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2015 Clean Water Summit Overview

We promote the use of green infrastructure...practices using vegetation, soils and natural processes for managing water...to protect surface waters, but we must also ask the question, "What is the role of green infrastructure in protecting groundwater systems?" At the 2015 Clean Water Summit, we will use presentations, case studies and discussion to explore this increasingly important question. Anyone who plans, designs for, or manages our water resources will gain:  

  • An awareness of how land use and stormwater management have altered our region's natural hydrology
  • A better understanding of the role green infrastructure has played in surface water protection
  • Current research and trends for addressing the issues and concerns related to surface water management and groundwater quality and supply in our communities

The 2015 Clean Water Summit will bring together a wide variety of individuals involved in stormwater management, groundwater management, community development and redevelopment, municipal operations, and design professionals, including:  

watershed district and watershed management organization staff  •  municipal planners and engineers county planners and staff  •  consulting engineers and landscape architects •  contractors and installers private developers  •  policy makers  •  interested citizens

Pigeonhole Live This Summit will feature Pigeonhole Live, an interactive platform for audience participation. Bring any web-capable device such as a phone, laptop, or tablet. No apps, sign-up or downloads reguired, but data usage may apply if using cell service.  No device? Don't worry...you can still participate!

View Pigeonhole Q&A Session Results 



The Role of Green Infrastructure in Groundwater Protection - Exploring a more holistic view of what we do on the surface of the land with green infrastructure practices, the soils underneath, and how groundwater protection fits into the picture. view presentation
SHIRLEY CLARK, PH.D, PE, D.WRE, Penn State Harrisburg 


A Hydrologic History of the Land of 10,000 Lakes - An overview of significant alterations we’ve made to our landscapes over time, and how that has affected lakes and streams in our region. view presentation
BRUCE WILSON, RESPEC Consulting and Services

The Evolution of Green Infrastructure in Our Communities - Review the evolution of surface water management over the past few decades, and the role green infrastructure has played in protecting surface water resources and returning natural hydrologic functions to our landscapes. view presentation
MARK DONEUX, Capitol Region Watershed District

Groundwater Basics: Myths and Truths - Provide a common language and understanding of groundwater systems in our region, and connections between surface resources, shallow aquifers, and deep aquifers that supply drinking water to our communities. view presentation
EVAN CHRISTIANSON, Barr Engineering Company 

The Role of Green Infrastructure in Groundwater Protection: A Local Perspective - Local research and trends in surface water management and groundwater protection. view presentation
JOHN GULLIVER, Ph.D., CE, University of Minnesota Saint Anthony Falls Laboratory 

Statewide Perspectives Panel: The Intersection of Surface Water and Groundwater Management

ERIC MOHRING, Minnesota Board of Soil and Water Resources
PAUL PUTZIER, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
JIM WALSH, Minnesota Department of Health
MIKE TROJAN, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency


The use of Pigeonhole Live is sponsored by Barr Engineering Company
Rainwater infiltration diagram courtesy Ramsey Washington Metro Watershed District

Call 612-301-1210 or email: ArbEdu@umn.edu

Cancellation Policy: Registration cancellations must be made two weeks prior to class date in order to receive refund. A $5 processing fee will apply.

The 2015 Clean Water Summit is developed in partnership with Univeristy of Minnesota Extension

Become a Summit Sponsor


Ramsey-Washington Metro Watershed District


Capitol Region Watershed District 


Barr Engineering Company
Erosion and Stormwater Certification Program, University of Minnesota
Minnesota Golf Course Superintendants Assn
Nine Mile Creek Watershed District
Plaisted Companies 
Riley Purgatory Bluff Creek Watershed District 
University of Minnesota Extension

Become an Endorsing Organization

Alliance for Sustainability
Applied Ecological Services
Carver County Water Management Organization
City of Eden Prairie
Freshwater Society
Hennepin County
Metro Blooms
Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association 
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
Minnesota Sea Grant
Mississippi Watershed Management Organization 
National Park Service 
Praire Restorations, Inc.
Rice Creek Watershed District
Solution Blue, Inc.
Vadnais Lake Area Water Management Organization
Watershed Partners 

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