Sustainable Business Network

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 operation 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 Sustainable Business Network’s GSI Partners.

The GSI Partners’ Professional Development Grants are 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.


Register for the 2018 GSI Operation & Maintenance Course


2018 Locations:

Thursday November 1, 2018, Temple University Center City Campus 
Friday November 2, 2018, Temple University Center City Campus 
Friday November 9, 2018, Field Location TBD

2017 Sections:

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
1.3 Design Considerations
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: Kemble Park Cluster
3.2 Private Site Tour and Discussion: LaSalle University
3.3 Maintenance Tasks/Adaptive and Prescriptive Management Planning
3.4 Takeaways from Public and Private Sites: Compare and Contrast

2017 Instructors:

  • James Baney, AKRF
  • Dan Bauer, AKRF
  • Charles Brenton, Brenton Landscape Architecture
  • Barbara Cushing, Philadelphia Water Department
  • Jim Dowd, Aquarius Supply
  • Kathryn Drake, Philadelphia Water Department
  • Mark Highland, The Organic Mechanic Soil Company
  • Meg Malloy, Philadelphia Water Department
  • Dan Moran, P.E., Philadelphia Water Department
  • Jonathan Nuss, David Brothers Landscape Services and Native Plant Nursery
  • Philip Pickering, Philadelphia Water Department
  • Pete Reilly, Philadelphia Water Department
  • Domenic Rocco, P.E., PA Department of Environmental Protection
  • Dennis Shelly, PEER Environmental, LLC
  • Rachel Streit, CHPlanning
  • Erin Williams, Philadelphia Water Department
  • Alden Zove, Cedar Run Landscapes