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Plants + Water: Strategies for Improving Water Quality CE

Monday, April 22 2019



Urban Water Series Technical Master Class & Public Lecture

Plants + Water: Strategies for Improving Water Quality

Free Public Lecture
April 22, 5:30 - 7:00 pm - REGISTER HERE:

Norman Mayer Library, 3001 Gentilly Blvd., New Orleans

How can plants improve water quality in our local stormwater management projects? In this presentation, Bryan Seipp and Dan Somers, two experts from the Chesapeake Bay region, will discuss lessons learned using plants and trees to improve water quality in stormwater management projects. Wes Michaels of Spackman Mossop Michaels, a New Orleans-based landscape architect, will focus on how their experiences translate to the New Orleans landscape and how to use native plantings at your home.

Technical Master Class
April 22, 8:30 am - 2:00 pm - REGISTER HERE:

Greater New Orleans Foundation Center for Philanthropy, 919 Saint Charles Avenue, New Orleans

Well-suited for those in the design, planning, engineering, and construction communities. Professional credits can be earned. $40 includes breakfast, lunch, and parking. $25 for AIA, ASLA, ASCE, APA and CMAA members (use code UWS2019); $20 for DBEs (use code DBE2019).

Plants are widely used in green infrastructure projects in New Orleans. The understanding of how to use plants to improve water quality in these systems is developing at a fast pace nationwide. Bryan Seipp and Dan Somers, both with tremendous experience in the Chesapeake Bay area, will discuss their lessons learned with Wes Michaels, a landscape architect practicing in New Orleans, who will translate these lessons to the local landscape. The discussion will focus on the best techniques for using plants to achieve water quality goals, and how these techniques can be adapted to our local climate and culture.

Upon completing this workshop, the participants will be able to:
Identify techniques for improving water quality outcomes through the use of plants
Explain the role soils play in improving water quality
Give examples of successful planting projects
Describe the role proper design plays in the long-term acceptance of plantings in communities
Summarize the common issues around installation and maintenance of these types of plantings
Space is limited. Please register via the links above.
For questions, email ella@gnof.org.
Hosted by the Greater New Orleans Foundation and the City of New Orleans in partnership with the Surdna Foundation and the following partners:

American Institute of Architects, American Planning Association LA, Metro New Orleans Section, American Society of Civil Engineers, Construction Management Association of America, Downtown Development District, Greater New Orleans Inc., GNO Water Collaborative, Jefferson Parish Government, Louisiana Urban Stormwater Coalition, Regional Planning Commission, Sewerage & Water Board of New Orleans, St. Bernard Parish Government, Tulane Institute on Water Resources, Law & Policy, Urban Land Institute, Water Collaborative of Greater New Orleans

Bryan Seipp is a Watershed Manager at the Center for Watershed Protection, with over 17 years of experience in the watershed management field. His areas of expertise include construction of urban and agriculture water quality BMPs including; stream fencing and restoration, forest and grass buffers, off-stream watering systems, wetlands, bioretention areas, permeable pavement, and other Low Impact Development practices. Bryan has a B.S. in Forest Resource Management from Virginia Tech.

Dan Somers is a stormwater consultant with 15 years of experience in residential and commercial stormwater control solutions. He currently works for the RainScapes Rewards Rebate Program (Department of Environmental Protection in Montgomery County, Maryland) which offers financial incentive and consultation to residential and commercial property owners who install green infrastructure techniques on their property.

Wes Michaels is a principal at Spackman Mossop Michaels, a landscape architecture firm with offices in New Orleans, Detroit and Sydney. He has been practicing in New Orleans for over 10 years, with a focus on the intersection between design, community and healthy urban spaces. Spackman Mossop Michaels’ work in stormwater management in New Orleans features the Keller Library in Broadmoor and the Habans Elementary Stormwater Playground.

Bryan Selpp, Watershed Manager at the Center for Watershed Protection

Dan Somers, Program Manager for the Rainscapes Program of the Montgomery County Maryland Dept. of Environmental Quality

Wes Michaels, Principal at Spackman Mossop Michaels

8:30am - 2:00pm
Technical Master Class
Continuing Education Hours
5:30pm - 7:00pm
Public Lecture CE
Continuing Education Hours

Contact the event organizers: Alanna Frick