The Green Horizon: Can Green Infrastructure Address Runoff & Climate Change Challenges?
with Jennifer Cherrier, Associate Professor, School of Environment, Florida A&M University
Is green infrastructure really effective for addressing runoff problems? And is it good enough to deal with the extreme conditions that climate change is expected to bring? As storm and irrigation waters flow over the landscape they mobilize a variety of pollutants that then flow into adjacent waterways. Runoff has gotten worse with changing land use, and has degraded inland and coastal waters. These runoff problems will become increasingly pronounced with climate change. Recently, low-impact ‘green’ infrastructure has been gaining wide recognition as a cost-effective alternative to ‘grey’ infrastructure approaches traditionally used for stormwater management. Their passive design, however, limits the environmental and economic benefits, and their potential to address water management needs is compromised.
In this talk, aquatic scientist Jennifer Cherrier will discuss how changing land use practices are impacting our water resources. She will also describe a promising ecosystem based technology (eco-WEIRTM, patent pending) that she and her research group developed that can be used to 'activate' passive green infrastructure to maximize pollutant removal and also allow for water storage and reuse.
Jennifer Cherrier is an Associate Professor in the School of the Environment at Florida A&M University, where she teaches and conducts research in the area of aquatic biogeochemistry. In 2013 she received the honor of becoming a Leopold Leadership Fellow (Stanford woods Institute for the Environment). The Leopold Leadership Program trains scientists to step out of the Ivory Tower to become leaders in sustainability by providing skills and approaches for communicating and networking with NGOs, business, government, and communities to help insure that science is integrated into decision making to help inform policy related to natural resources.
You can find out more about her research here
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