Minnesota Stormwater Seminar 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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2024 Seminars

  • January 18: Capturing and quantifying coarse organic matter in urban stormwater - John Chapman, Univ. of MN
  • February 22: Performance of Stormwater Products and Practices: Why it Matters - Seth Brown, NMSA
  • March 14: Rethinking Green Stormwater Infrastructure in Place - Ashlynn Stillwell, Univ. of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
  • April 18: Plants and vegetation in stormwater practices - John Bly
  • May 16: Urban Long Term Ecological Restoration (LTER) Project - Sarah Hobbie
  • June 20: Lauren McPhillips


Rethinking Green Stormwater Infrastructure in Place

Thursday March 14, 2024 10:00am - 12:00pm

Green stormwater infrastructure can function reliably in combination with grey infrastructure under a wide range of conditions, with important environmental justice considerations in sustainable stormwater management.

Performance of Stormwater Products and Practices: Why it Matters.

Thursday February 22, 2024 10:00am - 12:00pm

This presentation will provide and update on Federal policies and national trends driving the stormwater sector today as well as share information on national-level initiatives that focus on developing, coordinating and planning for means to evaluate the efficacy of stormwater control measures in controlled environments as well as administering third-party testing efforts to provide users of stormwater infrastructure a high level of confidence in the performance of these control measures.

Capturing and quantifying coarse organic matter in urban stormwater

Thursday January 18, 2024 10:00am - 12:00pm

This study explored new sampling techniques and examined modifications of existing stormwater models to determine how they could be used to estimate coarse organic loadings. Efforts also determined the nutrient content of the course organic material to help better understand the total phosphorous balance in the watershed and provide a better accounting of the phosphorus that could be reaching receiving waters from course organics.