Lawrence Tech to host Oct. 3 regional storm water summit

Release Date: September 16, 2014

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – The 2014 Regional Storm Water Summit hosted by the Oakland County Water Resources Commissioner’s Office, Pure Oakland Water and Lawrence Technological University (LTU) will be held at on Friday, Oct. 3, on the university’s campus, 21000 West 10 Mile Road, Southfield.

Government, industry, and community stakeholders in southeast Michigan will share information on the latest technologies, new rules, and collaborative efforts around storm water issues.

The $20 registration fee includes continental breakfast and lunch. Registration begins at 8 a.m. and the concluding remarks are scheduled for 4:30 p.m. For information and online registration, click on the events tab at Registration is limited to 300.

The summit will be convened by Oakland County Water Resources Commissioner Jim Nash and LTU President Virinder Moudgil. The keynote speaker will be Kevin Shafer, executive director of the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District.

Topics include:
• Drinking water in crisis: Is Toledo a game changer for the Great Lakes?
• Green infrastructure planning for the Clinton River Watershed Council.
• Midwest urban stream restoration.
• Modeling runoff with GIS tree canopy analysis.
• Wetlands Special Banking Fund.
• Innovative partnerships in green infrastructure.
• Sustainable landscapes (tools for homeowners).
• Environmental impacts of water use, water conservation and storm water management.
• The Caddell Drain and natural river restoration.
• “Tapped,” a movie about the bottled-water industry.

Lawrence Tech is home to numerous examples of low-impact development (LID) best management practices that can be used to reduce storm water runoff, including a green roof, a bioswale, porous pavers, naturalized areas, cisterns and rain gardens. These features are detailed at stops along LTU’s storm-water management educational trail.

LTU Professor Donald Carpenter, who is a panelist at the summit, is director of the Great Lakes Storm Water Management Institute at Lawrence Tech. He is one of Michigan’s leading proponents of LID, which is a process for sustainable development and redevelopment that conserves and protects natural resources.

Lawrence Technological University,, is a private university founded in 1932 that offers more than 100 programs through the doctoral level in its Colleges of Architecture and Design, Arts and Sciences, Engineering, and Management. PayScale lists Lawrence Tech among the nation’s top 100 universities for return on undergraduate tuition investment, and highest in the Detroit metropolitan area. Lawrence Tech is also listed in the top tier of Midwestern universities by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review. Students benefit from small class sizes and experienced faculty who provide a real-world, hands-on, “theory and practice” education with an emphasis on leadership. Activities on Lawrence Tech’s 102-acre campus include over 60 student clubs and organizations and a growing roster of NAIA varsity sports.

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