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WMU to host state water quality workshop

April 23, 2010

KALAMAZOO--Water quality professionals from government agencies around the state will be on the Western Michigan University campus Monday, April 26, for an intense daylong workshop aimed at protecting municipal water quality.

"Go for the Green to Save the Blue: Using Green Infrastructure to Protect Water Quality" is the topic of the event set for 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at WMU's Fetzer Center. Speakers will include national experts from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as well as local professionals using green infrastructure techniques, including two WMU Facilities Management professionals who will describe the University's extensive storm water management work.

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Green Infrastructure Workshop

Green infrastructure management includes preservation and restoration of natural landscape features such as forests, flood plains and wetlands and capturing and reusing stormwater to restore natural hydrology.

Keynote speaker

Keynote speaker for the event is Jenny Molloy of the EPA's Green Infrastructure Program. Speaking twice during the day, she will talk about the federal regulatory framework and performance standards as well as the use of incentives communities can use to encourage green infrastructure development. Molloy is a former Michigan Department of Environmental Quality employee.

Other presentations

  • Dan Christian of Tetra Tech, a sustainable infrastructure engineering services firm, will talk about design, construction, operations and management issues.

  • WMU's Associate Vice President for Facilities Management Peter Strazdas and GIS Manager Daniel List will discuss past and present storm water projects, GIS and storm water asset management, and WMU’s goal of storm water neutrality.

  • Bob Newport of U.S. EPA Region 5 will examine considerations for retrofit projects and programs to lessen the demand on storm water infrastructure.

  • Mark Parrish of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians will talk about the Pokagon Band's green infrastructure efforts.

  • Suzanne Schulz of the City of Grand Rapids and Rachel Hood of the West Michigan Environmental Action Council will discuss a citywide green infrastructure approach.

During the day, those attending will have an opportunity to take a self-guided tour of WMU's storm water management projects.

The event is sponsored by the EPA, Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment, Southwest Michigan Planning Commission, Friends of the St. Joe River, Kalamazoo River Watershed Council, Two Rivers Association and WMU.

For more information or to register, visit the Southwest Michigan Planning Commission online.

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Media contact: Cheryl Roland, (269) 387-8400, cheryl.roland@wmich.edu

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