Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Ventura LID Workshop "sells out"

Monday April 21 - Perhaps it was well advertised, or a timely topic, but over 190 people registered for the first large-scale Low Impact Development workshop in Ventura. Over 80% of the attendees were staff from local government agencies.

The agenda included a welcome from Brian Brennan, City of Ventura followed by:

Resource-Based Land Use Planning
The big picture: Linking land use to water quality, and how LID can help improve the health of our watersheds. - Jack Gregg, California Coastal Commission, Water Quality Unit

Low Impact Development – the How's and the Why's
Implementation of soil-based LID systems in stormwater management, and effect on flooding, in-stream erosion, maintaining the water balance, and pollutant removal.
- Timothy Lawrence, Center for Water and Land Use, UC Davis Extension
see presentation here: http://mapucde.ucdavis.edu/sheet/ReRain2.html

LID Retrofit of Existing Infrastructure
Taking a watershed approach to LID retrofit, using the San Jon Barranca as a model
- Paul Jenkin, Surfrider Foundation

A Perspective on Regulatory Approaches to LID in Southern California
History, evolution, and future directions for LID in the Southern California region.
- Xavier Swamikannu, Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board

Sustainable Urbanism – Watershed-based Planning Strategies for Ventura County
Combining green infrastructure and community design to protect water resources.
- Clark Anderson, Local Government Commission

Afternoon sessions presented pervious paving technologies for infiltrating stormwater in parking lots and other paved areas.

All of the powerpoint presentations may be downloaded from the web here

Hopefully this information will sink in and become a part of land use planning in Ventura County.