Innovative Stormwater Management in Washington, DC
You'll learn about:
How best to use green infrastructure to manage stormwater runoff
How to implement a stormwater retention credit trading program
Alternative master planning methods that include stormwater earlier in the design process
Portfolio management techniques to capture and revise repair projects early in the planning process
Why tackling stormwater challenges from multiple scales and of collaborating with multiple stakeholders can result in a better region-wide outcome
Like many urban areas, the National Capital Region struggles to manage its stormwater runoff. Large expanses of impermeable landscapes and undersized stormwater sewers result in interior drainage flooding and combined sewer overflows into the Potomac River. Recent regional climate models project that precipitation from intense storms will become more frequent and severe: today’s 100-year storm will be more like a 15-year storm in the 2080s.
How best to address this challenge? Local and federal agencies responded with unique and innovative approaches. DC Water combated combined sewer overflows by installing a combination of green and gray infrastructure. The District of Columbia Department of Energy and Environment implemented a stormwater retention credit trading program that incentivizes developers to go beyond regulatory obligations and capture additional stormwater. The federal General Services Administration revised its project management approach for new and renovated buildings, and now examines potential stormwater issues earlier in the design and master planning process.
This session will examine these innovative approaches to stormwater management, discuss the importance of collaboration, and emphasize the need to attack stormwater challenges from multiple approaches and stakeholders.
, National Capital Planning Comm
Confirmed SpeakerNicholas Bonard, Urban Planner, National Capital Planning Commission (NCPC), is the Climate Adaptation Lead at the federal government’s central planning agency for the National Capital Region. Addressing the effects of extreme weather, flooding, and climate change is a primary concern for NCPC as it formulates plans and policies to guide future federal development. Mr. Bonard leads the interagency Monumental Core Climate Adaptation working group and manages NCPC’s initiatives on stormwater management and flooding. He has a Masters in Urban Planning from Harvard University and a Bachelors in Urban and Environmental Planning from the University of Virginia.
Brian Van Wye
, District Department of the Environment
, DC Water
Confirmed SpeakerRussell Clark became the Regional Stormwater Program Manager for GSA’s National Capital Region (NCR) in the Fall of 2016. This followed a career serving in a variety of roles in the Design/Build industry, the District of Columbia’s Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE) and the US EPA. NCR maintains one of the largest building portfolios in the world within one of the largest estuaries in the world, the Chesapeake Bay. Managing the stormwater leaving GSA’s sites involves policy development and a great deal of coordination between the planning, design, construction and maintenance shops within the agency as well as communication with local, state and federal regulators. Previous work experience included managing the implementation of and reporting on an unprecedented number of DOEE-led green infrastructure projects funded by the Federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. He also served as the sustainability expert and project manager for two different design/build companies and was an integral part of a number of the Federal government’s earliest efforts to “green” its own facilities and operations. He has a bachelor’s degree in environmental economics from the University of Vermont.