Today at 12:00pm Iowa Learning Farms will host a webinar about urban water management and low impact development.
Most rainfall in an urban area becomes runoff, which leads to greater peak flow and runoff volume than before the land was developed. Low impact development (LID), also known as green infrastructure or green stormwater infrastructure, is a paradigm of managing urban runoff by mimicking pre-development hydrology.
During this webinar, John McMaine, assistant professor and water management engineer extension state specialist at South Dakota State University, will explore how much impact LID can really have, the costs and benefits of the practice, and will challenge how we think about urban water management.
“Even small increases in impervious area (roofs, driveways, roads, parking lots) can lead to significant water quality and quantity issues. LID stormwater management mitigates these issues by restoring predevelopment hydrology,” said McMaine.
McMaine works with water management and water quality across agricultural and urban settings to research and develop practical water-centered solutions and empower stakeholders to implement strategies that improve water quality and quantity issues.