Friday, September 10, 2021

Maintaining Green Infrastructure

In this webinar, presented live on September 8, 2021, we learned about the the importance and best management practices of green infrastructure maintenance.

So you installed some green infrastructure (yay!) - but now what?

Green infrastructure is an approach to managing urban wet weather impacts that mimics, restores, or maintains natural hydrology. Green infrastructure includes a wide array of practices, including infiltrating, evapotranspiring, or harvesting and using stormwater. Examples of green infrastructure include: 

  • Vegetated filter strips at the edges of paved surfaces
  • Residential or commercial rain gardens designed to capture and soak in stormwater
  • Porous pavers, porous concrete, and porous asphalt
  • Rain barrels and cisterns; Green roofs
9:00: Welcome & Introduction
9:05-9:15: Random Networking
9:15-9:30 - Carlee Kjeldahl - Environmental Specialist, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
9:30-9:50 - James Wolfin - Sustainable Landcare Manager: Turf Alternatives, Metro Blooms
9:50-10:10 - Anna Eleria - Planning, Projects, and Grants Division Manager, Capital Region Watershed District
10:10-10:30 - Douglas Snyder - Executive Director, Mississippi Watershed Management Organization
10:30-10:50 - Mark Maloney - Public Works Director, City of Shoreview
10:50-11:00 - Q&A and open discussion
11:00 - conclusion

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Best Practice Actions related to this topic: 
  • 16.6 Build community capacity to protect existing trees by one or more of:

    • a. Having trained tree specialists.

    • b. Supporting volunteer forestry efforts.

    • c. Adopting an EAB/forest management plan or climate adaptation plan for the urban forest.

  • 17.5 Adopt and implement guidelines or design standards/incentives for at least one of the following stormwater infiltration/reuse practices:

    • a. Rain gardens/infiltration practices.

    • b. Rainwater harvesting practices.

    • c. Green alleys or green parking lots.

    • d. Pervious/permeable pavement or pavers.

    • e. Green roofs / green walls.

    • f. Tree trenches / tree boxes.

    • g. Incorporate compost and/or native plants into landscape design.

  • 18.4 Adopt low-impact design standards in parks and trails that infiltrate or retain all 2 inch, 24-hour stormwater events on site.

  • 18.5 Create park/city land management standards/practices that maximize at least one of the following:

    • a. Low maintenance turf management; native landscaping; organic or integrated pest management; pollinator/monarch-safe policies.

    • b. Recycling/compostables collection; use of compost as a soil amendment.

    • c. Sources of nonpotable water, or surface/rain water, for irrigation.

  • 18.8 Develop a program to involve community members in hands-on land restoration, invasive species management and stewardship projects.

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