The conference includes a tour of the MWRD Mainstream Pumping Station, a speech from Margaret Frisbie of the Friends of the Chicago River, Top Project award ceremony and educational sessions.
The third annual SWS Conference & Exhibition is right around the corner, and registration is still open.
From Nov. 12-14 at the Tinley Park Convention Center in Tinley Park, Ill., our annual conference will feature more than 50 educational seminars, training sessions, exhibits and networking opportunities. Attendees can expect the seminars and sessions to cover a variety of topics including green infrastructure, erosion control, storm water practices and BMPs planning and design, MS4 Program Management and more.
Below, we’ve highlighted three other events happening throughout the conference that you won’t want to miss:
MWRD Mainstream Pumping Tour
Take an unconventional elevator ride and descend 300 ft underground to view the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD) Mainstream Pumping Station. The event begins with a history of MWRD’s Tunnel and Reservoir Plan, a deep tunnel and reservoir system used to manage combined sewer overflows throughout Chicagoland. Following, attendees will embark on a tour of the pumping station.
The mainstream tunnel system is made up of 31 miles of tunnels, which flow toward the Mainstream Pumping Station and then end up at the water reclamation plant.
The tour runs from noon to 4 .p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 12.
Margaret Frisbie, executive director of Friends of the Chicago River
To kick off the sessions, seminars and exhibits, Margaret Frisbie of the Friends of the Chicago River, will join us at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 13 as our keynote speaker.
Frisbie, who was instrumental in the formation of Chicago’s new River Ecology and Governance Task Force and served on Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s Environment Transition Team, will discuss the value of the blue/green corridor. Using the more than 37,000 acres of public open space along the 156-mile Chicago River system to create a blue/green corridor of healthy, natural open space would provide places for residents and visitors to play, wildlife to move and land to absorb and filter storm water. Listen as Frisbie tells us how that would improve water quality, biodiversity, recreational opportunities and the local economy.
Top Project Awards Ceremony
From noon to 1 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 14, join SWS Managing Editor Katie Johns as she announces the 2019 Storm Water Solutions Top Project winners. Each year, SWS staff recognizes remarkable projects related to storm water and erosion control industries. This year was no exception, so please join us as we award the top projects.
For more information and to register for the conference, visit swsconferenceexpo.com. We’ll see you there.