Although not a soul seems to be happy about the April snowstorm, the timing is on par with our April program event, a presentation by Erin Anderson Wenz (PE, ENV SP; Barr Engineering) “Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation”. The event will take place at Barr’s office with a social hour to follow at Poor Richards in two weeks, on Tuesday, April 17th. At which time we can only assume it’ll be 85 degrees outside because it’s, well, Minnesota. Details below and we look forward to seeing you all there!
PRESENTER: Erin Anderson Wenz (PE, ENV SP; Barr Engineering)
AGENDA and LOCATION:
Tuesday, April 17th
– 4:00-4:30pm Meet & Greet @ Barr’s Northern Lights Conference
Room (Second Floor) (4300 MarketPointe Drive, Edina, MN
– 4:30-5:30pm Presentation @ Barr
– 5:30-7:00pm Social Hour @ Poor Richards (8301 Normandale
Blvd, Bloomington, MN 55437)
ABSTRACT: Our climate is changing and citizens are asking about what can be done to prevent it from getting worse and how to adapt. Some organizations and municipalities are being proactive on this front and preparing for extreme storm events. Others are overwhelmed by the possible extent of impacts. Minnesota watershed districts and cities are addressing this difficult issue in many ways, from dealing with unprecedented flood events to developing adaptation plans. This presentation will feature current work of several organizations, including the Riley Purgatory Bluff Creek Watershed District and the Ramsey-Washington Metro Watershed District. Examples include facilitating climate resilience workshops with local communities for them to plan for upcoming changes from storms, floods, heat, and warming winters. The results of these workshops will be incorporated into their 2018 City Comprehensive Plans. Other examples include modeling for the 95% confidence limit storm from Atlas 14 to predict extreme event flooding, infrastructure vulnerability studies, and designing plant community restorations prepared for invasive species encroachment.
PRESENTER BIO: Erin Anderson Wenz has over 20 years of experience working on projects involving hydraulics and hydrology, including both stormwater and lakewater quality modeling for watershed districts and municipalities. She has managed strategic lake management plans as well as total maximum daily load studies for several Minnesota lakes. Her project work also includes the creation of stormwater management plans and the design and construction of low-impact development features such as rain gardens, porous pavement, and tree trenches.
MNAEP program events are free for members and $5 for non-members. Memberships for 2018 are $40 for professionals and $20 for students. The membership or event fee can be paid via cash, check (“MNAEP”), or Venmo (@Minnesota-AEP185) at the day of the event. If you’re interested in joining MNAEP, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org!