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Celebrating Stormwater: Alternative Management Practices

  • 19 May 2011
  • 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
  • One Parkway Building, 1515 Arch Street, 18th Floor Conference Room, Philadelphia, PA


(depends on selected options)

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Celebrating Stormwater: Alternative Management Practices

(using rain gardens/other techniques to protect our stormwater resource)

Tavis Dockwiller, Principal

Viridian Landscape Studio

Tavis Dockwiller, is a principal Landscape Architect with over twenty years of experience in private practice and is the guiding influence for Viridian Landscape Studio.  The firm’s work preeminently focuses on landscape architecture within an ecological framework.  Her expertise encompasses master site planning and design for cities, campuses and parks.  Recently completed projects include planning and design for a 250 acre site owned by Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Monroe, Michigan; service for the Community Design Collaborative of Philadelphia; the 2010 publication of High Performance Landscape Guidelines; and guidelines for the 21st Century Parks for New York City.


Stormwater problems usually begin when the landscape is disturbed, offsetting the hydrological cycle in a watershed.  Traditional engineered solutions have not always mitigated the problems and often leave a fragmented, low diversity and un-attractive landscape.  Restoring the balance is expensive and challenging. The session will feature ways to make successful stormwater projects that are an artful and functional improvement using basic stormwater BMPs. 

Using both built work and work still on the boards, Tavis will profile projects both large and small from suburban to ultra-urban that treat stormwater as a resource.  These projects illustrate the importance of understanding the relationship between soil, water and vegetation in order to reconnect them to restore and maintain healthy ecosystems. These projects all rely on a strong collaboration between civil engineers and landscape architects.  They show how simple interventions can create fabulous, restorative, memorable places.

A Note To All Licensed Professional Engineer's:  This seminar does qualify for 1.0 Professional Development Hour (PDH).  A Certificate of Attendance will be available on site for AWRA-PMAS members only.  The meeting price for non-members who wish to receive a 2011 Certificate of Attendance for the PDH is $10.00 ($3.00 for meeting + $7.00 for certificate).  Please note: all registrations for lunch orders close by 9:00 AM on the day of the presentation.  Thank you! 



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