Posts Tagged ‘trees and stormwater’

For the third year in a row, trees as green stormwater infrastructure will be the main topic at the Georgia Urban Forest Council summer program, August 10, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Norcross Community Center, 10 College Street. Karen Firehock, Executive Director of the Green Infrastructure Center in Charlottesville, Virginia, will kick off the program with a presentation on the valuable role of trees in stormwater management with some examples from Norcross and Alpharetta. The Green Infrastructure Center, Inc. (GIC) was formed in 2006 to help local governments, communities, and regional planning organizations, land trusts and developers evaluate their green infrastructure assets and make plans to conserve them. GreenBlue Urban, an international company that helps cities with integrating stormwater management into urban tree planting design, will also highlight their green infrastructure projects and tools. Christine McKay, Water Protection Division, US EPA Region 4, will facilitate a panel discussion of community leaders, arborists, landscape architects, and planners on challenges and successes in their communities regarding trees and stormwater management. Lunch is included. CEUs will be available. Register here.


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The Georgia’s Growing Green program has gotten off to a fantastic start; with planting projects taking place in fourteen communities this spring. Twenty local businesses have been involved with the work giving a significant boost to north Georgia’s nursery and landscaping industries. The primary goal of the program is to create jobs.  The hours worked by landscape contractors and grant administrators in the March to May quarter are equal to 4.9 full time positions.  Using a formula to estimate the amount of labor required to grow a tree suggests that an additional 4.1 positions have been needed within the nursery industry, resulting in a total of 9 full time positions supported by ARRA funds.

The program also seeks to provide lasting environmental benefits for communities through tree planting. To date, 629 trees have been planted to mitigate storm water runoff along streets, provide habitat and shade at playgrounds and parks, and cool downtown areas.  The remainder of the program’s planting activities will take place next season; a total of 1548 trees are scheduled to be planted. 

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Photo of parking lot bio-retention area from epa.gov

The City of Jefferson and the Jefferson Heritage Tree Council are partnering to offer a roundtable discussion on July 20th from 8:30am-12pm at the Jackson EMC Meeting Room. The gathering of tree board members and city and county staff will discuss stormwater management issues and seek to gain a better understanding of how trees contribute to stormwater management and water quality.

The agenda will include:

  • Stormwater Management Terminology – Jeff Killip, Public Works Director, City of Jefferson
  • The Water Cycle and the Role of Trees in Reducing Runoff – Liz Kramer, NARSAL, University of Georgia
  • Stormwater Management Processes and Regulations – Shannon Young, Stormwater Management Supervisor, Barrow County and Hoyt Oliver, City Council Member, City of Oxford
  • Stormwater Management Case Studies, George Street Park Rain Garden, Oxford College East Village Residence Hall Landscape Features and Tree Loss Policy, Detention Basin for the Jefferson Elementary School and Pervious Parking Lot at the Jefferson Civic Center
  • A tour of the Pervious Parking Lot at the Civic Center

Attendance is free and open to all interested persons but you must register in advance by emailing Connie Head at tfshead@aol.com.  Include the names of those attending, their titles, organization, phone numbers and e-mail addresses. For questions please call Connie at 706.202.5279. See you at the roundtable!

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Stormwater photo for workshop

Photo courtesy of Hughes, Good, O'Leary and Ryan

For years Georgia suffered with drought; now we have enough rain to cause flooding. Trees can be great partners in helping to absorb this excess stormwater.  To find out how, join the Georgia Urban Forest Council on April 7, 9 a.m. to noon, at Gwinnett Tech for GUFC’s “Trees & Stormwater Management” seminar. 

GUFC has invited innovative designers and engineers to demonstrate and discuss how trees and vegetation contribute to effective stormwater management.   Speakers will include: Steve Sanchez, ASLA, and Principal at Hughes, Good, O’Leary & Ryan Landscape Architects; Michael Kidd, ASLA, LEED AP, of jB+a planning and landscape architecture; Gregg Bayard, Co-Executive Director of Parallel Housing; and Pete Wright, Stormwater Engineer for Gwinnett County.  Topics covered will be design principles behind trees and stormwater management, site plans, inventory and analysis,  ordinance requirements, tree protection measures,  stormwater systems (including rain gardens, vegetated bio-swales, cisterns, rain capture, impervious vs. pervious), “natural” stream design and construction practices, and the benefit and use of vegetative stream buffer, plants and trees.  

Attendees will receive a complimentary copy of Stormwater magazine and have the opportunity to go on a field trip afterwards to view a Gwinnett project.  Registration:  $30, members; $40, non-members.   Continuing education credits are available and morning refreshments will be provided.

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