Interactive webinar about policies for managing stormwater

Join the Adventures in Collective Water Management Network for an informative discussion on Sept. 15.

September 6, 2017 - Author: Monica Day, Michigan State University Extension

Hurricane Harvey is the latest reminder of threats that flooding poses to communities. Nine years ago, after severely damaging Texas, Hurricane Ike moved across the Midwest causing severe weather including record breaking floods. What can communities do to mitigate damage from the next big storm? Who has authority to compel flood protection measures?

In Michigan, local communities have authority to require development standards that will lower the damage resulting from heavy rains. Adoption of many protections is the choice of local government. Do you want to know if your community has the needed protections or if there is something more they could do? Do you have experience that you think has worked and you think could work elsewhere?

On Sept. 15, The Adventures in Collective Water Management Network will be offering a forum to learn about local efforts to ensure sustainable and accessible fresh water supplies across the Great Lakes region. This unique webinar format invites participants to contribute to the conversation. If you are inspired to help prevent future damage from storms, you will not want to miss this free online meeting.

Program Agenda:

  • 1:30 - 1:40 p.m. - Meeting Guidelines: Program Introduction – Monica Day, Water Resources Educator, MSU Extension
  • 1:40 - 1:50 p.m. - Who’s Who: Introductions of panelists and participants – Francisco Ollervides, Leadership Development Manager, River Network
  • 1:50 - 2:05 p.m. - Review the Rules Part 1: The Clean Water Act and Stormwater Management, Federal Role - Katherine Baer, Director Science and Policy, River Network 
  • 2:05 - 2:20 p.m. - Review the Rules Part 2: The State's Role in Stormwater Management – Christe Alwin, MS4 Program Coordinator, Water Resources Division, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality
  • 2:20 - 2:40 p.m. - Get er dun: Protecting Water Resources with Regional Sewer District - Chuck Olson, OMM Engineering
  • 2:40 - 2:55 p.m. - Energize with soft skills: What Science Says about How to Gain and Keep Volunteers – Monica Day, Water Resources Educator, MSU Extension
  • 2:55 - 3:10 p.m. - Q&A - Paco Ollervides
  • 3:10 - 3:30 p.m. - Appreciations and Announcements: Closing Remarks by Panelists and Participants - Francisco Ollervides, Leadership Development Manager, River Network

Space for the webinar is limited, and advanced registration is required and can be found here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Managing runoff is increasingly challenging. Fortunately, many resources are available for anyone looking to solve the problem. Visit to learn more about preparing for disasters. 

Tags: community, family, homeownership, lakes, livable communities, msu extension, natural resources, planning, streams & watersheds, water quality

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