Oklahoma Low Impact Development

Bioretention Summit: Ask the Researcher

When Jul 15, 2010 08:00 PM to
Jul 16, 2010 05:00 PM
Where Annapolis, MD
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July 15-16, 2010 - Annapolis, MD
Annapolis Maritime Museum
723 Second Street
Annapolis, MD  21403


Bioretention design, construction, and maintenance continue to evolve as the practice has become the most popular small-site stormwater control measure in the Mid-Atlantic states. However, design standards, construction specifications, and maintenance plans for bioretention often lag behind what recent applied and lab research has discovered. The purpose of this training is to deliver the most up-to-date research-based information that will lead to perhaps dramatic improvements in how bioretention cells are credited by regulators, designed by engineers and landscape architects, and built and maintained by contractors and maintenance personnel.

The training will be from 8:00am to 5:00pm each day (registration at 8am with class starting at 8:30 on Day 1).

Below is a sampling of some of the Issues to be discussed, but click here for a detailed COURSE OUTLINE:

  • Adjusting credit awarded to bioretention installed in sandier soil environments (like the coastal plain and barrier islands)
  • How bioretention cells can be designed to capture larger fractions of water to meet infiltration and evapotranspiration goals
  • The benefits of using an internal water storage layer to enhance performance in many soil types
  • How bioretention designs can be tailored per specific target pollutants, including emerging pollutants such as thermal loads and pathogens
  • What's the best fill media?
  • How can bioretention construction be improved to increase infiltration?
  • Are bioretention devices really low maintenance?

The training is unique because it brings together three prominent Mid-Atlantic bioretention researchers to answer these and more questions. In fact, registrants are encouraged to submit questions in advance to the instructors via the website registration form so that they may be addressed during the workshop. The training will conclude with a day 2 tour to local bioretention research sites.

Continuing Education: 12 Professional Development Hours (PDHs) are available for professional engineers and surveyors, approved by the NC Board of Examiners for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors. This course has also been approved by NC Board of Landscape Architects for 9 CEUs; Course # 7142.

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