2011

  • Date and Time: December 1, 2011; 8:30am-3:00pm

    Description: The focus is on Source Water Protection Areas – groundwater aquifers serving public and private wells, well head protection areas, and surface reservoir watersheds. Most communities adopted overlay ordinances and other standards to protect these important resources years ago. Are your local ordinances and regulations adequate to protect critical drinking water supplies with future growth? Pressure to develop marginal sites with shallow ground water, increased density with comprehensive permit applications, and new storm water design standards all challenge community ability to manage impacts of changing land use. This workshop will explore these issues and discuss what’s needed to meet today’s land use challenges, focusing on current science, local planning and legal authority, and updated standards adopted by some towns in recent years.

    AICP Members can earn 4.5 Certification Maintenance credits for this event.

    Workshop Flyer (PDF)
    Final Agenda (PDF)
    Participant List (PDF) Evaluation Summary (PDF)

    Presentations

    Overview of Source Water Protection, Ernie Panciera (PDF), RIDEM and Clay Commons, RI Dept. of Health (PDF)

    Groundwater Flow and Wellhead Protection Areas: Science of Source Water Delineations, Paul Friesz, USGS (PDF)

    Managing Stormwater to Protect Drinking Water Sources, Lorraine Joubert, URI Cooperative Extension, RI NEMO (PDF)

    Costs of Public Water vs. Private Wells, Clay Commons, RI Dept. of Health and Robert Ferrari, Northeast Water Solutions (PDF)

    Planning for Source Water Protection, Nancy Hess, RI Statewide Planning Program (PDF)

    Balancing Safe Water Supply and Affordable Housing Goals, Nancy Letendre, Esq., Ursillo, Teitz & Ritch, LTD (PDF)

    What’s Working? Local Ordinance Examples, Lisa Bryer, Town of Jamestown (PDF), Tim Cranston, Town of North Kingstown (PDF), and Jane Weidman, Planning Consultant (PDF)

     

  • Date and Time: November 17, 2011; 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

    Description: Increasingly Rhode Island’s cities and towns are grappling with the impacts of uncontrolled stormwater runoff and its consequences- street flooding, property damage, beach closures, closed shellfishing waters, and impaired water quality. However, the majority of Rhode Island’s municipalities are challenged to fully fund the program and operational expenses of complying with regulations that govern stormwater management in their communities. Faced with similar challenges, municipalities from across the nation are opting to establish stormwater utility districts as a means of establishing a dedicated, stable and predictable funding source to pay for these services.

    Stormwater utility districts have been successfully implemented throughout New England. This workshop will feature a panel comprised of municipal officials with experience in establishing stormwater utilities in their communities. Panelists from nearby Massachusetts as well as South Burlington, VT will share their experiences including how they arrived at a stormwater utility, practical realities, and how the steady revenue stream provided by the utility impacts programmatic efforts and capital improvement projects.

    Flyer (PDF)
    Final Attendance (PDF)

    Presentations

    City of Newton Stormwater Utility/Use Fee (Maria Rose, Environmental Engineer, Dept. of Public Works) (PDF)

    Stormwater: Financing the Regulations (Robert “Brutus” Cantoreggi, DPW Director, Town of Franklin) (PDF)

    South Burlington, Vermont: Stormwater Utility (Tom DiPietro, South Burlington Stormwater Superintendent) (PDF)

    Summary Evaluation (PDF)

  • Date and Time: October 27, 2011; 8:30am-4pm and October 28, 2011;8:30am-12:15pm

    Location: Louttit Library, West Greenwich

    Description: The RI Residential Rain Garden Training Program provides professionals, volunteers, municipal officials and government agency staff introductory information on residential-scale rain garden implementation to reduce stormwater runoff. The training includes a classroom session and hands-on field experience building a rain garden. It introduces professionals to rain garden siting and design and helps prepare them to offer rain garden installation and maintenance services to clients and/or implement and maintain rain gardens in public spaces.

    Certificate of Completion: Attendees who a.) attend both training days and b.) complete a short take-home examination will receive a Certificate of Completion from the URI Cooperative Extension, certifying attendance at the full program and demonstrating understanding of basic principles of rain garden siting, design, installation and maintenance.

    Binder Cover (PDF)
    Draft Agenda (PDF)

    Louttit Library Rain Garden Factsheet (PDF)NBC 10 WJAR Plant Pro: Rain Garden Sejal Lanterman talks about a unique garden in West Greenwich

    Participant List (PDF)

  • Date and Time: October 25, 2011; 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

    Description: Increasingly Rhode Island’s cities and towns are grappling with the impacts of uncontrolled stormwater runoff and its consequences- street flooding, property damage, beach closures, closed shellfishing waters, and impaired water quality. However, the majority of Rhode Island’s municipalities are challenged to fully fund the program and operational expenses of complying with regulations that govern stormwater management in their communities. Faced with similar challenges, municipalities from across the nation are opting to establish stormwater utility districts as a means of establishing a dedicated, stable and predicatble funding source to pay for these services.

    This workshop will focus on current challenges faced by municipalities, discuss the future direction of municipal stormwater management, and introduce stormwater utility districts as a funding mechanism. Speakers will include stormwater expert Andrew Reese, who will speak about costs, drivers, and benefits of stormwater utilities; followed by a panel of local municipal officials discussing the costs of managing stormwater in their towns and the funding options they have explored.

    Flyer (PDF)
    Final Attendance (PDF)
    Speaker Bio (PDF)

    Articles and Presentations by Andrew Reese

    Managing Stormwater in Tough Economic Times (PDF)
    Developing Technical Policy With Citizen Groups
    CSI Utility

    Additional Resources

    Frequently Asked Questions about Stormwater Utility Districts (PDF)
    An Internet Guide to Financing Stormwater Management

    Summary Evaluation ( PDF)

  • Date and Time: August 25, 2011; 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

    Description: Linear transportation projects present unique challenges for design of stormwater management systems, especially when applying new LID standards within a limited right of way. This workshop will focus on using the new RI Stormwater Design and Installation Standards Manual to design typical projects RIDOT engineers are expected to encounter regularly. The morning session will provide an overview of the new stormwater manual. In the afternoon, case studies of current RIDOT projects will provide practice exercises for applying the new standards. Case study examples will include road re-surfacing, sidewalk replacement and road re-design.

    Flyer (PDF)
    Final agenda (PDF)
    Final Attendance (PDF)

    Presentations (PDFs):

    Session 1
    Session 2
    Session 3
    Session 4
    Session 5A
    Session 5B
    Session 5C

     

  • Date and Time: July 13, 2011; 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

    Description: Linear transportation projects present unique challenges for design of stormwater management systems, especially when applying new LID standards within a limited right of way. This workshop will focus on using the new RI Stormwater Design and Installation Standards Manual to design typical projects RIDOT engineers are expected to encounter regularly. The morning session will provide an overview of the new stormwater manual. In the afternoon, case studies of current RIDOT projects will provide practice exercises for applying the new standards. Case study examples will include road re-surfacing, sidewalk replacement and road re-design.

    Flyer (PDF)
    Final agenda (PDF)
    Final Attendance (PDF)

    Presentations (PDFs):
    Session 1
    Session 2
    Session 3
    Session 4
    Session 5A
    Session 5B
    Session 5C

    Summary Evaluation (PDF)

  • IMPORTANT NOTICE: Due to the inclement weather and saturated soil conditions expected on Friday, April 1st, we have decided to alter our agenda for the two day RI Residential Rain Garden Training. We will be holding the installation component of the training tomorrow afternoon, Thursday March 31st, and continuing the presentations indoors on Friday, April 1st.

    All those scheduled to attend both training days, please dress appropriately for tomorrow’s installation procedures.

    All those scheduled for just the indoor component should plan on attending the training sessions on both Thursday and Friday morning from 8:30 -12:15.

    If you have any questions, please contact Lorraine Joubert at ljoubert@uri.edu (401) 874-2138.

    ScheduleClassroom and Field SessionMarch 31, 20118:30 am – 4:00 pm Classroom Session April 1, 2011 8:30 am – 12:30 pm

    Location: Roger Williams Botanical Center, Greenhouse 3, 1 Floral Way, Providence, RI 02907

    Description: The University of RI Cooperative Extension is offering a new training program for landscapers, designers, maintenance care providers, and volunteers. The Residential Rain Garden Training, modeled after similar programs currently offered through Rutgers University and the University of CT, will introduce green industry professionals to rain garden siting and design and help prepare them to offer rain garden installation and maintenance services to clients.

    March 31 Classroom Topics:
    -Urban and Suburban Stormwater Impacts
    -Fundamentals of Low Impact Development (LID)
    -RI Stormwater Management Regulations
    -Rain Garden Siting and Sizing, Planting Design, Installation, and Maintenance

    April 1 Rain Garden Installation:
    This half-day, hands-on field session will engage participants in a rain garden installation on the Botanical Center grounds, and will occur rain or shine. Appropriate dress required.

    Certificate of Completion: Attendees who fulfill the following requirements will receive a Certificate of Completion, certifying attendance at the full program and demonstrating understanding of basic principles of rain garden planning, installation, and maintenance:

    1. Attend March 31 classroom session and April 1 field session
    2. Complete pre- and post-training survey
    3. Successfully complete short examination

    Registration: Registration is closed as maximum capacity was reached. To be placed on a waiting list for a Fall 2011 Rain Garden Training, please e-mail Kate Venturini at kate@uri.edu.

    Payment Form (PDF)
    Directions (PDF)
    Draft Agenda (PDF)
    Flyer (PDF)
    Acknowledgements (PDF)
    Final Attendance (PDF)
    Survey Results (PDF)

    NBC 10 WJAR Plant Pro: Rain Garden- Sejal Lanterman talks about the rain garden at the Roger Williams Park Botanical Center

    Presentations:

    SessionPresentationAdditional Handouts and Resources
    1Stormwater in the City ( PDF)What is a Rain Garden Fact Sheet ( PDF)
    2Regulations (PDF) 
    3Overview and Design ( PDF)A Design Guide for Homeowners in RI ( PDF)
    4Sizing Exercise: See previous presentation

    Site Assessment Checklist (PDF)
    Soil Assessment (PDF)
    Importance of Soil Texture (PDF) 5 Installation (PDF) 6 Plant Selection ( PDF) Schematic (PDF) 7 Maintenance (PDF) Maintenance for Professionals (PDF)
    Maintenance for Homeowners ( PDF) 8 Summary and Resources Web Resources ( PDF)

    Instructors are from the Rutgers University Cooperative Extension, the UConn NEMO Program, and the URI Cooperative Extension. Funding for the rain garden design, materials and installation provided by the City of Providence Parks Department. Organizational support provided by URI under the RI Stormwater Solutions project funded by the RI Department of Transportation in partnership with RIDEM and US EPA.

    Questions? Please e-mail Kate Venturini at kate@uri.edu.

     

  • Date and Time: March 24, 2011; 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

    Description: This technical training will provide the audience with specific and detailed information about elements of the 2010 RI Stormwater Design and Installation Standards Manual. Attendance at this workshop is appropriate for designers, planners, engineers, and municipal officials, but is required for MS4 compliance with Education and Outreach Minimum measures.

    The training content will include: a recap of water quality BMPs; WVTS – shallow and gravel; infiltration (including permeable paving); filters; open channels; construction and maintenance summary; and a discussion, Q&A, and comment period.

    Flyer (PDF)
    Final agenda (PDF)
    Final Attendance (PDF)

    Presentation materials (PDFs):
    Session 1 (Handouts – 3 per page)
    Session 2 (Handouts – 3 per page)
    Session 3 (Handouts – 3 per page)
    Session 4 (Handouts – 3 per page)
    Session 5 (Handouts – 3 per page)
    Session 6 (Handouts – 3 per page)

    Summary Evaluation (PDF)

  • Date and Time: March 22, 2011; 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

    Description: This technical training will provide the audience with specific and detailed information about elements of the 2010 RI Stormwater Design and Installation Standards Manual. Attendance at this workshop is appropriate for designers, planners, engineers, and municipal officials, but is required for MS4 compliance with Education and Outreach Minimum measures.

    The training content will include required management volume calculations (Rev, WQv, CPv, and Qp) and redevelopment considerations; QPA requirements and LID credit calculations; water quality BMP design; flow splitter sizing example for offline designs; pretreatment and storage BMP design; a design example illustrating residential subdivision and detailed design calculations; linear project design options; and a discussion, Q&A, and comment period.

    Flyer (PDF)
    Final agenda (PDF)
    Final Attendance (PDF)

    Presentations (PDFs):
    Session 1 (Handouts – 3 per page) (Slides – 1 per page)
    Session 2 (Handouts – 3 per page) (Slides – 1 per page)
    Session 3 (Handouts – 3 per page) (Slides – 1 per page)
    Session 4 (Handouts – 3 per page) (Slides – 1 per page)
    Session 5 (Handouts – 3 per page) (Slides – 1 per page)

    Spring 2010 Floods and Beyond: Impacts of Increased Rainfall and Flooding (Slides – 1 per page)

    Summary Evaluation (PDF)

     

  • Workshop Part 2: BMP Construction and Maintenance
    Date: January 19, 2011

    Description: This technical training will provide the audience with an overview of the construction and maintenance of BMPs and the importance of proper installation. Attendance at this workshop is appropriate for designers, planners, engineers, municipal officials and anyone interested in stormwater standards, but is required for MS4 compliance with Education and Outreach Minimum measures.
    The workshop content will thoroughly explain the importance of proper BMP installation. The specific design elements of each BMP will be explained and discussed as well as an overview of the material specifications required for each BMP. Attendees will review common BMP construction problems and proper construction inspection. The workshop will also include a description of proper erosion and sediment controls to protect BMPs. Since maintenance of BMPs is essential for proper function, the importance of maintenance will be discussed as well as typical routine and long term maintenance measures. The management and maintenance of vegetated BMPs will also be explained. This content will be followed by maintenance exercises that the attendees can work on to learn and practice BMP construction and maintenance. This session will wrap up with a discussion of typical routine and long term maintenance costs.

    Flyer describing both workshops (PDF)
    Final Agenda (PDF)

    RI Stormwater Design and Installation Standards Manual (PDF)

    PowerPoint presentations can be found online at:
    http://www.dem.ri.gov/programs/benviron/water/permits/ripdes/stwater/t4guide/desman.htm

    List of Attendees* (PDF)
    Summary Evaluation (PDF)

    Credits: Please contact Lisa Philo (LPHILO@URI.EDU) if you require a certificate of attendance to apply for credits

    8 AICP CM credits approved
    6.5 CFM credits approved
    LEED credits pending
    Building Commission credits pending

    *A Note About Required Attendance:
    For compliance with the MS4 permit requirements, the following guidelines should help you decide which municipal staff should attend:

    Both workshop parts are required for the MS4 coordinator and/or designee(s) responsible for stormwater management on MS4 property and for technical review of land development applications.

    Planners responsible for project review are encouraged to attend for complete understanding of the standards and linkage between impact avoidance measures and structural controls.

  • Workshop Part 1: Using the Revised Manual
    Date: January 13, 2011

    Description: This technical training will provide the audience with an overview of the manual, how to use it, and exercises that model some of the manuals applications. Attendance at this workshop is appropriate for designers, planners, engineers, municipal officials and anyone interested in stormwater standards, but is required for MS4 compliance with Education and Outreach Minimum measures. The workshop content will include an overview of the manual contents and the reasons for updating the manual. The eleven minimum stormwater management standards will be outlined and discussed during the workshop as well as the performance criteria necessary to meet the eleven standards. To assist designers in meeting all stormwater management standards, the workshop attendees will review the Stormwater Management Checklist and how to use the manual. In addition, the workshop will include an overview of how to meet the first minimum standard of Low Impact Development (LID) planning and design strategies. Attendees will also understand acceptable water quality Best Management Practices (BMPs) and the criteria necessary for selecting BMPs. Specific design exercises will be completed so as to learn and practice the application of the manual. Design options for single family and small lots will also be discussed. Finally, the workshop will review the permit application procedures and requirements.

    Final Agenda (PDF)
    RI Stormwater Design and Installation Standards Manual (PDF)

    List of Attendees*
     (PDF)

    PowerPoint presentations can be found online at:
    http://www.dem.ri.gov/programs/benviron/water/permits/ripdes/stwater/t4guide/desman.htm

    Summary Evaluation (PDF)

    Credits: Please contact Lisa Philo (LPHILO@URI.EDU) if you require a certificate of attendance to apply for credits

    8 AICP CM credits approved
    6.5 CFM credits approved
    LEED credits pending
    Building Commission credits pending

    *A Note About Required Attendance:
    For compliance with the MS4 permit requirements, the following guidelines should help you decide which municipal staff should attend:

    Both workshop parts are required for the MS4 coordinator and/or designee(s) responsible for stormwater management on MS4 property and for technical review of land development applications.

    Planners responsible for project review are encouraged to attend for complete understanding of the standards and linkage between impact avoidance measures and structural controls.