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Fifth Annual Mississippi River Conference set for Sept. 26-28

September 5, 2012

Staff Report

MOLINE, Ill. — River Action, a nonprofit organization that strives to foster the environmental, economic and cultural vitality of the environmental, economic and cultural vitality of the Mississippi River and its riverfront in the Quad City region, with the support of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, sponsors the Fifth Annual Upper Mississippi River Conference and Youth Summit Sept. 26-28. Location is the Stoney Creek Inn and Western Illinois University Riverfront Campus in Moline, Ill.

Targeting city planners, elected officials, architects, engineers, landscape architects, environmental groups, economic developers and environmental educators, the meeting will address best-case studies for making room for the river in one’s life, in the floodplain and in the community’s architecture.

Each day’s events are scheduled into different tracks.

Wednesday, Sept. 26

Stoney Creek Inn, Moline, Ill.

Track 1:

Rivers as Bridges: Connecting the People of the Yangzi and Mississippi Rivers — Jeff Smoller, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Creek Freaks: Adopting America’s Creeks — Olivia Dorothy, Izaak Walton League

Track 2:

Partnering for River Restoration — Marvin Hubbell, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Going Beyond the Traditional Campus: Exploring the Connections Between People and Water — Rusty Walker, Holabird & Root, Chicago, Ill.

Thursday, Sept. 27

Opening Keynote: A River of Opportunity — Pat Osman, Illinois Department of Natural Resources

Concurrent Sessions

Track 1: Make Room for the River in Your Life

When to Decide if “It’s On the River” — Pat De Lashmutt, It’s On the River Restaurant owner, Port Byron, Ill.

Paddling on the Sangamon River — Scott Hewitt, Ill. Paddle Council

Summer of Paddling: All Oars in the River — Bob Clevenstine, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Track 2: Make Room for the River in Architecture

Leaders in LEED — Jeff Nelson, MetroLink

Going Beyond the Traditional Campus: Exploring the Connections Between People and Water — Bill Brewer, Western Illinois University; Paul Reardon, Dewberry Architects, Inc.; Rusty Walker, Holabird & Root, Chicago, Ill.

Stepping Back: Grafton’s Unique Perspective — Tom Thompson, Mayor, Grafton, IL

Track 3: Make Room for the River in the Floodplain

The Epic 20111 Flood in the World’s Third Largest Watershed: Room for the River Success — Scott Whitney, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Learning From Levees: How They Affect Water Levels — Dr. Reuben Heine, Augustana College

The Tennessee River: Chattanooga’s Catalyst to Rebirth — Larry Zehnder, Parks Department, Chattanooga, TN

Field Trips

Trip 1 — Showcasing Green Architecture — the new Kone and Western Illinois University buildings

Trip 2 — Exploring the Hennepin Canal – Visit four sites along the historic canal near Milan, IL.

Trip 3 — Witnessing 140 Years of Sustainability –—Tour sustainable activities along the Mississippi Riverfront in Moline and Rock Island,’

Friday, Sept. 28

Stoney Creek Inn, Moline, IL

Concurrent Sessions

Track 1: Make Room for the River in Your Life

Three Trails in One: Drive it, Hike it, Canoe it — Frank Schier, Rock River Trail Initiative

Re-discovering an Intrinsic, Viable, Economic Resource — Larry Zehnder, Parks Department, Chattanooga, TN

Joining the Campaign to Protect the Land, Water and People of the Mississippi River — Amy Sauer, Biodiversity Project

Track 2: Make Room for the River in Architecture

Building With a Sense of Place — Roman Scholtz, SGGM — retired

Gray vs. Green: Integrated Green Infrastructure Solutions — James Patchett, President, Conservation Design Forum, Elmhurst, Ill.

From Foe to Friend: Using the River as a Driver of Sustainable Revitalization in the Time Check Neighborhood of Cedar Rapids, Iowa — Nadia Anderson, Iowa State University, Department of Architecture

Track 3: Make Room for the River in the Floodplain

The Nature Conservancy’s Emiquon: Restoring Functional Floodplain for Nature and People — Doug Blodgett, The Nature Conservancy

After the Flood: Community Resilience – Tom Thompson, Mayor, Grafton, IL

A Business Model to Reinvest in the Environment: Upcycling Waste for Green Landscaping — Rich Fielding, Upcycle Products

2010 and 2011 Charettes Update

Make Room for Vision: Design Charettes Reviews Cities of Buffalo, Davenport, Dubuque, and Keokuk in Iowa; Keithsburg, Ill.; and La Crosse, Wis.

Luncheon Speaker: Lee Sandlin, author of Wicked River, a narrative history of the Mississippi River and society in the 19th century.

Concurrent Sessions

Track 1: Make Room for the River in Your Life

The Clean Water Act: What’s the Point? Or is it Pointless? — Scott Tomkins, Illinois Environmental Egencyh

The Great River Road: Ten States, One River — John Goodmann, Mississippi River Parkway Commission

From Sleepy River Town to Major Destination — Ed Choate, LeClaire, Iowa

Track 2: Make Room for the River in Architecture

Retaining the Rain in the Urban Landscape — Todd Wiebenga, Aunt Rhodie’s Landscaping and Design Studio

Rain Gardens in the Suburban Stormwater Landscape — Stacy James, Prairie Rivers Network

Home on the River: The Evolving Riverfront Landscape — Jeff Anderson, Moline City Planner

Track 3: Make Room for the River in the Floodplain

Partnering for River Restoration — Marvin Hubbell, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Upper Mississippi River Restoration Projects

Mississippi River Cities and Towns Initiative: Addressing Matters of Mutual Concern — Colin Wellenkamp, Northeast Midwest Institute

Community Floodplain Rating System — What You Need to Know! — Bill Capuccio, Iowa Department of Natural Resources

Registration is $99 before Sept. 7; $149 after Sept. 7; $200 after Sept. 21; and $198 group rate (3 registrations for the price of 2). There is also a $25 registration fee for students.

Three ways to register: on the web at: www.riveraction.org; fax your registration form to: (563) 322-0916 (available 24 hours a day); or mail registration form and payment to: River Action, 822 E. River Drive, Davenport, IA 52803.

From the Sept. 5-11, 2012, issue

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