Stormwater Summit at LTU to talk latest science on water management

SOUTHFIELD—Michiganders have learned through bitter experience that stormwater runoff can cause catastrophic flooding and huge expense. And thanks to climate change, intense rainstorms are getting more and more frequent.

Government and engineering leaders will talk over the latest science on solving that problem on Friday, Oct. 21 at Lawrence Technological University in Southfield, during the annual Regional Stormwater Summit. Approximately 150 attendees are expected.

The event runs from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at LTU, 21000 W. 10 Mile Road in Southfield in several meeting rooms of LTU’s Architecture Building and its University Technology and Learning Center (buildings 3 and 4 at Ample free parking is available nearby.

Opening remarks will be offered at 9 a.m. by Nabil Grace, dean of the LTU College of Engineering, Mark Brucki, LTU associate vice president for economic development, Oakland County Water Commissioner Jim Nash, and Donald Carpenter, principal at Drummond Carpenter LLC and director of LTU’s Great Lakes Stormwater Management Institute.

They’ll be followed by experts from around the country making presentations on stormwater management, creating climate change resilience, and nature-based design. The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy will also make a presentation on funding opportunities for municipalities in fighting stormwater damage.

The event is presented by LTU, the Oakland County Water Resources Commission, and the nonprofit Pure Oakland Water. Event sponsors include the Clinton River Watershed Council, Friends of the Rouge, and the engineering firms Giffels Webster, Hazen and Sawyer, Hubbell Roth & Clark Inc., NTH, OHM, and Spicer Group.

“In this year’s 10th anniversary of the Regional Stormwater Summit, I want to thank Lawrence Technological University for the long and important role they have played in these meetings,” Nash said. “Stormwater pollution and flooding and the increase in extreme weather due to climate change are challenges that the WRC and LTU are working together to educate the public about and help local policy makers address.”

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Lawrence Technological University,, is one of only 13 private, technological, doctoral universities in the United States. Located in Southfield, Mich., LTU was founded in 1932, and offers more than 100 programs through its Colleges of Architecture and Design, Arts and Sciences, Business and Information Technology, and Engineering. PayScale lists Lawrence Tech among the nation’s top 11 percent of universities for alumni salaries. The Wall Street Journal ranks LTU among the nation’s top 10 percent. U.S. News and World Report lists it in the top tier of best in the Midwest colleges. 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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