October 11, 2013

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Mark Ellard to Discuss Low Impact Development at APA-Florida Annual Meeting

Mark Ellard, P.E., D.WRE, CFM, a senior water resources / environmental engineer and an Associate of the firm based in Florida, is set to discuss low impact development (LID) as a panelist at the annual meeting of the American Planning Association — Florida Chapter.

Mr. Ellard plans to describe Geosyntec's development of a LID manual for Orange County, Florida, during the conference panel session "Green Infrastructure — An Idea in the Making." The panel convenes as part of a breakout session beginning 9 a.m. September 13 at Orlando's Rosen Centre, 9840 International Drive.

During their discussion, Mr. Ellard and his co-panelists representing Orange County intend to examine the challenges of implementing sustainable green infrastructure in dense urban areas. This includes traditional methods of stormwater management and the placement of open space, particularly when multiple property owners are involved.

Orange County officials want to craft a green infrastructure framework and code language for the Horizon West Town Center, the commercial and employment hub of a 23,000-acre sector plan. Their concept is to implement an innovative combination of three major elements — stormwater management, advanced LID practices, and open space. The panelists will examine how these elements are integrated and complement each other in the current plan to create a sustainable system of green infrastructure.

Mr. Ellard has more than 20 years of experience in diverse stormwater management, water quality assessment, and civil infrastructure design projects. His practice at Geosyntec focuses on the development of stormwater management solutions and the application of best management practices to achieve discharge objectives. He also has extensive experience with hydrologic and hydraulic modeling as well as GIS applications for spatial analysis, planimetric mapping, and data visualization.