“Biological diversity is the key to the maintenance of the world as we know it.”
~ E.O. Wilson, Biodiversity
Friday, May 29, 2015
George Owens Nature Park
Attendees who participate for the full day workshop may request a Record of Attendance following completion of the workshop. Contact Carol Davit with questions about CEU.
• detailed information for managing water to reduce runoff
• considerations for working with green infrastructure rating systems
• best practices for project documentation
• design approaches for ongoing maintenance
• how to move beyond gray infrastructure with native plants and water management
• resources to ensure successful project completion
Introduction to site selection, soils, local regulations, designs, and plant selection for rain gardens. We’ll discuss trends in green infrastructure and introduce the Sustainable Sites Initiative and Envision rating tools.
Insights on the importance of thorough documentation for the successful execution of bio-retention systems; including RFQ (Request for Qualification) Documents, Bid Documentation, Specifications, Construction Observation and Maintenance Management.
Gray infrastructure has its limitations; more gray equals more stormwater, more stormwater equals more flood damage not only to our human infrastructure but our surrounding ecosystems. Green infra- structure solutions can ameliorate some of these problems. This asks our plants, our landscapes and the professionals who install and care for them to work differently. Fortunately we have a broad and beautiful palette of native Missouri plants suited to handle not only the stormwater challenge but also the aesthetic challenge.
Visit the park’s newly constructed bioswale for a tour with the project designer and park staff. See the site conditions and learn about design choices for native plants, soils, pathways, installation, erosion netting, mulch and ongoing maintenance considerations.