Water: Green Infrastructure
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EPA's Green Infrastructure Program is proud to announce the launch of our 2014 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 topics and applications, from best practices in operations and maintenance to the intersection of green infrastructure and climate change.
Green Infrastructure for Localized Flood ManagementDecember 2nd, 2014
1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. EST
Chronic flooding is a critical problem facing many communities. In urban areas impacted by localized or “neighborhood” flood events, green infrastructure practices can absorb rainfall, preventing water from overwhelming pipe networks and pooling in streets or basements. For communities experiencing overbank or riverine flooding, larger networks of green infrastructure can provide extra storage during heavy storm events. In this 90-minute webcast practitioners will cover a range of practices that can help communities build flood resilience, from small scale interventions such as rain gardens and permeable pavement to coordinated open space and floodplain preservation.Details
Session 1 — A Tale of Two Cities: Exploring How Two Communities are Using Green Infrastructure to Reduce Flood Risk
This session will describe how green infrastructure can help increase community resilience to coastal flood hazard impacts. Participants will learn about how Toledo, Ohio and Duluth, Minnesota are assessing their exposure to flood hazards, identifying areas for green infrastructure to reduce exposure, and evaluating the costs and benefits of implementing green infrastructure. Outreach efforts to share the results of the study with local officials and community members will also be highlighted.
Session 2 — Rain Garden Reserve: Managing Flooding with Green Infrastructure Solutions in Cuyahoga Falls
In this session the City of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio will share how they turned four flood damaged properties into a popular neighborhood asset. Using Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) funds, the city was able to transform a group of chronically-damaged residential properties into a green infrastructure pocket park complete with rain gardens, pervious concrete, and solar powered lighting. Speakers will describe how the City engaged community members to create a park design that balanced need for security, open space, and localized flood relief.Speakers
Toni V. Demasi
Kari A. Mackenbach, CFM, BCES
Details on U.S. EPA’s 2015 Green Infrastructure Webcast Series will be posted soon. To receive updates on upcoming webcasts and registration availability, sign up for U.S. EPA’s greenstream listserv by sending a blank email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
- Part I: Introduction and Green Infrastructure Overview (PDF) (51 pp, 9.5MB, About PDF)
Part II: The Role of Codes and Ordinances in Water Quality and Stormwater Management (PDF) (20 pp, 1.9MB, About PDF)
Part III: Code and Ordinance Reviews: Case Studies and Findings (PDF) (28 pp, 3.6MB, About PDF)
Part IV: Cleveland Heights Zoning Amendments (PDF) (41 pp, 8.4MB, About PDF)
Part V: Top Ten Green Infrastructure Issues in Plans and Codes (PDF) (29 pp, 2.1MB, About PDF)
Part VI: Wrap Up (PDF) (14 pp, 2.9MB, About PDF)
Urban Natural Resources Institute (UNRI) – 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 . 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.