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Integrating Trees into Stormwater Management Design and Policy

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Integrating Trees into Stormwater Management Design and Policy
October 11, 2017

Chris Kaeff & Craig Frye, SD1, Northern Kentucky
Laurence Wiseman, CenterLine Strategy LLC

In spite of the proven value of trees for reducing stormwater flows and pollutants, there remains a widespread lack of understanding, acceptance, and credibility of their use for managing stormwater. In this webinar, Chris Kaeff and Craig Frye will share lessons that Sanitation District No. 1 (SD1) in Northern Kentucky learned as it implemented a reforestation project to manage stormwater. Larry Wiseman will then introduce treesandstormwater.org, a new interactive guide that includes hundreds of carefully-selected case studies, methods, benefit calculators, and guidance on how adding trees can boost overall system performance, often at lower costs. The guide informs local decision makers of options and best practices for including trees in stormwater facility design regulations and policies.

The Trees and Stormwater project was made possible in part by funding from the U.S. Forest Service National Urban and Community Forestry Challenge Cost-Share Grant program. The National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council (NUCFAC) sets the categories for this grant program based on the Ten-Year Urban Forestry Action Plan and recommends to the Forest Service innovative urban and community forestry research and projects that should be considered for funding.

Presentations

View the webinar podcast

Terraced Reforestation
Chris Kaeff and Craig Frye
Regulatory Reporting/Wet Weather Manager and Environmental Coordinator
SD1, Northern Kentucky

Trees and Stormwater: A guide for local decision makers
Trees and Stormwater video
Larry Wiseman
Principal
CenterLine Strategy LLC

Resources

Resources Mentioned in the Webinar

Trees & Stormwater
This interactive guide informs local decision makers of options and best practices for including trees in stormwater facility design regulations and policies. It includes case studies, methods, benefit calculators, and guidance on how adding trees can boost overall system performance, often at lower costs. Check out this video to help you navigate the website.

Review of the Available Literature and Data on the Runoff and Pollutant Removal Capabilities of Urban Trees
The Center for Watershed Protection’s meta-analysis of 159 studies assesses the impact of trees on both flow reduction and nutrient/pollutant removal.

Rethinking the Green Approach
This article provides an overview of SD1’s Terraced Reforestation project.

US Forest Service Resources

Give Me the Numbers
Published in Stormwater, this article discusses the stormwater runoff reduction function of trees, as well as a method for estimating tree function and equating to BMP design capacity.

Urban Watershed Forestry Manual Part 2. Conserving and Planting Trees at Development Sites
Developed in cooperation with the Center for Watershed Protection, this manual presents specific ways to enable developers, engineers, or landscape architects to incorporate more trees into a development site and provides guidance for incorporating trees in stormwater BMPs. Also available: Part 1. Methods for Increasing Forest Cover in a Watershed and Part 3. Urban Tree Planting Guide.