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Low Impact Development and Green Infrastructure Workshop | June 7th

Posted on Thu, May 04, 2017

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Low Impact Development/Green Infrastructure Workshop

Presented by the Houston Land/Water Sustainability Forum (HLWSF) in cooperation with the International Erosion Control Association (IECA), and Harris County.

June 7, 2017

8:00AM - 3:30PM

Harris County Flood Control Michael Talbott Pavilion

7522 Prairie Oak Drive

Houston, Texas 77086

Program is worth 7 Professional Development Hours (0.7 CE Credit)

Space is limited, register early to confirm your space!

Register Now

Agenda:

7:00 - 8:00AM - Registration, Continental Breakfast & Exhibitor Networking

8:00 - 8:30AM - Opening Remarks 
Presented by: R. Jack Cagle - Harris County Commissioner, Precinct 4

8:30 - 9:15AM - Low Impact Development Residential Case Study 
Presented by: Justin Ring, PE - Odyssey Engineering Group

9:15 - 10:00AM - Effective Use of the Harris County Low Impact Development Guideline 
Presented by: Steve Albert, PE - Sherwood Design Engineers

10:00 - 10:15AM - Morning Coffee Break & Exhibitor Networking

10:15 - 10:45AM - LID/GI Hydrology Considerations 
Presented by: Liz Parent, PE - 5Engineering

10:45- 11:30AM - LID/GI Maintenance Considerations 
Presented by: David Batts, LEED AP - Construction EcoServices

11:30AM - 12:00PM - Low Impact Development at Work in Harris County 
Presented by: Nick Russo - Harris County Engineering Department

12:00 - 1:00PM - Lunch & Keynote Address 
Presented by: John Blount, PE - Harris County Engineering Department

1:00 - 3:30PM - Field Trip, buses will depart promptly at 1:00PM

Stops on the field trip will be Springwoods Village, Birnamwood Drive, Skate Park, Bagby Street, and Houston Permitting Office.

 

Registration Fees:

Before May 24th                IECA Members $100        Non-members $125

After May 24th                   IECA Members $125        Non-members $150

On-Site                              IECA Members $175*

 

*On-site registration is based on availability.

Tags: Green Infrastructure, Low Impact Development, Workshop, IECA, Harris County Low Impact Development Guideline, Houston Land/water Sustainability Forum

Beaver Watershed Alliance 2017 Speaker Series

Posted on Thu, May 04, 2017

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Next Generation Low Impact Development:
Lessons Learned in Texas & Louisiana 

Thursday, May 25 from 11:30 am to 1 pm

 - Free Lunch Included -

Engineering Research Center- AT&T Conference Room
Arkansas Research & Technology Park
700 W Research Center Blvd.
Fayetteville, AR 72701 

Northwest Arkansas’ cities and communities large and small can benefit from the Beaver Watershed Alliance speaker series Investing in Water Supply Protection in NWA. The presentation will feature Anthony Kendrick, Green Infrastructure Specialist with Construction EcoServices, and will cover information on the water quality components of bioretention, including the design, construction, & maintenance challenges for implementing Green Infrastructure. 

Green infrastructure systems and practices are used to restore and maintain natural processes in streams and rivers in order to reduce the hydrologic and water quality impacts of the built environment while providing multiple benefits. This approach to stormwater management can support urban sustainability and use limited financial resources more efficiently by utilizing the natural treatment abilities of plants, trees, and soil to protect water quality, reduce runoff volumes and recharge groundwater supplies.

MS4s, developers, contractors, and property managers as well as Landscape Architects, Architects, Engineers and City/County planners are encouraged to attend. A demonstration will follow the presentation to include a field Hydraulic Conductivity performance test for an installed bioretention system near Remington Estates off of Hwy 265, Fayetteville (approx 10 minutes drive).  

Beaver Watershed Alliance is working with local governments and other nonprofits to reduce the amount of sediment entering streams, improve fish habitat and reduce flooding, an essential service to local communities.

Since Beaver Lake supplies 1 in 7 or nearly a half million people with clean drinking water, provides over forty million tourism and recreation dollars for the local economy, and is the key factor to a successful future in the region, BWA developed this quarterly speaker series to share the rationale behind investing in watershed protection activities today that can benefit our entire region tomorrow.  The series name, Investing in Water Supply Protection in NWA:  It’s good for business, agriculture, recreation, nature, and you, reflects these goals.

This is a free program, and lunch is included. Please RSVP by calling BWA at 750-8007 or email at info@beaverwatershedalliance.org.

BWA is a non-profit organization focused on maintaining high quality drinking water in Beaver Lake and improving water quality within the Beaver Lake Watershed. 

Tags: Green Infrastructure, Water Supply Protection, beaver watershed alliance, next generation low impact develoment

The Future of the Gulf Coast - 2017 Will Make Green Infrastructure The New Standard In Stormwater Management

Posted on Thu, Jan 19, 2017

The recent flood events in Baton Rouge and Houston have made it apparent that this region is facing an ever changing climate. Between Aug. 10 and 17, nearly 30 inches of rain fell in parts of Louisiana, inundating the region for days. Five to 17 inches of rain fell in Houston in less than 24 hours on April 17, over 1,200 high water rescues occurred. In order for this region to adapt, we can no longer rely on conventional detention ponds and stormwater BMPs. Houston began the transition 10 years ago by implementing Low Impact Development (LID) and Green Infrastructure (GI). New Orleans and other parts of the Gulf Coast are seeing the benefits occurring in Houston, and are now making it a priority to implement LID/GI.

That’s why stormwater management will be one of the priority topics at the 21st Joint Engineering Societies Conference in Lafayette, LA. Anthony Kendrick from our New Orleans office will be presenting on January 25th, 2017. He will discuss how stormwater systems can be designed to achieve maximum efficiency by focusing on the end user. He will highlight the design, construction, and maintenance challenges for GI systems, including bioretention, permeable pavement, and infiltration systems. Using examples from Houston and New Orleans, participants will better understand the value of an integrated design. Instead of increasing the capacity of “grey” infrastructure, designers can utilize landscape features to manage and treat stormwater while promoting collaboration within the design community.


Want to learn more about Low Impact Development and Green Infrastructure?
Schedule a Lunch & Learn today!

Schedule a Lunch and Learn

 

Tags: Green Infrastructure, stormwater management, gulf coast

Construction EcoServices is now C3 Accredited

Posted on Tue, Jul 29, 2014

C3 Accredited

Proudly announcing Construction EcoServices is now C3 Accredited.        

C3 Accredited Employer - A Contractor or Specialty Contractor, of every tier, who is in full compliance with C3 principles.

  • Promote the financial security, health and well-being of all craft workers.
  • Require construction industry safety training standards for the workforce.
  • Commit to craft training.
  • Completed a 5 hour training course in conjunction with: 
OSHA 10 & 30 Hour - Construction Safety Training that meets the OSHA Training Institute requirements for workers and supervisors
 

Tags: C3 Accredited, Construction, Houston, OSHA

2014 EPA Region 6 MS4 Stormwater Conference

Posted on Mon, Jul 14, 2014

EPA Region 6 MS4 ConferenceJoin us at the 16th Annual EPA Region 6 Stormwater Conference on July 27– August 1, 2014, in Fort Worth, Texas. This event includes Inspector Training Workshops, numerous technical Sessions, Exhibits showcasing stormwater products and services and many more opportunities to learn about the various issues and challenges of managing municipal stormwater, as well as new and upcoming rules and regulations. 

On Tuesday, July 27th, will be an educational track focusing on Low Impact Development and it's adoption and implementation through the Region. David Batts, Director of our Stormwater Systems Department, will be a featured Technical Presenter, along with several other LID experts. During the course of this day long session, speakers representing key Texas markets, including Houston, Dallas-Fort Worth, San Antonio and Austin will join speakers from Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma and New Mexico, in giving the attendees an overview of the status of LID implementation and highlight key projects in their areas. These speakers are respected leaders in the LID adoption process in their respective communities and include civil engineers, an architect, landscape architects, a developer, MS4 personnel and representative from an environmental non-profit.

In addition to these speakers, one portion of the program will explore the highly successful LID implementation program carried out by Harris County, where the adoption of LID is being implemented at a pace that is far more rapid than any major metropolitan area in Region 6 and arguably, perhaps faster than in any major metropolitan area in the country. This portion of the program will explore the process of development and the background behind the Harris County LID Design Guidance which was developed in 2011 and has been the catalyst for the areas surge in LID-based development. Important topics addressed will include the reasons behind key decisions, internal concerns dealt with in the promulgation of the rules and the County's view (three years later) of how the rules and the collaborative permitting process that supports them are working out. Further discussion will cover how LID is being utilized on public infrastructure projects and how the County feels about these projects, and a host of other thoughts on the LID implementation process in Harris County.
 
Additional speakers will address key lessons learned with respect to the issues and processes that must be addressed in the implementation of LID with respect to the Operations and Maintenance of LID Integrated Management Practices. Bob Adair, President of Construction EcoServices organized this track and will act as moderator.
 
Reflecting proportionally the state of adoption in their various areas, the speaker list includes,

From Houston
Margaret Robinson, ASLA, Asakura Robinson
Steven Albert PE, Aguirre & Fields
Charlie Penland PE, Walter P Moore & Associates

From Harris County
Nick Russo, Harris County PID
Alisa Max, Harris County PID

From Austin
Andy Johnston PE, Halff & Associates

From San Antonio
Karen Bishop, San Antonio River Authority
Tiffany Price, Bender Wells & Clark

From Dallas-Fort Worth
Mikel Wilkens, PE, Verdunity

From Oklahoma
Zach Roach, Ideal Homes

From Arkansas
Becky Roark, Illinois River Watershed Partnership

From Louisiana
Dana Brown, ASLA, Dana Brown Associates

From New Mexico
George Radnovich, ASLA, Sites Southwest

Operations & Maintenance
David Batts, Construction EcoServices

The conference is presented in partnership by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the South Central Chapter of the International Erosion Control Association (SCIECA) and the States of Region 6. The event is hosted by the City of Fort Worth, the North Central Texas Council of Governments and the Dallas-Fort Worth Airport. For more conference information and registration please visit EPA Region 6 or SCIECA. 

We look forward to seeing you there! 

Tags: MS4, phase II permits, municipal separate storm sewer system operator, General Permit, Stormwater, Low Impact Development

Rainwater Harvesting at Wichita Falls Airport

Posted on Mon, Apr 21, 2014

Wichita Falls, Texas has been in the news lately reporting about the drought, please follow the link below to see and read about the Rainwater Harvesting project we are installing at the Wichita Falls Airport. 

http://www.newschannel6now.com/story/25287070/drought-watch-airport-water-retention

Tags: Green Infrastructure, Water Quality, Rainwater Harvesiting, Stormwater, Low Impact Development

Better Than First Place

Posted on Tue, Apr 01, 2014

photo 1The Construction EcoServices BBQ team "Smoke on the Water" had a great time participating at the 23rd Annual AGC BBQ Cook-off & Fair this past weekend.

We didn't win first place in the BBQ competition but we did come home with something even better. By raffling off some awesome prizes and collecting generous donations from attendees we brought home $744 to donate to Living Water International (LWI). 

LWI is based here in Houston, Texas and is currently operating in 26 countries. It is a non-profit organization that helps communities in developing countries aquire safe drinking water. If you didn't get a chance to participate in the raffle and would like to donate visit the LWI website www.water.cc for more information. 

Thank you to everyone who participated in the raffle to benefit a great cause and to those who came out to support the Construction EcoServices team! 

Tags: Water Quality, Living Water International, Houston, ECONews, AGC

Construction EcoServices Continues to Expand in Central Texas

Posted on Mon, Mar 24, 2014

We are excited to announce the latest addition to our Stormwater Specialists Team, John Tatum, P.E. LEED Green Associate. [READ MORE]

Tags: Green Infrastructure, Development, Water Quality, LEED, Stormwater, Low Impact Development