Posted Online: Sept. 27, 2012, 3:32 pm

River Action's Fifth Annual Upper Mississippi River Conference

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Press release submitted by River Action

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.