Atkins’ Medina plays lead role in creating innovative new manual of practice for stormwater management - July 24, 2012
Tampa, FL — With the 2012 hurricane season in full swing, the minds of many are concerned about potential impacts of stormwater on the urban environment. That’s why Atkins is pleased to announce an industry-leading achievement by Dan Medina, Ph.D., PE, D.WRE, who is associate vice president of Atkins’ water and environment practice. Medina served as co-editor of the new Manual of Practice (MOP) on Design of Urban Stormwater Controls, a 750-page engineering reference published in June by McGraw-Hill for the Water Environment Federation (WEF) and the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).
The new resource was created by a team of 16 authors representing academia, consulting companies, and government agencies. Medina shared editorial responsibilities with Christine Pomeroy, PhD, PE, who serves as assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. Medina and Pomeroy also worked with a task force of about 100 stormwater professionals who served as peer reviewers.
The new MOP is a thorough revision to Urban Runoff Quality Management, an engineering MOP jointly published in 1998 by WEF and ASCE. According to Medina, a recent “paradigm shift” in the way stormwater is viewed and managed was what drove the creation of an updated stormwater MOP.
“Traditionally, stormwater has been viewed as a nuisance—something to quickly dispose of and route to central detention facilities,” he said. “But many are coming to see stormwater as a resource that should be used beneficially and then returned to its natural environment. This approach is a key factor in today’s ‘green’ infrastructure movement, and the new MOP leads the way in fostering a convergence between low-impact development principles and traditional stormwater management strategies.”
Medina holds a degree in civil engineering from the Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia, and a Ph.D. from Cornell’s School of Civil and Environmental Engineering. His experience encompasses a broad spectrum of water-resource areas, with specialization in urban stormwater management.
In 2011, Medina was invited to participate in WEF’s National Stormwater Advisory Committee, which was formed as a technical advisory group for ongoing and future stormwater activities pursued by WEF committees and communities of practice.
In addition to being an active member of WEF and ASCE, Medina has also served on research committees for the Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF) and as a peer reviewer for the National Research Council (NRC). He is a Founding Diplomate of the American Academy of Water Resources Engineers (AAWRE), and in 2011 he was appointed to a three-year term on the Advisory Council of Cornell University’s School of Civil and Environmental Engineering.
Medina has authored or co-authored more than 70 publications, presentations, and workshops on urban watershed issues, including four articles in the new MOP on Design of Urban Stormwater Controls.
To introduce the content of the newly revised MOP to engineers, planners, architects, regulators, and other concerned professionals, WEF created a series of three 90-minute webcasts. The first two webcasts—in which Medina was a featured speaker—were held in June and July; the third webcast is scheduled for August 9, 2012. For more information about the webcasts, click here.
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- Critical program management of storm protection works in the wake of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans and Southern Louisiana, providing expertise in coastal restoration, engineering, environmental and GIS support to rebuild defenses and protect habitats.
- Architectural and construction phase services for the new Tyndall Air Force Base Fitness Center, meeting LEED Platinum standards without impact to project cost.
- Equal partner in a joint venture that is providing full-service program/project management support for the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan, a $7.8-billion project encompassing ecological restoration, water storage, flood control, and recreation.
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- Meeting stringent nutrient removal requirements for wastewater treatment plants in the Chesapeake Bay area through design of upgrades to Howard County, Maryland’s Little Patuxent Water Reclamation Plant and the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission’s Seneca Wastewater Treatment Plant, and design and construction of enhanced nutrient removal facilities at Anne Arundel County’s Patuxent Water Reclamation Plant.
- Multi-year architecture-engineering construction management services for the National Park Service in the USA, including projects such as rehabilitation of the Furnace Creek Visitor Center and Administrative Complex at California’s Death Valley to meet the US Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Gold certification standards.
Dan Medina, Ph.D., PE, D.WRE serves as AVP of Atkins’ water and environment practice.
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