American Water Resources Association
                         AWRA
                    Philadelphia
 

Comparing Approaches to the Hydrological Reconstruction of Urban Landscapes

  • 10 Apr 2019
  • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
  • One Parkway Building, 1515 Arch Street, 18th Floor Planning Commission Room, Philadelphia, PA
  • 34

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Comparing Approaches to the Hydrological Resconstruction of Urban Landscapes

Todd Moses

Geomorphologist and Restoration Specialist at Skelly and Loy, Inc.

 

ABSTRACT:

This presentation will compare and contrast the ever-growing suite of methods to attenuate the flows of water and pollutants from built and impervious upland surfaces to minor and major receiving streams.  At least regionally, the term Green Stormwater Infrastructure, or GSI, seems to have been settled upon for these methods (leaving behind the unfortunate oxymoron "low-impact development").  Taken in their entirety, these GSI methods range from 1) capturing and infiltrating runoff close to where it is generated to 2) enhancing artificial drainageways to 3) stream corridor restoration.  As society intensifies these efforts, it may be a good time to step back a bit and briefly consider the fundamental rationales and biophysical circumstances underpinning GSI.  A bit more time will be spent considering some of the key pros and cons associated with GSI applications focused within the three key landscape positions indicated above as well as with some of the more popular and practical individual best practices (e.g. rain gardens, floodplain reconstruction).  This review will hopefully lead to a lively round of discussion during the luncheon meeting. 



SPEAKER BIO – Todd Moses

Todd Moses has more than 33 years of professional experience in stream, wetland and watershed evaluation and restoration and in Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI).  His first work in GSI (before it was named) was in Washington state in 1989 and he has since done extensive work in this area in Philadelphia and other parts of Pennsylvania.  He has worked for public and private clients in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, North Carolina, New York, Maryland, Oregon, Washington, Colorado, Idaho and Alaska.  He has designed and implemented hundreds of environmental rehabilitation projects (no longer counting) in settings ranging from wildlands to downtowns, with this work beginning with the Boulder Creek restoration project in Boulder, Colorado, in 1986, one of the earliest stream restorations in the United States.  


Engineers:

This seminar does qualify for 1.0 Professional Development Hour (PDH). A Certificate of Attendance will be available on site for AWRA-PMAS members only. The meeting price for non-members who wish to receive a Certificate of Attendance for the PDH is $10.00 ($3.00 for meeting + $7.00 for certificate). 

 

Please note: all lunch orders will close by noon on the day before the presentation. In addition, all lunch orders will need to be paid for online by this time. We are unable to refund the cost of lunch or meeting fees because they are paid ahead of time based on number of registrations.


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