Green infrastructure, low-impact development focus of Feb. 2 workshop in Dallas

A Green Infrastructure/Low-Impact Development Workshop will be held from 8:30 a.m.-noon Feb. 2 at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center, 17360 Coit Road in Dallas.

The workshop is sponsored by the Texas Water Resources Institute, Texas A&M AgriLife Research and the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.

Nikki Dictson, AgriLife Extension program specialist with the institute, said the workshop will address the design, installation and benefits of low-impact development, or LID, in urban areas. It will also include a tour of LID structures at the Dallas center, including bioretention/rain gardens, green roofs, rainwater harvesting and permeable pavement.

“Target audiences for this program include engineers, planners, landscape architects, contractors, stormwater professionals, watershed coordinators and other interested individuals,” Dictson said.

The workshop is eligible for professional engineer continuing education unit credits and a certificate of attendance will be available for program participants.

Dr. Fouad Jaber, AgriLife Extension agricultural engineering specialist and course instructor, said green infrastructure or LID practices for stormwater refer to those that manage stormwater in urbanized settings in a way that minimizes environmental impacts while increasing cost effectiveness and sustainability.

“LID uses innovative planning and engineering in concert with conservation and nature to protect water quality,” he said.

Jaber said he has tested LID practices at the center and established methods to monitor and measure their effects on hydrology and water quality, including nitrogen, phosphate, total suspended solids, bacteria and other pollutants.

“Until now, there hasn’t been much data to show how adopting LID practices on a watershed scale in urban areas in Texas may help reduce flooding and improve overall water quality,” Jaber said. “After more than two years of testing in an urban watershed in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, we have initial data demonstrating the value of these practices.”

He said his research results show that if similar practices were widely adopted in Texas cities, the loss of life and property from frequent rain events could be considerably reduced.

Workshop registration is $50. To register, go to

Refunds will be available prior to Jan. 27, less a $15 processing fee. There will be no refunds for cancellations after Jan. 28, but substitutions are allowed providing advance notification is sent to Dictson at 979-575-4424 or

The workshop is supported in part by funding provided through a Clean Water Act nonpoint source grant from the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Article by Paul Schattenberg | AgriLife Today

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