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Innovative Stormwater Management: Resilience for Extreme Weather

Decision Center for a Desert City

Harry Cooper

  • Landscape Architecture & Water Conservation Branch Manager, Flood Control District of Maricopa County

Maggie Messerschmidt

  • Urban Conservation Program Manager, The Nature Conservancy

David Sampson

  • Research Scientist, Decision Center for a Desert City, Arizona State University

Ray Quay

  • Moderator and Director of Stakeholder Relations, Decision Center for a Desert City, Arizona State University

Traditionally, urban water utilities built and maintained “gray infrastructure” to manage stormwater. These facilities were designed to safely collect and remove stormwater runoff from city buildings, streets, and parking lots. However, recent extreme weather events suggest that storms are becoming more extreme and these structures may no longer be fail-safe. Stormwater is also now being viewed not as a hazard to be removed, but a resource that can be used as a water supply.

A new stormwater management paradigm is now emerging. Practitioners and researchers are designing and testing “green” stormwater infrastructure as small scale, street-level alternatives for diverting and even collecting stormwater, often for beneficial use.

Join us for an interactive discussion on the efforts to transition urban areas to new solutions for managing stormwater as a beneficial use within the urban environment while maintaining flood resilience.

Lunch will be served.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.