MDEQ Northern Michigan Green Infrastructure Conference
Date: June 4, 2015
Location: Great Wolf Lodge Conference Center, Traverse City, Michigan, 49684
Time: 8 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Registration: Register Online. Cost to attend is $65 with an optional June 3 Field Trip: $20.
Join the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) on June 4 at Great Wolf Lodge and Conference Center in Traverse City for the Northern Michigan regional Green Infrastructure Conference. This conference expands on the 2014 statewide conference to highlight a broad range of benefits and opportunities provided by Green Infrastructure (GI) planning and preservation in northern Michigan. Find out how GI is already being used in the region, and how working together through partnerships can make GI a success in your own area.
Highlights of this conference will include case studies, best management practices, and national perspectives in the morning with afternoon breakout sessions in two tracks: Technical/Engineering and Planning/Policy. Optional pre-conference activities on June 3 include a field trip to tour Cherry Capital Foods Green Roof and Suttons Bay Rain Gardens and an informal reception at The Workshop Brewery.
June 3 Field tours: See two great examples of green infrastructure in place and working in the Grand Traverse region.
First, Sarah U’Ren, program director at The Watershed Center Grand Traverse Bay, takes us to beautiful Suttons Bay, just north of Traverse City where a series of 18 new rain gardens and almost ¾ mile of underground infiltration trenches now filter road runoff before reaching Grand Traverse Bay. The project, which received almost $1 million in funding from the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, reduces polluted runoff reaching nearby beaches and protects public health.
View the Conference Agenda
Who should attend this unique conference?
- Anyone with duties related to land use and stormwater management
- Local government decision makers and engineers
- Foundations and environmental non-profits
- Consultants and landscape architects
- Developers and builders
- Drain commissioners
- Road agencies
- Conservation organizations