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Managing Stormwater Requires Creativity

On November 17, 2010, over 50 civil and resource managers, researchers, and local decision makers are expected to gather in Duluth, Minn., to talk about successful approaches to managing stormwater in a region known for a combination of steep slopes, impenetrable basalt rock, and clay soils.

"The Northland Innovative Stormwater Management Conference promises to advance our ability to control the rate at which rainwater and snowmelt reach Lake Superior," said Jesse Schomberg, Minnesota Sea Grant's Coastal Communities and Land Use Extension Educator. "Slowing the flow of water will help keep pollutants, sediments, and trash out of our waterways."

Sea Grant, along with other partners from the University of Minnesota and the Regional Stormwater Protection Team organized the conference to encourage conversations and planning that will help cities, industries, and even homeowners in the region cope with the water running across their lands. The conference includes presentations about stormwater regulations, and how trees and rain gardens can be strategically placed to help control stormwater runoff.

"We're especially pleased that Mark Seeley, professor in the University of Minnesota's Department of Soil, Water, and Climate, and commentator for Minnesota Public Radio's WeatherTalk, will be joining us to discuss how a changing climate could challenge regional stormwater management," said Schomberg. Seeley holds multiple awards including a Sigma Xi Science Communication and Education Award and the University of Minnesota Extension Director's Award for Distinguished Faculty.

Participants will have opportunities to review new policies and regulations, and discuss emerging issues in stormwater management in urban and rural areas. The one-day conference will end with a bus tour of stormwater management sites around Duluth where new and innovative practices have been put in place. Regional applications of innovative stormwater management include green roofs, pervious pavement, porous concrete, and rain gardens.

The cost to attend the conference is $25 plus and additional $8 for the bus tour. Registration for The Northland Innovative Stormwater Management Conference closes on November 12.

For more information on regional stormwater management, visit the stormwater management pages on the Lake Superior Streams Web site. You can also contact Jesse Schomberg at Minnesota Sea Grant (jschombe@umn.edu, 218-726-6182).

Conference information is available on the Minnesota Sea Grant Web site: www.seagrant.umn.edu/coastal_communities/stormwater.

Posted on November 9, 2010

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