How does green stormwater infrastructure really work? Improving design through monitoring

FREE WEBINAR | April 17, 2024 | This webinar will provide an overview of GSI practices and performance data in the International Stormwater BMP Database and will present two case studies of GSI monitoring.

0.1 CEU / 1.0 PDH

Date: April 17, 2024 |  | 2:00 PM EST/1:00 PM CST
Dr. Andrew Earles, P.E., P.H., BC.WRE, Stacy Wilson, and Matthew Howard
0.1 CEU / 1.0 PDH
Sponsors: Presto Geosystems, Contech Engineered Solutions, Ferguson Waterworks, Unilock

In most cases, once green stormwater infrastructure (GSI) practices are constructed, they are presumed to function as intended with little to no follow-up monitoring on effectiveness. While it can be costly to monitor GSI performance, carefully planned monitoring studies provide insight not only into how an individual GSI facility performs, but also into design criteria that can be applied to improve performance at a regional scale. Understanding in detail how runoff moves through GSI stormwater control measures (SCMs) such as swales, buffers, and bioretention facilities, allows engineers to understand whether or not the SCM is functioning as intended and provides insight into how SCM performance can be improved through relatively minor adjustments to design criteria.

This webinar will start with an overview of GSI practices and performance data in the International Stormwater BMP Database. While the BMP Database contains hundreds of studies on how SCMs perform, there is wide variability in performance data and in many cases, the data providers do not provide sufficient design information to tie performance to specific design criteria. The webinar will then present two case studies of GSI monitoring that provide insights into how SCMs function and how adjustments to design criteria can potentially enhance effectiveness of GSI. The case studies will include a study completed in early 2024 of infiltration benefits of receiving pervious areas including grass swales with underdrains, vegetated buffers, and infiltration basins and a study from 2022 related to interception of rainfall by urban tree canopies. The presenters will discuss how the results of these case studies can help to shape GSI design criteria.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand stormwater quality data and other green infrastructure resources available through the International Stormwater BMP Database
  • Apply stormwater monitoring methods for evaluating canopy interception and volume reduction practices
  • Explain how vegetated swales with and without underdrains function for volume reduction
  • Explain how high-quality monitoring data can help to guide stormwater regulations

About the Presenters

Dr. Andrew Earles, P.E., P.H., BC.WRE
Dr. Earles is the Executive Vice President of Wright Water Engineers, Inc. (WWE), where he has worked for 25 years in the field of stormwater management and green infrastructure (GI). Dr. Earles has assisted the Mile High Flood District with updates to their storm drainage criteria manual for over 20 years, including a recent major update of the chapter providing criteria for stormwater control measures, including many GI practices.

Stacy Wilson
Stacy Wilson is a Water Resources Engineer at Wright Water Engineers, Inc. (WWE), where she has worked on multiple projects related to stormwater management. Her recent work includes a study to monitor and measure the performance of several types of receiving pervious areas in Colorado.

Matthew Howard
Matthew Howard is a Project Engineer at Wright Water Engineers, Inc. (WWE), where he has worked on multiple projects relating to stormwater controls and green stormwater infrastructure. He earned his master’s degree from the University of Tennessee where he studied the runoff reduction potential of urban trees.

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Course Includes

  • 1 Lesson
  • Course Certificate