Speaker Bio

Bill Wenk is the founder and President of Wenk Associates.  For over 35 years, he has been influential in the restoration and redevelopment of urban river and stream corridors, the transformation of derelict urban land, and the design of public parks and open spaces.  He is recognized nationally for utilizing stormwater as a resource. Bill holds a Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of Oregon and a Bachelor of Science, Landscape Architecture from Michigan State University and is a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects.

Title: Stormwater as a Resource and Framework for Revitalization of Western Cities


Revitalization of aging districts in older cities, and the need to update aging 19thcentury infrastructure are an opportunity to design urban stormwater controls that manage flooding, that improve the quality of urban stormwater runoff, and provide an alternative source of water to sustain urban landscapes. The presentation will describe redevelopment projects that range in scale from individual sites to large redevelopment districts where surface stormwater systems create public spaces, improve access to, and improve the health of urban rivers and streams. Projects to be presented will vary from individual sites to urban districts, public parks, and open spaces.

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