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EPA's Green Infrastructure Program announces the launch of our 2015 Webcast Series. This series is generally geared towards public officials and practitioners just beginning to implement green infrastructure, as well as those looking to enhance established programs. Leading academics and professionals from around the country will cover a range of emerging topics and applications, from implementing green infrastructure in arid climates to winter operations and maintenance.

Next Webcast

Winter O&M for Green Infrastructure

November 3, 2015
1:00pm – 2:30pm EST

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Operations and maintenance (O&M) is critical to the long-term effectiveness and success of green infrastructure practices in any community. However, wet weather in colder climate communities often presents unique challenges to green infrastructure maintenance - from snow, sediment, and salt to storage and drainage. This webcast will showcase two presentations that illustrate some of the realities and best practices of winter O&M and will build off of the information shared in EPA’s 2014 O&M webinar.


Session 1 - Green Infrastructure Maintenance: Facts, Fiction, Cold Weather, and Costs
Tom Ballestero, Director, University of New Hampshire Stormwater Center

Maintenance is a common concern raised which may prevent adoption of green infrastructure because it is relatively new and does not fit within the traditional maintenance practices for community infrastructure. There is also concern that green infrastructure systems will freeze and be completely ineffective in cold regions. Over one decade of monitoring green infrastructure systems in cold regions underscore their continued effectiveness. Interestingly, there are more cold weather issues with conventional drainage infrastructure than green infrastructure. This leads to another human dimension of green infrastructure which is that the bar is set very high for green infrastructure performance. Numerous studies have demonstrated that green infrastructure capital and maintenance costs are routinely less expensive than conventional infrastructure for new development. However for retrofit and redevelopment projects, any drainage improvements (conventional or green infrastructure) will be more expensive than doing nothing.

Session 2 - Clean Water & Safe Roads: Finding the Balance
Brooke Asleson, Watershed Project Manager, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) has partnered with local and state experts in the 7-County Twin Cities Metropolitan Area (TCMA) to create a plan for effectively managing salt use to protect our water resources in a responsible and strategic approach. Solutions were developed collaboratively to find a balance between clean water and safe winter travel conditions. As part of this effort the MPCA and partners collaborated to monitor, evaluate and better understand the level of chloride in lakes, streams, wetlands and groundwater. The Chloride Management Plan incorporates water quality conditions, sources of chloride, salt reduction strategies, protection strategies, monitoring recommendations as well as measurement and tracking of results. The goal of this plan is to provide strategies and tools to assist local partners in reducing salt use while providing safe conditions for the public.


Tom Ballestero is presently the director of the University of New Hampshire Stormwater Center. He has been with UNH since 1983 and in the past has served as chair of the Civil Engineering Department and also director of the New Hampshire Water Resources Research center. His academic training is in hydrology and water resources engineering, with specialty areas in stormwater management, stream restoration, and bedrock hydrogeology.

Brooke Asleson is a project manager in the watershed program at the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency where she works collaboratively with federal, state, and local agencies as well as watershed groups, citizens, and research institutions in the Twin Cities Metro Area to complete restoration and protection studies, implementation projects, and assists with other watershed related issues. Brooke has been with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency since 2007. For the last four years Brooke has been working on Chloride and Water Quality issues at the MPCA. Prior to working for the MPCA, she obtained her Master’s degree in Water Resources Science from the University of Minnesota.

Upcoming Webcasts
December 8, 2015

Ahead of the Curve – Implementing Green Infrastructure in Rural and Growing Communities

  • Speaker TBD, City of Clarkesville, GA
  • Daniel Canton, City Administrator, Monona, Iowa
  • Jon Biederman, Project Engineer and Branch Manager, Fehr Graham

Registration in late November


For questions, please contact
Emily Halter halter.emily@epa.gov

Archived Webcasts
Paying for Stormwater - The Benefits of a Utility - Andrew Reese of AMEC Foster Wheeler, Dr. Robert Chandler of the City of Salem, OR, and Sheila Dormody of the City of Providence, RI shared their efforts in creating different stormwater authorities. The webcast transcript (24 pp, 229K, About PDF) can be used when reviewing the webcast slides (104 pp, 12MB, About PDF).

Getting More Green from your Stormwater Infrastructure - Chris Kloss from the U.S. EPA’s Green Infrastructure Program, Dan Christian from Tetra Tech, and Andrew Potts from CH2M HILL discussed different ways of communicating both cost savings and benefits related to green infrastructure. The webcast transcript (26 pp, 243K, About PDF) can be used when reviewing the webcast slides (90 pp, 13.4MB, About PDF).

Green Infrastructure for Arid Communities - Neal Shapiro from the City of Santa Monica discussed green infrastructure strategies in southern California and Emily Brott of the Sonoran Institute presented on partnerships with two Tucson, Arizona-based programs. The webcast transcript (28 pp, 248K, About PDF) can be used when reviewing the webcast slides (143 pp, 16.3MB, About PDF).

Green Infrastructure for Localized Flood Management – Lori Cary-Kothera, Operations Manager at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Office for Coastal Management and Patekka Bannister, Chief of Water Resources for the City of Toledo, OH discussed assessing green infrastructure costs and benefits and Tony V. Demasi, City Engineer for the City of Cuyahoga Falls, OH and Kari A. Mackenbach, National Green Infrastructure Practice Leader for URS, presented on managing flooding with green infrastructure solutions in Cuyahoga Falls. The webcast transcript (23 pp, 251K, About PDF) can be used when reviewing the webcast slides (63 pp, 11.7MB, About PDF).

Innovative Financing for Green Infrastructure – Jennifer Cotting, Research Associate for Green Infrastructure from the University of Maryland Environmental Finance Center, discussed an overview of green Infrastructure financing; Deron Muehring, Civil Engineer from the City of Dubuque, IA, presented on financing a flood mitigation project that incorporated green infrastructure; and Lori Beary, SRF Coordinator from the Iowa Finance Authority, presented on the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) program for financing non-point source projects. The webcast transcript (24 pp, 196K, About PDF) can be used when reviewing the webcast slides (94 pp, 12.2MB, About PDF).

Green Infrastructure and Smart Growth – Melissa Kramer, Senior Policy Analyst from EPA’s Office of Sustainable Communities and Caran Curry, Interim Assistant City Manager for the City of Little Rock, AK discussed continuing efforts to build green infrastructure into downtown revitalization and Heather Nix, Clean Air & Water Program Director, and Erika Hollis, Clean Air & Water Project Manager, from Upstate Forever in Greenville, SC presented on incentive programs that encourage new and redevelopment that is better for water quality. The webcast transcript (25 pp, 196K, About PDF) can be used when reviewing the webcast slides (95 pp, 12.7MB, About PDF).

Building Climate Resiliency with Green Infrastructure - Elizabeth Sawin of Climate Interactive highlighted their Green Infrastructure Decision Support Tool, and Alan Cohn, Mikelle Adgate, and Carolina Griggs from NYC Department of Environmental Protection shared efforts to incorporate climate resiliency into system planning. The webcast transcript (21 pp, 195K, About PDF) can be used when reviewing the webcast slides (64 pp, 7MB, About PDF).

More Bang for the Buck: Integrating Green Infrastructure into Existing Public Works Projects - Charlotte Katzenmoyer of the City of Lancaster, PA and Matthew Millea of Onondaga County, NY shared lessons learned from integrating green infrastructure into city, state and regional public works project. The webcast transcript (28 pp, 251K, About PDF) can be used when reviewing the webcast slides (186 pp, 22MB, About PDF).

Case Studies: Implementing Green Infrastructure under Enforcement Orders - Kyle Dreyfuss-Wells of the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District and Andy Shively of Kansas City Water Services presented case studies on integrating green infrastructure into EPA enforcement agreements. The webcast transcript (21 pp, 187K, About PDF) can be used when reviewing the webcast slides (101 pp, 22MB, About PDF).

O&M and Green: Best Practices for Green Infrastructure Operations and Maintenance - As part of EPA's 2014 Green Infrastructure Webcast Series, Karen Sands and Dr. Bill Hunt presented on ensuring proper O&M of green infrastructure systems. The webcast transcript (26 pp, 227K, About PDF) can be used when reviewing the webcast slides (100 pp, 11MB, About PDF).

Managing Wet Weather with Green Infrastructure – In the spring and summer of 2009, EPA offered six two-hour webcasts on green infrastructure. Topics spanned a range of green infrastructure strategies, from reviewing codes and ordinances to performing operation and maintenance.

Updating Local Codes to Cultivate Green Infrastructure and Foster Sustainable Stormwater Management
- This 2 hour webcast was presented by EPA Region 5 on December 13, 2011. The webcast describes the interaction of zoning and building codes with water quality; presents several examples of code audits conducted in Illinois, Ohio, and Minnesota; and highlights the top 10 obstacles to green infrastructure in local codes and ordinances.

Watershed Academy Low Impact Development Webcasts -  EPA’s Watershed Academy offers monthly webcasts related to the implementation of watershed approaches to  preserve and restore aquatic ecosystems.  The Watershed Academy has offered nine two-hour webcasts on green infrastructure.

Urban Natural Resources Institute (UNRI) Exit EPA Disclaimer – An initiative of the United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service Northern Research Station, UNRI offers monthly webcasts on assessing, maintaining, and expanding the urban tree canopy. In the spring of 2011, UNRI also offered a five-part instructional series on the i-Tree software suite Exit EPA Disclaimer. The i-Tree tools help communities of all sizes to strengthen their urban forest management and advocacy efforts by quantifying the structure of community trees and the environmental services that trees provide. 
Certification Programs
Green Jobs Training: A Catalog of Training Opportunities for Green Infrastructure Technologies (PDF) (52 pp, 1.1MB, About PDF) - This catalog is intended to provide a central gateway to a wide variety of training opportunities, including opportunities offered by colleges and universities, nonprofits, trade organizations, state certification programs, training grants, and more. One-page fact sheets provide an overview of each program and links to additional information. As we become aware of additional training opportunities, we will include them in future catalog editions. Note that inclusion in this catalog does not convey EPA endorsement of the quality or content of the program.

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