Lawrence Tech to host stormwater experts for annual summit

Now in its sixth year, the Regional Stormwater Summit is returning to Lawrence Technological University’s campus. The event takes place Friday, Oct. 5.

In addition to students and educators, the summit will draw elected officials, public works professionals, environmentalists, contractors, water industry professionals, and more to the Southfield-based university’s campus.

Lawrence Tech partners with the office of Oakland County Water Resources Commissioner and the nonprofit group Pure Oakland Water for the event.

"Since starting these events in 2013, we have brought regional stakeholders together with experts in stormwater design and technologies," said Oakland County Water Resources Commissioner Jim Nash.

"These efforts are now bearing fruit in projects across the region."

Beginning at 9 a.m., Lawrence Tech President Virinder Moudgil, Nash, and Donald Carpenter, PE, professor of practice at Lawrence Tech and director of LTU’s Great Lakes Stormwater Management Institute will welcome attendees.

Keynote speaker Branko Kerkez, Gerker and Goygit Faculty Scholar at the University of Michigan’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Brandon Wong, a doctoral student at U-M will give their presentation on Real-time Stormwater Monitoring.

Following presentations include low impact development technologies, green infrastructure champions, stormwater standards, and non-profit updates.

Leela Arava, chief executive officer of Microbuoy Inc., and three Wayne State University students will host Next Generation Real-time Water Sensor Integrated with High Power Miniaturized Batteries, a 3 p.m. free learning session.

There is a $25 registration fee. The event is open to the public.

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