Stormwater as a Resource: Best Practices in Design, Construction, and Implementation
As California agencies recognize the importance of valuing stormwater as a resource, implementing Low Impact Development (LID) designs into new or rehabilitated infrastructure is becoming a standard practice. Since development of effective LID features and stormwater BMPs are relatively new to design and construction practices, it is important to share knowledge and BMPs as they come.
This presentation offers attendees practical BMPs derived from pilot programs and case studies throughout California. Further, the presentation will detail how to develop an integrated process combining a collaborative effort which involves conceptual, design, and construction personnel to work together to maximize efficacy of stormwater capture and recharge.
Presenters will give detailed tools and ask others what BMPs they’ve come across when developing stormwater infrastructure. Example tools include:
- Knowing your soils: a little research goes a long way
- Putting plants to work
- Drainage management area (DMA) planning
- Integration of complete streets with green streets
- Designing to maximize capture and infiltration
- Design spec and details – cost savings with local material
- Construction sequencing
- Mixing media for effective infiltration
- Construction considerations and pitfalls
Capturing stormwater in an effective manner and allowing it to recharge local aquifers and clean what flows into local streams and rivers benefits promotes local and global benefits: water resources are enhanced and our streams, rivers, and oceans see a reduction in pollutants. Effective stormwater BMPs allow agencies to maximize their positive impact on stormwater as it “Connects the Drops from Summit to Sea.”
Keone Kauo has 17 years of experience in planning, designing, managing and providing construction management services for public work infrastructure and transportation projects; private residential, commercial and multi-family land development projects; institutional projects; and military projects. His expertise includes new, rehabilitative, beautification, and complete and green street designs; ADA compliant sidewalks, curb ramps, crosswalks, and bulb outs; and inclusion of low impact development (LID) on public and private projects.
Patrick Riddell is an experienced Construction Manager and Resident Engineer who has contributed to public works, private, and public development projects since the late 1990s. He is knowledgeable of construction management best practices related to stormwater infrastructure construction. He offers expertise in grading and drainage analysis, stormwater hydraulics, utility design (including gravity, pressurized, and dry systems), preliminary site planning and permitting, and construction management. His eye for detail and affinity for process ensure accurate record keeping, effective project management, and reliable schedule and cost control.