Clean Water Summit 2014 - Green Infrastructure for Clean Water: Costs & Benefits to Our Communities

Thursday, September 11, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, MacMillan Auditorium
$60 Arboretum members and conference affiliates. $70 general registration
Fee includes lunch, coffee breaks, and Arboretum admission

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Website and Registration - http://www.arboretum.umn.edu/2014CleanWaterSummit.aspx

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. The 2014 Clean Water Summit will focus on the costs and benefits of green infrastructure, including the economic, social, and ecological factors. Through keynote presentations and case studies, participants will hear multiple perspectives on the true value of green infrastructure, and gain a better understanding of tools and strategies to develop successful 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
  • The Natural Capital Project and InVEST: Emerging Economics of Ecosystem Services
    Dr. Stephen Polasky - Regents Professor and Fesler-Lampert Professor of Ecological and Environmental Economics, University of Minnesota
  • Community Change Through Green Infrastructure
    Tom Brownlow - Retired City Administrator, Charles City, Iowa
  • Weighing the Triple Bottom Line: Tools to Demonstrate the Value of Green Infrastructure to Your Community
    Matt Metzger, ENV SP, PE - Barr Engineering Company
  • Plus networking at the Arboretum…stay for happy hour!


Hear from developers, land owners, designers, regulators and agency staff who will provide answers to key questions on project drivers, 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
  • Tiny Little Green Infrastructure...Firm Results! Lessons Learned in Stormwater Management for Small Businesses
    The Tiny Diner, 7-Sigma, The Firm
  • Aiming Out of the Ballpark with Sustainable Stormwater Management
    Lowertown Ballpark and the St. Paul Saints
  • Green Infrastructure and Restorative Landscapes
    The Prospect North Partnership through Story Boards

Presented by the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in collaboration with the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District, with support from University of Minnesota Extension. Photo courtesy of Fred Rozumalski, Barr Engineering Company