Green Stormwater Infrastructure
Operation and Maintenance Course
Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI) practices require regular maintenance to ensure they continue to perform as intended, which in turn, helps to ensure that the stormwater regulations driving Green City, Clean Waters are being met. As the number of installed best management practices (BMPs) increase on public and private property, and as operation and maintenance agreements begin to be enforced, the need for GSI maintenance increases. The growing need creates a significant opportunity for local landscape professionals. This course is intended to address the need and the opportunity.
This 3-day course is designed to increase the knowledge of landscape contractors and landcare managers as it relates to public and private GSI operations and maintenance. Students will leave this course with a basic understanding of the regulatory context of stormwater management, BMPs and their components, how to maintain the vegetation and above-ground components using adaptive and prescriptive management techniques, and how to diagnose and respond to safety and performance issues.
The development of this course is led by the GSI Partners, a signature initiative of the Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia.
The GSI Partners’ Continuing Education Grants will be available to members interested in taking this course. More about the grants here.
All participants will receive a Certificate of Completion, which can be used to request credit from other professional organizations.
Module 1: Foundation Knowledge
This module will provide students with the basic concepts needed to properly identify different types of SMPs and their components, and to understand the function and regulatory context of GSI.
1.0 Regulatory Context and Stormwater Basics
1.1 O+M Agreements
1.2 Definitions of SMP Types and Anatomy
1.4 Construction Considerations
1.5 Adaptive and Prescriptive Management
Module 2: O+M Tasks and Common Issues
This module will cover routine O+M tasks, how and why they are performed, and suggest task frequencies for different types of SMPs. This section will also cover diagnosis of common issues and how to tell if an issue requires evaluation for further intervention.
2.0 Crew Safety and Communication
2.1 Public Safety and Performance Issues
2.2 Non-Target Vegetation Management: Top Most UN-Wanted List
2.3 Planting, Transplanting, and Seeding
2.4 Watering and Mulching
2.5 Soil Management
2.6 Debris Removal
2.7 Porous Asphalt / Paver Maintenance
2.8 Inspection and Maintenance of Subsurface Elements
2.9 Other Tasks and Considerations: Masonry and Appurtenance Repair, Graffiti Removal, Painting, Winterization
Module 3: Field Knowledge
This module will provide students with an opportunity to apply classroom instruction in the field at a project site.
3.1 Public Site Tour and Discussion: Shissler Recreation Center
3.2 Private Site Tour and Discussion: Kensington CAPA
3.3 Maintenance Tasks/Adaptive and Prescriptive Management Planning
3.4 Takeaways from Public and Private Sites: Compare and Contrast
Michele Adams, PE LEED AP, Founder and President, Meliora Design
Jim Baney, Director of Operations, AKRF
Gerald Bright, Philadelphia Water
Katie Drake, Philadelphia Water
Elizabeth Haegele, Owner and Operator, Fine Garden Creations
Mark Highland, President, The Organic Mechanic Soil Company
Meg Malloy, Environmental Scientist, Philadelphia Water
Michael LaMonica, VP/Project Manager, Syrstone Inc.
Lia Mastropolo, Technical Director, AKRF
Jon Nuss, Design/Sales, David Brothers Landscaping and Native Plant Nursery
Phil Pickering, PE, Philadelphia Water
Pete Reilly, Assistant Division Engineer, Philadelphia Water
Domenic Rocco, P.E., Waterways and Wetlands Program Manager, PA DEP; adjunct Professor at Temple University
Erin Williams, Philadelphia Water
*Additional instructors to be announced.