Transportation and Water
Transportation & the Environment Workshop
Focus on Clean Water and Flooding
March 22, 2011
There are many instances where water and transportation interact. Water affects our transportation system and vice versa. This workshop gave participants an overview of the abundant water resources in southwest Michigan. Both our water resources (wetlands, inland lakes, streams, rivers, Lake Michigan) and our transportation system (roads, trails, harbors, etc.) are essential to our economy and quality of life. These systems (watersheds and transportation infrastructure) are both threatened by polluted water and flooding.
To protect these vital systems, a more natural approach to handling water runoff in transportation project planning and implementation is essential. Every time a street is retrofitted or built, bioswales, porous pavement, and other practices must be incorporated to ensure clean water and less flooding. The price may be a little more upfront to implement these practices, but the cost to our communities in the future to deal with increased flooding and polluted waters could be shocking and devastating. As we all know, the success of southwest Michigan depends on clean water.
Below are the presentations, other resources and contacts for the speakers. SWMPC thanks the following sponsors for their support of this workshop:
SWMPC is looking forward to continuing the dialogue on this topic and building partnerships to improve and protect our watersheds and transportation infrastructure!
Contact Information for the Presenters:
(269) 925-1137 x 1525
Wendy Ogilvie, CFM, LEED®-AP
Chris Wall, P.E., PTP, PTOE