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Registration Now Open – Raising the Bar: Green Stormwater Infrastructure Planning and Design Workshop

Raising the Bar: Green Stormwater Infrastructure Planning and Design Workshop
April 22-23, 2014
DoubleTree Hotel by Hilton
South Burlington, Vermont

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Join us for a two-day intensive workshop focused on the use of green stormwater infrastructure (GSI)* systems and practices to achieve stormwater management goals.  This workshop will feature presentations by the Center for Watershed Protection, Watershed Consulting Associates, LLC, and Geosyntec Consultants.

Stormwater runoff, caused by precipitation running off impervious surfaces and developed lands, is a leading cause of surface water pollution.  Managing the quality and quantity of this runoff is of utmost importance for the health and sustainability of our communities and natural resources.

The workshop will include an overview of why and how the stormwater management community is shifting to place more focus on reducing the volume of runoff and utilizing small-scale GSI practices close to the source.  An in-depth discussion on GSI design principles and practices will be presented, as well as a hands-on design charette using real-world scenarios from Vermont.  The charette will provide participants direct experience applying GSI practices to sites where traditional approaches were employed and where GSI opportunities were overlooked.  Implementation strategies and challenges to adoption of GSI will also be shared.

This workshop is intended for designers, architects, engineers, planners, municipal staff, institutions, and non-profit organizations.  Continuing education credits for both planners and landscape architects are anticipated.

Brought to you by: Green Works, the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation’s Ecosystem Restoration Program, the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks, and Recreation’s Urban and Community Forestry Program, the Vermont Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects, and the Northern New England Chapter of the American Planning Association

Sponsored by: Pavers by Ideal, Engineering Ventures, and Stone Environmental

* GSI is a term used to describe a growing number of best management practices that use natural systems to treat stormwater as close to the source.

Green stormwater infrastructure treats runoff from a parking lot in Waitsfield.

Green stormwater infrastructure treats runoff from a parking lot in Waitsfield.