2019 Great Plains LID Symposium

JUNE 24, 2019



A Biennial Event That Focuses on Low Impact Development in the Great Plains Region

The following three tracks will be offered at the conference:

  • Research:  Presentations on field, laboratory, and modeling of LID applications addressing current practice, innovative new solutions, current or future initiatives, and other creative concepts.
  • Applied: Includes practical and innovative applications of LID. Completed and proposed designs of LID, including the engineering, architectural, and design aspects. Practical applications along with cost comparisons will be discussed.
  • Policy: Discussion of existing and proposed solutions related to LID regulation, implementation, education, and roadblocks.

Who Should Attend

We can learn a lot from nature. Low Impact Development (LID) is an approach to land development and redevelopment that works with the local environment to manage stormwater as close to its source as possible. It focuses on preserving or creating natural landscape features and practices that mimic the processes we find in nature, which effectively manage stormwater.

Are you a member of the design, development or construction community? Are you interested in ensuring quality sustainable growth in your city? Do you want to learn how to turn a “waste product” into a resource? This symposium is for you! Architects, citizens, developers, engineers, government officials, landscape architects, landscape designers, students, researchers, teachers and all others interested in the broader acceptance of interdisciplinary design approaches critical to successful LID are encouraged to attend.

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Who We Are

The Great Plains Research and Innovation Symposium (GPRIS) was created to expose decision-makers, professional designers, developers, citizens and others to the full range of regional LID practices available today. Attendees can then return to their communities and encourage the adoption of LID principles through public education, necessary changes in zoning codes to improve LID utilization, and technical support for their successful implementation relative to regional soils and climatic challenges. The GPRIS strives to foster creativity in sustainable development, wider understanding and acceptance of LID within the regulatory structure that guides development, and broader acceptance of interdisciplinary design approaches that are critical to successful LID implementation.

What is Low Impact Development?

LID is a toolbox of site-scale practices that the site designer and developer can utilize to:

  • manage urban rainfall where it occurs for minimized stormwater concentration and runoff
  • potentially lower short-term and long-term development costs
  • improve water quality
  • enhance natural habitat and flood control
  • improve green space aesthetics and potentially increase property values
  • increase community quality of life and livability

There are many practices that are used to support these benefits, including bioretention systems, rain gardens, vegetated rooftops, bioswales, rain barrels, and permeable pavements to name a few. By implementing LID principles and practices, water can be managed in a way that reduces the impact of built areas on the environment while providing numerous additional benefits.



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Steering, Competition and Symposium Committee Members

A significant investment of time and energy from a diverse range of expertise and entities is supporting the development and implementation of events.

Committee members include:

  • ASP Enterprises
    Bill Murphy
    Don Theiman
    Brian Williams
  • City of La Vista
    John Kottman
  • City of Omaha
    Pat Slaven, Parks
    Tim Fries, Planning
    Nina Cudahy, Public Works
    Andy Szatko, Stormwater Program
  • Confluence
    Brad Aldrich
  • Felsburg, Holt & Ullevig
    Dave Lampe
  • HDR, Inc.
    Brad Swerczek
  • Kansas State University
    Stacey Hutchinson
    Trisha Moore
  • Lamp, Rynearson & Associates
    Mike McMeekin
    Regan Pence
  • Nebraska Dept of Environmental Quality
    Lindsey Phillips
  • Oklahoma State University
    Alex McLemore
    Jason Vogel
  • Olsson & Associates
    Ted Hartsig
  • Papio Missouri River NRD
    Lori Laster
  • Short Elliott Hendrickson Inc.
    Rocky Keehn
  • South Dakota State University
    Laurent Ahiablame
  • Steve Jensen Consulting
    Steve Jensen
  • University of Kansas
    Ed Peltier
  • University of Nebraska
    Steve Rodie, Omaha
    Katie Pekarek, Extension
    Tom Franti, Lincoln
  • University of Oklahoma
    Robert Nairn
  • US EPA
    Leah Medley
    Suzanna Perea