High Performance Green Infrastructure

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  • Practice Areas: Watershed and Stormwater Management
  • Event or Publication: Environment Virginia Symposium
  • Title: High Performance Green Infrastructure
  • Geosyntec Authors: Charlene Harper, Marcus Quigley
  • Date: 2014
  • Location: Lexington, VA
  • Type: Presentation

The application of conventional real-time and dynamic control and feedback systems is commonplace in industrial settings, water supply and treatment, wastewater treatment and conveyance, and CSS management; however, the use of dynamic control systems in green infrastructure has been quite limited.

New approaches and recent advances in information technology infrastructure, as well as hardware systems and software solutions, are providing the foundation for a future of ubiquitous, digitally-connected, green infrastructure. Intelligent management of such stormwater infrastructure will change the means and methods by which we understand and control our urban environments and impact natural systems. This presentation will share the results of several pilot sites participating in the WERF High Performance Green Infrastructure Research Project. These advanced rainwater harvesting systems include weather station connections and controlled release valve systems to maximize on-site detention of stormwater runoff during wet weather conditions. The inclusion of dynamic control systems as integral components of holistic stormwater management is particularly well suited to meeting increasingly complex environmental goals such as storm duration, peak control, volume reduction, use and reuse, and water quality improvements. The on-going monitoring results for the pilot sites demonstrate significant improvements in stormwater management when compared to conventional, passively controlled harvesting systems.

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