LTU, Oakland County set annual Regional Stormwater Summit 

SOUTHFIELD—With so-called 100-year storms happening every few years or even more often, the need for effective management of stormwater has never been greater.

So the annual Regional Stormwater Summit—held at Lawrence Technological University since 2013—has never been more important.

This year’s Stormwater Summit will be held Friday, Oct. 20 on LTU’s Southfield campus, in partnership with the office of Oakland County Water Resources Commissioner Jim Nash and the nonprofit organization Pure Oakland Water.

The Regional Stormwater Summit is a Southeast Michigan regional gathering of government, industry, and community stakeholders interested in learning and sharing the latest technologies, new rules, and collaborative efforts around stormwater management issues.

The event runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The $35 attendance fee includes lunch.

After a welcome from LTU President Tarek M. Sobh, keynote speaker Shavion Scott, managing director of urban resilience at the Center for Neighborhood Technologies in Chicago, will speak on her organization’s work in “equitable, green stormwater infrastructure.” More about Scott at this link.

Other speakers at the event will include:

* Donald Carpenter, principal at the environmental engineering firm Drummond Carpenter and director of the LTU Great Lakes Stormwater Management Institute;

* Jim Luke, outreach coordinator of the Detroit District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers;

* Conor Keitzer of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Justice;

* Lynne Seymour and Stephanie Petriello of the Oakland County Water Resources Commissioner’s Office environmental team;

* Katie Grantham, planner at the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments; and

* Paul Gross, WDIV Channel 4 meteorologist emeritus.

Said Nash of the event: “Once again we assemble to discuss the increasing impact of stormwater on our region, brought by climate change, and how we must address it. Our region has experienced increased extreme weather events in recent years and this will only increase over time. Meetings like this help our region look at where we are and what we need to do to protect human safety and health while protecting the environment we all depend on.”

And Gross, one of the nation’s leaders in communicating the scientific truth about global warming without the politics, said that the warming climate is already impacting stormwater runoff: “A warmer world means that more ocean water is evaporating into the atmosphere, and this moisture is what storms turn into precipitation. As a result, as we have already seen here in southeast Michigan, that means higher intensity and extreme precipitation events.”

For more information, contact Alyssa Taube at or visit The event qualifies for professional development hours for engineers and other professionals.

Media inquiries about the event should be directed to Julia M. Ruffin at or (248) 791-4367.

Pure Oakland Water is a Michigan not-for-profit organization dedicated to protecting Oakland County and regional water resources through public education, community organizing, environmental advocacy, and promotion of a sustainable future.

The Oakland County Water Resources Commissioner’s Office is dedicated to protecting public health and safety, preserving natural resources and a healthy environment, maintaining reliable, high quality service, ensuring the value of investment and contributing to economic prosperity. We set goals that encourage efforts to meet or exceed local, state and federal water quality standards, environmental regulations and safety requirements within our control.

Lawrence Technological University is one of only 13 private, technological, comprehensive 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, Engineering, and Health Sciences, as well as Specs@LTU as part of its growing Center for Professional Development. PayScale lists Lawrence Tech among the nation’s top 11 percent of universities for alumni salaries. Forbes and The Wall Street Journal rank LTU among the nation’s top 10 percent. U.S. News and World Report list it in the top tier of the best 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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