Working With The Rain

Each year, the State of Texas requires landscape architects to complete 12 hours of training and education, rightfully thinking it will improve the practice of the profession. So recently, I spent nearly an entire day continuing that professional education. The training on that day was about storm water management through bioretention, a.k.a. “rain gardening”. And I left knowing I was just afforded an opportunity to learn and apply a new practice in the latter half of my career. But is …

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2 comments on “Working With The Rain

  1. Scott E Sonnenberg, LA, PE, CPESC, CPSWQ on said:

    I have done many presentations to LA’s and the public about this issue for over 20 years and have seen only token movement by the profession. Some LA’s incorporate LID into their design but it is not a primary goal because most do not understand the details and documentation required to meet permitting criteria or to design such that the construction costs are less than traditional storm drainage costs. Until LA’s either learn how to do the detailed analysis or work with an engineer who can, they will be marginalized and their designs will not include innovative sustainable stormwater solutions.

    • Duane Christopher on said:

      Scott, You are spot on. Unless the Landscape Architect is dealing with the mechanics on a regular basis like yourself. Then only a few will be able to back up the knowledge on how nature works to a formula. Which is what the engineers want to see for the construction or approval of bio retention.

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