2018 Land & Water Afternoon 1A

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Stormwater as a Resource and Framework for Revitalization of Western Cities Revitalization of aging districts in older cities, and the need to update aging 19thcentury infrastructure are an opportunity to design urban stormwater controls that manage flooding, that improve the quality of urban stormwater runoff, and provide an alternative source of water to sustain urban landscapes. The presentation will describe redevelopment projects that range in scale from individual sites to large redevelopment districts where surface stormwater systems create public spaces, improve access to, and improve the health of urban rivers and streams. Projects to be presented will vary from individual sites to urban districts, public parks, and open spaces. 2. Springs Preserve - Beginning the Conservation Conversation in Las Vegas The Springs Preserve, a 180-acre cultural institution was designed to commemorate Las Vegas' dynamic history and provide a vision for a sustainable future, and it changed the City, it’s design community, and its citizens. From 1990 - 2007 the unprecedented growth of Las Vegas created tremendous strain on resources and infrastructure in Southern Nevada using water at an incredible rate. The Las Vegas Valley Water District (LVVWD) needed to begin a water conservation campaign aimed at both residential and commercial uses.
In 1995, the Las Vegas Valley Water District began studying the opportunity of creating a public place dedicated to water conservation education in the valley at the birthplace of Las Vegas where the Las Vegas Spring originated. In 1998 the District moved forward with a master plan to develop a community attraction and preserve. LGA was selected to lead the master plan and eventually became the architect of the Desert Living Center and Gardens and oversaw all development of the Springs Preserve. At the time the community mantra was beginning to change to water and energy conservation, but LEED was very new to the industry; many designers were unfamiliar with energy and water conservation and codes were not in place to allow certain types of construction and water conserving systems.
Craig will explore how the Las Vegas population and design community made a conscious shift to conserve valuable resources and the strides made since the Springs Preserve was contemplated.
Albuquerque, NM
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Water / Stormwater Management
Health, Safety and Welfare
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1.      Participants will get a better understanding of how the right tree species can rebuild our urban forest canopy and reinvigorate our social interaction with nature. 2. Participants will learn how to create an urban forest that addresses water use patterns, utilizes stormwater as a resource, and is comprised of drought tolerant species. 3. Participants will learn what Aaron has discovered in his research about soil moisture at curb cuts. 4. Participants will learn how enhancements in soil moisture in rain gardens could potentially sustain vegetation for extended periods without precipitation.
1. Bill Wenk is the founder and President of Wenk Associates. For over 35 years, he has been influential in the restoration and redevelopment of urban river and stream corridors, the transformation of derelict urban land, and the design of public parks an
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