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E-M:/ Student discount: Growth/Water Conference

February 21, 2005


Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, the Michigan Environmental Council is now able to offer a limited number of free tickets to students interested in attending this Thursday’s Smart Growth for Clean Water conference. I would like to personally invite you take advantage of this opportunity to hear from state and national leaders on issues of growth and water quality, including a free luncheon and presentation from Congressman John Dingell.


Students wishing to attend using a free ticket must register directly through the Michigan Environmental Council by contacting Ben Stupka at 517-487-3606 ext. 15, or by emailing him benmec@voyager.net and mentioning the “student discounted rate.”


Thank you for your interest, and please forward this notification to friends and colleagues who may be interested.


Brad Garmon

Michigan Environmental Council

"Smart Growth for Clean Water" Conference

Keynote Address with Congressman John Dingell

REGISTER TODAY at http://www.mecprotects.org/conference.htm

February 24, 2005
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Kellogg Center, Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI

Registration Deadline: February 21, 2005

The "Smart Growth for Clean Water" conference will provide local government officials, planners, development professionals and community members valuable information about funding opportunities, innovative tools and grassroots strategies to address water quality concerns through growth management tools. Special sessions will address compliance with new federal stormwater management regulations, and case studies on innovative and cost-effective ways to protect Michigan's precious water resources, including drinking water, aquatic ecosystems and scenic coastal areas.

- Funding session with Robert Sweet, Michigan DEQ water grants program
- Diane Regas, EPA Director of Wetlands, Oceans and Watersheds
- Don Chen, Executive Director, Smart Growth America
- Dan Kildee, Genesee County Land Bank
- Janis Bobrin, President of Michigan Association of County Drain Commissioners

- Conan Smith, Executive Director, Michigan Suburbs Alliance

- Lana Pollack, President, Michigan Environmental Council

- Case studies with state and federal experts

Panel discussions led by state and national experts will highlight specific Smart Growth land use planning tools and innovative stormwater management strategies for addressing impervious surfaces that limit the land's natural ability to absorb, filter and store rainfall. Participants will also learn about tools such as brownfield redevelopment, open space preservation, cluster zoning and purchase of development rights (PDR) programs that have proven to be viable, cost-effective solutions for managing stormwater and protecting watershed resources. Using Smart Growth techniques can also allow municipalities to apply for a greater number of private and public grants and loan programs to fund local projects.

Registration for the conference is $25 and includes breakfast and lunch. For a complete agenda, speakers list, or additional information visit