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STORMS Seminar: Nature-Based Stormwater Projects

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NATURE-BASED STORMWATER PROJECTS: FROM MICROBIAL TO HUMAN COMMUNITIES

Nature-based stormwater projects do much more than capture and slow runoff. They nurture healthy soils, reduce greenhouse gases, improve air quality, restore native habitats, and promote community engagement and health. Join us for an engaging presentation and conversation around this “Big Nature” approach to stormwater and the latest research linking soil to carbon sequestration.

The seminar will be webcast! https://video.calepa.ca.gov/ (Please register with "Join Online" ticket)

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Esther Feldman, President, Community Conservation Solutions

Esther Feldman has helped create over $3 billion in new public funds throughout California and the U.S. to acquire new parks and to improve beaches, rivers, and natural lands. She is the President of Community Conservation Solutions (CCS), which develops practical solutions to conservation problems by integrating science, people and nature and leveraging public and private funding. She developed the innovative, metrics-driven Green Solutions Project to implement stormwater capture projects using nature-based approaches that create new water supplies, develop resiliency to climate change and create green open space in disadvantaged communities. CCS’ successes include creation of the two-square mile Baldwin Hills Park in the heart of urban Los Angeles and purchase of the L.A. Conservation Corps’ Clean and Green center for at-risk youth. In the 1990s, she led the first land acquisitions along the L.A. River in Elysian Valley, helping launch the revitalization of the LA River. She directed CCS’ L.A. River Greenway Trail and Habitat Restoration project in the San Fernando Valley, which set a new precedent for restoring natural ecosystems along the L.A. River. CCS’ most recent innovative project is the Natural Park at the Ramona Gardens Housing Development in Los Angeles, which sets a model for integrating ecosystem science, engineering and community-driven design to recycle urban runoff, address air pollution, and create natural open space in severely disadvantaged communities.

She has a B.S. in Soil and Water Science from UC Davis, served on the L.A. County Planning Commission, and is an avid outdoorswoman.

Radomir Schmidt, Ph.D., Researcher, Scow Soil Microbial Ecology Lab, UC Davis

Radomir Schmidt received his PhD in microbiology from the University of Queensland in Australia in 2001, after which he came to America for postdoctoral work in the Department of Microbiology at UC Davis. Since 2005, Radomir has worked as a researcher at UC Davis in the Department of Land, Air and Water Resources. In his early career, Radomir studied the microbial drivers for bioremediation of petroleum and MTBE contaminated soil and groundwater, and selenium contaminated farm wastewater. For the past ten years, Radomir’s research focus has shifted to microbes in agricultural systems - the relationship between farming practices and evolution of soil microbial communities, and the involvement of soil microbes in carbon sequestration, soil structure creation and maintenance of soil-services.

The seminar will be webcast! The webcast link will be activated approximately 10 minutes prior to the start of the event. https://video.calepa.ca.gov/

(The Strategy to Optimize Resource Management of Storm Water (STORMS) Seminar Series is part of an ongoing effort by the State Water Board to share current information with the regulated community and public on storm water management strategies, tools to capture and use storm water runoff, and methods to improve storm water quality and watershed processes. This is the 13th seminar in the STORMS Seminar Series.)

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