Site design, green infrastructure is focus of symposium

The Connecticut Adaptation Academy and The Rockfall Foundation will be presenting a workshop titled, “Site Design and Green Infrastructure for Changing Weather Patterns,” from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. April 12.

The symposium will take place at the UConn Middlesex County Extension Extension Center, 1055 Saybrook Road, Haddam.

Topics that will be covered include:

  • Changing weather patterns affect all aspects of site design and maintenance
  • There’s more to Green Infrastructure than accommodating stormwater.
  • How sites are designed and maintained affects not only the plants that thrive best, but also the insects and animals that live and breed on them.
  • Onsite wastewater management systems must be designed to function under drought/deluge weather patterns and to share the real estate with green infrastructure.

Sessions will include:

  • Green Infrastructure isn’t just for Stormwater Management – Sohyun Park, assistant professor, University of Connecticut College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources, Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture: His talk will focus on making green infrastructure mulitfunctional.
  • Onsite Septic Systems – Jose Amador,  professor, University of Rhode Island, College of the Environment and Life Sciences, Department of Natural Resources Science: His talk will focus on tethinking onsite wastewater management systems to address drought/deluge weather patterns and accommodate groundwater infiltration systems on the same property.
  • Maintenance and Design for Vector Control – Roger Wolfe, mosquito management coordinator, CT DEEP Wetland Habitat & Mosquito Management: His presentation will focus on preferred designs for new and maintenance of existing structures to better function under changing weather patterns and decrease vector habitat.

Panel – The three speakers will be joined by Michael Pascucilla, M.P.H., REHS, Director of Health, East Shore District Health Department with a Connecticut perspective relative to onsite wastewater.

For more information and to register, click here.