October 11, 2013

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Charlene Harper to Discuss WERF Pilot Projects for High Performance Green Infrastructure

Charlene Harper, P.E., LEED AP, a senior water resources engineer for Geosyntec based in Virginia, is among the speakers set to present at the Chesapeake Watershed Forum on September 28, 2013.

Ms. Harper will present "Smart Best Management Practices," part of the Monitoring, Real-Time Controls, and Modeling Tools session beginning at 1:30 p.m. at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, West Virginia.

Her co-presenter during this session is Matthew Ehrhart, Director of Watershed Restoration for the Stroud Water Research Center in Avondale, Pennsylvania. In her presentation, Ms. Harper will discuss emerging techniques for the use of advanced information technology to control stormwater infrastructure around the country.

"Intelligent management of such infrastructure will change the way we understand and control our urban environments and minimize the impacts to natural systems," she said.

This presentation will share the results of several pilot sites participating in the Water Environment Research Foundation's High Performance Green Infrastructure Research Project, led by WERF's Walter Graf, Jr., and Marcus Quigley, P.E., D.WRE, CPESC, a principal civil and environmental engineer for Geosyntec based in Massachusetts.

The rainwater harvesting systems used in these projects include weather station connections and controlled release valve systems to maximize on-site detention of stormwater runoff during wet weather conditions. The on-going monitoring results for the pilot sites demonstrate significant improvements in stormwater management when compared to conventional, passively controlled harvesting systems.

Ms. Harper has more than 18 years of experience in designing low impact development solutions and stormwater management plans. She frequently provides engineering services to architects and landscape architects, especially those with clients in the education, public safety, and healthcare sectors.