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Green infrastructure conferences to be held in Iowa

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DES MOINES – Two opportunities to explore the possibilities of green stormwater infrastructure are coming up in September 2019.  Iowa City will host the Eastern Iowa Green Infrastructure conference on Thursday, September 19, and the Central Iowa conference will be held the following day, Friday, September 20, in Ankeny.  The conferences are sponsored by the Iowa Stormwater Education Partnership (ISWEP).

Cities, developers, business owners, homeowners, and others are challenged to manage the water that falls on and runs off their roofs, streets, parking lots, and land.  Traditional stormwater approaches focused on moving runoff quickly through pipes directly into streams.  What is known as “green” infrastructure is a new way of planning that promotes slowing down, infiltrating, and treating stormwater.  Green infrastructure mimics and uses natural processes to address both water quantity and quality.

Both events will feature speakers on innovative and effective programs, projects, and technologies, vendors of products and services to contribute to successful implementation, and a setting to interact with other Iowans involved or interested in green infrastructure. The Eastern Iowa conference on September 19 includes a bus tour of sites in Iowa City and Coralville. The Central Iowa conference on September 20 will also provide a breakfast session for elected officials to learn more about green infrastructure in the Des Moines metro area.

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Sponsorship and exhibit opportunities are also still available.  For more information, please contact Patti Cale-Finnegan, or 515-490-4684.

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