Jul 19, 2017

Ensuring Bioretention Media Performance Success

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Engineered bioretention media is optimized to filter and/or infiltrate storm water runoff through a plant-soil-microbe complex. Treatment occurs via physical, chemical and biological removal mechanisms that capture sediment, nutrients, heavy metals, bacteria, oil, grease and other constituents found in urban runoff. Qualifying and protecting these media components ensures the bioretention media can meet overall performance objectives.

This webinar will focus on the elements of bioretention installation oversight—not just onsite, but having a framework in place for transferring raw materials to a blended, commercially installed product. This framework should encompass standard operating procedures (SOPs) for qualifying, sourcing, verifying, producing, storing, and handling media and media specifications to ensure recipe consistency 

Learning objectives for the event include: 

  • Understand the role engineered media plays in the overall performance of a bioretention system.
  • Understand the importance of proper sourcing, producing and storage of engineered media to ensure optimal performance.
  • Understand the role of specifications, QA/QC and certification plays in the consistent production of engineered bioretention media.

Presenter: Mindy Hills

Mindy Hills is a research and development project manager for Contech Engineered Solutions and has worked in the storm water industry for more than 12 years. She is responsible for the technical development and investigation of products for storm water treatment, as well as ensuring a stringent bioretention media quality control program.

Hills received her Bachelor of Science in environmental studies from Randolph-Macon College, with a minor in biology. Her undergraduate research focused on developing macroinvertebrate metrics that could reliably distinguish unimpaired and impaired streams in the Coastal Plain region of Virginia. Hills holds a master’s degree in horticulture with a soil science concentration from Virginia Tech. Her graduate research focused on identifying vegetation for phytoremediation in storm water treatment systems. Her research has been presented at many technical conferences and published in both conference proceedings and scholarly journals.

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