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Webinar: Compost Use In Storm Water Management and Erosion Control

Using compost to manage storm water and control erosion is a proven Best Management Practice (BMP) in the United States. Departments of Transportation have specifications for compost use, and many regional and local governments have created ordinances and standards that require incorporation of compost to help manage storm water.


Increasingly, municipalities are considering or have imposed storm water user fees on businesses and institutions as part of their compliance with federal storm water management requirements. Many of these communities are unaware that locally produced compost is an effective BMP to help infiltrate storm water and capture sediment — a BMP that colleagues in other communities are already employing.


This Composting Collaborative Webinar, Compost Use For Storm Water Management and Erosion Control, covers the evolution of compost use for storm water management and erosion control, including development of ordinances and standards, and the various applications of compost to manage storm water and erosion, e.g., amending new construction soils with compost, utilizing compost blankets and socks, etc. It also highlights a brand new law in Illinois that requires state agencies to give preference to use of compost in soil related projects. To close, a compost manufacturer discusses what is needed to supply product for these applications.

About the presenters

David McDonald, Seattle Public Utilities



David McDonald is a biologist and environmental scientist with Seattle Public Utilities, focusing on soil science and environmentally friendly landscape design and development practices.  He works with the public and professionals on best practices, see  He leads the Washington Organic Recycling Council’s “Soils for Salmon” initiative, which is transforming development practices around the Northwest, and serves on the technical core committees of the national Sustainable Sites Initiative, and Washington’s ecoPRO Sustainable Landscape Professional Certification program.


Walter Willis, Solid Waste Agency of Lake County, IL



Walter Willis has been the Executive Director of the Solid Waste Agency of Lake County since 2007 and is responsible for overseeing the Agency’s solid waste and resource management programs, and implementing the Lake County Solid Waste Management Plan. Mr. Willis is a board member of the Illinois Chapter of SWANA, an honorary board member of the Product Stewardship Institute, and was selected as Chairman of the IL Food Scrap Coalition for 2016 and 2017. Prior to joining SWALCO, Mr. Willis worked in the waste industry as a consultant for approximately 20 years developing solid waste management plans and assisting with solid waste facility development projects throughout the United States. He began his solid waste career with the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency in 1987 after receiving his Masters in Public Administration from Southern Illinois University.


Ed Wansing, The Compost Company


Ed Wansing holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Kansas State University and a Master of Science in Sustainability from Lipscomb University. He is a licensed Architect in the State of Tennessee. Ed is a LEED Accredited Professional and has been a leader of the Green Building and Sustainability movement in Middle Tennessee for over 15 years. He served as Chair of the Emerging Professionals National Committee and the Middle Tennessee US Green Building Council. He has served on many other boards and committees including Cheatham County Habitat for Humanity and the Friends of the Cheatham County Bicentennial Trail. Ed and his wife Carly have been recognized for their work in the Green Building Industry, for their contributions to the community and for their energy efficiency and sustainability achievements at their home.

Nora Goldstein, Moderator


Nora Goldstein is Editor of BioCycle, the Organics Recycling Authority, published by The JG Press, Inc. in Emmaus, PA ( BioCycleis in its 59th year of publishing. Nora has authored numerous articles on all facets of zero waste, food recovery and recycling, composting and anaerobic digestion. Additional responsibilities at BioCycleinclude BioCycle Conferences, BioCycle National Surveys, and BioCycle’s She is a recipient of the US Composting Council’s Hi Kellogg Award for Outstanding Service to the Composting Industry, and the American Biogas Council’s Biogas Visionary Award. Nora serves as a Board Member Emeritus of the American Biogas Council.