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Watershed Management Group & Partners: 2012 Arid LID Conference, March 27-29, 2012 – Tucson AZ

March 27, 2012toMarch 29, 2012

Arid LID 2012

Green Infrastructure and Low Impact Development in Arid Environments

March 27-29, 2012

Tucson, Arizona

Visit the Arid LID website for the following:
Registration – early registration through 1/16/2012
Venue & Accommodations
Sponsorship Opportunities
Post-conference training in community-based green infrastructure

Keynote speakers to include:
Benjamin Grumbles, President, Clean Water America Alliance
Andy Lipkis, Founder and President, TreePeople

Brad will one of the panelists for The Tucson Trajectory: from guerrilla gardens–to big box parking lots–to planned communities

Many other speakers will be featured. Visit the Arid LID website for complete details.

Click to download WMG’s AridLID Conference Press Release.

About the conference:

For the past two years, the AridLID Workshops held in Albuquerque, New Mexico, have built a growing discussion and exposition of Green Infrastructure (GI) and Low Impact Development (LID) practices that are appropriate to the unique climates of the southwestern United States. In 2012, we are holding the conference in Tucson, Arizona, with the twin goals of sharing best practices and building professional networks across a wider swath of the region, and of developing a clearer Southwestern vision and voice in the growing national discussion on GI/LID.

The theme of AridLID 2012 is Integrated Approaches to Green Infrastructure and Low Impact Development.  Green Infrastructure projects function best and are most cost-effective when they provide multiple benefits­—like a streetside bioretention basin that captures and cleans stormwater while it passively irrigates vegetation that shades the street and sidewalk, beautifies a neighborhood, and calms traffic. Likewise, effective green infrastructure practice often requires that people of various disciplines and perspectives work together—think landscape architects, engineers, and stormwater managers working together with a watershed group, a neighborhood association, and a University laboratory to achieve shared goals!  This conference will explore the potentials, best practices and pitfalls inherent in GI at various levels of integration in our region.

Who should attend:

Sessions will be targeted to stormwater, planning, and design professionals; researchers in water resources and urban sustainability; as well as activists and educators interested in implementing these features through grassroots, community-driven models.  Participation is especially encouraged from those working in GI/LID in arid regions of the southwestern U.S. (southern California, Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, Colorado, Utah, west Texas) and northwest Mexico.

Questions?  Contact:
James MacAdam
Watershed Management Group
james *at* watershedmg.org

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