LTU to host sixth annual Stormwater Summit Oct. 5

SOUTHFIELD — Lawrence Technological University will host the sixth annual Regional Stormwater Summit Friday, Oct. 5 on campus.

The event is presented as a cooperative effort of Lawrence Tech, the office of Oakland County Water Resources Commissioner Jim Nash, and the nonprofit group Pure Oakland Water.

The event will begin at 9 a.m. Oct. 5 with a welcome from Lawrence Tech President Virinder Moudgil, Nash, and Donald Carpenter, PE, professor of practice at Lawrence Tech and director of LTU’s Great Lakes Stormwater Management Institute.

After the welcome, attendees will hear from keynote speaker Branko Kerkez, Gerker and Goygit Faculty Scholar at the University of Michigan’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. He’ll be joined by co-presenter Brandon Wong, a doctoral student at U-M, in a presentation on “Real-time Stormwater Monitoring.”

Additional presentations will cover low impact development technologies, green infrastructure champions, stormwater standards, and non-profit updates. At 3 p.m., a free learning session titled, “Next Generation Real-time Water Sensor Integrated with High Power Miniaturized Batteries” will be led by Leela Arava, chief executive officer of Microbuoy Inc., and three Wayne State University students. The summit will end at 4 p.m.

Lawrence Technological University is located at 21000 W. 10 Mile Road in Southfield. To learn about the summit, go to The event is open to the public. There is a $25 registration fee.

“Since starting these events in 2013, we have brought regional stakeholders together with experts in stormwater design and technologies,” Nash said. “These efforts are now bearing fruit in projects across the region.”

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.

For more information, email Alyssa Atkinson at

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, Business and Information Technology, and Engineering. PayScale lists Lawrence Tech among the nation’s top 100 universities for the salaries of its graduates, and U.S. News and World Report lists it in the top tier of best Midwestern universities. Students benefit from small class sizes and a real-world, hands-on, “theory and practice” education with an emphasis on leadership. Activities on Lawrence Tech’s 107-acre campus include more than 60 student organizations and NAIA varsity sports.

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