Minnesota Stormwater Seminar and Research Spotlight Series

Mississippi river connecting downtown Minneapolis and St. Anthony Falls Lab.

Seminars are held monthly at 10 a.m.

The Minnesota Stormwater Seminar Series provides an opportunity to learn about the most recent research, discoveries and case studies around urban stormwater management specifically for an audience of stormwater practitioners and professionals. Seminars include a presentation, panel discussion and Q&A with participants. The seminar series in 2023 will feature a new evolution and growth that includes three elements:

  1. National scholar presentations and panels highlighting what they’ve learned and how they’ve pushed the boundaries in the stormwater arena.
  2. Results from Minnesota Research Council projects.
  3. Stormwater practice and management approaches. The seminars will continue to be led by SAFL and the WRC and welcome the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency as a collaborator. 

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2023 Seminar series schedule

  • September 14, 10am CDT: In-person & Virtual
  • October 12, 10am CDT: In-person & Virtual
  • November 15, 10am CDT: In-person & Virtual (Note this occurrence does not follow the typical schedule)
  • December 14, 10am CDT: In-person & Virtual


Leveraging Grant Funds for Stormwater & Community Resilience Planning

Thursday, October 12, 2023, 10a – 12pm

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has provided funding opportunities for local government units and tribal nations to assess vulnerabilities and begin planning for the effects of Minnesota’s changing climate through a planning grant program targeting stormwater, wastewater community service systems. This seminar will highlight 3 projects from the 2022 grant cycle that focus on stormwater and community resilience.

Ushering in a new era of TMDL compliance: Adaptive management and reducing connected impervious cover

Thursday, September 14, 10am - Noon

Creative thinking about old, new and reimagined stormwater controls are necessary. The GBTNGP is an open door to innovative nutrient control strategies so long as they are defensible, trackable and accountable. The solution to future problems will take new thinking and come more from implementers (municipalities) working together with regulators, ushering in a new era of compliance through adaptive management.

Retrofitting existing SCMs to enter the nutrient trading market

Wednesday, June 21, 2023, 10 – 12 p.m.

Retrofits such as floating wetland islands (on wet ponds), converting dry detention to constructed stormwater wetlands, and the addition of internal water storage to older bioretention will be discussed.