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Bioswale Design & Maintenance with Native Plants – A Workshop for Professionals

Friday, May 29th, 2015 @ 8:30am
George Owens Nature Park • 416 West Maple • Independence, MO • Map

A Native Plant and Water Management Workshop For Municipalities, Engineers, Architects and Designers
Friday, May 29, 2015 at the George Owens Nature Center

Earn up to 3.5 Continuing Education Credits
Attendees who participate for the full day workshop may request a Record of Attendance following completion of the workshop. Contact Josi Nielsen with questions about CEU.

During this workshop you will learn:
• detailed information for managing water to reduce runoff
• considerations for working with green infrastructure rating systems
• best practices for project documentation
• design approaches for ongoing maintenance
• how to move beyond gray infrastructure with native plants and water management
• resources to ensure successful project completion

A raingarden filled with native plants
Stormwater Management with Green Infrastructure
Laura Adams, Water Resources Engineer, Black and Veatch, Kansas City
Introduction to site selection, soils, local regulations, designs, and plant selection for rain gardens. We’ll discuss trends in green infrastructure and introduce the Sustainable Sites Initiative and Envision rating tools.

Getting Your Project Built: A Landscape Architect’s Perspective
Carrie Coyne, SWT Design, St. Louis
Insights on the importance of thorough documentation for the successful execution of bio-retention systems; including RFQ (Request for Qualification) Documents, Bid Documentation, Specifications, Construction Observation and Maintenance Management.

Managing Water, Creating Aesthetics, Reconnecting with Nature: Native Plant Raingardens
Matt Bunch, Horticulturist, The Giving Grove
Gray infrastructure has its limitations; more gray equals more stormwater, more stormwater equals more flood damage not only to our human infrastructure but our surrounding ecosystems. Green infra- structure solutions can ameliorate some of these problems. This asks our plants, our landscapes and the professionals who install and care for them to work differently. Fortunately we have a broad and beautiful palette of native Missouri plants suited to handle not only the stormwater challenge but also the aesthetic challenge.

On-Site Tour of Bioswale with Project Designer
Sue Bartelette, Designer, Flower and Garden Design, Jamestown
Visit the park’s newly constructed bioswale for a tour with the project designer and park staff. See the site conditions and learn about design choices for native plants, soils, pathways, installation, erosion netting, mulch and ongoing maintenance considerations.

Contact: Josi Nielsen 314.685.9728

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Sponsor: Grow Native!

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