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At the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum



Thursday, September 16
Green Infrastructure for Clean Water
Friday, September 17
Adapting for an Uncertain Climate: Preparing for the Next 100 Years

Summit Objective
Join local government officials and staff, industry leaders, natural resource professionals, scientists, and citizens to learn how climate trends might affect Minnesota and the region, how green infrastructure will be a key water-management strategy, and how to make informed decisions and enhance the economic viability of your community.

Photo credits

Left column: Kurt Leuthold,
     Barr Engineering
Center column: Bob Newport,
     US EPA (Region 5)
Right column: Adrian Danciu, courtesy
     Capitol Region Watershed District
Header: Mike Hollingshead





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James M. Patchett, MS, FASLA, LEED-AP, Conservation Research Institute/
Conservation Design Forum
Andrew J. (Andy) Reese, PE, LEED-AP, Vice President, AMEC Earth and Environmental Division
Ben Santer, PhD, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Mark Seeley, PhD, University of Minnesota, Minnesota Public Radio
Eileen Shea, PhD, NOAA Climate Services
Jonathan Yuhas, KARE-11


Thursday, September 16
Green Infrastructure for Clean Water:
Techniques for Urban Development
and Redevelopment

8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
(Registration 8:30-9:00a.m.)

Opening Remarks
Jonathan Yuhas, Morning Host

Keynote Presentations
Stormwater Management:
Back to the Future

Andrew J. Reese

Water-Centric Design:
Restoring Nature's Balance

James M. Patchett

Concurrent Sessions
1) Policy and Planning: 
The Economic Argument for
Green Infrastructure

Maplewood Mall stormwater retrofits 
Laurie VanDalen, Maplewood Mall
Greening the Grounds: Finding Economic and Sustainable Returns
- Richard T. Murphy Jr.
ASLA, President/CEO, Murphy Warehouse Co.

Managing a Cost-efficient Water Quality
Utility: Prior Lake
Ross Bintner, City of 
Prior Lake

2) GI and LID in the ROW
Living Streets: Community
Improvement and Environmental
Clifton J. Aichinger, North
St. Paul Planning Commission and
Fred Rozumalski, Barr Engineering

Stillwater Reduces Water Under
The Bridge 
Torry Kraftson, City of 
Stormwater Management and
Infiltration Along the Central
Corridor LRT project

Michael Hermann, PE, Kimley-Horn
and Associates, Inc.

Afternoon Wrap-Up
Climate Adaptation: The Role of
Green Infrastructure in the
Face of an Uncertain Climate
James M. Patchett

Clean Water Fund Update
John Jaschke, MN Board of 
 Water and Soil Resources

 18th Annual Kuehnast Lecture
7-9 p.m.  - FREE to the public
Strengths and Weaknesses of Different Climate Models
Dr. Ben Santer

Climate Services for Society: Challenges and Opportunities
Dr. Eileen Shea

Click here to register for lecture, or call 952-443-1422.

Friday, September 17
Adapting for an Uncertain Climate:
Preparing for the Next 100 Years
8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Keynote Presentations
Use of Climate Models in Climate Adaptation Planning
Dr. Ben Santer, Lawrence Livermore 
National Laboratory

NOAA Climate Services: Tools for Planning
Dr.  Eileen Shea, NOAA Climate Services

How Chicago Is Adapting to Climate Change
Peter Mulvaney, MS, MBA, Asst. Commissioner, Water Management Dept.,
City of Chicago, IL

Climate Change in Minnesota: Current
Trends and Model Projections

Dr. Mark Seeley and Dr. Jim Zandlo,
Minnesota State Climatologist

Concurrent Sessions I
Modeling: Realistic Expectations,
Downscaling Process

Dr. Ben Santer
Dr. Mark Seeley and Dr. Jim  Zandlo
Dr. Kathy Klink, University of MInnesota
Dr. Peter Snyder, University of Minnesota

Public Engagement: Sustainable Behavior
Dr. Christie Manning, Macalester College

Climate Services: Information and Partnerships
Dr. Eileen Shea, NOAA

From the Cornbelt to the North Woods: Understanding the Response of Minnesota Watersheds to Climate Change
Dr. Chris Lenhart, U of Minnesota

Agricultural Adaptation to Climate Change in Minnesota
Dr. John Baker

Concurrent Sessions II
Preparing for Extreme Events
Craig Edwards, National Weather Service
Paul Huttner, MPR

Climate Change in the Forest and Lake 
Country of Northern Minnesota

Dr. Lee Frelich, U of Minnesota

Challenges of Change for Aquatic
Resource Management

Dr. Don Pereira, MN-DNR

Assessing Vulnerability

Dr. Ann Pierce, MN DNR

Climate Gets Personal: Human Health
Kristin Raab, MN Dept. of Health





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Presented by the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in collaboration with the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District and the Minnesota Climate Change Adaptation Working Group.

Gold Sponsors
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       pulte group

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AMEC Earth and Environmental
Capitol Region Watershed District
Izaak Walton League - Bush Lake
Ramsey-Washington Metro
   Watershed District
University of Minnesota Water
   Resources Center
Wenck Associates

Endorsing Organizations

1000 Friends of Minnesota
American Society of Landscape
   Architects – Minnesota Chapter
Barr Engineering
Blue Thumb - Planting for Clean Water
Dakota County Soil and Water
   Conservation District
East Metro Water Resources
   Education Program
Emmons and Olivier Resources

Friends of the Mississippi River
Metro Blooms
MN Board of Water and Soil Resources
MN Chapter - American Planning
MN Dept. of Health
MN Dept. of Natural Resources
MN Environmental Quality Board
MN Erosion Control Agency
MN Green Roofs Council
MN Pollution Control Agency
MN Stormwater Partnership
Northland NEMO
Rice Creek Watershed District
U of MN Extension
U of MN Erosion and Sediment
   Control Certification Program
US EPA, Region 5
Washington Conservation District

Conference Planning Team