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Creative Landscape Design Techniques Integrating Effective Stormwater Management

By: Bruce Phillips, MS, PE




October 4, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM



Course Description:


The design and implementation of urban stormwater treatment facilities oftentimes results in infrastructure that is not compatible with the site aesthetics and often is an eyesore. Application of creative landscape techniques through planning and design offer the opportunity to create site amenities functioning as stormwater management facilities and add elements of beauty and even potentially recreational opportunities. One particular focus to achieve these goals is on ornamental ponds and water features designed specifically for stormwater management and rainwater harvesting.

Properly designed ornamental ponds and water features can not only be integrated in a site as a central landscape element, but also to function as a primary stormwater infrastructure facility, adding sustainability through water capture/reuse. Planning and design of effective ornamental ponds and water features involves several key areas which are addressed as part of the specialized design program. These specific technical requirements include (1) layout geometry, (2) cross section/depth, (3) soil lining, (4) shoreline, and (5) design water quality/circulation. An initial critical aspect of ornamental ponds and water features that affects operating characteristics and water quality is the horizontal layout and geometry. The other important characteristic of the geometry influencing ornamental ponds and water features water quality is the normal operating depth since this determines the effects of temperature and evaporation. Additionally, a key issue involved in the design of any ornamental ponds and water features includes the ability to maintain long-term water quality which generally focuses on algae control, nutrients, alkalinity, and temperature. Standard mechanical equipment including pumps, aeration and recirculation systems require specific design techniques to facilitate operation and function of the ornamental ponds and water features without adversely affecting the visual and audio experience of the site. The particular focus areas for the design program discussion will include:
•Site layout requirements and planning guidelines
•Understanding regulatory requirements / constraints
•Achieving pollutant removal targets
•Sizing / design requirements
•Water quality treatment design elements
•Safety requirements

A more holistic and inclusive design approach is explored to successfully integrate a creative planning program to ensure effective integration of creative stormwater treatment elements into the overall landscaped system. Artistic landscape design and creative form for stormwater design relies on initially developing the imaginative vision fostered from inspiration from a variety of sources. Artful methods can be employed specifically for stormwater management function seizing opportunities to combine beauty with practicality in environmentally sensitive ways. Achieving aesthetic richness through creative water feature elements enhance the public experience by combining interesting forms, color, sounds, and through the composition, itself. A variety of successful programs with creative landscape water feature techniques for stormwater facilities are reviewed, focusing on the successful elements of those programs as well as innovative examples applied to different types of stormwater facilities.




Profile:


Bruce Phillips, MS, PE
Sr. Vice President, Stormwater Management
PACE Advanced Water Engineering

Bruce Phillips has over 30 years of experience in stormwater management, stormwater treatment / BMP / LID design, manmade lake design, river engineering, hydraulic analysis and hydrology. He has been responsible for analysis and design of numerous stormwater management, urban drainage systems and flood control facilities and has assisted in developing several drainage criteria manuals for multiple agencies. He has taught a variety of courses in hydrology and hydraulics at CSU Long Beach and UCI for the civil engineering departments for over 25 years. In addition, he has taught hydraulic seminars for the PE exam review for over 20 years and has published over 30 different papers in stormwater management and river engineering. Mr. Phillips has developed an 8-hour training course on the planning and design of manmade lakes with a special section on incorporating stormwater management / site LID features into the design and presented it previously throughout the western US to engineers, landscape architects, architects and public officials.

Degrees
M.S. Civil Engineering – Water Resources, California State University, Long Beach
M.S. Petroleum Engineering, University of Southern California
B.S. Civil Engineering, University of Southern California

Professional Licenses
Registered Professional Engineer – California


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