Save the date for the first ever Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Green Infrastructure Conference, May 31 – June 2, 2017, at Cobo Hall in Detroit, Michigan. This conference will draw up to 1,000 engineers, landscape architects, water quality professionals, government officials (local, state, provincial, and federal), developers, planners, academia, drain and road agencies, conservation and non-profit organizations, and interest groups from around the Great Lakes basin in Canada and the U.S.
This is the first conference to focus on using green infrastructure across the landscape with a primary goal to protect the surface waters in the Great Lakes region. The time is right for a comprehensive look at this important topic.
The conference location is in the middle of the Great Lakes chain, and at the forefront of many innovative green infrastructure projects. Much of Detroit is being recreated from the ground up. They are finding ways to reduce the burden on combined sewers for less than the cost of storing and treating combined effluent. They are making neighborhoods feel safer and more inviting and increasing green acreage over the top of thriving industry. These efforts are clearly linked to the Great Lakes, by reducing nutrient inputs to Lake Erie, and all Great Lakes’ and St Lawrence waters downstream.