Driving Innovation in our Cities:
New Trends for the Water Sector - Green Infrastructure and Beyond

Howard Neukrug, PE - Former Commissioner and CEO, Philadelphia Water Services; Fellow, US Water Alliance and the Penn Institute for Urban Research; Principal with HN Environmental

Mr. Neukrug is a local and national leader in the drinking water, green infrastructure and wastewater utility industries, recognized as a builder of regional and inter-agency coalitions and trust-based relationships with regulators, legislators, and communities.  He is the creator of Philadelphia’s Green Cities, Clean Waters Program where he was the CEO of Philadelphia Water’s $1 billion water services utility.  He is an advisor to the US EPA and other environmental agencies on issues of policy and regulation, water quality and treatment and urban planning and sustainability and has served on many environmental advocacy organizations.  Mr. Neukrug is a graduate in Civil and Urban Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, where he is currently teaching 3 courses: “Water, Science, and Politics”, “Sustainable Cities”, and “The US Water Industry in the 21st Century”.

Rob Traver, Ph.D. - Director and Researcher, Villanova Urban Stormwater Partnership and the Villanova Center for the Advancement of Sustainability in Engineering

Dr. Robert G. Traver has been a member of the Water Resources and Environmental Engineering Program at Villanova since 1988.  He currently serves as Director of both the Villanova Center for the Advancement of Sustainability in Engineering, and the Villanova Urban Stormwater Partnership. While at Villanova, Dr. Traver has conducted research on topics that include modeling of stream hydraulics, urban hydrology, water quality, and measures to mitigate stormwater effects of urbanization.  He has been the main force in creating a Stormwater Green Infrastructure Demonstration and Research Park on the Villanova Campus, and founded the Villanova Urban Stormwater Partnership to enable continuing long term stormwater research. Dr. Traver believes that research supports and enhances the undergraduate and graduate educational experience.  He teaches graduate courses in hydrology, hydraulics, urban storm water management, and undergraduate courses in all facets of water resources.


Project Planning: Ford Site Redevelopment- St. Paul, MN
Ford's former Twin Cities Assembly Plant in St. Paul is in the process of being redeveloped over the coming years on more than 135 acres of land situated along the Mississippi River. The City’s vision for the site is a livable, mixed-use neighborhood that has high quality, sustainable design for energy, buildings and infrastructure. Capitol Region Watershed District and the City have collaborated on a stormwater management vision for Ford Site that will guide the site’s Master Plan.  A comparative analysis evaluated redevelopment public realm scenarios that included a centralized stormwater management approach with a surface water feature and a baseline parcel-by-parcel stormwater management approach. Innovative tools for comparing costs, benefits, impacts and sustainability profiles for the different options have provided valuable insights about the community value that redevelopment alternatives might generate.  A key component of the proposed analysis was monetization of ALL of the costs and benefits of each scenario. Sustainable Return on Investment (SROI) analysis using the software AutoCase allowed for monetizing the estimated environmental and social impacts of each alternative.  Attendees to this talk will learn how stakeholders were able to answer the following
key questions relative to planning at the Ford Site: 

- Will centralized, water feature approach cost more than traditional parcel by parcel approach?
- How will we quantify social benefits of added livability?
- Can we financially measure environmental benefits?

Wes Saunders-Pearce        

Bob Fossum

Merritt Clapp-Smith

Partnerships and Community Involvement
Three projects will be used to exemplify the role of and importance of partnerships to achieve the effective implementation of green infrastructure in communities. Partnerships yield multiple benefits including the ability to create forward momentum to design and construct projects, build opportunities for continued education, and create community conversations about these new amenities in communities. This session will feature two projects location in Minneapolis, one at Edison High School and the Prospect North (Towerside) projects. The third feature is Cottageville Park in Hopkins.

JILL POHTILL Edison High School - Minneapolis, MN

BETH PFEIFFER Prospect North Redevelopment - Minneapolis, MN

MEG BEEKMAN Cottageville Park - Hopkins, MN

Innovations in Green Infrastructure Design and Construction

Four successful local green infrastructure case studies will be presented, each representing a unique feature or innovation.  Featured projects include Capitol Regions Watershed District’s stormwater pond retrofit real-time controls (RTC) technology to control the release of stored runoff to an infiltration system; Maplewood’s street reconstruction project that narrowed the streets, limited sidewalks to one side of the street, installed raingardens and conducted a life cycle inventory of the positive impacts of the street design; the newly completed CHS Field installation of cisterns and treatment technology to capture and treat runoff to irrigate the ball fields and flush the toilets; and MCES’s Empire Wastewater Treatment Plant renovation that accomplished 8 years of zero stormwater runoff.   Each speaker will provide a short description of the unique features of their project, focusing on design, construction, and/or monitoring and after which will participate in a panel discussion.

Maplewood Living Streets - Maplewood, MN

Empire Wastewater Treatment Plant - Farmington, MN

CHS Field - St. Paul, MN

Curtiss Pond - Falcon Heights, MN

Moderator: FRED ROZUMALSKI, Landscape Ecology/Registered Landscape Architect, Barr Engineering

Operations and Maintenance - "The Dirt of BMP Maintenance"
The things we create require maintenance in order for continued performance. This is true for just about everything around us, from the smallest toy that needs batteries, to the largest structures built. Unfortunately, maintenance is not glamorous or always considered fully when design decisions are made, and maintenance is often neglected. While there is a great diversity of stormwater infrastructure, there is an even greater diversity of stormwater infrastructure maintenance approaches. This panel discussion explores different maintenance approaches and different infrastrucure scales.