Green & Affordable Stormwater Management Strategies
Friday, May 4, 2012
from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Held in conjunction with the 10th Annual Pennsylvania Land Conservation Conference
Judith Stern Goldstein
This seminar may count toward PDHs for Pennsylvania Professional Engineers and Professional Land Surveyors.
Control of stormwater in Pennsylvania is constantly improving as higher standards are set to protect stream quality and minimize flooding. These higher standards are being driven by the need to meet in-stream water quality and pollutant reduction goals, such as those imposed in the Chesapeake Bay drainage area and MS4 areas with impaired streams. With a national volume-based stormwater policy pending from the US EPA in 2012, better stormwater management is not optional.
This seminar will provide an overview of the various methods available to not only maintain but also improve stormwater design and in-stream water quality. Discussions will address two general audiences 1) Those who wish to obtain open space and improve it to correct for development pressures in other areas of the watershed and 2) Those who consult others, such as municipalities, to better manage and improve their existing stormwater facilities.
A team of stormwater engineers, hydrogeologists and landscape architects will introduce you to the basic concepts and current regulations regarding stormwater control. You will be presented with methods to evaluate properties and existing stormwater facilities; specifically, existing detention basins. A diverse variety of stormwater control measures will be provided; ranging from improving infiltration in mature forests to creating green roofs within cities.
While much attention is often placed on “built” stormwater measures, such as porous pavement and bioretention, the water quality benefits of “non-structural” measures, such as riparian buffers, restored woodlands and lawn-to-meadow conversion are considerable. The session will discuss the importance of approaching stormwater by first reducing the problem, through the use of landscape-based ecological measures, and the role these measures can provide in “eco-system services”.
Stormwater management is another level of value added to a property being considered for preservation. You will be taught how to evaluate the potential of a property for improvement of its stormwater control via installation of stream buffers, runoff retainment and stormwater infiltration. The ability of a preserved property to be improved from its existing condition can provide positive compensation to the surrounding watershed. Improvement of stream quality may increase your ability to obtain funding to preserve the property and pay for the remedial work.
For those who consult or own lands, methods will be offered on how to revegetate basins, restore natural drainage pathways, swales, stream buffers and rooftops to improve water quality and wildlife habitat. You will be presented with a multitude of infiltration system examples that allow stormwater to enter the aquifer instead of contribute to flooding. Approaches to evaluate soils and improve soils for permeability potential will provide you with tools to rank properties, based upon their ability to improve stormwater infiltration.
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The Inn at Pocono Manor
Route 314, One Manor Drive
Pocono Manor, PA 18349