As part of Stormwater Poland 2021, we have prepared
5 thematically mixed sessions, divided into 2 conference days and a workshop day.
Tuesday, 22 June 2021
Taking into consideration the location of the conference we would like to start the event with a session we called: Silesian retention. There are more than many reasons for such issue to be discussed all having one underlying statement that Silesia is a unique and demanding battlefield for stormwater in Poland. The Metropolitan Association of Upper Silesia and Dąbrowa Basin, which is a partner of the conference, is composed of 41 communes (including 26 rural communes) that take up over 2500 km2 with more than 2,200,000 people living, working, and studying there. This is a large metropolitan association that everyone connotes with the biggest industrial centre in Poland. This generates multiple challenges connected with stormwater escalated by the fact that the whole area is located on a drainage divide on the two largest Polish rives, which often means no access to the natural receivers of stormwater. Moreover, due to further industrialization of the area of Upper Silesia and Dąbrowa Basin region there have been many changes in hydrologic networks where pipes were laid in many rivers, reaches were changed or rivers canalised, and due to soil settlement their slopes and downfall directions changed, and new depression areas appeared. This becomes a difficult but fascinating challenge, which we would like to address together. We hope that during this session we will learn about the condition of stormwater management on the area of the Metropolitan Association of Upper Silesia and Dąbrowa Basin and about possible improvement solutions. We also hope to present examples of using stormwater in remediation and renaturalisation of post-industrial areas that were applied abroad. Finally, our ambition is to show a different and lesser-known side of the area of Upper Silesia and Dąbrowa Basin region and the potential of using local solutions of blue-green infrastructure for mitigating climate change.
A City with Climate
Following thing global act local motto we believe that the second session of the conference called A City with Climate will familiarise you with the activities of Ministry of Climate, National Fund for Environment Protection and Water Management that are already in progress or in planning phase, dedicated to retention development and rainwater management in Poland as well as preventing extreme weather phenomena. It should be remembered that Silesian Voivodeship is the area particularly vulnerable to torrential rain since large masses of humid air from the south of Europe inflow through Moravian Gate. It is our intention that through Moravian Gate not only rain but also good ideas on how to cope together with extreme weather phenomena such as droughts and torrential rain in the whole East-Central Europe should flow in. RetencjaPL had the pleasure to present PANDa Atlas, which at that time was still being developed, at COP24 conference in Katowice. In 2021 we would like to present, in the very same place, the completed version of PANDa atlas together with waterfolder.com, a spin-off internet portal, and demonstrate how the two contribute to the modernisation and immunisation of Polish stormwater systems to climate change.
The aforementioned Moravian Gate has played the role of a route connecting Poland with the south of Europe since time immemorial. It is therefore not a surprise that Silesian Voivodeship is truly a traffic junction of Poland. On the area of the Metropolitan Association of Upper Silesia and Dąbrowa Basin, besides the largest motorway traffic junction (at the crossing of motorways A1 and A4) three European routes and eight national routes run through this area. On top of that, there are several railway junctions, a several dozen of railway lines and the international Katowice Airport. We do hope that such advanced communication infrastructure will make your travel to the venue of the conference safe and pleasant. However, the aforementioned roads, trackage and runways are places where large runoffs form. That is why we have arrived with an idea for a separate session called Road Drainage. We would like to present during this session new technologies in this area, but most of all discuss the need for harmony in designing and operating road and urban drainage systems since, in most cases, the water from roads gets into cities. What should we do with it, how to retain and pretreat it, how to share the costs of operating stormwater systems on the verge of a city and transport route?