MARC co-hosts Stormwater Conference

Feb 22, 2023
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Attendees line up with pink carbon copy forms notatitng their professional development credit hours

MARC's Water Quality program, with help from the Kansas Water Environment Association and the Missouri Water Environment Association, hosted the biennial KC Urban Stormwater Conference at the Hyatt Place Lenexa Conference Center. Over 200 attendees in the stormwater and public works community networked in-person for the first time since the 2019 conference (the 2021 event was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic).

On the first day of the conference, keynote speaker Dr. Robert Traver, of Villanova University's Center for Resilient Water Systems, spoke on resilient green stormwater infrastructure, its performance and rethinking regulatory approaches.

On day two, Dr. Trisha Moore, of Kansas State University, spoke on vegetation and plants and their role in stormwater infrastructure.

In addition to the keynotes, the two-day conference provided seven and a half hours’ worth of professional development hours across 45 breakout sessions taking place on-site.

The event ended with a panel moderated by MARC's Water Quality Planner Synthia Isah and featuring Andy Sauer, of Burns & McDonnell; Andrew Smith, of Black & Veatch; Lee Kellenberger, of Johnson County government; and MARC Environment Programs Director Tom Jacobs. Each speaker gave a small presentation and the floor was opened to questions from the audience.

Water Quality Public Education Committee Co-Chair Hobie Crane closed out the conference by summing up the need to educate residents about the control of contamination from the source point to our waterways: "Make sure they know -- if it's on the ground, it's in our streams."

Split image of keynote speaker Dr. Robert Traver and Dr. Trisha Moore giving their respective presentations

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