Green Infrastructure Workshops – Sign Up Now!

Water Wise NOLA and the Louisiana Urban Stormwater Coalition (LUSC) will be holding two workshops on Green Infrastructure (GI), targeting the needs of key professionals for advancing GI in the Greater New Orleans area. The workshops are a full day and will be held in New Orleans at the Mosquito Control Center.

June 19th 2015
Workshop A: Design, Construction & Maintenance of Green Infrastructure

July 10th 2015
Workshop B: Green Infrastructure Planning & Policies

Each participant who completes the workshop will be a Certified Green Infrastructure Professional (either Design & Construction or Planning & Policy), and will receive a certificate from LUSC indicating such, which can be used to obtain the applicable continuing education credits (Landscape Architecture, AICP, AIA, etc.).

The workshops are sponsored by the Sewerage & Water Board of New Orleans and are offered free of charge. The number of attendees is limited.

Please see the PDF flyer HERE for more information.
Register online at http://tinyurl.com/LUSC-GI-register

Stay informed about our activities at http://WaterWiseNOLA.com.

Recent Articles of Interest

Check out the links below for some recent articles of interest to the Stormwater Management community.

NOAA Report: Coastal Wetlands Loss Costly and Continuing:

NEW ORLEANS – March 24, 2015 – An important study and corresponding conservation planning tool recently released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) should help officials protect the most important areas along our nation’s coastlines. According to NOAA’s analysis, the U.S. lost more than 1,500 square miles of coastal wetlands between 1996 and 2011.

Methods in Construction Site Sediment Control:

In Part Two of this continuing series on the topic of sediment control methods at construction sites, author Linda Robinson discusses a highway widenting project that manages sediment and erosion control in order to protect the water quality of a nearby stream.

SITES Program Certifies 12 Sustainable Landscapes:

AUSTIN, Texas, March 31, 2015The Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES) program has certified sustainable landscapes at a dozen new locations across the country for meeting rigorous standards for environmental design and performance. These 12 landscapes include George Washington’s historic Maryland home, a pocket park in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood, and a public children’s garden in Austin, Texas.

A State Plan for Prioritizing Watersheds for Restoration and Protection in Louisiana

The Clean Water Act (CWA) Section 303(d) Program provides a mechanism for integration of implementation efforts to restore and protect the nation’s aquatic resources. Through this process the nation’s waters are assessed, restoration and protection objectives are systematically prioritized, and Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs) and alternative approaches are adaptively implemented to achieve water quality goals with collaboration of State and Federal agencies, tribes, the regulated community, and the public. A new long-term vision for assessment, restoration, and protection under the CWA 303(d) Program for 2016 through 2022 (new vision) has been described whereby states may identify and prioritize watersheds for these restoration and protection efforts under the CWA 303(d) Program. The primary goals of this new vision of the CWA 303(d) Program include prioritization, assessment, protection, alternatives, engagement, and integration. The new vision will guide the realization of our clean water goals in a manner that recognizes lessons learned from the past two decades of CWA 303(d) Program implementation and addresses new challenges with innovative solutions.

The DEQ is seeking feedback on this framework. More information can be found HERE.

Thank you to Sami Khalil for the info!

Drawing Attention to the Soil

From Erosion Control:

As we’ve mentioned before on this site, the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization has designated 2015 the International Year of Soils. The intent is to raise awareness of the importance of healthy soils, and while it’s in many ways a symbolic designation, there are some interesting and important events associated with it…

Read the rest of the article on the Erosion Control Editor’s Blog here.