11th ANNUAL UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER CONFERENCE | OCTOBER 24-25, 2018



The 2018 conference will be held at Stoney Creek Hotel & Conference Center, Moline, Illinois. Select the REGISTRATION tab above for registration fees and hotel reservation information. For detailed program information, select SCHEDULE & BROCHURE above.


A goal of the 2016 ‘Raise the Grade’ Upper Mississippi River Conference is being addressed in the 2018 conference – "Begin a comprehensive watershed planning process for the basin, which would engage regional planners and flood plain managers in a planning process that links floodplain and watershed management to better plan infrastructure, development, and natural resource management in the region with the goal of improving connections to natural floodplains, and minimizing at-risk development." The overall 2018 conference theme, “Our Watershed – Working Together for Healthy Waters and Flood-resilient Communities” is aimed at this goal, and will feature a workshop specifically designed to bring together interested stakeholders to form a flood resiliency alliance for the greater Quad Cities area and surrounding watersheds.

Our 11th Annual Upper Mississippi River Conference will feature:

2018 Keynote Speakers:

Dr. Gerry Galloway, Univ. of Maryland - What Did We and the World Learn from the Great Flood of 1993?


Chad Berginnis, ASFPM - National Flood Policy: Where Are We Today and Where Are We Going?


2018 Plenary Speakers:

Mike Sutfin, Building & Zoning Official, Ottawa, Ill. - Regional Flood Coalitions, a Local Level Approach


Col. Bryan Sizemore, St. Louis District Commander, USACE - Integrated Water Resources Management: A UMR Perspective



Featured Luncheon Speaker:

Mary Miss, Artist/Founder, City as a Living Laboratory - Water Works: Art and Science Collaborations



For detailed program information, select SCHEDULE & BROCHURE above. Sponsorship opportunities are available! CLICK HERE for a list of sponsorships and benefits.