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Green Stormwater Infrastructure Operation and Maintenance Course

November 2, 2017
8:00 amto5:00 pm

On November 2, 3, and 10, the Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia’s GSI Partners will offer its third annual GSI Operation and Maintenance Course for landscape professionals to learn best practices and advance their skills and working knowledge of green stormwater infrastructure (GSI) and sustainable stormwater management.

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 properties, and as more operation and maintenance agreements continue to be enforced, the need for GSI maintenance is increasing. This growing need creates a significant business opportunity for local landscape professionals to get involved. This course intends to both address the growing need for GSI maintenance and to equip landscape professionals interested in developing their service portfolio in the operations and maintenance of public and private green stormwater infrastructure projects so they can best take advantage of the emerging opportunities.

The three-day course features two classroom days and one field day and will provide landscape contractors and grounds managers with an understanding of the importance of operations and maintenance (O+M) of vegetated stormwater management practices, as well as of the tasks involved. 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.

Location: Temple university and La Salle University

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