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Water, water everywhere and not a drop to drink!” is the opening to this dynamic presentation focusing on solutions to Chicago’s stormwater problem. “Stormwater is the leading cause of water ...

Water, water everywhere and not a drop to drink!” is the opening to this dynamic presentation focusing on solutions to Chicago’s stormwater problem. “Stormwater is the leading cause of water pollution in America,” continues Tom Barrett, the presenter and owner of Green Water Infrastructure. This presentation focuses on developing sustainable solutions to water quality issues.

Mr Barrett’s approach utilizes a watershed and drainage basin study to stormwater mitigation. Developing a comprehensive sotremwater plan, when correctly prioritized, combines existing grey infrastructure with new technologies developed in green infrastructure, creating cost effective solutions to our water quality issues.

After an introduction about the problems stormwater creates, attendees will be given a walking tour of the grounds of the Center for Green Technology, and shown actual functional rain gardens and other sustainable solutions specifically mentioned in the presentation. Guided by Mr. Barrett himself, attendees are encouraged to ask questions and recognize first-hand the visible results of sustainable solution planning, execution, and growth.

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The Dirty Truth About Stormwater  - short version (4 30-14) The Dirty Truth About Stormwater - short version (4 30-14) Presentation Transcript

  • A Watershed Approach to Stormwater By Tom Barrett Green Water Infrastructure, Inc. www.ThinkGWI.com Tom.Barrett@ThinkGWI.com Follow us on Twitter @TomBarrett_GWI © 2014 Tom Barrett
  • Green • Water • Infrastructure Green • Water • Infrastructure Green • Water • Infrastructure Green • Water • Infrastructure Green • Water • Infrastructure
  • Green • Infrastructure Future – incorporates the latest in scientific thinking Clean – more complete filtration Lean – less expensive Green – more natural, mimicking nature
  • Pre-Development Water Cycle
  • How Much Water Falls Fairfield, Iowa? 1” Rainfall on 2,300 Acres = 62,454,200 gallons
  • How Much Water Falls in Jefferson County? 1” Rainfall on 437 Square Miles (279,680 acres) 7,594,430,720 Gallons (7.6 billion)
  • Pesticide Issues
  • Atrizene
  • • Image of Rain Falling
  • Green Infrastructure as a Tool for Stormwater Mitigation – Collection runoff near the source – Slow it down – Soak it in – Filter it – Apply it to the landscape – Create habitats
  • Planting Trees
  • Rain Gardens & Bioswales
  • Porous Paving
  • Green Roofs
  • Watershed Approach Watershed Approach Watershed Approach Watershed Approach Watershed Approach
  • 1. Evaluate the Watershed Basins
  • Green • Infrastructure Future – incorporates the latest in scientific thinking Clean – more complete filtration Lean – less expensive Green – more natural, mimicking nature
  • In nature there is no good or bad; there are only consequences.
  • Chicago Center For Green Technology Thursday, May 22nd Time: 6:00 – 8:00 pm www.ThinkGWI.com Tom.Barrett@ThinkGWI.com Twitter- @TomBarrett_GWI Sustainable Site Development - A Watershed Approach to Green Infrastructure