2014 Symposium Agenda

April 2- 4, 2014

2014 Agenda

This conference discussed topics related to Low Impact Development (LID) in the Great Plains of the United States. LID is a land planning and engineering approach to managing stormwater runoff. The Great Plains experience challenges with the implementation of LID practices that are unique to the region. While this conference focused on issues related to the Great Plains, others from outside the Great Plains were encouraged to present and many attended as well. National and International applications related to LID were encouraged. We had speakers from 11 states across the United States represented.

Wednesday, April 2nd

1:00-5:00pm Pre-Symposium Workshop: Introduction to Green Roof Design and Installation ($50)

Join Andy Creath, from Green Roofs of Colorado, LLC, for this exciting workshop brought to you by Green Roofs for Healthy Cities. Approval for continuing education (professional development) hours for AIA, LEED, and ASLA professionals pending.

5:00-6:30pm Dinner on your own

6:30-9:00pm Poker Tournament in the Sky Room ($25, optional)

First prize in the poker tournament will be a pair of tickets to see Merle Haggard in concert at the Joint at the Hard Rock on the evening of Thursday, April 3 after the Finals Event. All entry fees over cost will be returned as prizes.

Thursday, April 3rd

7:30-8:30am Symposium Registration

8:30am-4:00pm Vendor exhibits and Poster Viewing (Sequoyah III and IV)

8:30-10:00am Session 1: Joint Policy, Applied, and Research Session (Sequoyah V)


Welcome from Mike Neal, President and CEO, Tulsa Regional Chamber


8:30: How is EPA Promoting Green Infrastructure?

  • Suzanna Perea, Stormwater/Green Infrastructure Coordinator, EPA Region 6, Dallas, TX. Click here

9:00: Stormwater Park Case Studies for LID

  • Martin Smith, Founder, Ecological Design Group Inc., Wynne, AR.Click here

9:30: The Evolution of LID Research: Validation, Optimization, Implementation

  • Dr. Jason Vogel, PE, Assistant Professor and Stormwater Specialist, Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK.
    Click here


10:00-10:30am Break- Visit vendor exhibits and view poster presentations


10:30-11:30am Session 2: Concurrent Applied, Policy and Research Tracks (Deer I, Deer II, and Wolf)

  • Applied Track (Deer I) Moderator: Mary Kell, Architect, City of Tulsa Engineering Services
    • 10:30: Tulsa Area Rain Garden Project: Successes and Lessons Learned, Richard Smith, Indian Nations Council of Government, Tulsa, OK and Kevin Gustavson, Howell and Vancuren, Inc., Tulsa, OK. Click here
    • 11:00: Designing the Natural City; Consolidated LID Approaches for Use in Transitioning Urban Districts, Greg Dorolek, Wenk Associates, Inc. Planners and Landscape Architects, Denver, CO
  • Policy Track (Deer II) Moderator: Graham Brannin, Planning & Intergov’t Administrator, City of Tulsa
    • 10:30: Impervious Cover Impacts to Surface Waters, Disconnecting Pollutant Loads through LID Planning and Implementation, James Houle, University of New Hampshire Stormwater Center, Durham, NH Click here
    • 11:00: Low Impact Development From A Community Viewpoint, Jeff Bigby, P.E., CFM, City of Broken Arrow, Broken Arrow, OK Click here

  • Research Track (Wolf Room) Moderator: Alex McLemore, Research Engineer, Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering, Oklahoma State University
    • 10:30: Ten Years Later—A Retrospective and Lessons Learned from the Burnsville Rainwater Garden Retrofit Project, Kurt Leuthold, PE, LEED AP, Greg Wilson and Fred Rozumalski, Barr Engineering, Minneapolis, MN; Daryl Jacobson, City of Burnsville, Burnsville, MN; Leslie Yetka Minnehaha Creek Watershed District, Minnetonka, MN
    • 11:00: Hydrologic and Plant Performance of Residential Rain Gardens in Lincoln, Nebraska, Tom Franti, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE. Click here


11:30am-1:00pm Lunch with Keynote Speaker Seth Brown from the Water Environment Federation in the Sky Room


1:00-2:30pm Session 3: Concurrent Applied, Policy, and Research Tracks (Deer I, Deer II, and Wolf)

  • Applied Track (Deer I) Moderator: Julie Graff, Landscape Architect, LandPlan and Associates
    • 1:00: The Amery Regional Medical Center–Promoting Human Health and Wellness through an Ecologically Enhancing and Engaging Environment, Kevin Biehn, Emmons & Olivier Resources, Inc., Oakdale, MN Click here
    • 1:30: From Vacant Lots to Emerald Isles: Transform Urban Vacant Land through Public-Private Collaboration and Innovative LID Practices, Hongbin Gao, Atlantic States Legal Foundation, Inc., Syracuse, NY Click here
    • 2:00: Innovative, Effective LID Applications that also include Multiple Social Benefits: The 37th Avenue Greenway and the Tamarack Bog Rooftop, Kurt Leuthold, PE, LEED AP, Barr Engineering, Minneapolis, MN; Lois Eberhart, City of Minneapolis Public Works; and Christine Baeumler, independent artist Click here

  • Policy Track (Deer II) Moderator: Richard Smith, Environmental Planning Manager, INCOG
    • 1:00: How Green Roof Policy Works, Andy Creath, Green Roofs of Colorado, LLC. Click here
    • 1:30: Overcoming Roadblocks to Establishing Rain Gardens in Tulsa, Kevin Gustavson, Howell and Vancuren, Inc., Tulsa, OK; Scott VanLoo, Bill Robison, and Graham Brannin, City of Tulsa; and Steve Grantham, Up With Trees.
    • 2:00: The Fayetteville, Arkansas Riparian Buffer Ordinance, Sarah Wredde, City of Fayetteville, Fayetteville, AR
  • Research Track (Wolf Room) Moderator: Glenn Brown, Regents Professor, Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering, Oklahoma State University
    • 1:00: Beyond hydrology: quantifying additional ecosystem services provided by LID, Trisha Moore, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS; Bill Hunt, North Carolina State; John Nieber and John Gulliver, University of Minnesota. Click here
    • 1:30: Optimization of Bioretention Soil Mix for Nutrient Removal, James Houle, University of New Hampshire Stormwater Center, Durham, NH. Click here
    • 2:00: Designing with Nature – Compost BMP Designs for Green Infrastructure and Low Impact Development, Rob Carrothers, CPESC-IT, Filtrexx International, Grafton, OH. Click here


2:30-3:00pm Break – Visit vendor exhibits and view poster presentations


3:00-4:00pm Session 4: Applied, How-to, and Research Tracks (Deer I, Deer II, and Wolf)

  • Applied Track (Deer I) Moderator: Scott Grant, Conservation Program Specialist, Tulsa County Conservation District
    • 3:00: Student Design Competition Introduction: The Owasso Sports Park, Tim Doyle, City of Owasso, Owasso, OK
    • 3:15: Student Design Competition Presentations, judged by guest jury panel
  • How-to Track (Deer II) Moderator: Don Thieman, Vice President of Sales and Operations, ASP Enterprises
    • 3:00: Construction Techniques and Tips for Large-scale Bioretention Cells, Glenn Brown, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK
    • 3:20: Establishing dryland plants in semi-arid rain gardens; Design, install, and maintenance, Reid Coffman, Kent State University, Cleveland, OH
    • 3:40: The Role of Urban Trees in Stormwater Management and How to Make Them Thrive, Kurt Leuthold, PE, LEED AP, and Erin Anderson-Wenz, Barr Engineering, Minneapolis, MN
  • Research Briefs (Wolf Room) Moderator: Brandon Claborne, Principal Engineer, Meshek & Associates, PLC
    • 3:00: Hydrologic Characterization of Bioretention in Lexington, Kentucky, John McMaine, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK (formerly University of Kentucky). Click here
    • 3:20: Willingness to Pay for Improved Stream Quality in the Illinois River, Tracy Boyer, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK Click here
    • 3:40: The Research Greenroof at the National Weather Center, Tom Woodfin, University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma Click here


4:00-5:30pm Green Country LID Design Competition Gala and Symposium Reception

($35 at the door for the Gala and Finals Event for those not attending the Symposium) (Sequoyah III and IV)

  • The Gala and Reception will take place in the same room as the vendors and student posters. Heavy hor d’oeuvres and drinks will be served, with two drink tickets per person included. This event is situated to maximize interaction between attendees, students, and vendors.

5:30-7:30pm Green Country LID Design Competition Final Presentations and Awards Ceremony (Sequoyah V)

Special Guest Master of Ceremonies: Meagan Farley, Weekend Anchor/Reporter, KOTV, News on 6 in Tulsa

  • The Finals Presentation and Awards Ceremony for the Green Country LID Design Competition will be the grand finale of our Thursday activities. Come see design teams battle it out in front of an all-star jury for three $10,000 prizes!
  • Friday, April 4th

    9:00-11:00am Golf Tournament at the Cherokee Hills Golf Course at the Hard Rock ($50 for 18 holes, optional; See Attractions

    • Join us for a morning of fun and networking disguised as a golf tournament! Who are the best golfers–engineers, landscape architects, or architects?