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Short Courses

Developing the Story: Engaging the Community in LID Projects

Sunday, July 19th, 2020 – 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Price: $195 (for both advanced and onsite rates)

LID projects are placed within communities – sometimes welcomed, sometimes not. How do you get the public engaged in your project and supporting it? The environmentally inclined favor LID projects and understand the importance and value. Sometimes the public needs to be educated on stormwater and how LID can help their community. For others who may oppose the project, how can you keep them from derailing your efforts? Seasoned outreach and community organizing leaders will share their process for engaging the community in this interactive workshop. How can you inspire behavior change and what messages really work? Join other practitioners, designers, project managers, & outreach professionals to share strategies and tips on community engagement, messaging, and behavior change campaigns.

Planting Strategies to Survive and Thrive: Keeping the Bio in Bioretention

Sunday, July 19th, 2020 – 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Price: $195 (for both advanced and onsite rates)

Plants are a key part of LID/GSI bioretention systems. They provide functional value and multiple environmental, social, and community benefits. LID systems are touted as a visual amenity to communities through lush plantings and immersive landscapes. Achieving and maintaining LID as a community amenity takes work and practitioners have found it is more difficult than initially thought to bring the lush landscape to life. Plants need water and good soil conditions, competition with weeds needs to be controlled, and maintenance crews need to know what they are maintaining. This workshop will give practical tips on how to create and maintain a planted landscape to survive and thrive. What are the best plant selections, what establishment regime is needed, and how little maintenance can be done? This interactive workshop will bring together landscape professionals and municipal program managers to give you the time tested and latest techniques to create bioretention landscapes to survive and thrive. Bring your planting challenges and share with the group while the experts provide strategies and solutions. Practical solutions will be discussed that you can incorporate into your planting designs and program.

LID for Resiliency: Strategies and Tools

Sunday, July 19th, 2020 – 12:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Price: $195 (for both advanced and onsite rates)

LID was developed primarily to manage stormwater runoff, improve water quality and reduce flow to meet NPDES and MS4 permits. Over time, LID implementation has expanded to manage drainage problems, flooding, and combined sewer overflow. Many localities are now planning for resiliency and climate change and emphasizing nature-based solutions as part of the tool-box. This interactive workshop will cover how LID and GSI techniques can be integrated into resiliency programs. What does resiliency mean for stormwater, LID, & GSI and how does a practitioner connect them? How are national and city programs addressing stormwater management and preservation of water resources for resilience? How are designs changing to respond to resiliency and increased flooding management? How do we prepare for future climate changes? Join fellow practitioners working toward resiliency approaches to gain strategies for utilizing LID and planning for a resilient future.

Integrated Decision Support (I-DST) Beta Testing for Stormwater Practitioners

Sunday, July 19th, 2020 – 12:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Price: $195 (for both advanced and onsite rates)

The i-DST is a planning-level stormwater decision support tool that helps practitioners select the most appropriate suites of green, grey, and/or hybrid infrastructure. The tool is modular and composed of site-scale and sewer-shed scale hydrologic modeling, life cycle cost and life cycle assessment, and a co-benefit analysis. The sewer-shed hydrologic model uses an updated version of the EPA’s SUSTAIN to optimize the types and numbers of varying stormwater infrastructure in order to determine the best-fit scenarios for decision makers. Updates to SUSTAIN for this tool include a new user friendly GUI (Qt) to read, write, and run SUSTAIN input files, an improved list of evaluation factors to optimize on, greyer underground detention/infiltration infrastructure, and a life cycle cost estimation tool that is integrated with the SUSTAIN optimization engine. The co-benefit analysis is utilized to evaluate the benefits and tradeoffs between greener and greyer stormwater infrastructure. The purpose of this workshop is to beta test the different modules of this tool and receive feedback from participants. The team running the workshop will provide a test case scenario, but participants are encouraged to bring their own data (i.e. modeled or observed flow/water quality times series, stormwater infrastructure design parameters) to be input into the tool.

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