Green Girl Land Development Solutions LLC

Cost-Effective Green Infrastructure Collaboration
that meets your permit requirements and makes healthier communities

"On multiple projects, Maria has done an excellent job assisting our clients in evaluating the pros and cons of many different types of green construction techniques, including rainwater harvesting, permeable concrete and asphalt pavement, water quality and detention facilities, eco-roofs, and infiltration facilities, to name a few.

Maria also has the technical background and experience to provide answers to complex questions regarding installation and long term maintenance costs for the various types of "green" facilities."

— Jay Harris, Harris McMonagle Associates

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Held in Coos Bay on Feb 13 and 14, 2017


The following resources were mentioned or given out at our two day training

Day 2 field class attendees discuss regulations (SLOPES) governing this culvert replacement project and consider low impact development solutions.
Photo credit: Mike Safstrom
Stormwater Solutions Agenda [pdf] Facilitators Contact Info [pdf]  
Abbreviations for source of materials from training partners below
GG: Green Girl Land Development Solutions (Maria Cahil), ODF: Oregon Department of Forestry (Christine Johnson), SSNERR: South Slough National Esturaine Research Reserve (John Bragg), DEQ: Department of Environmental Quality (Pam Blake, Bryan Duggen), ODOT: Oregon Department of Transportation (William Fletcher), OSU-ES: Oregon State University Extension Service, ALL: All of the files available for that heading
ODF Day 2 Sites Fact Sheets [pdf]
Christine Johnson developed these awesome fact sheets on three of the sites we visited in the field (Coos History Museum, Permeable Pavers at 3rd Street & Central Avenue, & the Bay Area Hospital. Includes site histories, opportunities and challenges, communication best practices, costs and more on 9 different BMPs.
GG BMP Observation Checklist [pdf]
Use this checklist when looking at existing best practices to see where water quality issues may be addressed in the areas draining to the facility (if applicable) or the components of the facility itself.
GG BMP Suitability Matrix [pdf]
Identify the best mix of best management practices for your site conditions and land use.

Highway Runoff Resources [doc]
William Fletcher assembled this list of links to highway related regulations, design tools and more, mentioned in his presentations.

ODF Day 1 Pacific Cove Human Society Native Plant List [pdf]
ALL Download all handouts in a single file [zip file of pdfs and doc]
SSNERR Day 1 John Bragg Introduction
DEQ Day 1 Water Quality Impairments & Stormwater Management [pdf]
DEQ Day 1 Quantity & Quality Stormwater Management Regulations and Incentives [pdf]
GG Day 1 Low Impact Development Best Management Practies [slide share]
ODOT Day 1 Vegetated Filter Strips-Treatment and Infiltration using ODOT design method [pdf]
ODOT Day 1 Porous Pavement (Runoff) BMP Case Study of Grants Pass pervious concrete path [pdf]

Day 1 Pacific Cove Humane Society Presentation [pdf]
Planning & Design Small Group Breakout Materials

ODF Day 2 Outreach & Education Communication BMPs [pdf]
ALL Download all presentations in one file [zip of pdfs]
ODF List of Acronyms [Google Doc]
GG Operations and Maintenance Practices
GG Materials Specifications (open-graded rock, geotextile fabric, compost, guidance on amending native soils for infiltration factilites and more).
GG LID BMP Overview [pdf]
GG LID Cost Considerations [pdf]
GG Choosing & Siting LID BMPs [pdf]
GG Site Planning Checklist [pdf]
GG Infiltration Testing [pdf]
GG Choosing the Best Vegetated Stormwater Facilities (i.e. rain gardens, stormwater planters, LID swales) [pdf]
GG Standard Details [pdf]
DEQ Underground Injection Control (UIC) Fact Sheet (published by the DEQ)
How to identify a UIC. The DEQ interpretation has changed over time, in favor of low impact development. Mostly, they're just drywells/sumps and some variations of soakage trenches.
OSU-ES LID BMP Fact Sheets [pdf] (tree protection, porous pavement, green roof, rain garden, stormwater planter, swale, soakage trench, drywell, vegetated filter strips)

Sign up for the EPA's npsinfo listserv here to keep up on the latest and greatest thinking by over 4000 stormwater professionals across the country. If you've got a stormwater-related questions, this is a GREAT resource.

Sign up for the Oregon Stormwater listserv to hear about the latest research and trainings in Oregon.

GG Pacific Northwest Native Plant Portal
  Smart Growth for Coastal Resiliency (pulished by EPA and NOAA in 2017)
Includes numerous guides and case studies for integrating hazard mitigation planning and smart growth practices into community planning.
  Green Cities: Good Health (published by University of WA)
From their website: "Metro nature - including trees, parks, gardens, and natural areas - enhance quality of life in cities and towns. The experience of nature improves human health and well-being in many ways. Nearly 40 years of scientific studies tell us how. Here's the research ..."
  Development Strategies for Promoting Coastal Resiliency and Sustainability (published by the Sagus River Watershed Council)
Although focused on Massachusetts, this great guidance includes resiliency strategies and BMPs applicable to lots of communities and sites.
  Living Shorelines Website (published by NOAA)

Oregon State University Extension Stormwater Solutions Website
Look under Steps to Take to get started on implementing best mangagement practices. Includes fact sheets, design tools, decision trees for locating infiltration facilities and determining porous pavement suitability and information that includes how to plan, design, construct, and maintain BMPs and sites for clean water.

Download an Excel hydrologic model to size rain gardens, LID swales, and stormwater planters and porous pavement (rainfall) and porous pavement (runoff) BMPs

  Monitoring Reports of Green Infrastructure/Low Impact Development in the City of Portland (published by the BES)
  Coal-tar free sealant products database (published by the City of Austin, Texas)
Alternatives to coal-tar asphalt sealants
  LID Guidance Template for Western Oregon
From the DEQ website: "This document will help your jurisdiction address MS4 and TMDL regulatory requirements for water quality during the “post-construction” phase. Once you adapt this to your jurisdiction, the resulting document will be one component of meeting your post-construction stormwater management goals."
  Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development’s Model Development Code for Small Cities
The Model Development Code for Small Cities, 3rd Edition, is a TGM program publication. It is a useful tool for smaller communities around the state that wish to update their development codes in a way that promotes efficient land use and transportation planning. The Model Development Code for Small Cities uses planning techniques and best practices to advance TGM principles by addressing all relevant modes of travel (with special attention to walking, bicycling, and transit), including mixed uses, efficient use of land, vibrant downtowns, and improving the connectivity of the street network.

Communities can use the Model Development Code for Small Cities in its entirety or in part. It is a user-friendly document that is free to download and use. It is available as a PDF and in Microsoft Word. Many of the graphics are editable so that a community may adjust graphic labels to fit their needs.
Green Girl Land Development Solutions LLC provides information for educational and outreach purposes only, to enhance the sustainability of sites. Unless adopted by the appropriate registered professional under contract, information provided is not for construction.
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