Duluth Conference To Address Snow Run-Off Concerns

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010 at 12:52 pm

Over 50 experts and decision-makers are expected to gather in Duluth on Wednesday to talk about managing stormwater in a region known for steep slopes, impenetrable rock layers and clay soils.

Jesse Schomberg of Minnesota Sea Grant tells the Associated PRess that they hope to advance their ability to control the rate at which rainwater and snowmelt reach Lake Superior. He says slowing the flow of water helps keep pollutants, sediments and trash out of Northland waterways.

The discussions will include stormwater regulations, how trees and rain gardens can be strategically placed to help control runoff, and challenges from climate change.

The one-day conference ends with a tour of stormwater management sites around Duluth where innovative practices are in place.

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