Water: Green Infrastructure
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EPA's Green Infrastructure Program announces the launch of our 2015 Webcast Series. This series is generally geared towards public officials and practitioners just beginning to implement green infrastructure, as well as those looking to enhance established programs. Leading academics and professionals from around the country will cover a range of emerging topics and applications, from implementing green infrastructure in arid climates to winter operations and maintenance.
Winter O&M for Green Infrastructure
November 3, 2015
1:00pm – 2:30pm EST
Operations and maintenance (O&M) is critical to the long-term effectiveness and success of green infrastructure practices in any community. However, wet weather in colder climate communities often presents unique challenges to green infrastructure maintenance - from snow, sediment, and salt to storage and drainage. This webcast will showcase two presentations that illustrate some of the realities and best practices of winter O&M and will build off of the information shared in EPA’s 2014 O&M webinar.Details:
Session 1 - Green Infrastructure Maintenance: Facts, Fiction, Cold Weather, and Costs
Tom Ballestero, Director, University of New Hampshire Stormwater Center
Maintenance is a common concern raised which may prevent adoption of green infrastructure because it is relatively new and does not fit within the traditional maintenance practices for community infrastructure. There is also concern that green infrastructure systems will freeze and be completely ineffective in cold regions. Over one decade of monitoring green infrastructure systems in cold regions underscore their continued effectiveness. Interestingly, there are more cold weather issues with conventional drainage infrastructure than green infrastructure. This leads to another human dimension of green infrastructure which is that the bar is set very high for green infrastructure performance. Numerous studies have demonstrated that green infrastructure capital and maintenance costs are routinely less expensive than conventional infrastructure for new development. However for retrofit and redevelopment projects, any drainage improvements (conventional or green infrastructure) will be more expensive than doing nothing.
Session 2 - Clean Water & Safe Roads: Finding the Balance
Brooke Asleson, Watershed Project Manager, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) has partnered with local and state experts in the 7-County Twin Cities Metropolitan Area (TCMA) to create a plan for effectively managing salt use to protect our water resources in a responsible and strategic approach. Solutions were developed collaboratively to find a balance between clean water and safe winter travel conditions. As part of this effort the MPCA and partners collaborated to monitor, evaluate and better understand the level of chloride in lakes, streams, wetlands and groundwater. The Chloride Management Plan incorporates water quality conditions, sources of chloride, salt reduction strategies, protection strategies, monitoring recommendations as well as measurement and tracking of results. The goal of this plan is to provide strategies and tools to assist local partners in reducing salt use while providing safe conditions for the public.Speakers:
Tom Ballestero is presently the director of the University of New Hampshire Stormwater Center. He has been with UNH since 1983 and in the past has served as chair of the Civil Engineering Department and also director of the New Hampshire Water Resources Research center. His academic training is in hydrology and water resources engineering, with specialty areas in stormwater management, stream restoration, and bedrock hydrogeology.
Brooke Asleson is a project manager in the watershed program at the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency where she works collaboratively with federal, state, and local agencies as well as watershed groups, citizens, and research institutions in the Twin Cities Metro Area to complete restoration and protection studies, implementation projects, and assists with other watershed related issues. Brooke has been with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency since 2007. For the last four years Brooke has been working on Chloride and Water Quality issues at the MPCA. Prior to working for the MPCA, she obtained her Master’s degree in Water Resources Science from the University of Minnesota.
December 8, 2015
Ahead of the Curve – Implementing Green Infrastructure in Rural and Growing Communities
Registration in late November
For questions, please contact
Emily Halter email@example.com
Updating Local Codes to Cultivate Green Infrastructure and Foster Sustainable Stormwater Management - This 2 hour webcast was presented by EPA Region 5 on December 13, 2011. The webcast describes the interaction of zoning and building codes with water quality; presents several examples of code audits conducted in Illinois, Ohio, and Minnesota; and highlights the top 10 obstacles to green infrastructure in local codes and ordinances.
- Part I: Introduction and Green Infrastructure Overview (PDF) (51 pp, 9.5MB, About PDF)
Part II: The Role of Codes and Ordinances in Water Quality and Stormwater Management (PDF) (20 pp, 1.9MB, About PDF)
Part III: Code and Ordinance Reviews: Case Studies and Findings (PDF) (28 pp, 3.6MB, About PDF)
Part IV: Cleveland Heights Zoning Amendments (PDF) (41 pp, 8.4MB, About PDF)
Part V: Top Ten Green Infrastructure Issues in Plans and Codes (PDF) (29 pp, 2.1MB, About PDF)
Part VI: Wrap Up (PDF) (14 pp, 2.9MB, About PDF)
Urban Natural Resources Institute (UNRI) – An initiative of the United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service Northern Research Station, UNRI offers monthly webcasts on assessing, maintaining, and expanding the urban tree canopy. In the spring of 2011, UNRI also offered a five-part instructional series on the i-Tree software suite . The i-Tree tools help communities of all sizes to strengthen their urban forest management and advocacy efforts by quantifying the structure of community trees and the environmental services that trees provide.