August 27, 2019
The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) will host a first-of-its-kind regional conference -- the 2020 Great Lakes Water Infrastructure Conference -- next year at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi.
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, underinvestment, affordability, and the need for preparedness against man-made and natural threats place increasing demands on drinking water, stormwater, and wastewater utilities.
The conference, to be held April 28-30 next year, will identify the water infrastructure challenges faced by the Great Lakes region. “We are looking forward to engaging a regional audience including policy and decision makers to discuss solutions on how to turn our challenges into opportunities,” said Kelly Green, EGLE administrator, in Water Infrastructure Financing.
Up to 1,000 people are expected to attend the conference, which will cover 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.
EGLE has issued a call for abstracts, which are due by September 6.
More information about the conference is available on EGLE's Training and Workshops website.