Stormwater Summit planned for October 4

On Friday, Oct. 4, Oakland County Water Resources Commissioner Jim Nash in partnership with Pure Oakland Water, and Lawrence Technological University, will host the 7th Annual Stormwater Summit from 8:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. The summit will be held at Lawrence Technological University located at 21000 West Ten Mile Road in Southfield. There is a $25 registration fee. Any student wanting to attend free of charge can contact

Southeast Michigan's premiere stormwater summit will feature keynote speaker, Erik Petrovskis, who serves as the Environmental Compliance and Sustainability director at Meijer. He is responsible for due diligence, remediation, compliance, and environmental sustainability, with a focus on stormwater and food waste management. He holds a Ph.D., in environmental engineering and will present on the topic of "Sustainability at Meijer."

Various summit presentation topics will represent many aspects of the stormwater issue.

Summit participants can attend sessions focusing on topics ranging from "Landfill Technologies and Practices to Protect Water Resources: U.S. and International Case Histories" to "Encouraging Green Infrastructure in the GWK District through Code Updates."

The "Regional Stormwater Standard Plan for Regional Roll Out" presentation will provide regional insight and a broader climate discussion during the "Coastal Resiliency Considering the Effects of Water Level Rise and Climate Change on Stormwater Design" will be featured. An array of issues highlighting the "Financing Climate-Resilient Stormwater Infrastructure: Market-Based Options" to the I-75 Project, and "the Southeast Michigan Infrastructure Asset Management Program" presentations will bring attention to infrastructure. A retrospective look back on the legacy of "The Ghost River"- History of the Red Run Drain will be among the many interesting topics discussed at this year's summit.

"When I began the Stormwater Summit in partnership with Lawrence Technological University and Pure Oakland Water seven years ago, green infrastructure was theory and design. Now, we are building and implementing those theories and bringing it to wider audiences," said Nash.

The summit attracts elected officials, public works professionals, students, educators, environmentalists, contractors, water industry professionals, and stakeholders from all facets of the environmental and the engineering spectrum. The event is open to the public.

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Published: Mon, Sep 30, 2019