On a recent grey, rainy Michigan day, the talk at Lawrence Technological University in Southfield was about green and blue. More than 100 professionals gathered for the one-day conference, What Color is Your Infrastructure? to learn and share experiences with using green infrastructure and low impact development techniques for the benefit of clean water. The first-of-its-kind conference for southeastern Michigan was sponsored by a team of partners lead by the Alliance of Downriver Watersheds.
HRWC fingerprints were all over the event as staff led the planning and presented during breakout sessions. A few staff also attended to learn the latest on what’s working in communities in this region. HRWC watershed ecologist Kris Olsson attended to hear the “women of GI” give what she describes as an informative and inspiring talk on how communities can make connections on a common goal like green infrastructure despite their other differences. “Even just learning about the processes they employed to engage the community stakeholders was helpful,” she confessed. Kris expects to tap into this information as part of the Bioreserve project she manages. HRWC also will begin a new project this fall to identify locations ripe for green infrastructure projects with funds from the MDEQ.
Even if you missed the conference, you can glean the highlights of the presentations by viewing them and the conference program at the event website.