Michigan’s Great Southwest Sustainable Business Forum, Southwest Michigan Planning Commission, and Berrien County Drain Commission will host an event intended to educate local decision makers on strategies to protect Michigan’s water resources.
Municipal staff and officials, professional engineers/planners, representatives from watershed groups, leaders from local businesses and institutions, and citizen stakeholders are encouraged to attend.
The Great Southwest Clean Water Summit will feature a workshop format with leading experts from across the state, including a luncheon keynote presentation from Jon Allan, Director of the Michigan Office of the Great Lakes, who will speak on water conservation in the region and Michigan’s Water Strategy. Full-day summit attendees will learn about the community and economic benefits of employing low impact development techniques and green stormwater infrastructure.
Luncheon and full-day options are available for the event at Weko Beach House on Wednesday, May 9. The full-day summit is 10:30 am to 4 pm, with the luncheon session from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm.
The Water Strategy is a 30-year plan for Michiganders to protect, manage, and enhance Michigan’s water resources for current and future generations. It identifies key actions for actors at many levels to promote healthy water resources, organized to ensure the viability and sustainability of Michigan’s water resources over time, placing Michigan on a path to achieving its water vision in a way the that builds economic capacity while sustaining ecological integrity of this globally-significant resource.
Green stormwater infrastructure and related practices are proven strategies for managing wet weather impacts more cost effectively and sustainably than traditional, single-purpose stormwater infrastructure (conventional piped drainage and water treatment systems). These practices reduce and treat stormwater at its source while delivering environmental, social, and economic benefits. Stormwater runoff is a major cause of water pollution and erosion in Southwest Michigan.
Jon Allan became Director of the Michigan Office of the Great Lakes in 2012, contributing his considerable aquatic sciences experience to the office’s mission to protect, restore, and sustain the Great Lakes watershed. With nearly three decades of experience in environmental and energy policy, he has professionally applied his understanding of ecological management in a variety of academic, corporate, and public occupations. Other featured speakers include Don Carpenter, Vice President of Drummond Carpenter, Claire Schwartz, senior civil engineer with FTCH, and Elaine Sterrett Isely, Director of Water Programs for West Michigan Environmental Action Council.
The Great Southwest Clean Water Summit is presented by Spicer Group, Inc. and Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr & Huber.