Communication, networking are key

One reason we’re so excited about this publication, Urban Water Management, is that we recognize the importance of communication and dissemination of information.

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One reason we’re so excited about this publication, Urban Water Management, is that we recognize the importance of communication and dissemination of information. Perhaps even more importantly, we know you do.

Over the last few years, the stormwater industry has grown by leaps and bounds, owing in part to increasingly stringent EPA regulations, publicly visible infrastructure issues, and a growing — nay, exploding — interest in sustainable development and green infrastructure.

And it’s all good.

But with such fast-paced development, it can be quite a challenge (as I can attest on a daily basis) to keep abreast of the latest technologies, projects, and regulatory issues impacting the industry. The key, and ultimately our mission, is communication. In each issue of UWM, we strive to bring you the information you can use — new products and technologies, relevant case studies, informative technical articles, and current news — to do what you need to do.

But that’s only half of the equation. Networking — talking to, sharing with, and learning from others in your field is an integral part of staying informed. Urban Water Management 2008, taking place in Louisville, KY, March 31-April 2, will be a terrific opportunity to do just that.

Keynoter Tom Schueler, founder of the Center for Watershed Protection and now director of the Chesapeake Stormwater Network, will kick off the event. The comprehensive conference program will feature sessions on a wide variety of important topics, such as BMPs, stormwater management, low impact development, and watershed management. On the final day, we’ll tackle the all-important subject of money with an extended panel discussion on stormwater program funding.

And on the exhibit floor, attendees will have the opportunity to check out some of the latest technologies and leading service providers in the industry.

A complete agenda, as well as details on the conference program and registration information, is available on the event website, www.urbanwatermgt.com. We encourage you to take a peek.

Sound good? Then I’ll see you in the spring.

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Angela Godwin
Editor, Urban Water Management

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