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Center for Collaboration

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Rockledge, FL 32955

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Save the Indian River Lagoon with Advanced Stormwater Management Practices.

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2021 MRC Low Impact Development Conference

Thursday-Friday, October 21 & 22, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

General Attendee Prospectus

Florida communities must reduce the amount of polluted stormwater entering coastal estuaries, especially the Indian River Lagoon. Low Impact Development (LID) and Green Infrastructure (GI) represent the most progressive trends in stormwater management to protect water quality. This conference covers the full range of LID/GI tools, from comprehensive land use planning and manual creation to engineered design and construction of green roofs, infiltration devices, cisterns, and bioretention areas. In addition, experts will share case studies that demonstrate cost-effective means to set and meet pollution load reductions, recharge groundwater aquifers, and prevent flooding.

Engineers, planners, builders, developers, resource managers, public works and stormwater personnel, environmental professionals, scientists, educators, and advocates will benefit from the experience of Florida’s leading LID/GI experts. Experts will showcase LID/GI design tools, policies, projects, and case studies and facilitate the discussion to transition to a new future in stormwater management.



Note: All times listed are Eastern Standard Time & are subject to change.

Complimentary continental breakfast (8 a.m.), lunch (12 p.m.), and beverage service will be provided for conference attendees on both days, with a complimentary Happy Hour Reception on Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021, at 5 p.m.

Presentation day and times are to be determined.

Topics Include

  • Building a better way - Making the Case for LID
  • Coastal Resiliency and Green Infrastructure
  • Preparing the Landscape for Development
  • Florida Stormwater Rulemaking, Past, Present, and Future
  • Low Impact Development Engineering Designs
  • LID/GI cost-efficiency
  • LID/GI maintenance and evaluation
  • Stormwater/LID Manuals & Policies
  • Panel discussion on obstacles to implementation

Please stay tuned in for program updates and details.

Presenters & Special Guests

Bios & Details Coming Soon.

  • Mike Hardin, P.E., Ph.D., Geosyntec Consultants
  • Eban Bean, Ph.D., P.E., University of Florida
  • Chris Bogdon, Ferguson Waterworks
  • Donald Carpenter, Ph.D., P.E., LEED AP – Drummond Carpenter Engineering & Research
  • Cammie Dewey, P.E., St. John’s River Water Management District
  • Mike Hardin, P.E., Ph.D., Geosyntec Consultants
  • Pierce Jones, Ph.D., University of Florida
  • Kelli Hammer-Levi – Pinellas County
  • Eric Livingston, Watershed Management Services, LLC
  • Marty Wanielista, PH.D. P.E., University of Central Florida

Registration Rates

All attendees | $200

Fees include general admission, continental breakfast & lunch both days, with Happy Hour Reception on Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021.

A confirmation email will be sent to all registrants before the conference.

The convention is valued at over $600 per attendee. However, the MRC is pleased to offer this opportunity at a discount thanks to sponsor support and charitable gifts. For more information on MRC, please visit SaveTheIRL.org.

Sponsorship & Exhibits

We DARE you to grow your business by showing off your game-changing Low Impact Development products, services, and solutions.

ACT TODAY: Exhibit space and sponsorships are confirmed on a first-come, first-served basis.

For sponsorship and exhibit details, please email Steve at SharkeyMRC@gmail.com or call 321.978.8862.

Conference Benefits

  • Learn from Florida's leaders in green infrastructure/LID operations and research by attending.
  • Network with industry leaders and make valuable contacts.
  • Connect with exhibitors showcasing state-of-the-art products, services, and solutions.

Important Dates

  • 9.15.2021 ADA Compliance Requests Due
  • 10.01.2021 Cancellation Deadline for Attendees and All Fees Due
  • 10.21.2021 Conference Begins

Conference Host

Leesa Souto, Ph.D., Executive Director, Marine Resources Council of East Florida, Inc.


Please contact Conference Manager, Steve Sharkey ~ Call: 321.978.8862 ~ Email: SharkeyMRC@gmail.com.


MRC is excited that you are joining us for this vital LID Conference! We look forward to having an active discussion with quality speakers and engaged attendees to improve the health of Florida's waterways through implementing Low Impact Designs.

If you are registering for another attendee, please make sure to fill in all fields as that person by using their information and email address. This will ensure the attendee receives their registration confirmation and the correct fees are applied. MRC uses the information you provide to administer your registration and keep you apprised of conference information and related products and services. The name, job title, company information, and mailing address of registrants are also included in the conference attendee list provided to select sponsors. For more information, see our Privacy Policy.

By registering, you consent to being photographed, filmed, and recorded for promotional and educational purposes.

Payment Information

Acceptable forms of payments include:

Register online and pay by Credit Card: American Express, VISA, Mastercard, & Discover.

To avoid processing fees, you may pay by check and register by mail. Please remit checks payable to the Marine Resources Council of East Florida, Inc. Include the attendee's name on the check memo. All checks must be received by October 1, 2021, so registrations can be processed in time.

Please mail registrations & checks to the Marine Resources Council, Attn: LID Conference, 3275 Dixie Hwy NE, Palm Bay, FL 32905.

Full payment must accompany all registration forms. Forms will not be processed without payment.


To receive a refund of the registration fee, cancellations must be received in writing at the Marine Resources Council of East Florida, Inc. by October 1, 2021.

Email cancellation request to Steve at SharkeyMRC@gmail.com, or mail it to the Marine Resources Council, Attn: LID Conference, at 3275 Dixie Hwy NE, Palm Bay, FL 32905.

ADA Compliance

If you experience a disability that prohibits your participation, please submit a written description of your ADA requirements with your registration form or email Steve at SharkeyMRC@gmail.com no later than September 15, 2021. While MRC will make every effort to meet your needs, accommodations cannot be guaranteed without notification by the deadline.

Assumption of Risk and Hold Harmless

All MRC events and activities are purely voluntary activities, and attendees are fully responsible for their own conduct and well-being, including, and without limitation, determining their level of fitness to take part in any such event or activity. In participating in any event or activity, attendees shall be deemed to understand and accept all risk of possible physical injury that might occur as a result of such participation. Attendees agree to release and hold harmless MRC and its affiliates, employees, officers, directors, representatives, volunteers, and agents from any and all alleged and/or actual liability, claims, actions, lawsuits, damages, or losses, of any kind which arise out of or result from attendance at and participation in the conference.

Program and Session Cancellation

MRC reserves the right to cancel programs and/or sessions. Programs and sessions are subject to change, and MRC reserves the right to substitute a program, session, and/or speaker of equal caliber to fulfill the educational requirements.

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Center for Collaboration

U.S. 1

Rockledge, FL 32955

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Refund policy

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Eventbrite's fee is nonrefundable.

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Organizer Marine Resources Council

Organizer of Low Impact Development Conference

The Marine Resources Council is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization whose purpose is to maintain and enhance the quality of marine systems for the economic, recreational, aesthetic, and environmental use of the people of Florida. MRC is leading the charge to save the Indian River Lagoon with scientific-based advocacy, education, and community engagement.


MRC supporters continue to monitor the water, restore habitats, and educate the community on issues and best practices for minimum impact to water quality. MRC continues to influence legislative activity in Tallahassee and locally, to encourage funding and policies to restore and revitalize the Lagoon’s health and beauty.


Together we can bring the Indian River Lagoon back to a healthy, productive system!  Thank you for contributing!




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