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Most Recent Newsletter: September 2019

A Message from the Chairwoman

Greetings!

With the fall season quickly approaching, I have wondered where has the summer gone! But more importantly did we receive enough rain this monsoon season? As we have all worked on our respective summer projects, it has become clear that we need to pick up the pace in installing GSI features across our region. Storm events seem to be larger and more infrequent, bringing with them new challenges in our arid landscape. To that end, a small but mighty group of Arid LID Coalition members has been planning a workshop that will focus on peak dischargeĀ attenuation benefits of GSI, collaborative site design, and developing standard details for five GSI features. We hope that the invited participants will serve as change makers in their organizations to help advance the knowledge and adaptation of GSI techniques in arid environments. Please join us for our next Coalition Meeting October 24th to be a part of this knowledge sharing.

Sarah Hurteau

Feature Project: The NEW Arid LID Coalition Website

Thanks to a grant from the USDA Forest Service, support from The Nature Conservancy, and input from the Arid LID Coalition, the new website is up and running! Those of you who were at Coalition meetings last year may recognize your input on the ‘Resources’ pages. Please check it out and let us know what you think by emailing aridlidgroup@gmail.com

Announcements

The watershed-based MS4 permit will be administratively continued. The EPA  will develop a draft new permit for public review as soon as possible. 

The Arid LID Workshop is scheduled for September 19th and 20th.  The workshop is targeted at design professionals and project managers involved in large-scale projects. Registration is closed. Check the workshop page for the agenda and speakers. 

If you are interested in forming a casual book club focused on natural systems, place, and climate, please email  joannemcentire@gmail.com with your preferred days of week and times of day. The book club would meet every other month at a public or private space. 

Events

The Arid LID Coalition Meeting will be held October 24th from 3:00-5:00 pm at the Rotunda Lofts (1801 Bellamah NW 87104) with a happy hour after at Ponderosa Brewery.  

The ASCE NM Fall Conference will be held October 17th and 18th in Socorro. The committee chairs are looking for presenters (maybe one of you could present on a GSI/LID topic?). Please contact committee chairs with a title and brief summary of your topic. Presentations are about 30 minutes including Q and A. 

Registration for the 2020 Land and Water Summit will be open soon! Check the website for more information. 

Resources

Leading Landscape Design Practices for Cost-Effective Roadside Water Management

A Systematic Review of the Human Health and Social Well-Being Outcomes of Green Infrastructure for Stormwater and Flood Management

IPCC Report on Climate Change and Land

To submit content for the December newsletter, please email aridlidgroup@gmail.com .