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Great Plains LID Research and Innovation Symposium and Low Impact Development Design Competition

Designing with Nature – Compost BMP Designs for Green Infrastructure and Low Impact Development

Rob Carrothers, CPESC-IT, Regional Business Development Manager, Filtrexx International

Mark Woolbright

Track: Research


Urban planners, engineers, and architects require standard specifications and design criteria for sustainable best management practices that can be implemented in the rapidly growing fields of green infrastructure, green building, low impact development (LID), and sustainable site development. This presentation will introduce project planners, designers, regulators, and technical professionals to these concepts through as many as 20 different organic, recycled, biobased BMPs for construction and post-construction storm water management scenarios.

Building on concepts of biomimicry, natural capital restoration, and ecosystem service enhancement, attendees will learn how environmentally sustainable materials use natural processes to achieve high performance results, and how these practices can be easily designed into any plan. ”Designing with Nature” will emphasize how to engage and excel in green infrastructure and building projects from concept to design to implementation. It will provide information on how the outlined BMPs fit into and contribute to LEED Green Building Credits (3.0), restore predevelopment hydrology in LID projects, meet total maximum daily load (TMDL) guidelines, and reduce development site carbon footprints.

Applications include sediment control, inlet protection, slope protection, sediment trap, storm water reduction, vegetated walls, bank stabilization, and rain garden. The presentation will also report on a USDAARS study which recently evaluated the performance of Filtrexx® SiltSoxx™ (compost filter socks) in reducing runoff flow transport of sediment and soluble pollutants on hill slopes, relative to conventional sediment control devices such as silt fence. Presentation also highlights new MSE walls featuring the use of compost components to provide storm water treatment and green fascia.