Stormwater experts will converge on Eugene next month to learn and share information about the latest and greatest in stormwater management. The Oregon Association of Clean Water Agencies (ACWA) will hold a Stormwater Summit on Wednesday, May 10, in Eugene. This annual event attracts clean water professionals from around the state and beyond.
The summit will include updates from national and state regulatory perspectives, best practices in stormwater education, potential impacts of climate change on stormwater management, how green infrastructure counters the impacts of urbanization, and new tools to help reduce pesticide risks for Oregonians. Speakers at this year’s summit include representatives from the Environmental Protection Agency, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, other state and local government entities, and consulting firms. The summit leads to further collaboration among clean water professionals and helps increase the efficiency and effectiveness of participants’ stormwater management programs.
On Thursday, May 11, ACWA and the Oregon Chapter of the American Public Works Association (APWA) will partner to host a tour of innovative stormwater facilities in the Eugene-Springfield area. The tour will include a look at pervious pavement, rain gardens, and roadside swales in the River Road area, as well as Eugene’s Ferndale Park stormwater facility, and Springfield’s Mill Race stormwater Facility project. The construction and maintenance of Eugene’s facilities is funded by local stormwater user fees.
For more information about the stormwater facility tour email Therese Walch, Public Works Water Resource Manager, at (541)682-5549.