Those guests who will grace us with their presence on pre-conference days are encouraged to start off the week-end with the Easy as Pi Road and Trail Race organized by Woodard & Curran Foundation. All fees and waivers are at the discretion of the individual attendees.
Visit the foundation page for further information and to sign up.
Board a ferry boat for a scenic transfer through Casco Bay to Peaks Island. Technically still part of the city of Portland but located three miles off shore, Peaks Island is quaint and so-typically New England. Upon arrival a short walk brings you to the charming and historic Inn on Peaks Island where you will enjoy luscious classic Down East feast of lobster bake with all the trimmings served in casual picnic style.
Fee: ADV/ONS | $75 (can be added during registration process)
Come and join us for a fun filled evening as we celebrate clean water and great beer. This tour will highlight green infrastructure installations in Portland and visit breweries to discuss the value of clean water. The tour includes walking, a bus-ride, and beer. Come hear from representatives from the City of Portland about their green infrastructure program. We will enjoy food trucks along the way!
*** This event is sold out. A waiting list is open in case of cancellations. Please inquire at registration the day of the event. ***
Fee: ADV/ONS | $20 (can be added during registration process)
Find more information on the Clean Water & Great Beer Tour and other fun things to do in the area.
1:00 - 5:00 p.m.
This tour of the Long Creek watershed highlights restoration and stormwater retrofits completed in South Portland and Westbrook, Maine. Following the residual designation authority petition by the Conservation Law Foundation and designation by EPA, a wide coalition of
stakeholders, including municipal leaders and private landowners, came together to form the Long Creek Watershed Management District (LCWMD) to cooperatively implement the Long Creek Watershed Management Plan. Since 2010, the LCWMD has worked to implement
the Management Plan and restore stream water quality. Field trip stops will include key stormwater treatment projects such as instream habitat restoration, gravel wetland, grassed bioretention filters, gravel wetland bioretention cell hybrid in roadway medians, and conveyance soil filters. LCWMD partners and
technical staff will provide an overview of each site and share lessons learned.
12:30 - 5:00 p.m.
This workshop provides a general overview of the present and future standards with respect to stormwater management. UNHSC research addresses the overall performance and effectiveness of a variety of stormwater Best Management Practices (BMPs) to control water quantity and treat water
quality. To date the UNHSC has researched over 36 different BMPs ranging from conventional ponds to manufactured subsurface filters to broad array of Low Impact Development (or Green Infrastructure) practices.
12:30 - 5:00 p.m.
This is a walking field tour of a decade long watershed restoration project entitled: Getting to 10%: Watershed Restoration through Low Impact Development Retrofits in an Urban Environment. The focus area for the project is the Berry Brook watershed that consists of a mile long stream in a 185-acre watershed in
a downtown, mixed use neighborhood that is nearly completely built-out with over 30% impervious cover (IC). The brook is listed as impaired for aquatic habitat and primary contact recreation. This project, which is still ongoing, has resulted in the overall disconnection of over thirty-six acres of
impervious cover from the watershed and a decrease in the effective impervious cover (EIC) from 30% to less than 10%. Since 2006, researchers and City staff have installed 12 bioretention systems, a tree filter, a subsurface gravel wetland, day-lighted and restored
1,100 linear feet of stream, installed two subsurface detention/infiltration systems, and have plans to install five more BMPs in the subwatershed. Together these innovative stormwater controls remove over 19 tons of sediment 710 lbs of nitrogen and 127 lbs of phosphorus
annually from the watershed.
Technical Tours maximum PDHs available: 3.0
Fees: ADV: $40 | ONS: $50 (tours can be added during registration process)