The joint effort from Equinox and NOAA included a presentation on the impacts of climate change on the water cycle, the projected trends and changes in precipitation, and the use of stormwater management strategies to address these impacts. The primary focus of the presentation was the application of Integrated Stormwater Management (ISM) as a way to adapt to weather pattern changes such as an increase in heavy rain events due to climate change.The advantage ofISM is that it combines both water quality treatment with storage capacity. “It promotes the capture of stormwater through the use of natural systems (as opposed to traditional piped systems) to treat polluted runoff and the use of storage facilities to control the additional volume associated with heavy rain events” stated Equinox’ Stormwater Specialist & Landscape Architect, Fred Grogan. This is exciting because ISM also minimizes the amount of land needed to manage stormwater runoff which is often a challenge when designing stormwater facilities.
The partnership we have formed with NOAA is an amazing opportunity for us to be at the forefront of climate change work and will propel us as leaders in the response to global climate change. Working directly with world renowned scientists, we have been provided the opportunity to serve as an ambassador for design professionals such as landscape architects and to craft strategies and design solutions that will help society adapt and mitigate the impacts of a warmer climate. Our next presentation with NOAA will be at the 19th Conference on Applied Climatology: Practical Solutions for a Warming World, which will be held July 18–20, 2011 in Asheville, NC.
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Written by David Tuch, Equinox’ Vice-President & Landscape Architect in reference to the presentation titled, “The Effects of Global Climate Change on the Water Cycle and Water Quality: The Use of Stormwater Best Management Practices to Address Future Impacts”.