This is your invitation! Please join the 2023 MRC Low Impact Development Conference, Thursday – Friday, October 19 & 20.
With your help, we can build community resiliency, control pollution, improve water quality, and protect our paradise.
MRC is pleased to welcome the newest presenting member of the conference.
Amy has built a career centered around surface water planning and management in Southwest Florida. In 2006, she was assigned to a project that would shape her long-term professional focus: Babcock Ranch, a sustainable town northeast of Fort Myers. Upon joining the project team, Amy pursued and obtained a Master’s of Water Resources Planning and Management with a focus on Sustainability to aid in her design of a new town that would be both sustainable and storm resilient. While the community has been a living laboratory for sustainable development since its groundbreaking in 2016, it wasn’t until 2022 that Amy and her family got to test the storm resiliency of the community in which they now live.
Babcock Ranch spent 10 hours in the eyewall of Hurricane Ian on September 28, 2022, with sustained winds over 100 mph for more than 8 hours, with gusts reaching up to 150 mph. In addition to the winds, the community received between 10 and 17 inches of rain. After the storm passed, it was obvious that the resiliency of the community worked as designed. The streets did not flood, and there was minimal damage throughout, with Babcock Ranch being the only place in all of Charlotte County to maintain electricity and clean drinking water. Since the storm, Amy has been even more vocal in her advocacy of implementing the design strategies used in Babcock Ranch throughout the State of Florida to minimize destruction in the wake of climate change.
We hope you join us for Amy’s presentation, A Sustainable Tomorrow: Past, Present, and Future – a case study of Babcock Ranch.
The conference covers a full range of LID/GI tools, from design, modeling, construction, and maintenance, to funding and cost analysis. In addition, experts will share design tools, policies, projects, and case studies to set and meet pollution load reductions, recharge groundwater aquifers, and prevent flooding.
Elected officials, community leaders and managers, engineers, planners, builders, developers, resource managers, landscape architects, public works and stormwater personnel, environmental professionals, scientists, educators, and advocates will all benefit from the experience of Florida’s leading LID/GI experts.
Registration & details are available at: https://2023mrclidcon.eventbrite.com/?aff=mrcb.
*Anything you can do to help promote this opportunity is greatly needed and appreciated. Please share this event link with your family, friends, and professional networks.
Conference location: Center for Collaboration at 1100 Rockledge Blvd, Rockledge, FL 32955.
Now Seeking Conference Sponsors, Exhibitors, & Donors!
• Your contribution will go to MRC’s efforts to promote and implement LID, GI, and advanced stormwater management practices in Florida. Contact conference management for details.
• ACT TODAY: Exhibit space and sponsorships are limited and confirmed on a first-come, first-served basis.
• Add to the Program! We dare you to inquire about presenting your ground-breaking and cutting-edge expertise at the conference.
Questions & Contact Information
Please contact Conference Manager Steve Sharkey ~ Call: 321.978.8862 ~ Email: SharkeyMRC@gmail.com.
The Marine Resources Council of East Florida, Inc. (MRC) is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve water quality and to protect and restore the fish and wildlife resources of the Indian River Lagoon, coastal waters, inshore reefs, and the watershed by advocating and using sound science, education, and the involvement of the public at large.