Land Management Workshop Explores Stormwater Strategies

Conference to address built environments, developed and natural lands

Monday, February 27, 2012

PHILADELPHIA (Feb. 23, 2012) – Stormwater, which is created by runoff of excess rainwater and melted snow, causes downstream flooding, stream bank erosion, sewer overflows and habitat destruction. To help address these conditions, Saint Joseph’s University and the Lower Merion Conservancy will present “Stormwater Strategies: A Technical Workshop,” in the Campion Student Center on Tues., March 6, from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. The workshop is free and open to the public; registration is required.

Funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the workshop focuses on sustainability techniques for professionals and students involved in land management. The grant, which was received in October 2010 through the efforts of Congressman Robert Brady (D-Pa.) and Congressman Chaka Fattah (D-Pa.), is part of the DOE’s Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy programs.

Architecture, landscape design, land management and environmental science professionals and students and homeowners have the opportunity to attend several panels during the daylong event. The conference features presenters from local conservation and environmental organizations; tours of SJU’s green roof and stormwater management systems are also included. Continuing education units (CEUs) are available through the American Institute of Architects Philadelphia Building Enclosure Council and the International Association for Continuing Education and Training.

“Stormwater, and ways to manage it, are becoming increasingly important in urban and suburban areas, as the percentage of land covered by impervious surfaces like roads, parking lots and buildings continues to increase,” says Michael McCann, Ph.D., associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and professor of biology. “These problems will not go away in the future – they are only expected to get worse. Fortunately, there are many creative solutions that can not only address these issues but, in some cases, actually turn them into benefits.”

The conference begins with a welcome from both McCann and Patty Thompson, conservation director at the Lower Merion Conservancy, the two organizers of the program. Sessions include “Government and Stormwater,” “Green Roof Systems,” “Stormwater Management for Open Spaces” and “Stormwater Management for Trails and in Parks.”

“Built environments and designed landscapes need to hold water for as long as possible to prevent stormwater problems,” says Thompson. “This conference is meant to give attendees the tools they need to control stormwater within the landscapes they oversee.”

The day’s speakers include:

Sara Wu of the Philadelphia Mayor’s Sustainability Office Rick Howley, Philadelphia Water Department Taron Booker, project engineer, SEPTA Lydia Grose, civil engineer, SEPTA Charlie Miller, P.E., founder, principal and president of RoofMeadow Joe DeAngelis, AIA, LEED, AP, project manager, Pennsylvania Environmetal Council Paul Racette, watershed manager, Pennsylvania Environmental Council Maura McCarthy, executive director, Friends of the Wissahickon Drew Gilchrist, Natural Lands Trust Tom Witmer, director of natural resources for Philadelphia Parks and Recreation Registration can be completed by visiting, where further information on the event is also available.

The Lower Merion Conservancy can be reached at 610-645-9030 or

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Patricia Allen, Senior Associate Director of University Communications, 610-660-3240,

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