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Water in the Sustainable Landscape with Michael Ogden: August 20-21, 2011

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Posted by Penny Livingston-Stark about 13 years ago

This course goes beyond the simple requirements for various types of landscapes and plant communities and addresses the larger issues of the water cycle, the impact of global warming, and water availability. It also addresses the very important role land

The course is intended for landscape professionals and is designed to assist in the understanding of the role that water plays in the landscape and in the master planning process. Attendees will receive credit for ASLA continuing education.

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Course Outline

1. An introduction to the Hydrological Cycle. Let’s start with the basics.

2. Water & Energy – This section will address the nexus between water and energy. This will be a general introduction. The intent will be to bring an understanding of the energy costs associated with moving water, and the contribution to atmospheric CO2.

3. The Water Balance – This is a basic planning tool and addresses sources and uses of water. Notice that the title implies that sources and uses are in balance. This section will require some simple calculations as practice on spreadsheets. Each attendee will be provided with a spreadsheet that can run on either a Mac or PC. The exercise will illustrate the iterative process that is required to bring sources and uses of water into balance.

4. Potable Water – The section will challenge the basic assumption that the necessary supply of water will always be there for your project. This section will deal with the processes behind water allocation, solutions to shortages, and likely scenarios for future water availability. 

5. Stormwater – A very challenging and interesting section that will discuss run-off coefficients, design storms, the rational method for calculating run-off, rainwater harvest and cistern sizing, urban pollution, stormwater treatment, CSO’s, rain gardens (how big should they be), and some basic statistical concepts for storms

6. Wastewater – On site treatment and reuse. This will be based on the new SITES Handbook (ASLA sponsored design guidance handbook) and Chapter 5 which has been authored by the instructor.

7. Summary – The role of the landscape architect in managing water in a sustainable landscape. This section will tie together all of the previous sections and their impact on the landscape and the planning process.

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