The Important Role of Vegetation in Stormwater Management

Vegetation is Nature’s best management practice (BMP) for controlling erosion, yet when we discuss BMPs, we are often focused on structural practices that reduce erosion and/or remove sediment.  This webinar will focus on the important role that vegetation plays in stormwater management during and after construction and will present new guidance developed in Colorado that covers many fundamentals of successful revegetation and could be adapted to other regions.  Dr. Earles will discuss the different hydrologic, physical and biological processes that make vegetation an effective BMP.  Students will leave the webinar with a renewed appreciation for vegetation and the key role it plays in effective stormwater management. 

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand the physical, biological and hydrologic processes that vegetation provides that help to manage stormwater runoff.
  2. Learn about the methods and steps to be successful with revegetation from soil testing to amendments to understanding the hydrologic setting.
  3. Learn about the benefits that urban trees can provide for long-term/post-construction stormwater management as well as limitations.

Course Level: All

Credit Information

Activity Number Credit Amount Accreditation Period
IECA CEU Webinar 0.1 CEUs from July 15, 2015