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
- Minnesota Stormwater Manual
- Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI) and sustainable stormwater management
- Operation and maintenance of green stormwater infrastructure best management practices
- Lawns to Legumes and partner resources, BWSR
- Resources to manage invasive species
- Blue Thumb workshops & events
- Capital Region Watershed District raingarden maintenance and Gardening Guide
- Smart Salting training, MPCA
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.