Session Two – 10:30 AM

30 Minute Tracks

These are concurrent tracks – you’ll able to choose which track you want to attend on the day of the event.

Research Track

Policy, Education, Technology Track

Applied LID Track

Technical Questions Facing Low Impact Development and Green Infrastructure

By: Jason Vogel, Associate Professor and Stormwater Specialist, Oklahoma State University
Additional Authors: Trisha Moore, Reid Coffman, Steven Rodie

Since its inception, Low Impact Development (LID) has become part of urban stormwater management across the United States, marking progress in the gradual transition from centralized to distributed runoff management infrastructure. The ultimate goal of LID is full, cost-effective implementation to maximize watershed-scale ecosystem services and enhance resilience. To reach that goal in the Great Plains, this presentation will discuss a number of technical questions within the context of regional climate and socioeconomics across increasing complexities in scale and function. Although some progress has been made, much remains to be done including continued basic and applied research, development of local LID design specifications, local demonstrations, and identifying funding mechanisms for these solutions. Within the Great Plains and beyond, by addressing these technical questions within a local context, the goal of widespread acceptance of LID can be achieved, resulting in more effective and resilient stormwater management.

Rethinking Teaching and Learning Stormwater Practices: A National Resource for Professionals

By: Kathryn Pekarek, Associate Extension Educator, University of Nebraska – Lincoln
Additional Authors: Eleanor Burkett, University of Minnesota Extension
Shahram Missaghi, University of Minnesota Extension

Motivated by the need for clean water, a collaborative group of stormwater educators, researchers and professionals from across the country have been leading the effort on developing a national educational stormwater education program: A Stormwater Practices and Maintenance Core Curriculum: Introduction to stormwater, stormwater management practices and maintenance. The collaboration’s goal is to develop publicly available uniform research based stormwater core curriculum that can be readily used by educators, local governments and professionals. We defined stormwater core curriculum as a set of nationally peer reviewed standards defining the knowledge and skills that learners need to have about stormwater practices such as the fundamental (science) of these practices, along with their design, construction and maintenance. The project received seed funding from the North Central Region Water Network to develop the first set of modules with chapters focusing on Stormwater 101, stormwater practices fundamentals and maintenance.

This presentation will showcase 1) the final product by demonstrating how to access and use the stormwater core curriculum, 2) the results of the pilot program using the stormwater core curriculum and stormwater professionals’ responses and evaluations, and 3) how the national stormwater core curriculum may be accessed directly on the web as an online educational tool and can be tailored for local education programing for private or public agency staff responsible for stormwater practices.

Omaha’s Program for Incorporation of Green Infrastructure to Control CSOs

By: Patricia Nelson, Vice President/Principal Technologist, CH2M

The City of Omaha through the CSO Program has implemented a robust Green Infrastructure Program to improve water quality, reduce stormwater flows in the combined sewer system (CSS), and ultimately reduce overall costs for the CSO Program. This program began with the Long Term Control Plan (LTCP) development when Green Infrastructure sites were first identified. Since the completion of the LTCP, the City requires that as each CSO control project moves into implementation the project team perform Green Infrastructure evaluations for their project area to identify potential Green Infrastructure projects that can be implemented cost effectively. This approach has resulted in significant improvements utilizing Green Infrastructure to reduce the amount of stormwater entering the combined sewer system, reduce project costs, and providing attractive garden amenities for the community. This paper will provide a history of the Green Infrastructure program and discuss the successes and lessons learned. This paper will also describe the City’s and PMT’s approach used for the evaluation of areas that are not part of CSO projects, in order to determine if there are Green Infrastructure projects that can be implemented in the CSO area to assist in the reduction of CSO events and costs. As a part of this analysis the City and PMT developed a site suitability process using GIS to score, rank and prioritize potential Green Infrastructure project areas. The development of this will also be discussed.

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