The Important Role of Vegetation in Stormwater Management

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Vegetation is Nature’s best management practice (BMP) for controlling erosion, yet when we discuss BMPs, we are often focused on structural practices that reduce erosion and/or remove sediment.  This webinar will focus on the important role that vegetation plays in stormwater management during and after construction and will present new guidance developed in Colorado that covers many fundamentals of successful revegetation and could be adapted to other regions.  Dr. Earles will discuss the different hydrologic, physical and biological processes that make vegetation an effective BMP.  Students will leave the webinar with a renewed appreciation for vegetation and the key role it plays in effective stormwater management. 


Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand the physical, biological and hydrologic processes that vegetation provides that help to manage stormwater runoff.
  2. Learn about the methods and steps to be successful with revegetation from soil testing to amendments to understanding the hydrologic setting.
  3. Learn about the benefits that urban trees can provide for long-term/post-construction stormwater management as well as limitations.

Course Level: All

Dr. T. Andrew Earles, Ph.D., P.E., D.WRE

Vice President

Wright Water Engineers, Inc.

Dr. Andrew Earles is the Vice President of Water Resources with Wright Water Engineers, Inc. (WWE) in Denver, Colorado. Andrew has worked for WWE for 22 years since receiving his doctorate on projects related to stormwater management, hydrology, hydraulics, water quality, flooding, and related topics. While most of Andrew’s projects are in the western U.S., he has performed work around the work related to stormwater management and flooding at World Heritage Sites in Peru, Cambodia, Thailand, China, and Iraq. Andrew earned his bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Stanford University and hold master’s and doctoral degrees in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Virginia.


The Important Role of Vegetation - Recorded Webinar
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1.00 PDH credit  |  Certificate available
1.00 PDH credit  |  Certificate available