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Green Infrastructure for Clean Water:
Costs & Benefits to Our Communities

Thursday, September 11, 2014, 8:00-a.m.-5:00 p.m.
$60 members and conference affiliates. $70 general registration
Fee includes lunch and Arboretum admission

In Minnesota, water is an important yet vulnerable resource we need to protect. Using green infrastructure to manage runoff in the urban landscape plays an important role in cleaning our water and provides multiple benefits to our communities. Yet widespread use on public and private property still isn't the norm. The 2014 Clean Water Summit will focus on both the costs and benefits of green infrastructure in development projects, including the economic, social, and ecological factors. Participants will learn how we currently value clean water, why we need to change the way we think about water as a finite resource, and tools and strategies that have been used to develop green infrastructure projects, leading to more partnerships, more implementation, greater acceptance, and cleaner water in our communities.

Charles Fishman - Journalist and author of The Big Thirst: The Secret Life and Turbulent Future of Water

InVEST and ‘The Natural Capital Project': Emerging Economics of Natural Capital and
   Ecosystem Service
Dr. Stephen Polasky, Regents Professor and Fesler-Lampert Professor of Ecological/Environmental
   Economics, Department of Applied Economics/Department of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior,
   University of Minnesota
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Community Change Through Green Infrastructure
Tom Brownlow, Retired City Administrator, Charles City, Iowa
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   Charles City, IA, Downtown Permeable Streets Project

   American Society of Landscape Architects Case Study
   Utah State University Case Study

Weighing The Triple Bottom Line: Tools to Demonstrate the Value of Green Infrastructure
   in Your Community

   Matt Metzger, ENV SP, PE, Barr Engineering Company
   Green Infrastructure Tools - Sampler Menu

Hear from developers, land owners, designers, regulators and agency staff who will provide answers to
key questions on project drivers, key partnerships, costs and benefits, education and outreach and,
of course, lessons learned!

From Fields to Wildflowers: A Developer's Perspective on Green Infrastructure in
   Residential Development
   Fields of St. Croix, Cloverdale, Wildflowers at Lake Elmo
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Small Sites, Big Results: Lessons Learned in
   Stormwater Management for Small Businesses

   Tiny Diner, 7-Sigma
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Aiming Out of the Ballpark for Sustainable Stormwater Management
   Lowertown Ballpark and the St. Paul Saints
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Green Infrastructure and Restorative Landscapes
   The Prospect North Partnership through Story Boards

Plus: Networking at the Arboretum - stick around for Happy Hour!

The Clean Water Summit will bring together attendees from both the public and private sector who are interested in learning not only why, but how they can promote and implement green infrastructure in their own work.This includes: municipal stormwater managers engineers public agency staff landscape architects policy makers private land owners contractors and builders property managers community planners designers educators.


Presented by the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in collaboration with Minnehaha Creek Watershed District, with support from University of Minnesota Extension


      Presenter Biographies 

Minnehaha Creek Watershed District logo

Ramsey-Washington Metro Watershed District

Amercan Society of Landscape Architects - Minnesota Chapter
Anchor Block
Barr Engineering
Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering, University of Minnesota
Capitol Region Watershed District
Riley Purgatory Bluff Creek Watershed District
University of Minnesota Extension

Great Harvest Bread Company


Alliance for Sustainability
Applied Ecological Services
Carver County Water Management Organization
City of Eden Prairie
Do it Green! Minnesota
Fortin Consulting
Freshwater Society
Friends of the Mississippi River
Minnesota Erosion Control Association
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
Minnesota Landscape & Nursery Association
Minnesota Native Landscapes
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
Minnesota Water Research Digital Library
Mississippi National River and Recreation Area
Nine Mile Creek Watershed District
Prior Lake-Spring Lake Watershed District
Sea Grant Program, University of Minnesota

Learn more about the 2014 Clean Water Summit.

Financial Sponsor: Please contact Beverly Anglum at (952) 443-1407 or to discuss options and benefits for your organization.

Endorse: This no-cost option shows your support by helping to promote the program to your constituents. Contact Leslie Yetka at to confirm your endorsement.



Photo: Barr Engineering Company