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Green Infrastructure Alabama Road-Tripping

I recently completed a training tour bringing a greater awareness and deeper understanding of green infrastructure in my home state of Alabama (seminar description). Anthony Kendrick of Construction EcoServices shared the main stage with me. I focused on the why and big picture elements associated with planning, design, and implementation. Anthony tapped into his broad experience and base[…]


Managing Stormwater in an Arid Climate – 5 Takeaways

I spent some of last week with the Nevada DOT Stormwater Team – what a good bunch of folks. I delivered a 2-day workshop on post-construction stormwater. The workshop included a field trip to Reno visiting implemented green infrastructure, a stormwater panel discussion featuring perspectives of design, construction, and maintenance leaders, and plenty of great discussion. I[…]


The Good News and the Bad

I’m reminded of an old joke – An excited doctor rushes in to deliver the test results to the nervous man in the examining room. He anxiously asks the patient, “do you want the good news or bad news first?” The hopeful patient requests the good news. The doctor exclaims, “you’re going to have a[…]


Green Infrastructure Defined

I was self-challenged recently to describe the term Green Infrastructure with clarity and brevity – in a way I haven’t seen yet. The task was more difficult than I thought it should be. If you would like to take a shot before reading further, go ahead. We’ll wait. The elevator pitch doesn’t come easily, does it?[…]



This week I participated in the inaugural Alabama Stormwater Symposium in Auburn, Alabama (I don’t think it’s proper to say first annual, but I do want to be sure to convey that this event should happen every year from now on). Congratulations to Dr. Eve Brantley, Dr. Thorsten Knappenberge, and to their team of partners and[…]

The Clean Water Rule

I am still somewhat fascinated by the political nature of filed lawsuits and general fury caused by the new rule defining waters of the United States. A final draft was added to the Federal Register on June 29, 2015. The rule will be effective on August 28, 2015 unless one of the suits changes that.[…]

LID and GI – What’s the Difference?

Every time I think I know the difference, I read something or hear something that contradicts my understanding.  I’m beginning to think that there is no difference and that’s why we always see Low Impact Development and Green Infrastructure written together as “LID/GI.” I think I have a decent handle on LID (please correct me if I’m[…]