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For Immediate Release
Date: October 3, 2005
Contact: Stephanie Houk Sheetz, Open Space/Land Use Planning Manager
Phone: (630) 428-4500
Fax: (630) 428-4599

Kendall Growth Conference Scheduled to Discuss Conservation Principles

The fifth annual Kendall Growth Conference is scheduled Friday, November 4, 2005 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  This year's conference will focus on the Aux Sable Creek Watershed, therefore, it will be held at the Plainfield South High School at 7800 W. Caton Farm Road, Plainfield, IL.  This year's conference expands to include Grundy County, as a majority of the Aux Sable Creek Watershed is in Kendall and Grundy Counties.  The conference is organized annually by The Conservation Foundation and others to discuss growth and growth related issues facing the area. 

The conference's theme is "Have Your Cake & Eat It, Too:  How to Protect the Aux Sable Creek Watershed with Conservation Principles."  The conference provides an opportunity for elected officials, landowners, citizens, and professionals to come together to learn and discuss how conservation principles can be achieved.

Steven I. Apfelbaum, President of Applied Ecological Services, will be the keynote speaker.  He will discuss how developers can save money and create a better product by working with Mother Nature.

Other presentation topics will include:

Ins & Outs of Infiltration
Methods include swales, catch basins, and permeable pavement.  This session will discuss engineer's concerns, how to get around them, local government attitudes, as well as the costs/benefits.

Landowner Environmental Protection Options 
Join us to learn more about the "tool box" of options and to review real examples.  We will also teach what homeowners can do to be more sensitive to the environment in their yard.

The Street Width Debate
Participants will learn about current requirements on street widths, emerging ideas on narrower streets, challenges to narrower streets, and how to get around those challenges.  

Naturalized Detention
Native plants remove stormwater pollutants, improve aesthetic appearances, and reduce maintenance needs in detention ponds.  Learn about the issues with naturalized detention and how to overcome them.

The conference will close with a panel discussion comprised of consultants, municipal representatives, and developers who will field questions on the topics discussed throughout the morning.

Co-sponsors for the conference include Aux Sable Watershed Coalition, Baxter & Woodman Consulting Engineers, Christopher B. Burke Engineering West, Ltd., City of Joliet, City of Plano, Grundy County Board, Grundy County Soil and Water Conservation District, Kendall County, Kendall County Farm Bureau, Kendall County Forest Preserve District, Kendall County Soil and Water Conservation District, Law Offices of Daniel J. Kramer & Kelly A. Kramer, Morris Community Foundation, Moser Enterprises, State Rep. Tom Cross, Stephanie Todd, United City of Yorkville, Village of Minooka, Village of Oswego, Village of Plainfield, Wight Engineering, and Wyndham Deerpoint Homes.

The conference planning committee consists of Chairman John Church of the Kendall County Board, John M. Almer of the Grundy County Board, Cindy Ellis, Jane Lauterbach and Joan Soltwisch of the Aux Sable Watershed Coalition, Jerry Dudgeon from the Kendall County Planning, Building & Zoning Department, Julianna Buck and Ralph Wolter of the Morris Community Foundation, Dan Reedy from the Kendall County Farm Bureau, Megan Andrews of the Kendall County Soil and Water Conservation District, Natalie Mahler from the Grundy County Soil and Water Conservation District, Eric McTaggert and Jeremy Beck from USDA-NRCS, Aaron Rucker from the Village of Oswego, Don Fisher and Jim Torri from the City of Joliet, Jonathan Proulx of the Village of Plainfield, Stephenie Todd of Oswego, as well as Jill Johnson, Ksenia Rudensiuk, and Stephanie Sheetz of The Conservation Foundation.

Cost for the conference is $15 per person, which includes refreshments, but to reduce waste please bring your own coffee mug.  For more information about the conference and to register, please call The Conservation Foundation (630) 428-4500, ext. 10.

The Conservation Foundation is a not-for-profit land and watershed protection organization, located in Naperville on a 60-acre farm.  The Conservation Foundation works throughout Kendall County on land acquisition and conservation, and watershed protection in the Aux Sable, Big Rock, Blackberry Creek, and Fox River watersheds.  The Protect Kendall Now! initiative is a project of the Foundation.  The mission of the Foundation is to enhance the quality of life by preserving open space, protecting natural lands, and improving rivers and watersheds.  With more than 3,500 members in DuPage, Kane, Kendall and Will Counties, The Conservation Foundation will celebrate its 34th anniversary in 2006.  

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