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Retrofitting Ecology into the Urban Environment
June 18 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pmFree
Historically, the urban environment has been built without consideration for healthy ecosystems. Over time, we’ve learned more about our dependence on functioning ecosystems and have realized that eliminating ecological functions on development sites is detrimental for both humans and the environment.
At our June general meeting, Lee Marlowe and Nefi Garza, PE will describe how new practices are being implemented that turn traditional approaches upside down by utilizing stormwater and native vegetation as valuable resources rather than viewing them as problems.
Current approaches, including Green Infrastructure (GI) and Low Impact Development (LID), demonstrate that ecosystem services can successfully be integrated into urban areas, benefiting people and nature. This presentation will highlight projects within urban areas along the San Antonio River that utilize GI and LID design principals to convert degraded sites including barren traditional commercial landscapes, concrete ditches and channelized drainage ways from lifeless landscape elements into attractive spaces where people like to spend time and nature is allowed to thrive.
Lee Marlowe is a Sustainable Landscape Ecologist with the San Antonio River Authority. Nefi Garza is the Assistant Director of the the City of San Antonio’s TCI-Stormwater Department.