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A National Conference

February 17-20, 2003
The Westin Michigan Avenue
Chicago, Illinois

Cosponsored by:
Chicago Botanic Garden
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  - Region 5; Chicago, Ill.
  - Office of Wastewater Management; Washington, D.C.
  - Office of Research and Development; Cincinnati, Ohio


A wide array of effective water quality management and protection tools have
been developed for urban environments, but their implementation is being
hampered by a lack of technology transfer opportunities.  At this national
conference, Urban Storm Water: Enhancing Programs at the Local Level, you
will learn about state-of-the-art technologies and implementation programs
that have proven success in local communities.

The timing of this conference coincides well with the implementation of U.S.
EPA's Phase II NPDES Storm Water Program during 2003.  Participants with
learn about the most effective tools and technologies for meeting these new
NPDES permit requirements.  Staff and engineers representing local
municipalities will find the conference particularly useful, as will water
resource managers, conservation groups, local officials, researchers,
educators, and state agency personnel.  Two concurrent sessions, one
focusing on tools and technology -- the other focusing on program
implementation -- allows you to tailor your conference experience to fit
your personal educational goals.  CEUs are expected to be offered.

The conference sessions feature progressive scientists and researchers,
along with managers of successful projects from across the country.  Session
topics include, but are not limited to:

   *    Flood Control vs. Water Quality:  Achieving a Win-Win vs. a Tradeoff
   *    Assessing BMP Performance:  Which Really Work?
   *    Urban TMDLs and Storm Water Permitting:  Solving Them Together
   *    Roof Gardens:  An "Elevated" Level of Source Control
   *    Low Impact Site Design for Storm Water Control
   *    Conservation Design Strategies and Natural Resource Preservation
   *    Innovative Storm Water Treatment Practices and Emerging Technologies
   *    Strategies for Effective Public Education and Involvement
   *    Financing Local Storm Water Management
   *    Regulatory Approaches to Storm Water Management at the Local Level
   *    Measuring Program Success Through Monitoring and Modeling
   *    Mitigating the Effects of Urban Hydrology
   *    Methods for Prioritizing and Implementing Storm Water Controls in
Densely Urbanized Areas
   *    Comprehensive Urban Watershed Management:  Going Beyond the Minimum
Measures Required
   *    Urban Storm Water Retrofit Opportunities
   *    Storm Water Management in Coastal Areas
   *    Integrating Urban and Rural Issues in Storm Water Management
   *    Economics of Storm Water Management

This conference is the fifth in a popular series of water quality specialty
conferences sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Region 5
office.  The most recent event, "Tools for Urban Water Resource Management
and Protection" (February 2000) drew nearly 500 participants. Conference
registration was sold out one month prior to the conference and over 150
individuals had to be turned away -- so be sure to respond early when the
registration package becomes available in August 2002!


Although many of the conference presentations will be made by invited
authors, a limited amount of program space has been reserved for exceptional
contributed papers and posters that are results-oriented and directly
relevant to the conference theme.  To be considered for the conference
program, authors should submit an abstract (400 words maximum) that
succinctly describes their project and approach.  All abstracts must be
received in electronic format (e-mail or disk/CD) by no later than June 21,
2002.  Notification of acceptance/rejection is scheduled for July 19, 2002.
By submitting an abstract, a prospective presenter agrees to prepare a
PowerPoint oral presentation or poster display (indicate your preference
with your abstract submission), as well as a manuscript (oral presenters) or
pdf-format CD (poster presenters) for publication in the conference
proceedings.  Individuals that fail to submit their manuscript/poster CD by
the August 23, 2002 deadline will forfeit their opportunity to present at
the conference.  Authors of contributed papers and posters will be expected
to cover all of their travel costs, as well as their registration fees ($285
for the conference, and $75 for each optional workshop).


The Conference begins on Tuesday morning, February 17, and adjourns on
Thursday afternoon, February 20, 2003.  Our conference host is The Westin
Michigan Avenue, located in the heart of Chicago's "Magnificent Mile"
shopping and entertainment district.  The Westin will extend a
deeply-discounted rate of $109/$129 single/double (well below the government
rate) to all conference participants.

On Monday, February 16, three special pre-conference workshops will be held
(each workshop is an all-day session):

   *    a Certified Professional in Stormwater Management (CPSM) exam review
course presented by the Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment
Control (CPESC) Council

   *    "Countdown to the Phase II Implementation Deadline: Putting the
Final Touches on Your Storm Water Program" presented by Tetra Tech, Inc.

   *    "Smart Watersheds: Building Municipal Programs to Restore Urban
Watersheds" presented by the Center for Watershed Protection


To submit an abstract, or to be placed on the distribution list for future
conference announcements and semi-final program mailings, please contact the
conference coordinator: Bob Kirschner, Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake
Cook Road, Glencoe, Illinois, 60022;  email: bkirschn@chicagobotanic.org
Please Note that my email address has changed to reznickr@michigan.gov.
Ralph Reznick, P.E.
Nonpoint Source Unit
Surface Water Quality Div.
MI Dept. of Environmental Quality