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 DAY 1 - May 10

NOTE:  All times in Eastern Daylight Time (EDT)

9:00-9:35 AM

Welcome and Keynote Presentation

Director Liesl Eichler Clark , Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) (Welcome)

  Executive Director Cathy Bernardino Bailey , Greater Cincinnati Water Works (Keyonte)


9:50-10:50 AM

Resiliency Planning and Response to Flooding in Southeast Michigan

Southeast Michigan experienced significant rainfall in the summer of 2021, resulting in widespread flooding. The region is responding with further resiliency planning and responses to better address potential impacts of flooding on water infrastructure. This presentation will cover some of these responses and actions. 

Phil Argiroff , Water Resources Division, EGLE

Combined Session

NOAA - Next Generation: NOAA Atlas 14 Precipitation Frequency Estimates

NOAA Atlas 14 is the national precipitation frequency standard that plays a vital role in the planning and designing of the nation's infrastructure and is referenced in the regulations and design manuals of many federal, state, and local agencies. NOAA proposes to develop a new generation of volumes incorporating climate change considerations and the latest observations. This presentation will discuss product development stages, product uncertainty, and the impact on engineering design applications.

Dan Christian, Sandra Pavlovic , Michael Stlaurent , National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Engineering for a Changing Rainfall 

Our climate is changing. The amount of rainfall in the most intense events has increased significantly in the Midwest and is projected to continue to increase. Civil infrastructure systems traditionally have been designed and constructed based on rainfall probabilities derived from historical data which assumed stationarity. While the scientific community agrees that climate is changing there is uncertainty over the details of the change. This presentation will discuss future projected rainfall conditions along with infrastructure implementation strategies and approaches.

Dan Christian , Tetra Tech

11:10 AM-12:10 PM

Region 5 Directors’ Panel - Challenges and solutions across states

Join Director Liesl Eichler Clark , Michigan EGLE; Secretary Preston D. Cole , Wisconsin DNR; Director John J. Kim , Illinois EPA; and  Director Laurie Stevenson , Ohio EPA for a discussion of water infrastructure challenges  and solutions across the Great Lakes States. 

Contributing Municipality Collection System General Permit

The State of Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy, Water Resources Division, is developing a Contributing Municipality Collection System General Permit. This presentation will cover the provisions and requirements of the draft general permit and plans for implementation.

Phil Argiroff , Water Resources Division, EGLE

1:00-2:00 PM

Water Affordability and Public Engagement

Greater attention is being paid to the need to effectively communicate and engage with the public to build trust, increase transparency, and achieve customer satisfaction. Speakers will share strategies and activities used in public outreach and engagement.

Palencia Mobley  and Samuel Smalley , Detroit Water and Sewerage Department; James Baker , City of Kalamazoo

Grand Rapids Stormwater: What a difference a decade makes

Grand Rapids has come a long way in the last 10 years.  Learn about how we’ve found money for stormwater and how we’ve incorporated green infrastructure into complete streets to make Vital Streets.  We are also on the brink of implementing our new MS4 permit and will tell you what unique things we’ve incorporated to help the City and Developers meet requirements. 

Carrie Rivette , City of Grand Rapids

2:30-3:30 PM

Regionalization, Working Together to Solve Infrastructure Challenges

A general presentation on the spectrum of regionalization opportunities, what challenges are out there, how regionalization can solve some of those problems and the way forward in Michigan.

Eric Oswald , Drinking Water and Environmental Health Division Director, EGLE

Combined Session

Sterling Relief Drain Daylighting and Green Infrastructure Retrofit

The Macomb County Public Works Office completed a grant funded project to transform two miles of the Sterling Relief Drain using green infrastructure to better serve the community. This presentation will focus on the goal of improving water quality and operation of the drain by day-lighting portions and creating a naturalized green corridor.

Jeff Bednar , Macomb County Public Works Office

Reducing Stormwater Runoff through Green Infrastructure in a Built Community

The City of Royal Oak began implementing green infrastructure in 2015 and prioritizes these improvements whenever possible on city projects.  Royal Oak is fully developed, which has led to high stormwater runoff volumes that need to be managed, especially as precipitation events intensify.  This presentation will discuss the practices used, some lessons learns and future goals. 

Holly Donoghue , City of Royal Oak

3:45-4:45 PM

Afternoon Keynote: Bruno Pigott, Deputy Assistant Administrator, U.S. EPA

Deputy Assistant Administrator Bruno Pigott  will share the latest on implementation of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and other updates from U.S. EPA’s Office of Water.


Day 2 - May 11

NOTE:  All times in Eastern Daylight Time (EDT)

9:00-9:30 AM

Day 2 Opening Remarks
This session will begin with opening remarks from EGLE Director Liesl Eichler Clark, followed by updates from Michigan's Environmental Justice Public Advocate, Regina Strong, and Clean Water Public Advocate, Kristina Donaldson

Director Liesl Eichler ClarkEGLE
Environmental Justice Public Advocate Regina StrongEGLE
Clean Water Public Advocate Kris DonaldsonEGLE



9:50-10:50 AM

Great Lakes Water Authority Water Apprenticeship Program-How to replicate in other communities 

The Great Lakes Water Authority (GLWA) has innovate ways to attract the local workforce.  Learn how GLWA improves their workforce issues in order to replicate it in your own community.

Patricia Butler , GLWA

How to incorporate Climate Change into Infrastructure Funding

The economy, security and culture all depend on the resilience of our water infrastructure. There are many inherent infrastructure damages related to climate changes such as major storm surges and heavy downfalls, increasing temperatures, etc. These should be factored into an infrastructure improvements project.

Curt Baranowski , U.S. EPA

11:10 AM - 12:10 AM

Funding infrastructure projects, what municipalities should know about bonds, grants, and timing.

This informative session will discuss various options for grants and financing of all water/sewer projects, including lead service line replacements.  All financing options including the State Revolving Fund, USDA Rural Development and open market bond issuance will be covered.  Bond issuance timing and processes will also be discussed.

Andy Campbell  and Tom Traciak , Bakertilly Municipal Advisors

Learn how to engage with your local council to get projects implemented. 

Get your council to understand the importance of upgrading your water infrastructure. This session will explore new and engaging ways to connect with your local council to get your projects approved and moving in the right direction.

Leo Dion  and Glen Terry , Rural Community Assistance Program

Combined Session

1:00-2:15 PM

Keynote: Lt. Governor Garlin Gilchrist II 
Michigan Lt. Governor Garlin Gilchrist II will open our afternoon with a keynote address to attendees.   

Director Liesl Eichler Clark


EGLE Funding and Financing Programs
EGLE will provide an overview of new funding opportunities available to communities to address water infrastructure needs through the Infrastructure Investments and Jobs Act, American Rescue Plan, State Revolving Fund, and other programs.

  Amy Epkey  and  Paul McDonald ,


2:30-3:30 PM

Tap into your Water/ Wastewater Tech Programs in Michigan

The operation of Michigan’s drinking water and wastewater facilities requires highly skilled and knowledgeable operators. Operators must be certified by EGLE and there are Michigan community colleges that offer the educational requirements for the highest level of certifications to operate drinking water and wastewater facilities. We will hear from Bay, Delta, and Grand Rapids Community Colleges about their programs and how they help students prepare for incredible careers in public works.

Troy Gallagher , Bay College; Patrick Frazee , Delta College; John Gorney ,GR/GRCC Public Works Academy

Lead Service Line Replacement

This session will discuss lead service line replacement, specifically the need to incorporate checks and balances into the process, addressing reporting needs/requirements, and overall best practices.

Damon Garrett , Metro Consulting Associates



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