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Limited space still available at upcoming national conference, "Urban Storm
Water: Enhancing Programs at the Local Level"
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Limited space is still available at next month's national conference, "Urban
Storm Water: Enhancing Programs at the Local Level," to be held February
17-20, 2003 in downtown Chicago.  See the information below, along with the
Web site where full program and registration information is available.  The
cutoff date for discounted early registrations is January 24.

Interest is running high for this event, and there is a good chance that it
will be another sellout.  Registrations are confirmed on a FIRST-PAID basis.
To receive rapid confirmation of your registration, print out the
registration form found on the Web page and fax it to us with credit card
payment information.

Hope you can join us next month in Chicago.

-- Bob Kirschner, Conference Coordinator

You are invited to join us at the upcoming national conference, "Urban Storm
Water: Enhancing Programs at the Local Level."  The Conference will be held
on February 17-20, 2003 at The Westin Michigan Avenue in downtown Chicago.
At this national Conference, you will learn about state-of-the-art storm
water technologies and implementation programs that have proven success in
local communities.  The Conference is cosponsored by the U.S. EPA, Chicago
Botanic Garden, and Conservation Technology Information Center; in
cooperation with the Center for Watershed Protection and Tetra Tech, Inc.

The full Conference program, including registration information and a
printable registration form, is available at


The timing of this Conference coincides well with the implementation of U.S.
EPA's Phase II NPDES Storm Water Program during 2003.  Participants will
learn about the most effective tools and technologies for meeting these new
NPDES permit requirements.  Staff and engineers representing local
municipalities will find the Conference particularly useful, as will water
resource managers, conservation groups, local officials, researchers,
educators, and state agency personnel.

Conference sessions feature progressive scientists and researchers, along
with managers of successful projects from across the country.  Two
concurrent sessions -- one focusing on tools and technology, the other
focusing on program implementation -- allow you to tailor your Conference
experience to fit your personal educational goals.

This Conference is the fifth in a popular series of water quality specialty
conferences sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Region 5
office.  The most recent event, "Tools for Urban Water Resource Management
and Protection" (February 2000) drew nearly 500 participants.  Registration
was sold out a month before the conference and over 150 individuals had to
be turned away -- so be sure to register early!

The Conference begins on Tuesday morning, February 18.  On Monday, February
17, three special all-day Pre-Conference Workshops will be presented:

#1)  Smart Watersheds: Building Municipal Programs to Restore Urban
Watersheds, presented by the Center for Watershed Protection;

#2)  Countdown to the Phase II Implementation Deadline: Putting the Final
Touches on Your Storm Water Permit, presented by Tetra Tech, Inc.; and

#3)  Certified Professional in Storm Water Quality (CPSWQ) Exam Review
Course, presented by Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control,


The Conference registration fee of $285 includes three breakfasts, three
luncheons, refreshment breaks, a terrific "Taste of Chicago" reception,
written materials, and Conference proceedings.  There are no discounts
available for students or single-day registrations.

There is an additional $95 registration fee for each of the three
Pre-Conference Workshops on Monday, February 17.  You may register for only
one Pre-Conference Workshop (since each is an all-day program).  Also, you
may attend a Pre-Conference Workshop without attending the full Conference.

Register early -- Conference and Pre-Conference Workshop registration is
limited!  Registrations will be accepted and confirmed on a first-paid
basis.  A $40 late fee applies if we do not receive your full payment by
January 24.  Payment may be made by check (mail), or charged to Visa,
MasterCard, or Discover (fax or mail).  Sorry, we are not able to invoice
you for the registration fee.

Registration information and a printable registration form is available at


The Westin Michigan Avenue -- in the very heart of downtown Chicago's
"Magnificent Mile" and across from the famous Water Tower Place shopping
mall and entertainment district.  Exceptionally discounted rates of $109
single or $129 double occupancy (well below the government rates).  Reserve
by January 22 to ensure guest room availability.  For reservations, call
312/943-7200; you must mention "Storm Water Conference" to receive our
special rate.  The Westin is located at 909 N. Michigan Avenue.  To preview
the hotel's amenities, visit http://www.westinmichiganave.com

Easy access from Chicago's O'Hare and Midway Airports.  Compare ticket
prices and airlines servicing each airport -- often there are significant
differences!  Airport shuttle information is forwarded with your
registration confirmation.


If you have any questions, or if you would like to be mailed a printed copy
Kirschner at the Chicago Botanic Garden, e-mail: bkirschn@chicagobotanic.org

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