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September 21, 2016

Clean Water Summit will showcase green infrastructure practices

The 2016 Clean Water Summit seeks to turn water management infrastructure from gray to green by demonstrating research and innovation in green infrastructure practices.
“Stormwater affects the health of our freshwater systems in Minnesota and Minnesota Sea Grant provides research and extension education about stormwater impacts and solutions to Minnesota across the state,” said John Bilotta, summit co-organizer and water resource management and policy extension educator with MN Sea Grant.
The September 22 summit will feature success stories in redevelopment and retrofit sites, including case studies focused on project planning, developing partnerships, engaging communities, tools and techniques in design, installation, operation and maintenance to optimize green infrastructure performance.
The event is presented by Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, University of Minnesota Extension and Minnesota Sea Grant, in collaboration with Capitol Region Watershed District and the Freshwater Society.
Summit leaders created the event for stormwater managers, agency staff, designers, engineers, community planners, policy makers, educators and others engaged with water management.
“Local practitioners, designers, engineers, researchers, and other stormwater professionals will learn about successful tactics to encourage the adoption of more green infrastructure into our built communities,” said Bilotta
Keynote speakers include nationally recognized leaders Howard Neukrug, former commissioner and CEO of Philadelphia Water Services, Fellow of the U.S. Water Alliance and the Penn Institute for Urban Research, and principal of HN Environmental. Dr. Robert G. Traver, director and researcher at the Villanova Urban StormWater Partnership and the Villanova Center for the Advancement of Sustainability in Engineering is also presenting.
Success stories from the Ford Site Redevelopment in St. Paul, Edison High School, Prospect North Redevelopment, Cottageville Park, Maplewood Living Streets, Empire Wastewater Treatment Plant and others will address project planning, partnerships and community involvement, design, installation and monitoring successes.
The conference will be at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Chaska, Minnesota on September 22 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Rates are $70 for Arboretum members and Conference Affiliates and $80 for general registration. Fee includes Arboretum admission, lunch and coffee breaks. See the full conference agenda at

Minnesota Sea Grant facilitates interactions among the public and scientists to enhance the environment and economies along Lake Superior and Minnesota's inland waters by identifying information needs, fostering research, and communicating results. Minnesota Sea Grant is funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the University of Minnesota. It is part of NOAA Sea Grant, a network of 33 similar science-based programs.