Wow Webinars

Wow Stormwater Webinars are FREE and are offered the third Wednesday of each month from 11:00 am until 12:00 noon.  


  • Register here for the upcoming webinar.  Registration will open one month in advance and will be open until 24 hours prior to the webinar time.
  • At the designated time and date, tune into the webinar here.
  • PDHs will be awarded to individuals who preregister and then sign into the webinar with the same name and email address as on their registration record.
  • PDH certificates of attendance will be emailed to participants at the end of each webinar.


Click on the titles to access the recordings of past webinars.

Oct 21, 2020   

Stormwater eDMR is Just Around the Corner!

Annette Lucas and Suzanne McCoy (DEMLR) will explain how industries will soon enter into a more modern, convenient and sustainable way to report stormwater data.  They will also show you how to make use of the new capabilities now avaiable to you on the Stormwater Program web site. (Recording will be available soon.) 

Nov 18, 2020     

How to Rock Your MS4 Audit

Jeanette Powell and Isaiah Reed (DEMLR) will review how an MS4 permit compliance audit is conducted and provide tips and tools for preparing for a successful audit. Daryl Norris and Lisa Kirby from the City of Greenville will discuss their recent MS4 audit and the steps they took to receive a Notice of Compliance.

Dec 16, 2020     

Nature-Based Solutions in Urban Areas

Hunter Freeman (WithersRavenel) and Daniel Weibke (McAdams) will showcase nature-based solutions that deliver triple bottom line benefits to developers, regulators, and residents. They will discuss how SCM design elements can be adapted to fit within the urban form and how collaboration between researchers, regulatory agencies, environmental non-profits, and the design community can be leveraged to deliver sustainable projects to serve the increasing demand for housing and commercial space in North Carolina.

Jan 20, 2021     

NPDES Industrial Stormwater Program 101

Isaiah Reed (DEMLR) will explain two requirements common to all NPDES Industrial Permits: Non-Stormwater Discharge and Qualitative Monitoring. He will also discuss how to achieve and maintain the No Exposure Certification. David Auge will present the stormwater practices that Grifols Therapeutics has put into place, including consolidating five environmental response plans into the SWPPP, expanding annual stormwater training, conducting monthly testing of all stormwater outfalls and adding interpretive signs in the wildlife habitat area to highlight specific stormwater protection features.

Isaiah's presentation slides
David's presentation slides

Feb 17, 2021   

How to Create Clear, Specific, and Measurable SWMPs

Jeanette Powell (DEMLR) will present the regulatory requirements for Clear, Specific, and Measurable Stormwater Management Plans (SWMPs) and Katherine Knight (WithersRavenel) will present her experience in developing the first approved SWMP in North Carolina.

Jeanette's presentation slides

Mar 17, 2021     

Putting the Green in Green Infrastructure

In this St. Patrick's Day webinar, Shannon Currey (Hoffman Nursery) and Debbie Hamrick (NC Farm Bureau) will make the case for plants being a priority in stormwater control features. It will include an overview of the benefits of plants in stormwater design, how to work with the green industry for success, and match up plants with their specific benefits. Presenters will share a list of resources stormwater practitioners can use to incorporate more plants into their work.

Putting the Green in Green Infrastructure presentation slides
Green Infrastructure Resources List

Apr 21, 2021     

How to Breeze Through Your Post-Construction Plan Review

Corey Anen and Jim Farkas (DEMLR) will discuss DEQ's post-construction permitting process. The goal will be to educate design engineers on the permitting process and requirements for obtaining a post-construction permit. We will discuss the different permitting options and common pitfalls that can slow down the permitting process.

Corey's presentation slides

May 19, 2021 

Ecosystem Services Value of Stormwater Management Practices

Dr. Marzieh Motallebi and Joan Ureta (Clemson University) will present the factors affecting the NC coastal residents' intention to adopt low impact development based on a recent perception survey.

"Understanding the Public's Behavior in Adopting Green Infrastructure" article

Marzieh and Joan's presentation slides

Jun 16, 2021     

Water Supply Watershed Protection (WSWP) Program News

Paul Clark (DEMLR) will provide updates and future plans for the WSWP Program, including survey results from local governments, the newly revised WSWP model ordinance, and new helpful resources. One or two local government representatives will also share what they’ve learned and how they successfully administer WSWP Programs.

Jul 21, 2021     

Interactive Maps .... Why You Need Them!

Corey Anen and Michelle Evans (DEMLR) will demonstrate how to use the Stormwater Program Interactive map functions, how to identify specific features and how to query underlying data. They will also demonstrate the search feature to indicate if a property has a current permit or an expired one in need of renewal.

Aug 18, 2021     

Resilient Stormwater Solutions

Dr. Bill Hunt (NCSU) and Dr. Jon Hathaway (University of Tennessee) will discuss the dizzy-ing number of needs faced by Stormwater Control Measures (SCMs), recently among them is resiliency due to extreme climatic events. Drs. Hunt and Hathaway will predict the types of storm events might they be expected to "see" and what can be expected of SCMs in light of large rainfall events, and will suggest design and maintenance practice to better prepare SCMs for our intense-rainfall-future.

Sep 15, 2021   

Stormwater Public Education & Involvement

Wendi Hartup (Town of Kernersville) and other local government representatives will present and answer questions on their journey to create and implement a compliant, effective and fun public education and involvement program.

Speaker Bios:

Corey Anen, PE

Stormwater Engineer, DEMLR 

Corey is an environmental engineer in the DEMLR Stormwater Program. He reviews post-construction stormwater management permit applications and prepares updates to the Stormwater Design Manual. Corey has a total of seven years of experience working in stormwater management, including over four years with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. He is a licensed professional engineer in the State of North Carolina and has a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering and a Master of Science Degree in Environmental Engineering, both from the New Jersey Institute of Technology.

David Auge, 

Manager of Environmental, Safety and Security, Grifols Therapeutics


David Auge has worked at Grifols Therapeutics for 30 years, the last 15 as Manager of Environmental, Safety and Security.  He received a B.S. degree in General Engineering from The United States Military Academy at West Point and a Masters of Engineering Management from Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas.  He has been active in the area of sustainability for over 25 years and is a Certified Sustainable Development Professional.  He is also a registered professional engineer and a LEED Accredited Professional.

Pat Donovan-Brandenburg

Stormwater Manager, City of Jacksonville          

Pat graduated with two degrees from UNC-W, a BS and MS in Marine Biology. She has worked with National Geographic, the Nature Conservancy and NC StatebCollege of Veterinarian Medicine, none of which provides her with as much joy as restoring our watershed. Pat's most recent venture was the Oyster Highway project where her team added 12 reefs along the banks of the New River again utilizing new technology with the addition of fish aggregation devices called "oyster castles" and ~ 9.2 million adult oysters on "oyster catchers."

Paul Clark, WSWP Program Coordinator


After working in private consulting for a few years, Paul joined DEQ in 1994. Following his time with public water supply (drinking water), NPDES process wastewater, pretreatment, DEQ Customer Service Center, the Raleigh Regional Office, and Water Planning - Use Restoration Watershed program, Paul joined DEMLR - Stormwater Branch in early 2019. He assists some with industrial permitting and the NPDES MS4 program, but his main responsibility is coordinating the Water Supply Watershed Protection program.

Shannon Currey 

Marketing Director, Hoffman Nursery 

Shannon is the Marketing Director for Hoffman Nursery, a wholesale nursery in North Carolina specializing in ornamental and native grasses. She trained in landscape design and horticulture at NC State and has worked at the nursery since 2007. 

Jim Farkas 

Stormwater Engineer, DEMLR

Jim graduated from NJIT (New Jersey Institute of Technology) in 2016 with a bachelors degree in civil engineering.  Then he worked for the Maryland State Highway Administration as a Stormwater Design Engineer for three years.  In June 2019, he started working for the State of North Carolina as a Post-Construction Stormwater Plan Reviewer.

Hunter Freeman, PE

Project Manager, WithersRavenel 

Hunter leads sustainable stormwater management projects for WithersRavenel. He specializes in permitting and execution of innovative stormwater strategies and controls including green infrastructure, nature-based design, and community planning strategies. In addition to his design work, Hunter is Past-President of the North Carolina American Public Works Association (APWA) Stormwater Division and serves on numerous local and national level stormwater management committees. 

Debbie Hamrick 

Director of Specialty Crops, NC Farm Bureau           

Debbie works in public policy as the Director of Specialty Crops for North Carolina Farm Bureau Federation where she advocates on behalf of North Carolina’s nursery/greenhouse, fruit/vegetable, aquaculture/fisheries, apiculture/beekeeping, small-scale livestock, and small farm communities. Among the issues, she covers are produce safety, pollinator health, invasive plant species, rural economic development, urban agriculture, small farm profitability, local foods and others.

Wendi Hartup, CSM

Stormwater Manager, Town of Kernersville         

Wendi has educated the public about stormwater issues and solutions for 15 years in North Carolina. She has conducted numerous lectures, developed statewide programs with complimentary citizen guides, and provided hands-on experiential learning for more than 2150 volunteers to install 63 rain gardens, 187 cisterns and stabilize 6303 linear feet of streambank. She has acquired $850,000 in grants for projects that improve water quality.

Dr. Jon Hathaway, PhD, PE 

Professor, U of Tennessee

Dr. Jon Hathaway received his PhD from North Carolina State University in 2010, where he studied the fate, transport, and removal of indicator bacteria in urban stormwater runoff. After a brief research fellowship at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, and nearly two and half years at one of the nation's leading ecological design and consulting firms, he joined the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Tennessee. Dr. Hathaway is a recipient of the National Science Foundation CAREER award and serves as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Environmental Engineering. He is an elected member of both the ASCE EWRI Urban Water Resources Research Council Core Group and the International Water Association Joint Committee on Urban Drainage.

Dr. Bill Hunt, PE, PhD

Professor & Extension Specialist, NCSU

Dr. Bill Hunt is a William Neal Reynolds Distinguished University Professor & Extension Specialist in Biological and Agricultural Engineering at North Carolina State University. He and his research team provide research, teaching and outreach in the fields of stormwater management and green stormwater infrastructure. With his team Dr. Hunt teaches 20-25 workshops per year, has installed and/or monitored more than 250 SCM's, and has published more than 130 peer-reviewed journal articles. Dr. Hunt is a Professional Engineer in North Carolina. His greatest joys in life are his five children, with whom he travels, visits waterfalls and screams at the Wolfpack on TV.

Lisa Kirby, PE

Director of Engineering, City of Greenville

Lisa Kirby has been a licensed engineer in the state of NC for 14 years and a Certified Floodplain Manager for 7 years.  Ms. Kirby began with the City of Greenville in 2003 and was recently promoted to the Director of Engineering for the newly formed Engineering Department.  Current responsibilities include Traffic Engineering/Services, Transportation Planning, Asset Management, Stormwater Management, Capital Projects, and Land Development. Ms. Kirby is the project manager for Town Creek Culvert Drainage Improvements, the City’s largest capital project to date.  Prior to working for the City of Greenville Ms. Kirby worked for URS Corporation.  She holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Missouri University of Science and Technology.

Katherine Knight, PE

Project Manager, WithersRavenel    

Katherine is a Clemson University Biosystems Engineering graduate and works in stormwater engineering at WithersRavenel. She develops stormwater designs for a variety of civil site development, transportation, and residential development projects. Additionally, she works with municipalities to assess their Phase II MS4 Programs and to develop plans for program compliance, including assisting the City of Newton with obtaining the first NPDES Phase II MS4 permit after the most recent audit cycle began.

Annette Lucas, PE

Stormwater Program Supervisor, DEMLR  

Annette is the Supervisor of the DEQ Stormwater Program. Annette is a licensed professional engineer who has worked in various aspects of stormwater planning, design, permitting and education in DEQ for 25 years. She has a bachelor’s degree from Duke University in Public Policy Studies and a master’s degree from NC State University in Civil Engineering. In 2019, she was named as the H. R. Malcom Stormwater Professional of the Year.

Suzanne McCoy

Stormwater Administrative Expert, DEMLR   

After 30 years of experience in the legal field specializing in Business Litigation where she managed document intensive cases utilizing databases and electronic document repositories, Suzanne now applies her considerable skill set for the good of the Stormwater Program, stormwater permittees, and the citizens of North Carolina.

Dr. Marzieh Motallebi

Professor, Clemson U

Dr. Marzieh Motallebi is an environmental economist at Clemson university interested in interested in investigating the economic and behavioral aspects of environmental issues and studying the direct and indirect impacts of environmental policies on social welfare.

Daryl Norris, PE

Civil Engineer, City of Greenville

Daryl Norris manages the Stormwater Division of the Engineering Department.  He is responsible for managing the City’s MS4, NSW, Floodplain Management, CRS, and Erosion Control programs as well as managing the Stormwater Utility fee.  He is a professional engineer, certified floodplain manager, certified professional in stormwater quality, and a certified professional in low impact development.  Prior to working for the City of Greenville, Mr. Norris worked with the City of Wilson.  He has also worked for the NC Wildlife Resources Commission and NC Division of Water Quality.  He holds a bachelor’s degree in Fish and Wildlife Management and a master’s degree in Biological and Agricultural Engineering, both from NC State University.  Mr. Norris is a past president of the Stormwater Association of North Carolina and volunteers his time as president of NC Christian Family Adventures, a non-profit organization.

Jeanette Powell, CPSWQ, CPESC 

MS4 Program Coordinator, DEMLR

Jeanette has worked in the stormwater field for over 25 years. In addition to her work at DEQ, Jeanette has also consulted on stormwater programs nationwide, served as an MS4 Program Administrator and supervised a large MS4 stormwater inspections and compliance group.

Isaiah Reed, CPSWQ, MS4 CECI

Environmental Specialist, DEMLR

Isaiah Reed attended Appalachian State University and graduated in 2014 with a Bachelor of Science in Geology. He has worked in the field on NPDES compliance for 6 years in Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina.

Joan Ureta

PhD Candidate, Clemson U

Joan is a Ph.D. candidate at the Department of Forestry and Environmental Conservation (FEC) in Clemson University. She is studying the costs and benefits of implementing stormwater management practices in South Carolina.

Daniel Wiebke, PE, CFM

Project Manager, McAdams

Daniel spearheads the development and utilization of GSI techniques at McAdams. In implementing traditional SCM designs for private, institutional, and public clients, he is always looking for better site-specific solutions. The increase in recent flooding events and involvement with floodplain modeling drives him to leverage GSI to not only improve water quality but reduce increased flooding through restoration of natural hydrology. Daniel is the current President of the North Carolina Water Resource Association (NCWRA) and provides stormwater management insight to multiple municipalities and state organizations.