-2896a910/
Learn more about Brian: https://www.linkedin.com/in/brian-valleskey-2552b011/