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The 2017 Spring Stormwater Symposium was held on March 8th on the University of Nebraska Omaha campus. The Symposium is a collaboration of the UNL, Nebraska Floodplain & Stormwater Managers Association (NeFSMA), and the Great Rivers Chapter of the International Erosion Control Association (GRIECA). The purpose of the symposium was to showcase examples of funding and management programs for stormwater management projects.

As a part of the Symposium, the organizers wanted to find an actual project to use as a case study that could be examined in a comprehensive manner, and be presented from several different viewpoints. The Spring Lake Park Green Infrastructure project, a component of the Missouri Avenue/Spring Lake SSP, fit the bill! Big Muddy Workshop was part of design team, with Kirkham Michael and S.E.H.

Nine panelists, include three City of Omaha staff members, a City compliance consultant, three design team members, a community supporter, and a UNO professor all presented their story. Each panelist took a few minutes to walk the audience through their contributions to the project. These contributions included how modeling was critical to successful stormwater calculations, the permitting processes required on a project like this, the role of civic leaders, the importance of community ownership and identity, and much more.

Ryan Bentley from Big Muddy Workshop presented the analysis, design, and details of the , and explained some of the challenges and successes of designing and constructing the project. He fielded questions from the audience about construction administration and surprises that arose between design and construction. Even though presentation lasted 2 ½ hours, audience members had good reviews and responded positively.

To see a copy of the slides presented at the symposium, visit Andy Szatko’s Linked In page at: LinkedIn