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Low Impact Development Workshop, 2015

April 9, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Presentations, Awards, and Discussion
Free - limited to 120 participants

April 10
Morning Field Experience
Free - limited to 50 participants

Location
Tucson Electric Power Co., 88 E. Broadway Blvd, Tucson, AZ

Purpose
To learn about and punctuate the success of local accomplishments of the goals set in the 2011 LID workshop and provide your experience to evaluate and guide the next steps in the region.

Agenda - Day 1 - April 9th

  • Morning Session: 2011 Workshop Goals and Recognizing Resulting Products
  • Afternoon Session: Other Regional Efforts, Discussion and Action Teams

Agenda - Day 2 - April 10th

  • Join our interactive workshop with LID leaders and design professionals to learn best practices that address implementation and maintenance challenges from the field and refine your skills to identify LID opportunities.
  • Visually understand design and implementation issues with hands-on training, onsite demonstration and/or tour. 

Topics

  • Case Studies, New Technical Guidance Manual, Regulations and Policy, Cost Effectiveness
  • Lessons Learned, Community Benefits, Top Research, Education and Management Needs

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, and Green Industry Professionals.

Share your Experience
Please share photos and stories of water harvesting or LID practice(s) gone wrong. Watershed Management Group would like to present anonymous stories to share lessons learned and best practices on the 2nd day workshop. Please consider sharing photos of poor practices/lessons learned to Kieran Sikdar at WMG, ksikdar@watershedmg.org
 

Brought to you by the LID Working Group and partners

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.

Organizing Committee Representation
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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