River Action's Fifth Annual Upper Mississippi River Conference


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Posted Online: Sept. 27, 2012, 3:32 pm
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River Action's Fifth Annual Upper Mississippi River Conference: Make Room For The River: In Your Life, Floodplain, and Architecture

Stoney Creek Inn and Western Illinois University Riverfront Campus, Moline, IL

A conference with diverse tracks led by a variety of speakers and facilitators who will share their many years of experience, Lee Sandlin, author of "Wicked River", and three hands-on field trips.

150 registrants are attending the UMRC this week at Stoney Creek Inn, Moline. On Wednesday, September 27, Keynote Speaker, Paul Osmon, Manager of Statewide Floodplain Programs for Illinois Office of Water Resources, IL DNR, speaks specifically on the issue of flooding. New technologies help to make flooding a predictable risk. Strict floodplain regulations and building codes keep development out of harm's way. State and federal mitigation programs help to fund opportunities which promote open space uses. Mr. Osmon states that the Mississippi is no longer a threat to communities, but an asset.

On Friday, September 28, three tracks start the day: Track 1, Make Room for the River in Your Life; Track 2, Make Room for the River in Architecture; and Track 3, Make Room for the River in the Floodplain.

The luncheon speaker on Friday, 12:15pm, is Lee Sandlin, author of Wicked River, a narrative history of the Mississippi River and society in the 19th century. Wicked River takes the reader back to a time when the river was still wild; back to a time of priates, music, drinking, and gambling.

The day concludes with more sessions.

For Friday sessions only, cost is $75. To register, call River Action at 563.322.2969.




















 



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1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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