Brown Bag Seminar - Rethinking Water Infrastructure: Philadelphia and San Francisco’s Approaches to Implementing Green Stormwater Infrastructure Programs

Date: Friday, February 8, 2013
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Location: Sol Resnick Conference Room Water Resources Research Center, 350 N. Campbell Ave., Tucson

Speaker: Lisa M. Beyer, RLA. Landscape Architect at AECOM Water in San Francisco, On-site consultant to the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission

Green City, Clean Waters, the Philadelphia Water Department’s innovative plan to improve watershed health and reduce combined sewer overflows, includes major investment in decentralized green stormwater infrastructure, in combination with investments in stream restoration and wet weather plant upgrades.  Redesigning the City’s stormwater infrastructure involves balancing innovation and standardization, ensuring public and private collaboration, reconfiguring an already overcrowded public realm, and managing living landscape infrastructure.

The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission’s Urban Watershed Assessment will characterize the City’s eight sub-watersheds, identify needs and propose alternatives that include a mix of grey and green solutions, to be implemented through their 20-year Sewer System Improvement Program.

Lisa will present on the Green City, Clean Waters’ system wide approach to green infrastructure, the challenges and successes from her experience planning, designing, building and maintaining these systems in Philadelphia, as well as her recent experience working on San Francisco‘s Sewer System Improvement Program.

Unless otherwise noted, all WRRC Brown Bag seminars are held at the Sol Resnick Conference Room
Water Resources Research Center, 350 N. Campbell Ave., Tucson
Contact information: Jane Cripps at or 520-621-2526

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“Persons with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation by contacting (Jane Cripps at 621-2526).  Requests should be made as early as possible to allow time to arrange the accommodation.”