Jun 02, 2021

Mitigating an Unnatural Disaster: How LID Could Save Unsustainable Urban Environments

The SWS Webinar Series Fest continues at 1 p.m. CT on June 17 with an LID webinar 

low impact development

The SWS Webinar Series Fest continues at 1 p.m. CT on June 17 with an LID webinar. 

Register here.

Developing land in the U.S. is viewed as beneficial based on perceived economic results. Methods and speed of development have changed over generations as humans asserted dominion over the land. The folly of an approach ever more divorced from the land’s environment is most evident during extreme weather events. From the 1960s through the 1980s, awareness of problems and solutions were provided by landscape architects who proposed an approach based on the same principles as LID. This webinar presents the principles of LID design of undisturbed land and urban environments. LID is an approach that seeks to mimic natural systems to minimize adverse impacts of development practices not only on each property but also within the watershed and community in which it is located. In retrofitting developed land, the challenge is to identify and design interventions that can return as much of the land as possible to its natural condition.

Learning Objectives

  • Learn how LID can best be employed on greenfield sites
  • Learn how to employ LID principles in dense urban areas
  • Learn how small green infrastructure interventions distributed throughout a community can add up to reducing flood risk