Rodney D. Hendrick, Merrill, Thomas A.
News Release Distributed 05/05/06
The LSU AgCenter is sponsoring two days of seminars to help municipal officials, engineers, planners and architects cope with the challenges of stormwater management.
"The recent line of thunderstorms that swept across Louisiana with heavy rains and local flooding refocuses attention on the problem of local stormwater management," said LSU AgCenter water quality specialist Dr. Rod Hendrick.
The first day of the June 12-13 sessions will be labeled a "Stormwater Academy," and the second day is titled a "Best Management Practices (BMP) Design Workshop."
"Much of the flooding that happens each year in our municipal areas is the result of development destroying trees and grass cover and replacing them with streets, driveways, roofs and parking lots," Hendrick explained. "Much of this flooding can be avoided with proper development planning and design."
Hendrick said many municipalities now have Phase II Urban Stormwater Permits and have the responsibility to control, reduce and clean up stormwater discharges.
He said the Stormwater Academy, which will be held June 12, will be an introductory course that covers regulations, Louisiana soils and the factors that subject them to erosion, stormwater wetlands and plant selection, bio-retention ponds, permeable pavements, water reuse strategies and the green roof concept.
The BMP Design Workshop on June 13 is primarily for engineers, landscape architects, architects and planners, Hendrick said. Topics will include what a design storm is, stormwater BMP maintenance, stormwater wetland design and bio-retention design. There also will design exercises for both stormwater wetlands and bio-retention areas.
Both sessions will be held at the new Transportation Training and Education Center at 4101 Gourrier Ave. on the southern edge of the LSU campus in Baton Rouge.
Participants may attend one or both of the all-day sessions and are eligible to earn six units of continuing education credit for each day.
The registration fee for the Stormwater Academy is $75, and the fee is $100 for the BMP Design Workshop. Participants may register for the two sessions for a combined total fee of $150.
For more details, registration information or a flyer concerning the seminars, contact Dr. Rod Hendrick or Mrs. Val Johnson at the LSU AgCenter at (225) 578-6998. The information also is available on the LSU AgCenter Web site at http://www.lsuagcenter.com/en/environment/water_issues/quality/Workshops/.