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2019 Annual Conference 

This year's conference will be held at the Grand Wayne Convention Center in the heart of downtown Fort Wayne, September 4-6, 2019. Keep checking this page for new details to be added as we get closer to conference. 


2019 Conference Keynote Speaker

We are very excited to announce that Gary Belan, the Senior Director - Clean Water Supply with American Rivers in Washington, D.C., will be our Keynote Speaker on Wednesday, September 4th in Fort Wayne!

His presentation “Building Natural Infrastructure - Innovations in the use and funding of natural systems in water management” is a must see!  The changes in climate and weather patterns is having an out-sized effect on water resources. In the face of such a daunting challenge, natural infrastructure can help mitigate the impacts. But using these systems also means looking at new and different ways of funding them.  This presentation will include some outside-the-box ideas to funding natural infrastructure.

Gary oversees a variety of work aimed at improving water management policy in the U.S. for the benefit of people and rivers, accomplishing this through a combination of policy advocacy, stakeholder education and outreach on natural infrastructure, water efficiency and supply, and other water management solutions. He overseas a team of water policy experts that engage in policy advocacy, solution development and stakeholder facilitation to create multi-benefit solutions to water management challenges. Gary has a background in engineering and environmental policy and is a specialist in stormwater management and planning, with particular expertise in green infrastructure.