Trends in Watershed Management & Storm Water Mitigation
Thursday, October 26, 2017 – 8:30 AM
MEV Innovation Centre
555 Industrial Drive, Milton, ON
Join industry experts in environmental sustainability and water resource management for this interactive public workshop. Learn more about the ways that climate change is impacting our water resources.
At this session, you will discover:
• Cutting edge technology that can save you money and help you manage your water resources more effectively
Registration & Networking
Opening Remarks Keith Lue, MEV Innovation Centre
Watershed & Wetland Management Trends Dr. Kevin Stevens, Wilfrid Laurier University
Technology in Water & Storm Water Management Jeremy Bailey, GreenBlue Urban
Limited seating – See MEVInnovationCentre.ca/Events RSVP by October 20
Presented in partnership with:
Dr. Kevin Stevens
Professor of Biology
Wilfrid Laurier University & the Laurier Institute for Water Science
Kevin is a wetland plant ecologist and has worked for over 20 years with wetland vegetation. His research is on the understanding of the effects of human activity on wetland vegetation and the ability of wetland plants to mediate the often adverse effects of increasing population growth and climate change.
Dr. Stevens will discuss the many water and wetland ecosystems processes upon which living things depend. These topics range from nutrient and mineral cycling, contaminant removal, erosion control, and wildlife habitat. He will explain the role wetland vegetation plays in interaction of wildlife and human populations, and cover the threats to wetland plant communities, and suggest steps to improving wetland management and functioning. The take away from the presentation is a better understanding of the role of wetlands in society, how human actions, including climate change, affect wetlands, and how we might minimize these effects.
GreenBlue Urban Corp.
GreenBlue Urban is a leading developer and provider of tree pit (i.e. planting) systems which provides better and sustainable storm water management. Better urban water management fits hand in hand with wetland and water ecosystem management.
Mr. Bailey has experience in a broad range of environmental management practices including low impact development (LID) development, urban tree planting, and sustainable water management. Jeremy’s presentation will look at how urban trees are part of the green urban infrastructure and how this is applied to sustainable storm water management. Urbanization has created drainage problems that have been made worse with the limitations of conventional surface-water drainage.
Climate change has added to the water drainage and collection problems from more significant storms as climate change has become more of an issue. Specially designed tree pit systems can be used to mitigate storm water by reducing the velocity and flow rate of surface water discharge. The presentation will offer ideas of how urban tree planting and technology driven urban tree pit systems can be used in the design of urban landscapes with the aim to reduce the damage caused by storm water to urban communities, and the watershed.