flooding in AlexandriaThe Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT) — a Chicago-based nonprofit — is hosting the National Urban Flooding Forum during the Water Environment Federation’s Stormwater Congress. A CNT survey of 30 major cities in the Great Lakes region shows that all surveyed cities are affected by urban flooding caused by rain overwhelming drainage systems and waterways. The forum will focus on urban flooding issues nationwide and identify new and innovative mitigation strategies. The objectives of the forum are to stimulate wider debate and prompt collaboration between interested parties. Attendees will help to refine the definitions, characteristics, impacts and solutions to urban flooding and its damage.

The forum will be held Oct. 9 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Central at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place in Room CC23. Marion Kessy, FluidClarity Ltd., will moderate the session. Panelists will include Eric Lenning, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; Molly O’Toole, Molly O’Toole & Associates; and Daniel Medina, Atkins Ltd. Harriet Festing, Ryan Wilson, and Hal Sprague with CNT also will present. Attendees must register by Sept. 27. Registration is free, and neither WEFTEC nor Stormwater Congress registration is required to attend this session.