Beyond the Basics Seminar 2014: September 9th and 10th

Beyond the Basics 2014:
Making Green Stormwater Practices Pay Off For Your Community

SEPTEMBER 9th & 10th, 2014
The Morton Arboretum, Lisle & Bobak’s Signature Events, Woodridge

6 Professional Development Hours available

The Conservation Foundation, in partnership with Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, is proud to present Beyond the Basics 2014, the fourth seminar in our Beyond the Basics series.  New this year is a day of pre-seminar workshop and tour options.

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Day 1 - September 9th, 2014:  8:30am to 5pm - The Morton Arboretum (click for details)

~Workshop on watershed based plans and ordinance reviews OR
~Tour of local green stormwater projects  

Day 2 - September 10th, 2014:  8:00am to 4:45pm - Bobak's Signature Events (click for details)
~Full Day Seminar
~3 concurrent tracks with 4 sessions plus a keynote session on innovative funding options for green stormwater projects and programs, led by Charlotte Kaiser, The Nature Conservancy, and Eron Bloomgarden, EKO Asset Management Partners.
~Concluding presentation by Rebeca Bell, Bluestem Communications, on developing better public communication strategies to increase long-term success of green infrastructure projects.
~Click here to see the agenda!



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As with everything we do, we cannot do it without the support of our greater “community.” We would like to thank the following organizations for generously supporting the seminar: The Pizzo Group; Geosyntec Consultants; Christopher B. Burke Engineering, LTD; Chicago Wilderness; DuPage County Stormwater Management Committee; Bedrock Earthscapes, LLC.; and Filtrexx International.

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Beyond the Basics Background
Since the early 2000’s we have hosted a number of workshops and seminars that focus on Best Management Practices (BMPs) for stormwater management and stream restoration. These offerings have evolved over the years and are now coordinated more broadly with our partners to meet the growing need for in-depth information to help communities meet current and proposed regulatory requirements. In 2008, we held our first Beyond the Basics: Stormwater BMP Seminar – an all day, multi-track seminar focused on how to get stormwater management done right in our region. This seminar is now held every 18 months, alternating between spring and fall.  Specific goals help guide the trainings we host throughout the year.

Seminar Series Goals

Showcase the expertise of local talent in the region - we have the ability to make clean water happen in Northeastern Illinois.

Broaden the discussion of stormwater management to include all relevant departments; these are complex problems that need a multi-disciplinary approach.

Best management practices require funded, long-term management for true success to be achieved.