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GLIN==> Experts to Discuss Local Stormwater Effects of Climate Change


For More Information: 
Vicky Harris, Water Quality and Habitat Restoration Specialist,
Wisconsin Sea Grant, (920) 465-2795
Stephen Wittman, Communications Coordinator, Wisconsin Sea Grant, (608)


A free public presentation on "Climate Change Impacts on Stormwater"
will be held at 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 13, in Phoenix Rooms A and B at
the UW-Green Bay University Union. Parking is available at the MaryAnn
Cofrin Visitor lot and the Sports Center lot (see

Global warming is an undeniable reality, according to the latest (2007)
report from the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

What will a changing climate mean for our Great Lakes region? Many
scientists expect more frequent intense rainfalls to eastern Wisconsin.
These hard downpours put more demands on a community's stormwater
management system, and one clogged stormwater drain can quickly lead to
a flooded street and property damage.

Thomas E. Croley II from the Great Lakes Environmental Research
Laboratory in Ann Arbor, Mich., will take a look at some future
scenarios of climate effects on the Great Lakes using the latest climate
models available. Ken Potter from the UW-Madison Department of Civil and
Environmental Engineering will discuss several ways to manage stormwater
in Wisconsin's changing climate.

The presentations are the first in the seminar series "Climate Change in
the Great Lakes Region," sponsored by UW Sea Grant and the Wisconsin
Coastal Management Program. Over the next several months, experts will
speak at sites throughout Wisconsin about what is known about the
effects of climate change on our region, what is predicted and what can
be done to adapt. See www.seagrant.wisc.edu/climatechange for details
and updates.

Croley and Potter's presentations are being held in conjunction with the
Fox-Wolf Watershed Alliance Stormwater Conference, scheduled March 13-14
on the UW-Green Bay campus. While the public is encouraged to attend the
free presentations, registration is required for the additional
conference sessions.

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Conceived in 1966, Sea Grant is a national network of 30
university-based programs of research, outreach, and education for
enhancing the practical use and conservation of coastal, ocean and Great
Lakes resources to create a sustainable economy and environment. The
National Sea Grant Network is a partnership of participating coastal
states, private industry, and the National Sea Grant College Program,
National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Department of
Commerce. www.seagrant.wisc.edu

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