2013 International Low Impact Development Symposium

August 18-21, 2013
Saint Paul RiverCentre, Saint Paul Minnesota

~ Update ~

View a PDF copy of the Program at a Glance. (updated 8-13-13)
View a PDF copy of the Program (36 pages). (updated 8-13-13)
View a PDF copy of the Final Program and Abstracts Book. (493 pages) (Updated 8-13-13)

(Note that the full 493 page book will only by available online. Participants will receive a paper copy of the program, upon check-in.)

The 2013 International Low Impact Development (LID) Symposium is being hosted in the Midwestern United States through a collaborative effort between many states, universities, and organizations. From the Great Lakes to the Mississippi Watershed, every state in the Midwestern United States is addressing urban water quality issues from combined sewer overflows to stormwater runoff. The 2013 International LID Symposium will bring together over 1,000 professionals to share their research, implementation, policy, financing, and education strategies to build and restore cities while protecting our environment.

Mobile App: Guidebook

The symposium now has a mobile application guide on Guidebook. Improve your experience by taking the schedule, exhibitor list, Twitter, and more with you on your phone or mobile device. Available for iOS, Android, Blackberry, and web-enabled devices, completely free. Get the app now.

Social Media: Join the Conversation

We invite you to join the conversation about the LID Symposium by posting updates to your LinkedIn and Facebook pages, or tweeting about the symposium. The conference twitter hashtag is #LIDSym13. Type this hashtag in your tweets to continue the conference “backchannel,” or you may also search Twitter for this hashtag to view the tweets online. These social media efforts will help participants network and meet new colleagues prior to and during the conference.

Featured Plenary and Luncheon Speakers

Welcome to Minnesota
John Linc Stine, Commissioner, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

Low Impact Development: Retooling Communities for the 21st Century
Avi Friedman, Ph.D., Professor of Architecture and Director, Affordable Homes Research Group, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Integrating Art Upstream in the Stormwater Design
Buster Simpson, Artist, Seattle, Washington

7-12 Concurrent Session Tracks

Due to the overwhelming number of high quality abstracts received, the symposium will be expanded to 12 tracks on Tuesday and Wednesday. With 290 presentations, and over 1,000 expected attendees, this could be the largest LID Symposium to date.

One Year Access to Recorded Presentations

Over 90% of the concurrent session presentations will be recorded and available to symposium attendees through a secure website for one year. This is inclusive in the Symposium registration fee and will only be accessible to symposium attendees.

Sponsors and Exhibitors

The LID Symposium will provide a unique opportunity to reach an international audience of stormwater experts. Sponsorships are available at numerous levels and each level receives specific recognition benefits, including exhibition booth space. Sponsorship and exhibiting information can be found here.

Optional Pre-Symposium Short Courses and Tours Available

Nine ACSE half-day short courses and one all-day short course will be offered on Sunday, August 18, 2013. Four half-day tours will be offered on Wednesday, August 21, 2013. More detailed information regarding these short courses and tours is available here.

Continuing Education Credit

Participants who attend the entire conference will receive 0.6 CEUs signifying 6 hours of program participation. One (1.0) CEU is defined as 10 hours of participation in an organized continuing education program. A CEU certificate will be sent to each participant after the conference. The University of Minnesota Transcripts Office maintains a permanent record of CEUs earned.

Read about the history of green infrastructure in Minneapolis and Saint Paul in the January/February 2013 Edition of Stormwater Magazine.


Thank you to our sponsors who make the 2013 International LID Symposium accessible by providing the financial support to make it affordable!

Gold Level
Tetra Tech, Inc

Silver Level
Capitol Region Watershed District
CDM Smith
Emmons and Olivier Resources Inc. 
Geosyntec Consultants
Target Corporation

Bronze Level
AEWS Engineering, LLC
Barr Engineering
Christine Baeumler, Bush Fellow
Contech Engineered Solutions LLC
Filterra Bioretention Systems/KriStar Enterprises, Inc.
Herrera Environmental Consultants
Minnehaha Creek Watershed District
Mississippi Watershed Management Organization
Nine Mile Creek Watershed District
Public Art Saint Paul
Ramsey Washington Metro Watershed District
Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community
SvR Design Company

Co-Sponsored by: 
Erosion and Stormwater Management Program, University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota Extension