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Northland Innovative Stormwater Management Conference

Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Edgewater Conference Center
2400 London Rd, Duluth, MN

  • This event is over. If you're interested in being notified of future events, please email Jesse Schomberg.

Managing stormwater can be challenging, especially in the Lake Superior region. Given the number of high-quality lakes and streams in the region (and regulations protecting them), it's important for communities, businesses, and homeowners to handle stormwater correctly. Join us for this one-day event to learn about many of the newer techniques being used to manage stormwater both here and around the region. Participants will also have opportunities to review new policies and regulations, and discuss emerging issues in stormwater management in urban and rural areas.

The Minnesota Board of Architecture, Engineering, Land Surveying, Landscape Architecture, Geoscience, and Interior Design does not pre-approve courses and activities, however to the best of our knowledge this course/activity meets the continuing education requirements outlined in MN Statute 326.107. Final discretion is up to the Board.

For more information about this conference, please contact Jesse Schomberg at jschombe@umn.edu or 218-726-6182.

For more information about stormwater issues in the Lake Superior region, visit www.lakesuperiorstreams.org.

Field Trip:

The field trip made 4 stops, and drove by a couple other locations to view and discuss a variety of BMP's, including:

  • Green roofs
  • Pervious pavement
  • Porous asphalt and concrete
  • Swales and rain gardens

We met with folks who helped design, install, or maintain these practices. For more information, please see the field trip handout, and visit the Site Design Toolkit on the LakeSuperiorStreams.org website.

Final Agenda PDF file

8:30 Welcome/Duluth Issues, Don Ness, Mayor of Duluth
9:00 Percolating that Pesky Problem, Bruce Wilson, Minn. Pollution Control Agency
9:50 Break
10:15 Integrating Stormwater Management and Urban Trees: A Reason for Public Works Engineers to Hug Trees, Randy Neprash, Stormwater Regulatory Specialist with Bonestroo
11:05 10,000 Raingardens: Public Involvement for Water Quality, Rusty Schmidt, Washington Conservation District and Co-Author of Plants for Stormwater Design (Vol I and II)
12:00 Lunch
12:30 Changing Climate for Stormwater, Mark Seeley, University of Minnesota Extension Climatologist/Meteorologist
1:30 Breakout Sessions
Policy Technical Rural
How zoning can improve the environment?

Cindy Petkac, AICP; City of Duluth Land Use Supervisor
The 1, 2, 3's on how to get raingardens into clay soils with shallow bedrock.

Rusty Schmidt; Washington Conservation District Natural Resource Specialist
Using Community Growth Scenarios to Evaluate Potential Water Quality Impacts.

Dr. Valerie Brady; Natural Resources Research Institute
Rainwater Harvesting and Re-Use - Implementing Effective Policies for Minnesota.

Dave Stark; Stark Enterprises, LLC
Stormwater in Duluth's New Unified Development Chapter.

Tom Johnson, P.E.; City of Duluth Department of Engineering
Culvert Design in Forested Watersheds That Improve Ecological Function, Infrastructure Protection, and Public Safety.

Marty Rye, P.E.; Superior National Forest Hydrologist
2:30 Break
2:45 Breakout Sessions Resume
Policy Technical Rural
Some Findings, Issues and Recommendations of the Illinois Green Infrastructure Study.

Dr. Martin Jaffe; University of Illinois at Chicago Department of Urban Planning and Policy
Stormwater Features on the UMD Campus.

Erik Larson, BSCE; University of Minnesota Duluth Senior Engineer
The TMDL Process and Stormwater Management in Rural Areas.

Karen Evens; Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
Applying Minimal Impact Design Standards (MIDS) in Northeast Minnesota.

Anne Gelbmann and Bruce Wilson; Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
TMDLs: MS4 Cities' Perspective.

Randy Neprash, P.E.; Bonestroo
Amity Creek Bank Restoration Project.

Keith Anderson, P.E.; CCLNS Joint Powers Board #3
Session Discussion Session Discussion Session Discussion
4:00 Board bus for field trip
6:15 Return from field trip

Conference Sponsors and Supporters

University of Minnesota Sea Grant Program Minnesota's Lake Superior Coastal Program Regional Stormwater Protection Team (RSPT)
University of Minnesota Duluth's Natural Resources Research Institute Northland NEMO

University of Minnesota Duluth
Stark LLC Minnesota Environmental Partnership
St. Louis River Alliance
South St. Louis County Soil and Water Conservation District
Western Lake Superior Sanitary District
Lakesuperiorstreams.org Official Web Site of the City of Duluth, Minnesota  

This project was funded in part by the Coastal Zone Management Act, by NOAA's Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management, in cooperation with Minnesota’s Lake Superior Coastal Program.

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