Conference Schedule



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. Our 11th Annual Upper Mississippi River Conference will feature:


2018 Day 1 - Keynote Speakers

Dr. Gerry Galloway, Univ. of Maryland

Chad Berginnis, Executive Director, Association of State Floodplain Managers

2018 Day 2 - Plenary Speaker

Mike Sutfin, Building & Zoning Official, Ottawa, Illinois - Illinois Valley Flood Resiliency Alliance



2018 Day 2 - Featured Luncheon Speaker

Mary Miss, Artist, City as a Living Laboratory



Sponsorship opportunities are available! CLICK HERE for a list of sponsorships and benefits.

This page is in transition from 2017 to 2018 UMRC information. Select the REGISTRATION tab for registration options and hotel reservation information.
Come back soon for further updates!

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2018 | Stoney Creek Conference Center, Moline, Ill.


7-8 a.m. | Registration and Continental Breakfast


8 a.m. | Welcome and Introductory Remarks


  • Kathy Wine, Executive Director, River Action

  • 8:15-9:45 a.m. | Keynote Session


  • Dr. Gerry Galloway, University of Maryland
  • Chad Berginnis, Association of State Floodplain Managers

  • 9:45-10 a.m. | Break :: Sponsored by EnviroNET ::


    10-11:30 a.m. | Morning Concurrent Sessions


    -- Floodplains/Flood Risk Management


    -- Water Quality/Biodiversity


    11:30 a.m. | Lunch


    12-4 p.m. | Field Project Tours or In-house Workshop


    ~ * ~ Unique opportunities to see solutions in action! ~ * ~


  • Tour #1 - Copperas Creek Watershed Restoration Project
  • See streambank stabilization, grassed waterways, dry dams

  • Tour #2 - Green Island Nutrient Management Research Project
  • Floodplain-river connectivity: sediment, nitrogen, phosphorus, and carbon removal by flooding on the Maquoketa River floodplain


  • Tour #3 - Carbon Cliff Permeable Streets Project and McKesson Building Green Roof Project, Rock Island
  • Permeable pavers, funding strategies, planned expansion; green roof plants, water capture/drainage process



    4-6:30 p.m. | Student Summit


    5:30-6:45 p.m. | Student Poster Session


    5:30 p.m. | Cash Bar Open


    7 p.m. | Catfish Dinner and Program


  • Brian "Fox" Ellis - Riverlorian and Storyteller

  • :: Dinner entertainment sponsored by American Rivers ::




    THURSDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2018 | Stoney Creek Conference Center, Moline, Ill.


    7-8:15 a.m. | Registration and Continental Breakfast


    8:15-9:45 a.m. | Plenary Session


  • Mike Sutfin - Building & Zoning Official, Ottawa, Ill. - Illinois Valley Flood Resiliency Alliance

  • 9:45-10 a.m. | Break :: Sponsored by Terracon ::


    10-11:30 a.m. | Morning Concurrent Sessions


    -- Floodplains/Flood Risk Management


    -- Water Quality/Biodiversity


    11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. | Luncheon and Featured Speaker


  • Mary Miss - City as a Living Laboratory

  • :: Luncheon sponsored by Ingram Barge ::
    :: Appearance of Mary Miss sponsored by Chris & Mary Rayburn ::

    1-2:30 p.m. |Afternoon Concurrent Sessions


    -- Floodplains/Flood Risk Management


    -- Water Quality/Biodiversity


    2:30-3 p.m. | Networking Break


    3-5 p.m. | Quad City Flood Resiliency Alliance Workshop