WB10 - Innovative Water Management in Our Nation's Capital

Tuesday, November 7 from 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM | 205A « Back

Abstract Text:

This session will discuss the general benefits of Green Infrastructure as well as how DC Water is using Green Infrastructure solutions as a strategy for managing stormwater, reducing Combined Sewer Overflows to the Potomac River and Rock Creek in Washington DC, and transforming the fabric of the neighborhoods where these facilities will be installed.  Although the implementation of Green Infrastructure techniques directly improves DC Water’s ability to meet government mandated water quality goals, the benefits of Green Infrastructure have wide reaching benefits that far surpass the obvious stormwater benefits including climate change resiliency, reduction of heat island impacts, improved air quality, aesthetic, social, and economic development impacts. 

This session will begin with a general overview of the role of DC Water.  It will discuss the drivers and rationale for implementing Green Infrastructure through the District and all of the benefits that can be realized through Green Infrastructure.  The session will then specifically address Green Infrastructure strategies that were implemented as part of DC Water’s first Green Infrastructure pilot project. The session will also address how Green Infrastructure strategies can be used in USGBC rating systems.

Learning Objectives:

Identify how sustainable water management can impact development patterns within or amongst a community.

Identify what Green Infrastructure techniques and/or strategies can be designed/constructed/maintained within a densely urban environment.

Identify the permitting obstacles associated with implementing innovative Green Infrastructure techniques.

Describe the environmental, economic, and social benefits associated with Green Infrastructure.

Learning Level:

Level 300 – Application/Implementation


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Event Type: WaterBuild Summit > Session