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SPRING STORMWATER MAINTENANCE TRAININGS

2024 MAINTENANCE TRAINING SERIES

 

The Stormwater Innovation Center (SIC) presented another installment of its green infrastructure maintenance training series in May. These two trainings were held in the field at Roger Williams Park in Providence, RI – where the City has installed a variety of green infrastructure projects that can be used as educational demonstration sites. This training series was geared towards two audiences – the first towards municipal or private maintenance staff, and the second towards the owners of green infrastructure projects. Throughout multiple initiatives, the SIC has worked with vendors in the private green infrastructure sector, but this learning opportunity was facilitated by experts working in this sector - Gregg Novick and Nathan Marles of Stormwater Compliance, LLC! Resources for this training series, including slide presentations, can be found HERE. 

Installments:

Training 1 - BMP Maintenance for Staff - May 15, 2024


This training, facilitated by Gregg Novick and Nathan Marles of Stormwater Compliance LLC, will begin with a short “Stormwater 101” session that leads into best management practice maintenance demonstrations in the field. Attendees will be shown best practices for inspecting BMP sites for functionality. Gregg and Nathan will feature their maintenance practices with an eye toward typical municipal maintenance plans. 

Training 2 - Maintenance for Green Infrastructure Owners - May 30, 2024

This training, facilitated by Gregg Novick and Nathan Marles of Stormwater Compliance LLC, is designed specifically for a variety of green infrastructure owners - commercial, municipal, etc.  Gregg and Nathan will relay high-level content about permitting, staffing, budgeting, and designing maintenance plans for GI owners, weaving in case studies from their maintenance work with primarily private GI owners and demonstrating use of specialized equipment. 

 

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2023 MAINTENANCE TRAINING SERIES

The Stormwater Innovation Center (SIC) presented a series of stormwater and green infrastructure maintenance trainings in the spring of 2023. The trainings were provided in three installments, as outlined below. Resources for this training series, including slide presentations, can be found HERE. 

Installments:

Training 1 - Wednesday, April 26, 2023

Green Infrastructure Maintenance (held in Roger Williams Park at the Botanical Center)

This training, presented by Botanical Center Director Lee Ann Freitas, provided attendees with an overview of how green infrastructure projects are maintained by the crews at Roger Williams Park. Attendees ventured into the field within the Park to “sleuth” through a variety of green infrastructure maintenance issues affecting BMPs, and came up with suggested maintenance plans to share. This session also included a Stormwater 101 presentation given by the Narragansett Bay Research Reserve's Coastal Training Program Coordinator, Jen West.

 

Training 2 - Wednesday, May 3, 2023

Monitoring and Evaluating Green Infrastructure Function (held in Roger Williams Park at the Botanical Center)

This training, presented by Stormwater Innovation Center Director Ryan Kopp, covered low-tech, low-cost methods to evaluate green infrastructure function. A short BMP anatomy primer was also be provided for background on the basic components of BMPs and their functions. Attendees went into the field to further inspect BMPs at the Park and learned to identify signs of suboptimal performance.

Training 3 - Thursday, May 25, 2023

Municipal Stormwater Inspection and Maintenance (held in North Kingstown, RI – North Kingstown Town Hall)

MS4 permits require regular inspection and maintenance of stormwater infrastructure. This workshop, presented North Kingstown municipal staff, covered how the Town inspects, monitors and maintains stormwater infrastructure in North Kingstown. Joel Rocha, North Kingstown’s Stormwater Specialist reviewed the Town’s process for effectively engaging with Homeowner Associations on stormwater maintenance. Attendees traveled to two sites in North Kingstown to observe these systems up-close and learn how Joel worked with the owner to improve system maintenance.

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