Low Impact Development (LID) Symposium: Opportunities for Municipalities – April 2016
The UTRCA hosted a LID Symposium on April 6, 2016 at the Watershed Conservation Centre focusing on LID opportunities for municipalities.
Presentations (pdf files)
Livin’ LID: The Lessons Learned! (Jay Michels, Emmons & Olivier Resources, Inc.)
“How long have you been doing this?,” Jay was asked. “As long as I can remember,” he responded. He’s the kind of guy that wakes up in the middle of the night screaming “pretreatment!” This presentation will discuss the experience gained in 20 years of designing, reviewing, and building LID practices and how these experiences have been distilled into policy that defines LID as the next generation of stormwater management in the State of Minnesota.
LSRCA’s RainScaping Program Supporting Lake Simcoe (Ben Longstaff, Lake Simcoe and Region Conservation Authority)
This presentation will overview LSRCA’s RainScaping Program, a voluntary market transformation program working with our municipal partners and development community to promote Low Impact Development (LID) and more sustainable building practices, and how RainScaping supports various development policies and strategic actions defined in the Lake Simcoe Protection Plan.
Stormwater Innovation: Embracing New Technologies, Approaches and Principles (Chris Denich, Aquafor Beech)
This session will present stormwater innovations in the context of an evolving provincial, regional and municipal policy context. The landscape of stormwater management has evolved and is evolving to address multiple, sometimes contradicting objectives, in order to improve the health of our watershed, protect endangered species and ensure Ontarians have swimmable, drinkable and fishable water now and into the future. To keep pace with this evolution the modern practitioner must innovate and expand the state of their practice to embrace new technologies, approaches and principles. This session will discuss the evolving SWM policy in the Province of Ontario and will present LID approaches for the Municipal Right-of-Way (ROW), for Phosphorous Reductions and for Infill Developments.
Implementing LID on a Watershed Basis and Making a Difference: A 10 Step Process (John Nemeth, Region of Peel)
The Region of Peel has developed a ten step process for the implementation of Low Impact Development (LID) Technologies into Environmental Assessments and large scale road construction projects. The purpose of this process is to ensure design consideration and implementation of LID practices that are intended to effectively address the stormwater flows associated with the minor system infrastructure of major arterial roads. This system is targeted to replicate, as best as possible the natural hydrological regime, focusing on sources controls that will accept the drainage of a typical six lane cross section of impervious asphalt through infiltration and without overflow until the first flush is addressed. Given the runoff generated from kilometers of linear road surface, the long term impact is to make a positive difference to the natural heritage system, thermal mitigation for fisheries as well as the typical stormwater quality, quantity, erosion, etc. parameters. It is anticipated that this systematic approach will permit ninety percent of all rainfall to return to the local groundwater system, ultimately providing an approach that is cost effective and efficient for operation and maintenance, in comparison to traditional storm sewers.
LID Construction, Operation, Maintenance, and Assumption (Kyle Vander Linden, Credit Valley Conservation)
Failing to follow proper LID construction, inspection, operation and maintenance protocols can result in poor construction, barren landscapes, clogged infiltration practices, and ultimately costly repairs. The presentation will describe critical steps in LID construction, operation, maintenance and assumption highlighting potential errors, explaining proper techniques, processes and materials, and showcasing key documents to guide you and your municipality.
LID Monitoring: Understanding Assumption, Compliance and Site Performance (Jennifer Dougherty, Credit Valley Conservation)
CVC Video: Material Storage: Erosion & Sediment Control
CVC Video: Siting & Verification of LID Practice Design
This presentation will present specific examples of how the assumption testing data is utilized by both the developer and the municipality to ensure proper operation of LID technologies by both parties. The presentation will also include an in depth case study of Elm Dr. LID site in Mississauga. It will include and overview of implementation, lesson’s learned and how monitoring results inform the design performance of the facility.
Igniting Low Impact Development in the City of London (Scott Mathers, City of London)
As the largest municipality in the Upper Thames River Watershed, the City of London’s Stormwater Engineering Division is ignited and committed to innovation. Since 2009, the City has facilitated Permanent Private Systems (PPS) for stormwater controls on private sites as part of the treatment train. Currently, the City is completing a watershed-based Municipal Class Environmental Assessment of the Dingman Creek, which will integrate Low Impact Development (LID) into the overarching stormwater management strategy. This presentation will discuss how the City is working to overcome barriers and incorporate LID as part of the “way we do business.”
The UTRCA Experience: Sharing LIDs with our Municipal Partners (Imtiaz Shah, Upper Thames River Conservation Authority)
The UTRCA has undertaken quite few pilot SWM LIDs projects within the UTRCA watershed. The purpose of the pilot projects was to encourage other municipal partners in the watershed to consider SWM LIDs in their planning process. The experience, cost and performance of those pilot projects will be shared with municipal partners.
Moving Forward with LID in the Upper Thames River Watershed (Alison Regehr, Upper Thames River Conservation Authority)
Operating from the context of improving water quality in the Thames River, and ultimately in Lake Erie, the UTRCA will continue to promote the implementation of LID throughout the watershed. This will include the implementation of further demonstration projects; outreach and education opportunities with property owners, developers, and contractors; and supporting local municipal partners in their own LID efforts.