The Maine Drain: Stormwater Management Strategies and Solutions

Posted May 13, 2013, at 8:17 a.m.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 a.m.

Location: Clarion Hotel, 1230 Congress Street, Portland, ME

For more information: Jeff Marks; (207) 956-1970;

The Maine Real Estate Development Association (MEREDA), Portland Community Chamber and Environmental & Energy Technology Council of Maine (E2Tech) are holding a stormwater forum featuring public works, engineering, regulatory and legal leaders engaged in planning for and funding stormwater plans and implementation. Experts from Maine’s three largest cities – Portland, Lewiston and Bangor – will join regulatory, engineering and legal professionals to discuss critical approaches, next steps and options for sound and effective stormwater management.

Speakers include:

– Michael Bobinsky, Director of Public Services, City of Portland

– Zach Henderson, Woodard & Curran

– David Jones, Director, Public Works Department, City of Lewiston

– Jim Katsiaficas, Shareholder/Partner, Perkins Thompson

– Michael Kuhns, Director, Bureau of Land & Water Quality

– Paul Nicklas, Assistant City Solicitor, City of Bangor

– Bill Taylor, Partner, Pierce Atwood

Maine’s municipal governments are considering new and creative plans to reduce impacts from stormwater runoff, strategies that may involve tens of millions of dollars of public and private money to mitigate and fix problems. Many cities have tackled the low-hanging fruit, such as separating sewage and stormwater pipes while engaged in roadwork. The next phase often includes construction of untreated runoff storage and pollution treatment before sending it on its way to waterways like streams, rivers and the ocean. Reducing the stormwater runoff contamination in the first place will be one of the critical challenges.

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