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Q4 - Stormwater Event


A Forum for Innovative Stormwater Infrastructure

Our speakers and topics include:

Mark Focht, FASLA: Green City, Clean Waters

  • Mark will be discussing Philadelphia’s historic Green Infrastructure Stormwater Plan.  Philadelphia was faced with an immense cost to meet EPA stormwater quality standards.  A grey infrastructure system was estimated to cost more than $6 billion. The green infrastructure plan Philly is moving forward with will only cost $1.2 billion over 25 years.  Mark will discuss this plan in detail.

Steve Glass: A Review of Local Efforts to Comply with GI/LID Requirements in MS4 Permits.

  • Mr. Glass will present his findings from surveying local government officials regarding their efforts to comply with GI/LID requirements in MS4 permits.  The EPA is currently working on a Draft Watershed Based Pilot (WBP) MS4 permit that could be issued later this year for the Middle Rio Grande Watershed.  The City of Albuquerque, the Albuquerque Metropolitan Arroyo Flood Control Authority (AMAFCA), the University of New Mexico (UNM), and the NM Department of Transportation (NMDOT) are co-permittees in this new approach to enhancing the water quality in the Middle Rio Grande Watershed.

Danny HernandezA Reality Check: Obstacles to Implementing LIDs in a Unique High Desert Environment

  • This presentation will review the obstacles to implementing Low Impact Design (LIDs) in Albuquerque’s High Desert Environment.  The presentation will conclude with a review of what AMAFCA has done – including helping to create the Valle de Oro Urban Wildlife Refuge.

Baker H. Morrow, FASLA: Civilization on a Trickle of Water: Settlement Patterns in the Southwest

  • A discussion of the techniques for stormwater management used by early inhabitants of the southwest. This presentation will highlight historic precedents for adaptive reuse of stormwater.

James Brooks: Beyond the Curb Cut: Harnessing the Power of Stormwater to Sustain Life in the High Desert

  • So you got some water into a detention basin. Now what?  This presentation will illustrate how the use of organic materials in the design of stormwater management systems to build soil, infiltrate water, support healthy plant growth, and reduce maintenance costs.  Mr. Brooks will also explore networked design principles on the upstream side of the curb cut that maximize water capture while protecting site developments.

Andrew Bernard, Assoc. ASLA: Urban Apparitions: Making a Place through Integrated Water Infrastructure in an Arid Environment

  • The premise of this session is to question the way in which we think about water, infrastructure, and place within the arid urban environment.  Drawing from the rich history and traditions of water management in the southwest and arid regions around the world, it explores an alternative water infrastructure model by applying basic principles of green infrastructure and place-making within the context of Downtown Albuquerque, New Mexico to develop a system that not only mitigates environmental degradation, but contributes to a sense of place and regional identity.

Cat Corva: Watershed Advocacy: Grassroots Networking for Change


Green Streets Bootcamp

This intensive training session will look at a variety of ways to improve the function of public streets.  Based on the successful Tucson Green Streets program developed by the Watershed Management Group, attendees will learn to transform streets to allow for stormwater management, multi-modal transportation and support of the urban forest.  These techniques are designed for the arid environment and have been proven in the field.  The goal of the workshop is to identify barriers and opportunities toward implementing LID in New Mexico.

Instructed by James DeRoussel , whose interest in sustainability has grown out of a diversity of experience in the landscape industry since 1997.  In addition to a strong design background, he provides expertise in residential and commercial development, code compliance, green infrastructure, and construction.  A Registered Landscape Architect, James is Principal of ForeSite, a Tucson landscape architectural firm.  As a Program Manager with WMG since 2010, James is active in client consultation, design and implementation of projects across Arizona.

Questions about either session?  Contact Rob Loftis.