treetops arch over street

water quality enhanced by trees

Green Infrastructure for Clean Water:
Trees, Roots, and
Their Role in
Stormwater Management


TREES, from their roots deep within the earth to their leaves high in the sky, provide more than just shade. They also provide economic, social, and environmental benefits to our communities. The 2011 Clean Water Summit will focus on trees and the role they play in protecting and achieving clean water.

Featured presentations will address the technical aspects as well as policy and planning issues related to using trees in stormwater management, including current treatment practices, operations and maintenance concerns, assessment tools and methodologies, and the multiple community benefits trees provide.

Who Should Attend
Local, regional and state and regional officials
City engineers and public works staff
Community planners
Conservationists and ecologists
Green industry professionals
Natural resource professionals
Environmental planners
Land use managers
Real estate brokers
Elected and appointed local citizens
Policy and decision makers
Concerned public and members

A certificate for 6 Professional Development Hours will be available at the Summit.

Photo credits

Top and far right: Fred Rozumalski, Barr Engineering
Center: U of Minnesota Extension & Minnesota Sea Grant
Left: Minnehaha Creek Watershed District

parking lot runoff mitigated by trees and raingardens


8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
MacMillan Auditorium
$50 members / $60 non-members


Featured Speakers

Mark Seeley, Ph.D. - Host
Extension Climatologist & Meteorologist, University of Minnesota, the National Weather Service, and the Minnesota State Climatology Office

David Nowak, Ph.D. - Keynote speaker
Urban Forest Researcher - USDA Forest Service, Northern Research Station, Syracuse NY

Gary Johnson - Keynote speaker
Professor, Urban and Community Forestry, Department of Forest Resources, University of Minnesota

Summit Highlights


Performance, Design and Engineering - The Technical Aspects of Trees in Stormwater Management    

Maintaining Trees as Part of the Stormwater System

Gary Johnson, Department of Forest Resources, University of Minnesota

Chris Boche, Arborist, City of St. Paul, MInnesota

Design Considerations for Clean Water and Healthy Urban Trees

Kurt Leuthold, PE, Barr Engineering Co.

Lois Eberhart, Administrator, Surface Water and Sewers, City of Minneapolis

Pollutant Removal and Contributions from Trees

Bryan Seipp, Watershed Manager, Center for Watershed Protection

Policy and Planning - Tree Inventory, Assessment and Protection

Tools for Tree Inventory and Assessment

David Nowak, Ph.D., Urban Forest Researcher, USDA Forest Service

Applying Stormwater Credits for Trees

Randy Neprash, PE, Stormwater Regulatory Specialist, Bonestroo - now Stantec, & Minnesota Cities Stormwater Coalition

Janna Kieffer, PE, Barr Engineering, Inc.

Tree Preservation and Protection Through Ordinances

Gregg Hove, Forestry Supervisor, City of Eagan

Eric Macbeth, Water Resources Coordinator, City of Eagan

Tree City Panel

A mix of representatives from local communities will offer a variety of insights, experiences, and perspectives about the use of trees to help achieve clean water goals and sustainable communities.

With Randy Neprash, PE, Moderator
Sharon Doucette, Planner, Woodbury
Greg Reese, Forester, St. Paul
Jacob Ryg, City of Rochester

Conference Closing and Tree Give-Away

Money Does Not Grow on Trees - Update on Clean Water funding and DNR Community Forestry Bonding Grants

Tree Give-Away - Courtesy of the Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association

Happy Hour at the Arboretum - 5-6 p.m. Cash bar


young street trees enhance livability


6:00-8:30 p.m.
MacMillan Auditorium

A special post-conference session and
Tree City USA Award Program

Local elected and appointed leaders are invited to attend a special abbreviated session of the Clean Water Summit. A presentation will feature the take-home messages for Minnesota communities and the role of local leaders without having to attend the full-day conference. The program will also feature the 2011 Tree City USA Award Program.

** Local leaders are invited to join the Tree City Panel portion of the Clean Water Summit beginning at 3:00 p.m.

To register for this event, please call 952-443-1422 or email


minnehaha creek watershed district logo

U of MN Extension logo

        Minnesota DNR logo


Ramsey-Washington Metro Watershed District

Wenck Associates


Anchor Block Company


Capitol Region Watershed District

Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association


Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

Minnesota Sea Grant

Northland NEMO


American Society of Landscape Architects - Minnesota Chapter (Mn ASLA)

Applied Ecological Services

Barr Engineering Company

Carver County

Dakota County Soil and Water Conservation District

East Metro Water Resource Education Program

Freshwater Society

Metro Blooms

Minnesota Cities Stormwater Coalition

Minnesota Erosion Control Association

Mississippi National River and Recreation Area (MNRRA)

National Park Service (NPS)

Nine Mile Creek Watershed District

Rice Creek Watershed District

U.S. Forest Service