Webinar: Green Streets – Filtering and Slowing Stormwater, Revitalizing Neighborhoods and Making Streets Safer

This webinar was co-hosted by the Urban Waters Learning Network and recorded on May 11, 2016.

Description: As much as 38% of an urban area’s impervious area can be in the form of streets. The goal of Green Streets efforts is to bring the benefits of green infrastructure practices to communities’ streets and rights of way in order to manage stormwater, thus reducing pollution, erosion and flooding while replenishing groundwater. Green Streets can also compliment other goals in your community related to urban revitalization, aesthetic improvement, and making streets safer for pedestrians and cyclists. Adding the “green element” to these widely supported community efforts provides great opportunities for partnering and leveraging resources toward better stormwater management.

Are you interested in convincing your community to invest in Green Streets? In this recorded webinar, you will learn about Kansas City’s Middle Blue River Basin Green Solutions Pilot Project and the significant role that right-of-ways along streets play in controlling stormwater runoff. Lisa explains what Kansas City has learned about a) building and maintaining community support of Green Streets, b) ensuring the long-term success of Green Streets, and c) the positive impacts Green Streets are having on local waterways and neighborhoods. From Hawkins Partners, you’ll learn how to conduct an assessment to determine the potential for Green Streets that can be used to garner critical support for them in your community. This technique was developed as part of a River Network project supported by the Surdna Foundation.

Presenters: Lisa Treese, RLA, LEED® AP; Senior Landscape Architect, Kansas City Water Services; Tipton Fowlkes, Assoc. ASLA, LEED AP, Hawkins Partners, Inc. Landscape Architects; April Ingle, Science and Policy Associate, River Network (Moderator).

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