Michigan’s Great Southwest Sustainable Business Forum, Southwest Michigan Planning Commission, and Berrien County Drain Commission will host a summit event intended to educate local decision-makers on the use of sustainable design practices to protect local 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 summit will feature a workshop format featuring 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.  Attendees will learn about the community and economic benefits of employing low impact development techniques and green stormwater infrastructure.

Luncheon and full-day attendance options are available. Both the luncheon-only and the summit are $15 for members and $20 for non-members.  

Register here.

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, Director of the Great Lakes Stormwater Management Institute at Lawrence Technological University, Claire Schwartz, senior civil engineer with FTCH, and Elaine Sterrett Isely, Director of Water Programs for West Michigan Environmental Action Council.

The Berrien County Drain Office and Southwest Michigan Planning Commission received assistance for this workshop from the Great Lakes Commission’s Green Infrastructure Champions Pilot Program.  It is a peer-to-peer mentoring network of “green infrastructure champions” and “emerging champions” working to catalyze the adoption of green infrastructure practices and policies across the Great Lakes basin.

The Great Southwest Clean Water Summit is presented by Spicer Group, Inc. and Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr & Huber.

Great Southwest Clean Water Summit
Wednesday, May 9
10:30 am to 4 pm
Weko Beach House
5329 Lake Street, Bridgman, MI 49106
$15 online / $20 at event Members
$20 online / $25 at event Non-members

Lunch & Keynote Only
11:30 am to 1:30 pm
$15 online / $20 at event Members
$20 online / $25 at event Non-members

Register here.

Agenda here.

Speaker information here.