Great Lakes Water Infrastructure Conference headerDate:  April 28, 2020  -  April 30, 2020
Time:  07:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Location: Suburban Collection Showplace, Novi, Michigan




INFRASTRUCTURE – the pipes, pumps, wires, and technology – is the unseen backbone supporting our modern lives, but investment has lagged nationwide and much of it is aging.  The communities of the Great Lakes Basin face critical water infrastructure needs for rehabilitation and replacement. Shifting population patterns and the need for preparedness against man-made and natural threats place increasing demands on drinking water and wastewater utilities. 

The 2020 Great Lakes Water Infrastructure Conference, a first-of-its-kind regional conference hosted by the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE), will identify the water infrastructure challenges faced by the Great Lakes region and discuss solutions to those challenges. Key topics will include funding and finance mechanisms, water affordability, environmental health, water infrastructure planning and reinvestment, innovative water quality solutions, green infrastructure techniques, cybersecurity strategy, and communications practices.

 Who will attend the Great Lakes Water Infrastructure Conference?

Municipal and Regional Government Officials♦Water Utility Managers/DirectorsEmergency Response Personnel  ♦  Collection, and Distribution Systems Decision Makers  ♦  Computer/Process Control Systems Professionals  ♦  Operations and Maintenance Personnel ♦ Scientists  Product and Service Providers ♦ Technical Practice Leaders    Project Managers and Engineers  Treatment Plant Operations Consultants Pipeline Rehabilitation ConsultantsWater Advocacy Organizations  ♦  Security, Emergency and Cybersecurity Specialists, and Advisors  ♦  Environmental and Community Groups  ♦  Anyone interested in water infrastructure in the Great Lakes region



Submission Deadline: Jan 10, 2020 




Day 1, Tuesday, April 28

    8 – 9:30AM     Registration | Breakfast | Exhibitors

          9:30AM      Welcome and Opening Remarks

             10AM      Featured Speaker

        10:45AM      Break

         10:55AM     Featured Speaker

         11:40AM     Lunch | Visit Exhibitors

                1PM     Concurrent Sessions

           1:40PM      Break

          1:50 PM      Concurrent Sessions 

           2:30PM      Break

           2:40PM      Concurrent Sessions

           3:20PM      Break

           3:30PM      Concurrent Sessions

4:10 – 5:30PM      Reception with Exhibitors

Day 2, Wednesday, April 29

8:15 – 8:45AM       Registration | Breakfast

           8:45AM       Welcome and Opening Remarks

                9AM       Featured Speaker

           9:30AM       Break to Concurrent Sessions

           9:45AM       Concurrent Sessions

         10:25AM       Break

         10:35AM       Concurrent Sessions

         11:15AM        Break

         11:25AM        Concurrent Sessions

         12:05PM        Lunch | Visit Exhibitors

           1:15PM        Featured Speaker

                2PM        Break to Concurrent Sessions

           2:15PM        Concurrent Sessions

           2:55PM        Break

           3:05PM        Concurrent Sessions

           3:45PM         Break

           3:55PM         Concurrent Sessions

           4:35PM         Adjourn Day 2

Day 3, Thursday, April 30

  8:30 – 9AM      Breakfast

             9AM      Welcome and Opening Remarks

        9:15AM      Featured Speaker

        9:50AM      Break

           10AM      Two Concurrent Panel Sessions

      10:45AM       Break

      10:55AM       Two Concurrent Panel Sessions

      11:40AM       Closing Remarks

           Noon        Conference Adjourn

Plenary sessions at the Great Lakes Environmental Water Infrastructure Conference will feature keynote speakers, The following sessions will be featured in 8 concurrent tracks:

Drinking Water

Addressing PFAS Contamination: The Huron River as a Case Study
Classifying Water Systems based on SDWIS: Analysis of the Great Lakes Region
Developing Accessible and Trusted Content for the Revised Lead and Copper Rule
Elmhurst Attacks UFW - Meters, AMI, Leak Detection & Customer Portal
Guidance development for complete water distribution system material inventories
Industrial Potable Water Treatment - Monitoring and Managing Lead and Copper Rule Compliance
MIAWWA Website and LCR Resources - lessons learned and best practices for Michigan LCR implementation
Water Filter Stations for Safe Drinking Water in Schools and Childcares
We’re in Compliance… So What?  Buffalo’s Journey for Lead Safe Drinking Water

Water Quality Treatment and Management

Advanced Oxidation Process Pilot and Final Design for 1,4-Dioxane Removal
A Multi-Level Structural Approach to Remove PFAS at Arbor Hills Landfill
A smart sampling watershed network to improve stormwater management
Development of a Holistic PFAS Management Strategy at the City of Ann Arbor
Evaluation of Alternative PFAS Treatments & Lessons Learned
From Roads to Rivers: Suspended Pavement Solutions
Great Lakes Impact Investment Platform: Growing Financial Innovation and Environmental Improvement
Optimizing Total Residual Chlorine Dosing with Automated Monitoring at Chapaton Retention Treatment Basin
Peer-to-peer mentoring: using local champions to build capacity
Risks to small community water systems: Capacity, vulnerability, resilience
Statewide Landfill Leachate PFOA & PFOS Impact on WRRF influent
Sustainable Nutrient Recovery while Meeting Water Quality Based Effluent Limits
The Resuscitation of Highland Park Water Department
Update on Grand Rapids and MSU/Fraunhofer collaboration to treat PFAS
Water Quality and Climate Change, Implications of the Sustaining Scioto Study
Water Quality Issues, Risk, and Innovative Solutions

Green Infrastructure

A Collaborative and Comprehensive Approach to Green Stormwater Infrastructure
Enhancing Coastal Resilience Using Green Infrastructure
Incentivizing Green Infrastructure in Grand Rapids, MI (Part I): Rainwater Rewards Stormwater Calculator
Mega Investments in Green Stormwater Infrastructure Across the Great lakes
Multi-Community Collaboration to Reduce Wet Weather Flows through Green Infrastructure
Removing Barriers to Green Stormwater Infrastructure Implementation
Tackling Barriers to Green Infrastructure One Code at a Time
The Stormwater Smartgrid Network Challenge: Building Digital, Community-based, Residential Property Stormwater Infrastructure
WaterTowns™ – Reconnecting communities to water resources through art, ecology, and green infrastructure
The Well Farm - A National Model for Community-Driven Green Infrastructure

Affordability, Financing and Funding

An Introduction to the EPA Region 5 Environmental Finance Center at Michigan Technological University
Ann Arbor: Leading the Way with Evidence & Community Based Rate Structures 
A new pricing paradigm for water: universal equity-efficiency rates
Balancing Funding and Financing Approaches to Water Infrastructure
Environmental Impact Bonds: the New Kid on the Municipal Finance Block
Household Water Debt in the Great Lakes: Financial Insecurity and Budget Instability
How to pay for Michigan's Lead and Copper Rule?
Identifying Water Infrastructure Funding and Financing Options
Increasing Financing Options for Sustainable Water Infrastructure
Renewing Your Rate Structure for Today's Challenges
Striking a Balance Between Affordability & Escalating Costs
The Funding Fix: Innovative Financing for Sustainable Onsite Water Infrastructure
Water Affordability: A Challenge for Both Urban and Rural Communities
Water Affordability: Rates and Remedies

Asset Management

Building an Infrastructure Asset Management Program from Below the Ground Up Asset Management - Case Study
Capital Improvement Plans for Green Infrastructure Assets
Getting Community Support for Rate Increases Through Fair and Equitable Rate Methods
Helping Water Systems use Data to Meet Community Priorities
How to  Improve Your Piggy Bank - Financial Planning for CIP Implementation

Innovative Communications

The One Water Campaign for  Southeast Michigan
Lead and Copper Rule Consumer Notice and Public Education - The Customer Experience
What's in Your Water? And How to Communicate it to Your Customers
Your Utility Bill Format as a Communications Tool

Community Engagement and Public Education

Assessing Climate Resiliency on a Watershed Scale
Citizen Advisory Workgroups and Panels
Communicate to the Public About Rivers and Flood Risk with 3D Model
Detroit’s Green Culture Shift
Drinking Water and Community Engagement: Resources and Strategies
Leading Residents to Water - What do They Drink
PFAS: Navigating Challenges, Best Practices & Current Affairs
The Future Great Lakes Center for Nature: Water Literacy and Education

IT and Risk Management

Are You Ready for AI and Machine Learning? Successfully Implement Intelligent Water
Huron to Erie Cooridor Drinking Water Monitoring Network (Meghan Price, Environmental Consultants & Technology, Inc.)
New Risk Assessment & Emergency Response Plan Requirement for Water Utilities
Preparing for the Inevitable Cyber Event: Practical Realities for our Critical Infrastructure
Prioritizing Risks - Calculating and Assigning Risk Level to Technical Vulnerabilities
Water Distribution System Emergency Planning: City of Farmington Hills

Innovative Approaches and Technologies

Innovative Funding and Financing Solutions for Resilient Water Infrastructure Panel Discussion (Kim Mikita Penn, NOAA's Office of Coastal Management)
Innovating Water Operations to Mitigate Emission Footprint
Leveraging Geographic Information System Tools for Managing Water Infrastructure in Michigan
Utilizing GIS for Environmental Compliance Regulations and Data Collection

Day 3 Panels and Other

Panel:  Treatment Technologies for PFAS- Challenges and Solutions
Panel:  Regional Water Infrastructure Challenges, Goals, and Key Metrics for Tracking Progress
EGLE's Vision for Water Infrastructure - Policy and Planning 2020 and beyond
EGLE's New Water Infrastructure Funding Opportunities