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Low Impact Development Workshop, 2015

Day 1 - April 9th  Educational Sessions and Determining Next Steps
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Presentations, Awards, and Discussion
Free - limited to 120 participants
Free lunch included
Location: Tucson Electric Power Co., 88 E. Broadway Blvd, Tucson, AZ
Topics:  Case Studies, New Technical Guidance Manual, Regulations and Policy, Cost Effectiveness, Lessons Learned, Community Benefits, Top Research, Education and Management Needs

Day 2 - April 10th   Interactive Field Experience
8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Morning Field Experience
Free - limited to 50 participants
Location: Approximately 5 miles north of downtown Tucson
Topics: Join our interactive workshop led by LID leaders and design professionals. Learn best practices that address implementation and maintenance challenges. Refine your ability to identify LID opportunities. Onsite demonstrations and/or a local tour will improve your ability to visually understand design and implementation issues.

Register Here by April 1

Purpose

  • To increase awareness by acknowledging success in achieving goals targeted by the 2011 workshop and to recognize the abundance of other regional sustainability efforts.
  • To incorporate your perspectives on low impact development to evaluate and guide the next steps in the region.
  • To provide an opportunity for hands-on site review and workshop covering design principles and best practices.

Who Should Attend
Public and private professionals who work with LID including: Engineers, Designers, Planners, Educators, MS4s, Construction Professionals, Landscape Architects,  Arborists, Developers, Water Resource Managers, Regulators, Parks Departments, Facilities Managers, Transportation Professionals, Academic researchers, and Green Industry Professionals.

Why Attend
Learn how LID is required or incentivized in various local, state and federal regulations including flood control, stormwater quality, zoning and water reliability while creating multiple additional community services such as heat reduction and energy savings. Earn Continuing Education Credits for Certified Floodplain Managers (ASFPMs): 7 CECs for day one and 3 CECs for day two.

Share your Experience
Please share photos and stories of water harvesting or LID practice(s) that serve as models of low maintenance needs or that created unintended/poor outcomes (anonymous if desired). Watershed Management Group would like to present lessons learned and best practices on the 2nd day of the workshop. Please consider contacting Kieran Sikdar at WMG, ksikdar@watershedmg.org

Organizing Committee Representation
This workshop is hosted by the LID Working Group based in the Tucson region. The workshop organizing committee is composed of voluntary partners.
Pima County Regional Flood Control District, Pima Association of Governments (PAG), City of Tucson Office of Conservation,  UA’s Water Resources Research Center, Pima County Department of Environmental Quality and Department of Transportation, Watershed Management Group, Stantec, Wheat Design, Town of Marana, and additional partners.

Arid LID Conference

Green Infrastructure and Low Impact Development in Arid Environments

Arid LID is an annual Southwest regional conference for professionals, advocates, educators and academics. Sessions include Green Infrastructure (GI), research, best practices, policy and regulation, and community based approaches including hands-on activities. The emphasis is finding multiple benefits and integrated approaches among various disciplines and sectors in our arid region.

LID/GI reduces water pollution by capturing and purifying rain runoff using green roofs, permeable materials, alternative street and building design, trees and rain gardens. The EPA has found that implementing well-chosen LID practices saves money for developers, property owners, and communities while protecting and restoring water quality. Beyond cost savings, amenities include enhanced property values, improved habitat, natural aesthetics, and improved quality of life. For these reasons, EPA is incorporating LID provisions in state issued stormwater permits (NPDES permits) which are required in large towns in cities.

PAG was among the planning and sponsoring agencies that brought this conference to the Tucson region in 2012. PAG's LID resources relating to the construction industry are located here and information for the general public can be found here. For more information on conference results and proceedings, research and future conferences, click here.

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