Great Lakes Water Infrastructure Conference coming to Novi April 28-30 Registration deadline is April 17

Feb. 13, 2020
EGLE Media Office,, 517-284-9278
Jim Ostrowski, Training and Outreach Supervisor,, 517-284-6870

The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) is hosting the first Great Lakes Water Infrastructure Conference, April 28-30 in Novi.

More than 800 attendees, including municipal officials, water professionals, academia, nonprofits, as well as state and local officials from around the country, will hear from experts and share information about water infrastructure challenges and solutions in the Great Lakes region.

“We live in a unique place on the planet, surrounded by the world’s greatest freshwater ecosystem,” said Liesl Clark, EGLE director. “With that privilege comes responsibility – protecting the systems and structures that keep that water safe for drinking, swimming, fishing, boating, and wildlife. We are thrilled to bring together such an impressive roster of people dedicated to that goal, and willing to listen and learn from one another.”

The comprehensive 3-day agenda highlights the extensive range of issues communities in the Great Lakes region are dealing with, including per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), lead and copper, high waters and stormwater extremes in a changing climate, engaging the public, and more.

Conference highlights:

  • Expert plenary speakers from around the country:
    • Tracy Mehan, Executive Director, Government Affairs at American Water Works Association (AWWA) A Portfolio Approach to Water Infrastructure Finance
    • Manny Teodoro, PhD, Associate Professor, Texas A&M University The Plan: A five-point proposal to transform the U.S. water sector
    • Ridgway White, President and CEO, Charles Stewart Mott Foundation
    • Melissa Osborne, Senior Manager of Asset Planning for the City of Windsor, Ontario Growth and Development of Asset Management Throughout Windsor and Ontario, Canada
    • Kyle Dreyfuss-Wells, CEO of the NE Ohio Regional Sewer District Watersheds, Equity and Affordability: A utility for the 21st century
    • Jim Maczko, NOAA National Weather Service Precipitation Trends and the Impact of Extreme Weather Events on Communities in the Great Lakes Region
  • More than 80 concurrent presentations in eight tracks will cover topics focused on funding and finance mechanisms, water affordability, environmental health, water infrastructure planning and reinvestment, innovative water quality solutions, green infrastructure techniques, high waters, cybersecurity strategy, and communications practices.
  • Networking opportunities with up to 1,000 professionals from around the Great Lakes region, including federal, state, and local officials.
  • Exhibitors of innovative technology.
  • Continuing education credits for professional engineers, drinking water operators, wastewater operators, and floodplain managers.

Register today and join hundreds of professionals and community members in the national conversation about the urgent need for reinvestment in critical water infrastructure.

Conference details:

  • April 28-30.
  • Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River Avenue, Novi.
  • Attend all 3 days for just $175 (if registered by April 6).
  • Registration deadline: April 17, 2020

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