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Green Infrastructure for Clean Water:
The Essential Role of Soil 


Soil is our foundation, and an essential component of green infrastructure in stormwater management. It provides structure beneath our feet, stores nutrients for plant growth, filters contaminants from runoff, and regulates the movement of water.

The 2012 Clean Water Summit will focus on the concept of "living" soil, how it functions, and the connection between healthy soil and clean water in our communities. Featured presentations will address policies and practices related to soil, from a landscape scale to an individual site, and motivate participants to protect our soil systems, rejuvenate disturbed soil, and use soil effectively for stormwater management.

The Clean Water Summit will bring together a wide variety of individuals involved in stormwater management, community development and redevelopment, municipal operations, and design professionals. Participants may include municipal stormwater managers, policy makers, planners, and staff, soil and water professionals including designers, engineers, contractors and installers, developers, landscape architects, and many others.


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Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
MacMillan Auditorium
8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. 
$50 members, $60 non-members
Registration begins at 8:00 a.m.


Keynote 1:
Applied Research, Informed Design Standards for Stormwater Management
BILL HUNT, Ph.D. - Associate Professor and Extension Specialist, North Carolina State University
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Keynote 2:
The Science of Healthy, Living Soil
CARL ROSEN, Ph.D. - Professor and Chair, Dept. of Soil, Water and Climate, University of Minnesota
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Keynote 3:
A Potential Future: Soil and Urban Agriculture as a Driver for Green Infrastructure
TIM KENNY, M.P.A., M.Ed. - University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, and LaDONNA REDMOND - Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy
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Concurrent Session I:

Track A - Building and Growing        
    Healthy Soil

Structural Soil for Trees and Stormwater Management
ERIN ANDERSON-WENZ, Barr Engineering Company
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Soil Amendments: The Fast Food Approach to Building Soils
DAVID BAUER, Minnesota Department of Transportation
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Plants: Nature's Agent for Soil Improvement
FRED ROZULMASKI, Barr Engineering Company

Track B - 
Site Assessment and
    Preserving Healthy Soil

Low Impact Development and the Importance of Soil

BILL HUNT, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Extension Specialist, North Carolina State University
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Assessing Soil for Stormwater Infiltration
RICHARD PENNINGS, PE, American Engineering Testing, Inc 
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Sustainable Site Development: The Importance of Understanding and Protecting Soils
KEVIN BIEHN, Emmons & Olivier Resources
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Concurrent Session II:

Track A - Soil: A Filter Beneath Your Feet

The Power of Soil! The Breakdown of Pollutants by Soil Microorganisms
DR. MICHAEL SADOWSKY, Distinguished McKnight Professor, Director, BioTechnology Institute, University of Minnesota
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Chemicals and Soils: Interactions and Transport
PAUL CAPEL, U.S. Geological Survey 
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Amendments to Filtration for Improving Water Quality Treatment
ANDY ERICKSON, Saint Anthony Falls Laboratory, University of Minnesota
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Track B - Urban Soil: Contamination and

Contaminated Soils and Brownfields Redevelopment Implications for Stormwater Infiltration
REBECCA BOURDON, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency 
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Process and Impacts of Soil Compaction
JOHN CHAPMAN, M.S., Program Director, Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering, University of Minnesota
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Soil Compaction Prevention, Correction and Mitigation
DWAYNE STENLUND, Minnesota Department of Transportation
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    Part 1     Part 2     Part 3

Networking at the Arboretum
4:30-5:30 p.m.  - Cash Bar


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Speaker Biographies

Freshwater Society Urban Ag White Paper


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Capitol Region Watershed District

Plaisted Companies Inc.

Ramsey-Washington Metro Watershed


American Engineering Testing, Inc.

American Society of Landscape Architects
   - Minnesota Chapter

Applied Ecological Services

Barr Engineering

Bryan Carlson Planning & Landscape Architecture

Minnesota Nursery & Landscape

Specialized Environmental Technologies, Inc./The Mulch Store

University of Minnesota Bioproducts and

     Biosystems Engineering

Wenck Associates


Blue Thumb

Carver County Environmental Services

Dakota County Soil and Water

    Conservation District

Emmons & Olivier Resources

Hedberg Landscape and Masonry Supplies

Metro Blooms

Minnesota Association of Professional

     Soil Scientists

Minnesota Erosion Control Association

Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

Minnesota Sea Grant

Minnesota Stormwater Partnership

Minnesota Utility Contractors Association

Northland NEMO Program

Rice Creek Watershed District

University of Minnesota Extension