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Live Upcoming ASLA Events:
Technical Performance of Inorganic Soil Amendments for Water Conservation

This session is $40.00 for ASLA Members
Date/Time:
Tuesday, March 10th, 1:00-2:00 PM  Eastern Time (US & Canada)
$165.00
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Description:
This presentation will demonstrate the importance of soil quality as a means to increase watering efficiency and reduce irrigation. Various organic and inorganic amendments will be discussed as well as Internally Porous Inorganic Amendments (IPIA’s). These IPIA’s are made from calcined clay, calcined diatomaceous earth, or zeolite, creating a non-biodegradable porous structure that is well suited to address soil-water issues. The presentation compares the makeup and origin of many amendments and how this will allow designers to target specific soil improvements. Our narrative is shaped by scientific evidence from research, field trials, and soil reports; while illustrating a host of practical applications in sports fields, rooftops, bioswales, landscapes, roadside plantings, and more. Participants will see benefits, rates, and costs of amendments that can be considered to help deliver water beyond the surface to the roots.

Objectives:
  • Learn to distinguish the differences between various amendments, and how origin and internal structure physically regulate modes of action and best uses; including rates and cost.
  • Learn how porous inorganics can increase nutrient retention to reduce fertilizer and to improve plant available water which reduces irrigation.
  • Learn the degree to which porous inorganics influence soil performance and improve plant health, root development and water conservation in existing and engineered soils through a variety of applications.
  • Learn that soils can be easily manipulated to manage soil water and improve water conservation.
Presenter(s):
George Serill , EnviroTech Soil Solutions, Inc.
US EPA's National Stormwater Calculator

This session is $40.00 for ASLA Members
Date/Time:
Tuesday, March 24th, 12:00-1:00 PM  Eastern Time (US & Canada)
$165.00
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Description:
Landscape architects are often responsible for the design of stormwater systems. The US EPA National Stormwater Calculator is a new planning and design tool to document estimated performance (stormwater runoff reductions) of green infrastructure stormwater best management practices (BMPs). The National Stormwater Calculator is a desktop application that estimates the annual amount of rainwater and frequency of runoff from a specific site anywhere in the United States (including Puerto Rico). Estimates are based on local soil conditions, land cover, historic rainfall records, future climate change scenarios, and BMP designs. It is designed to be used by anyone interested in reducing runoff from a property, including: site developers, landscape architects, urban planners, and homeowners. Landscape architects will learn how to use the National Stormwater Calculator for potential projects. Attendees will also learn about future updates to the calculator.

Objectives:
  • Learn about urban stormwater management planning and design tools & models.
  • Learn how to use US EPA’s National Stormwater Calculator, including potential applications for regulatory and voluntary projects.
  • Learn about green infrastructure (stormwater BMPs) climate resiliency planning and future updates to the National Stormwater Calculator.
Presenter(s):
Jason Berner , LEED AP BD+C, Associate ASLA, US EPA, Office of Water, Office of Science and Technology
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