Innovative Stormwater Management in Our Nation's Capital

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This session will give an overview of DC Water’s DC Clean Rivers Project and the efforts to implement Green Infrastructure stormwater management facilities in the District for reducing combined sewer overflows. The session will cover the following items:1. Overview and history of DC Water’s Green Infrastructure program will be described.2. An overview of Green Infrastructure strategies, including brief descriptions of Best Management Practices and their social, environmental, and economic benefits. This discussion will include how the implementation of Green Infrastructure can mitigate the impacts of climate change as well as createhealthier, more livable and vibrant communities.3. Description and history of DC Water’s Green Infrastructure Challenge.4. Description of the Kennedy Street Greened competition entry as well as the subsequent Green Infrastructure Challenge Streetscape Project, a demonstration project for DC Water’s large-scale GI effort. This summary will describe the evolution of the project from the Green Infrastructure Challenge competition to the project that was ultimately designed and built. Focus will be placed on the different elements of the design, including the 33 Green Infrastructure practices that were designed and implemented on one city block.There will be discussion regarding the challenges of the permitting and approvals process. Lastly, there will be discussion of the challenges encountered during the construction of the project.
Washington, DC
Distance Learning
Course Equivalency
Sustainable Development & Design
Water / Stormwater Management
Health, Safety and Welfare
Learning Outcomes
1. understand DC Water’s DC Clean Rivers Project Green Infrastructure program including the motivations for implementing Green Infrastructure.
2. understand Green Infrastructure techniques and how they can be designed/constructed/maintained within a dense urban environment.
3. understand the environmental, economic, and social benefits of Green Infrastructure including how they contribute to more resilient, healthy, livable, and vibrant urban communities.
4. understand the permitting and construction obstacles associated with implementing Green Infrastructure in an urban environment.
Seth Charde, PLA, LEED AP, Program Manager for Green Infrastructure Construction District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority (DC Water), Scott Turner, PE, AICP, LEED AP, Director of Planning, Nitsch Engineering, sturner@nitschen
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