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Eron Bloomgarden – EKO Asset Management Practices & Charlotte Kaiser – The Nature Conservancy
NatLab, the Natural Infrastructure Finance Laboratory, is a partnership of The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), The Nature Conservancy (TNC), and EKO Asset Management Partners (EKO) that seeks to accelerate the deployment of natural infrastructure to strengthen urban resilience by leveraging private investment capital. NatLab provides cities with the tools they need to create robust investment opportunities in natural infrastructure that incentivize investors and, where relevant, private property owners to invest in natural infrastructure projects. This presentation will provide an overview of a toolkit of financing and policy mechanisms that can help cities leverage private investment to support green infrastructure deployment for stormwater management.
Rebeca Bell – Bluestem Communications
Simply educating the public on what stormwater is and the problems it causes is not enough to inspire lasting behavior changes. Stormwater educators and city staff should understand and consider the needs and values of their audiences in order to create compelling and motivational materials and websites. Rebeca Bell, Communications Director at Bluestem Communications, a nonprofit environmental communications organization, has created innovative and targeted stormwater outreach for a variety of audiences in Illinois, Ohio and Wisconsin. During a presentation at the Beyond the Basics Conference, she will work with participants to help move their audiences toward making behavior changes that prevent stormwater pollution with examples and case studies.
Mark Van Auken – ARCADIS
Asset management is becoming a preferred business process for municipalities and DOTs. A risk-based approach to stormwater system asset management can help communities/agencies inventory their assets, determine the current physical state and performance capabilities of each asset, establish its probability of failure and its consequence of failure, and lead to a cost-effective prioritization of future capital investments. Individuals will learn what risk-based asset management is and how it can help communities address regulatory requirements, prioritize stormwater capital investments, and avoid stormwater system failures.
Patricia Werner – Lake County Stormwater Management Commission
Green infrastructure best management practices (BMPs) were incorporated as sustainable site development at the Lake County Central Permit Facility in Libertyville, IL. The BMPs include a green roof, rain gardens, native plant and bio-infiltration swales, and wetland detention basins. Each of the BMPs absorb rainfall and filter pollutants from stormwater runoff, while in combination they operate as a collective system reducing the volume of runoff and nonpoint source pollution from the site. The intent for installing the BMPs is to demonstrate and promote the use of green infrastructure in development and redevelopment in Lake County and the region.
Considering Regulatory Volume Reductions in Stormwater Planning: the University of Missouri Case Study
Mark Willobee, CPESC & Matthew Bardol, PE, CPESC, CFM, D.WRE – Geosyntec Consultants
As set forth by the National Research Council in 2008, the use of stream flow (or changes in flow) may be a useful pollutant surrogate where unknown agents or processes are causing freshwater impairments. In response to this finding, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued Total Maximum Daily Loads for stormwater reductions in multiple states including Missouri. One such TMDL was approved by EPA in January 2011 for Hinkson Creek, a perennial stream that flows through Columbia, Missouri. Hinkson Creek is adjacent to the University of Missouri (MU) main campus. To support ongoing sustainability initiatives and to address regulatory stormwater issues, MU sponsored development of a Stormwater Master Plan for the main campus. This presentation will describe planning, modeling, and assessment activities that consider volume reductions within urbanized settings. The presentation will feature the MU Master Plan as a case study but also provide valuable stormwater management and planning insights for MS4 permittees.
Stormwater Management: Fix Inefficiencies – Designing and Specifying for Success with Natural Plantings
Jack Pizzo, MS, PLA, ASLA, ICN – The Pizzo Group & Andy Starr, RLA, LEED-AP – Ecology + Vision, LLC
This extremely informative presentation discusses the importance of naturalized planting in relation to effective stormwater management. The deep root systems of native perennial plants are a natural solution to stormwater management within our communities while providing a diverse ecosystem for local wildlife and increasing the aesthetic value of the land. We will review the preconceived notions so often associated with natural areas and native plants due to failed installation and management “industry standard” practices and attempt to dispel those notions with a photographic portfolio showing what natural area restorations can and should look like.
Sarah Hunn, P.E., Robert Swanson, Karen Laskowski, Angela Levernier – DuPage County Stormwater Management
The DuPage County Stormwater Management Department discusses how they are working with community partners to incorporate water quality practices into the Spring Brook Watershed Plan, both on a regional and local scale. In addition to watershed planning, the Countywide Floodplain and Stormwater Management Ordinance and permitting side is aligned to support these practices throughout DuPage County. For more than 10 years, DuPage County has also financially support water quality initiatives through their Water Quality Improvement Program grant, of which several projects will be highlighted.
Will this Rain Barrel Fix My Flooding? Designing Effective Programs to Incentivize Private Property Stormwater Interventions
Abby Crisostomo – Metropolitan Planning Council
Stormwater policy advocates have long touted the benefits of green infrastructure best management practices (BMPs) as effective tools to complement, and sometimes replace, typical grey infrastructure. The use of green infrastructure BMPs has increasingly entered mainstream practice at utilities and communities throughout the country. However, for green infrastructure to be truly effective, it needs to be implemented where the rain falls, which for most urban locations, means largely on private property. While requirements exist to install stormwater management controls with new construction, there are few to no requirements for green infrastructure retrofits on existing private properties. Absent these requirements, utilities and communities have undertaken a variety of methods to incentivize and encourage the installation of green infrastructure BMP retrofits on existing properties. Utility and municipal managers rely on the actions of private property owners to comprehensively manage their community’s stormwater issues.
Josh Ellis – Metropolitan Planning Council
Coordination between governments is a fundamental challenge to managing stormwater in any geography, be it a watershed or manmade sewershed. Government units have different regulatory and political pressures with varying financial and technical capacities—absent coordination, inconsistent goals, processes and investments will persist. Other non-government actors also manage land or financing tools and are just as much a piece of the puzzle. In the Millennium Reserve area—Illinois’ portion of the Calumet Region and parts of the Illinois Lake Michigan coast—a new collaborative will provide the tools necessary to facilitate coordination. The Calumet Stormwater Collaborative, facilitated by the Metropolitan Planning Council as a priority initiative of the Millennium Reserve, is comprised of the regional key stakeholders controlling land, infrastructure, financing tools or regulatory powers related to stormwater management, such at the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District, the City of Chicago, south suburban communities, Illinois and U.S. EPAs and others.
Pete Yakimovich, PE – ARCADIS
This presentation will discuss how the City of Chattanooga has developed and designed a market based system of credit and incentives to meet both the explicit and implicit requirements of their NPDES permit. The system holds potential benefits to achieve water quality goals and engage the development community in a proactive and positive manner. This credit and incentive program encourages retrofitting and redevelopment, provides flexibility to developers, and can help stimulate the local economy.
Tim Pollowy, RLA – Hey & Associates
The success – in terms of both function and public acceptance – of vegetated stormwater BMPs is often directly related to the successful landscape architectural design of these features. Issues, including the following will be discussed: The importance of site context, the ecological vs. horticultural approach to plantings, native vs. non-native species, using cultivars, “boutique wetlands”, and the importance of post-construction maintenance
Phil Stuepfert & Thomas S. Creech, PE– HR Green, Inc.
The presentation will discuss the planning and design of the green initiative concepts throughout the Woodlands neighborhood to provide environmental benefits using rain gardens and protection from surface water runoff. Additionally, a goal was to achieve cost savings over conventional conveyance system design. The presentation will also discuss the decision making process, public outreach, do's and don'ts, and the best management practices used on the project which included rain gardens and underground storage with infiltration.
Matthew Bardol,PE, CFM, CPESC, D.WRE – Geosyntec Consultants
Municipalities can face many challenges in implementing robust green infrastructure programs. In the not so distant past, the primary hurdle was building a consensus to initiate a pilot program to educate municipal engineers and elected officials. Municipalities have moved beyond the basics, they are building the frame work to support a green infrastructure program; however, they can lose the momentum when funding is inconsistent or insufficient. Overcoming the funding hurdle is the new challenge facing green infrastructure programs. This talk will explore three examples of distinct successful avenues that municipalities are pursing to fund robust green infrastructure programs.
Hazem Gheith, PE - ARCADIS
When considering green infrastructure (GI) implementation, careful planning is essential to fully optimize GI benefits across multiple objectives and costs. These objectives include reducing excessive inflow/infiltration (I/I), addressing both existing and potential future drainage and flooding issues, and meeting Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) requirements. This presentation will illustrate the data gathering, thought processes, and decision-making involved in these types of detailed multi-objective planning projects through two case studies from Columbus, Ohio. It will demonstrate the consideration necessary to assure that improvements to one collection system (storm or sanitary) will not be at the expense of adding flows to the other system.
Is a 100-Year Storm Event, Still a 100-Year Storm Event?
Megan Elberts and Kamel Babaeivelni PhD, EIT, CFM – Christopher B. Burke Engineering, LTD.
This presentation will highlight the results of a statistical analysis of the Cook County Precipitation Network rainfall data over the last 25 year. The results will be compared to Bulletin 70 as well as NOAA Atlas 14 and the potential impacts of these differences will be discussed.
Jay Womack, ASLA, LEED-AP – WRD Environmental & Jeff Gibson – Ball Horticultural Company
Ball Horticultural Company, in conjunction WRD Environmental, created a new identity for the front entrance to Ball’s Corporate Headquarters in West Chicago. The existing 1960s landscape, which consisted primarily of turf, shade trees and yews along the building foundation, today features a Main Street walkway feeling that incorporates native landscapes, bioswales, rain gardens, outdoor education, and safe walking zones for staff, visitors, and the adjacent neighborhood. What was once a fairly sterile environment is now a vibrant landscape where people and nature interact with one another. The new landscape also solved serious flooding issues since the building sits lower than Town Line Road and often saw water flowing toward the building, not away from it.
Dan Mielke, PE, CFM – HR Green, Inc.
The City of St. Paul has started construction on the Trout Brook Nature Sanctuary and Regional Trail, which is being developed in a 41-acre brownfield. A new 3,000 linear foot stream segment will approximate the location of the original Trout Brook which was placed in a storm sewer below grade in the late 1800s. The site will also include three enhanced pond treatment areas and three new wetlands to manage stormwater from adjacent urban areas to provide stormwater treatment and water credits to the City of Saint Paul Public Works Department. Upon completion, the Trout Brook Segment will represent the largest open channel stream segment in the City of St. Paul. The project will accomplish the goals of stormwater management, habitat creation, demonstration, and education to effectively “Bring Water Back to St. Paul”.
Bridget Osborn, EIT – HR Green, Inc.
In the spring of 2011, Washington County (Minnesota) looked to HR Green to complete the final design on the reconstruction and expansion of a 1.73 mile long stretch of County State Aid Highway (CSAH) 19 (Woodbury Drive) in the City of Woodbury. In order to complete roadway construction, the County needed to obtain a stormwater permit from the governing watershed district, the South Washington Watershed District (SWWD). Through innovative engineering, HR Green was able to find a way to meet permitting requirements and also irrigate two local golf courses while reducing the impacts of stormwater and the use of the local aquifer.
Dr. Britt Faucette, PhD, CPESC, LEED AP – Filtrexx International
Green infrastructure, low impact development, green building ordinances, National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) storm water permit compliance, and Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) implementation strategies have become national priorities; however watershed professionals need more sustainable, low cost solutions to meet these goals and guidelines. Building on concepts of biomimicry, natural capital restoration, and ecosystem service enhancement, attendees will learn how compost-based storm water best management practices (BMPs) use natural processes to achieve high performance results in storm water volume reduction, pollution prevention, and biofiltration. Based on recent scientific research over 20 different BMPs are currently being utilized in green infrastructure and sustainable site development across the US.
Kurt Dreisilker – The Morton Arboretum
Effective planning and landscape management involves understanding how water flows through a site. The Morton Arboretum is conducting a comprehensive survey to locate century-old clay drain tiles within its 1,700-acre property. This will enable better management of surface and subsurface water through the soil within its collections and natural areas.
Prairie Walk Pond: Designing an Aesthetic, Functional, and Resilient Multi-Use Park with Native Vegetation
Scott Kuykendall, LEED AP – Planning Resources, Inc.
Prairie Walk Pond in Lisle, Illinois is an inspiring example of how a naturalized stormwater basin can provide multiple economic, social and environmental benefits for a community. Planning Resources’ ecologists and landscape architects combined their skills to produce a signature landscape that incorporates the functionality and durability of native vegetation with the aesthetic beauty of a landscaped urban park. The resilience of the native vegetation and sustainable materials was dramatically showcased after emerging unscathed after the spring flooding in 2013. The presentation will share this unique model project by highlighting the design and development of the park, lessons learned and future applications for similar projects.