Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Green Infrastructure Conference

Detroit, Michigan
Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Technology 1

Balancing Flood Control and Volume Reduction in Grand Traverse Bay, Michigan

Nancy M. Russell, OHM Advisors

Using Green Infrastructure to Improve Beach Water Quality in Michigan

Annette DeMaria, Environmental Consulting & Technology, Inc.

Protecting Public Health and Water Quality in Small Waterfront Communities Using GI

Sarah U'Ren, The Watershed Center Grand Traverse Bay

Smarter Stormwater Systems
Branko Kerkez, University of Michigan

Maximizing Planted BMP Hydrologic Performance through Plant Selection and Hydroperiod Management

Scott Dierks, GEI Consultants, Inc

How Do We Quantify Hydraulic Conductivity in an Urban Setting?

Christian Braneon, Georgia Institute of Technology

Retrofitting a Neighborhood for CSO Mitigation: the Blueprint Columbus Experience

Ryan Winston, Ohio State University

The Evolution of Green Infrastructure in Detroit- to Meet CSO Program and Long Term Control Plan Goals 
Scott Struck GeoSyntec

Sustainable Maple Drive Parking Lot – A Green Innovation Grant Program Project

Jean A. Celender, Village of Great Neck Plaza

Bioretention Planting Design for Public Acceptance

Amy Murdick, PLA, Tetra Tech

Evaluation of a Leaf Removal as a Way to Reduce Nutrients in Urban Runoff

William Selbig, U.S Geological Survey

Green Infrastructure Operation and Maintenance Successes and Experiences

Kari Mackenbach, MS Consultants

Green Infrastructure on Public Lands: Maintenance through Monitoring to Ensure Long-Term Performance

Alexandra Veglio, Credit Valley Conservation

Demonstration of an Innovative Stormwater Management Technique to Reduce Runoff

Tonya Lewandowski, Environmental Consulting & Technologies, Inc.

Floating Islands - Green Infrastructure Technology for Water Quality and Habitat

Autumn Boos, Midwest Floating Island

Reducing Barriers to Green Infrastructure through New Cost-Effective Monitoring Technology

Ben Shorofsky, Delta Institute

Evaporative Loss: An Underestimated Aspect of Stormwater Management BMPs

Sandra Albro, Cleveland Botanical Garden
Infiltration Technologies for Mitigating Stormwater Runoff for Commercial Retail Properties

Erik Petrovskis, PhD, PE, Meijer

Technology 2

Keep it on the Roof: Designing Green Roofs for Maximum Stormwater Performance

David Yocca, Conservation Design Forum

Evapotranspiration and Interception by Sedum and Meadow Species in Green Roof Applications

Marisa Fryer, University of Toronto

Beauty Meets Performance: Vegetated Roofs as a Stormwater BMP

Kevin M. Serena, American Hydrotech, Inc.

Advanced Bioretention Systems: Results from Four Years of Field Studies

William Lucas, Green Earth Operations

Riparian Native Plant Diversity and Performance following Restoration of a Paved Parking Lot

Reyna Matties, McMaster University

Green Infrastructure Sizing, Are We Getting It Right?

James Houle, University of New Hampshire Stormwater Center

The State of the Science Using Urban Trees for Stormwater Management

Peter MacDonagh, Kestrel Design Group

Trees and Stormwater: Demonstrating Performance at an NCSU Pilot Study of Silva Cells

Al Key, DeepRoot Green Infrastructure, LLC

Living Shorelines as a Mechanism for Coastal Resilience, Habitat Enhancement, and Economic Investment

Jason Stangland, SmithGroupJJR

Green Infrastructure Hydrologic Performance in Ohio’s Lake Erie Watershed

Keely Davidson-Bennett, Chagrin River Watershed Partners, Inc.

Bioretention and Permeable Pavement Resiliency under Future Climate Scenarios in Northern Ohio

Ryan Winston, Ohio State University

Monitoring Urban Green Infrastructure for Watershed-Scale Improvements
Brian Boyer, Kieser & Associates, LLC

International Stormwater BMP Database: New Tools for a Long-term Resource
Jane Clary, Wright Water; Scott Struck, Geosyntec

Monitoring the Effects of Stormwater Control Practices at Recovery Park, Detroit, Michigan

Chris Hoard, U.S. Geological Survey

Modeling and Monitoring Green Infrastructure in Support of the Re-Development of Detroit’s Neighborhoods

Donald Carpenter, Drummond Carpenter PLLC

Permeable Pavements: Lessons Learned from Practice and Research

Peter T. Weiss, Valparaiso University

Evaluation of the Water-Quality Benefits of Permeable Pavement

William Selbig, U.S. Geological Survey

Comparison of Micro-Modeling and Simplified Modeling of a Stormwater System

Rachael Barlock, OHM Advisors

Green Infrastructure Meets Outcome Engineering to Solving Urban Flooding - Greater Chicago Phase II Pilot Study Results

Adrienne Nemura, Geosyntec Consultants


When a Band-aid is Not Enough: Implementing Stormwater Utilities in the Great Lakes

Malcolm Mossman, Bluestem Communications

Toward a Sustainable Model for Stormwater: Why Stormwater Utilities Make Sense

Lindsey Kerkez, OHM Advisors

Connecting Stormwater Services to Quality of Life: A Strategy for Action

Chuck Hersey, Public Sector Consultants

Visualization and Financial Analysis: Make the Case with a Green Infrastructure Charrette

Rohan Lilauwala, Green Roofs for Healthy Cities

Making the Case: The Monetized Public and Private Benefits of Green Roofs

Rohan Lilauwala, Green Roofs for Healthy Cities

Comparing and Evaluating the Costs of Rural Natural Channel Design to Traditional Designs

Timothy Brook, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

Private Financing and Delivery Frameworks of Large-Scale Green Infrastructure Panel
Sanjiv Sinha, Environmental Consulting & Technology, Inc.

Alex Eidson, Encourage Capital
Public-Private Partnerships & Private Delivery/ FinanceJim Gebhardt, U.S. EPA

Cash Strapped?  Why a New Business Model Is Needed For Municipal Infrastructure

W. Kyle Vander Linden, Credit Valley Conservation

Stormwater for Sale: Washington, DC’s Stormwater Retention Credit Program

Greg Hoffmann, P.E., Center for Watershed Protection

District Stormwater: Catalyzing DC’s Stormwater Retention Credit Market

Craig Holland, The Nature Conservancy

Infrastructure Funding for the 21st Century

Greg Kacvinsky, OHM Advisors

Economics as a Green Infrastructure Planning and Design Tool

John C. Parker, Impact Infrastructure

Rainwater Rewards Stormwater Calculator: Costs and Benefits of Green Infrastructure
Elaine Sterret Isley, West Michigan Environmental Action Council

Water Quality Everywhere: Retrofitting Private Property with Public Funds

Greg Hoffmann, P.E., Center for Watershed Protection

Getting Rain Gardens Built without Lifting a Shovel:  Lessons Learned in Outreach & Education

Susan Bryan, Washtenaw County (Michigan) Water Resources

Peoria, IL: A Community Based Public-Private Partnership Model for Green Infrastructure

Jake Felton, Fresh Coast Capital


Local Government & Public Works

Building Resilient Communities One Code at a Time

Julia Noordyk, University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute

Model Watershed Protection Ordinances Incentivizing Green Infrastructure

Heather L Elmer, Chagrin River Watershed Partners, Inc.

Challenges for Developing and Implementing Green Infrastructure Policy

Pamela Abee-Taulli, City of Austin, Texas

Integrating Sewer Infrastructure Management and Vacant Land Management in Legacy Cities

Mark A. Wyckoff, Land Policy Institute, Michigan State University

Integrating Hydrology and Ecology into Urban Landscape Design: Toronto’s Lower Don Lands

Timothy J. Dekker, LimnoTech

Stormwater Wetlands Serve Multiple Purposes and Attract Alternative Funding

Thomas M. Evans, ASLA LEED AP, AECOM

Applying Nature/Natural Systems as GI in the Planning of Resilient Rural Communities

Paul Kraehling, University of Guelph School of Environmental Design and Rural Development

Greenseams®: Reinforcing Milwaukee’s Gray Infrastructure

Margaret Kohring, The Conservation Fund

Case Study: Park West Green Infrastructure Project in Ottawa County Michigan

Joe Bush, Ottawa County (Michigan) Water Resources Commissioner's Office; Brian McKissen, FTC&H

Identify Your Green Infrastructure Priorities

Bruce Cleland, Tetra Tech

Community Decisions about Innovations in Water Resource Management

James Houle, University of New Hampshire Stormwater Center

Manchester Stormwater Park

Christopher W. May, Kitsap County (Washington) Public Works

Protecting Puget Sound from CSOs by Retrofitting Urban Neighborhoods with Green Infrastructure

Steve Burke, PE, MIG | SvR

LID Stormwater Retrofits for Puget Sound– Planning, Design, Construction, & Lessons Learned

Christopher W. May, Kitsap (Washington) County Public Works

Fleet Avenue Green Infrastructure: Co-Benefits of Utilizing Vacant Land for CSO Reduction

Christian Lynn, AECOM

Case Study: Forrest-Manor Green Infrastructure Project on Lake Huron

Brian McKissen, PE, CFM, Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr & Huber

Green Infrastructure Maintenance: Creating Green Collar Workforce Development Opportunities

John Hazlett, Williams Creek Consulting

A Property Management Model for GI Maintenance in Cleveland

Ray Hyland, Brown and Caldwell

Multi-Jurisdictional & Regional Scale

Collaboration across Boundaries to Achieve Integrated Watershed Management

Brandon Vatter, Mott MacDonald

Community-Based Green Infrastructure, A Rutgers Cooperative Extension Urban Extension Initiative

Christopher C. Obropta, Ph.D., P.E., Rutgers University

WaterTowns: Enhancing Water Quality through Placemaking and Green Infrastructure

Amanda Oparka, Clinton River Watershed Council

Regional Rainscaping: Building a Regional Green Infrastructure Implementation Program in West Michigan

Wendy Ogilvie, Grand Valley Metropolitan Council, Lower Grand River Organization of Watersheds

Utilizing Partnerships and Green Infrastructure to Restore an Impaired Urban Stream

Sarah U'Ren, The Watershed Center Grand Traverse Bay

Recognition and Relationships: The Unintended Benefits of Green Infrastructure

Tonya Hunter, Environmental Consulting & Technology, Inc. and Luba Sitar, ITC Holdings Corp.

Leveraging Green Infrastructure across Regional Plans: Water Resources, Transportation, Economic Development, PedBike and Access to Core Services

Kelly Karll, PE, Southeast Michigan Council of Governments

Southeast Michigan is Singing the "Blues," and "Greens," and a better way of Life!

Gerard Santoro, Macomb County (Michigan) Department of Planning & Economic Development

Case Studies: Integrating Stormwater Management, Open Space Protection and Public Access

Angela Larsen, Alliance for the Great Lakes

Implementing a Regional Program for Post Construction Stormwater Controls

Carrie Rivette, City of Grand Rapids (Michigan)

Measuring the Difference, Targeting Green Infrastructure in Great Lakes Shoreline Cities

Danielle Green, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Great Lakes National Program Office

Demolition, Vacant Lots, and the Concept of Passive Green Infrastructure
Jon Grosshans, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Natural Resource Damage Assessments Lead To Habitat Restorations with Green Infrastructure Benefits

Lisa L. Williams, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Myth Busting LID: Demonstration Sites Help Overcome Barriers to Wide-Scale Adoption

Christine Zimmer, Credit Valley Conservation

FEMA Hazard Mitigation Assistance: Green Infrastructure & Climate Resilient Mitigation Actions

Nicole LaRosa, FEMA Mitigation

Implementing a Strategy to Improve Stormwater Management in the Lake Simcoe Watershed, Ontario, Canada

Michael Walters, Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority


Great Lakes/Detroit

Reducing Coastal Hazard Impacts with Green Infrastructure: A Tour of NOAA Resources (Part 1)

Rachel Franks Taylor and Lori Cary-Kothera, The Baldwin Group at NOAA's Office for Coastal Management

Reducing Coastal Hazard Impacts with Green Infrastructure: A Tour of NOAA Resources (Part 2)
Tashya Allen, The Baldwin Group at NOAA's Office for Coastal Management

Nutrient Source Inventory - A Public Facing Water Quality Informational Tool

Tim Murphy, Civil & Environmental Consultants, Inc.;  Melissa Greene Hopfer, Lucas County Commissioner Office; and Regina Collins, City of Toledo

Great Lakes Stormwater Technology Transfer Collaborative

Donald Carpenter, Drummond Carpenter PLLC

Dunegrass: A True Low Maintenance Alternative Landscape Plant

Deane Wassink, Olde Paths, Inc.

Stormwater Management, Green Infrastructure, and Stream Restoration for TMDL Implementation

Meredith Cote, AECOM

Coordinated USGS / USEPA Green Infrastructure Research at Select Sites in the Midwest

Ralph J. Haefner, U.S. Geological Survey, Michigan-Ohio Water Science Center

Monitoring Stormwater Reduction Strategies in a Permeable Surficial Aquifer System, Gary, Indiana

David Lampe, U.S. Geological Survey Indiana-Kentucky Water Science Center

Wayne County Urban Soil Survey

Eric Gano, U.S. Natural Resources Conservation Service

Who Owns that Land?      

Valerie Novaes, P.E., Tetra Tech

Institutionalizing Creative Green Infrastructure Opportunities

Christy Williams, Tetra Tech

Maximizing Benefits and Scaling Up: Green Infrastructure in Detroit

Carol Hufnagel, Tetra Tech

The Evolution of Green Infrastructure in Detroit, Updating Design Policies and Procedures

Marianne Gutknecht, Tetra Tech

Dendroremediation of Brownfield sites within Detroit by The Greening of Detroit

Diane Nelson, The Greening of Detroit

How DWSD Partnerships Are Helping Green Infrastructure Take Root in Detroit

Kellie DuBay, Tetra Tech

Green Infrastructure Planning in Detroit Parks:  A Holistic Approach to Sustainability Analysis

Amy Murdick, Tetra Tech

Benefits of green infrastructure implementation on vacant lots in South East Detroit

Diane Nelson, The Greening of Detroit

Strengthening Green Infrastructure Capacity by Increasing Social Capital in Urban Communities

Tonja Stapleton, Land, Inc.; Carrie Addis, Eastside Community Network; Shannan Gibb-Randall, InSite Design Studio

Rain Gardens to the Rescue: Uniting Urban Agriculture and Water Conservation Movements

Ashley Atkinson, Keep Growing Detroit


Special Topics

Developing a National Stormwater BMP Testing and Verification Program: The STEPP Initiative

Chris French, Water Environment Federation (WEF)

China's Sponge Cities Initiative: Lessons Learned

Kari Mackenbach and Anil Tangirala, ms consultants, inc.

Building the Workforce: The National Green Infrastructure Certification Program

Chris French, WEF

Green Infrastructure (GI) Ground-Truthing and Monitoring Results, Case Studies
Kari Mackenbach and Anil Tangirala, ms consultants, inc.

Design Thinking Resilient Green Infrastructure BMP's: Lesson's Learned

David Batts, LEED AP, Construction EcoServices

Elements of a Successful Project – Beyond Technical Expertise

Tonya Lewandowski, Environmental Consulting & Technologies, Inc.

Keep the Bay Beautiful: Village of Northport Stormwater Reduction Project
onya Lewandowski, Environmental Consulting & Technologies, Inc.

Lake Simcoe "Zero Export" and Stormwater Phosphorus Offset Program
Mark Kieser, Kieser and Associates; MIchale Watlers, Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority

Redesigning Suburbia: Using Green Infrastructure to Meet Environmental Flow Targets

Bill Trenouth, Credit Valley Conservation

Brownfield Redevelopment through Green Infrastructure

John Osborne, GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc.

Co-Design for Human Health Co-Benefits: Expanding GSI Strategies

Kathleen L. Wolf, University of Washington

Green Infrastructure for Multiple Benefits: Kansas City, Missouri’s Green Infrastructure Program

Andy Sauer, Burns & McDonnell

Building Climate Change Action at the Municipal Level (The City of Windsor)

Karina Richters, City of Windsor, Ontario

Developing Youth Leadership for Green Infrastructure
Gail Gunst Hefner and David Warner, Calvin College

Storm Water Recycle Project at GM Detroit Hamtramck Assembly Plant

Breitner Marczewski, General Motors

An Energy Utility Incorporates GI and Wildlife Habitat Into its Culture
Martha Gruelle, Wildlife Habitat Council; Kristen LeForce, DTE Energy

Encouraging Green Roofs Through Stormwater Policy: Lessons Learned

Blaine Stand, Green Roofs for Healthy Cities

Green Infrastructure Solutions for the Great Lakes – How Iowa is Capitalizing on GI

David Yocca, FASLA, Conservation Design Forum

Panel Sessions      

Overview of GI Opportunities and Challenges in Detroit

Daniel Schechter, P.E., Environmental Consulting & Technology Inc.


Successful GI implementation throughout Detroit

Melissa Damaschke, Fred A. & Barbara M. Erb Family Foundation

Using Research to Build Bridges: The NEW-GI Transdisciplinary Design Research Approach to Green Infrastructure

Joan Iverson Nassauer, School of Natural Resources and Environment, University of Michigan

Governance and Maintenance Challenges and Opportunties
Margaret Dewar, University of Michigan

GI Urban Landscape Design: Neighborhood Perceptions, Benefits, and Participation

Natalie Sampson, University of Michigan Dearborn

Building Bridges: Collaborations to support Integrated Stormwater Management in Detroit

Joan Iverson Nassauer, School of Natural Resources and Environment, University of Michigan

RecoveryPark Public Private Partnerships in GLRI Green Infrastructure Project

Chair: Dan Carroll, Tetra Tech, with panelist, Gary Wozniak, RecoveryPark

China's Sponge Cities Program: Market Opportunities and Lessons Learned

Chair: Kari Mackenbach, MS Consultants

Challenges and Opportunities to scaling Green Infrastructure REgionally
Chair: Victoria Pebbles, Great Lakes Commission

Toledo’s Green Infrastructure Journey – The Whys, Wows, Woes, and What’s Next

Katie Rousseau, American Rivers, Toledo Office

Implementing Green Infrastructure to Improve Water Quality and Climate Resiliency in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed

Megan Granato, Maryland Department of Natural Resources

Urban Acupuncture: Regenerative Green Infrastructure in the Public Realm, and Lessons Learned for Community Revitalization and Outreach

Tim Duggan, Phronesis LLC

City-Wide Green Infrastructure in the Public Realm:  The Critical Role of Parks in Pittsburg

Tim Duggan, Phronesis LLC



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