Stormwater Runoff: Karst Versus Non-Karst Regions

Thursday, August 21, 2014
Stormwater Runoff: Karst Versus Non-Karst Regions
Thursday, August 21, 2014
8:30 am - 11:45 am (3 PDH)
Stormwater Runoff: Karst Versus Non-Karst Regions
Thursday, August 21, 2014 8:30 AM - 11:45 AM (Eastern Time)

This session will be offered as a live webinar.

Stormwater management designers know that the characteristics of stormwater runoff in karst watersheds are different than in nonkarst regions but there is little research on quantifying these differences.

This presentation will give an overview of the findings of a study that investigated the water quality and quantity response of five small urban watersheds with different levels and types of urbanization in the karst region near State College.  Approaches and techniques to reduce the likelihood of creating sinkholes through stormwater management will be discussed.

Attendees will receive a Certificate of Attendance for 3 Professional Development Hours.


Michele C. Adams, PE

Michele Adams is a Water Resources Engineer and founder of Meliora Environmental Design. For more than 28 years, her work has encompassed environmentally sensitive site design, with special focus on “water as a resource” and the integration of stormwater, wastewater, water supply needs as part of a single water resource. Her work includes Green Infrastructure and Low Impact Development projects, Master Planning and Design, and Environmental Advocacy. She has extensive built project experience in virtually every type of stormwater “best practice”, from green roofs and porous pavements to landscape restoration and water reuse, as well as small scale alternative wastewater systems. She was one of the authors of the Pennsylvania Stormwater Manual as well as the 21st Century Parks for NYC Guidelines High Performance Landscapes.

Ms. Adams served for six years as a member of the U.S. Green Building Council Sustainable Sites Technical Advisory Committee (SS TAG), and currently serves on the American Rivers Science and Technical Advisory Committee.

Katie Blansett, PE, PhD

Dr. Katie Blansett is the Associate Director of the Pennsylvania Housing Research Center (PHRC) at Penn State University.  Her project work focuses on stormwater management and other land development activities including water quality, subdivision design standards, environmental regulations, land use planning and other technical issues. She serves on the executive board of the Pennsylvania Stormwater Technical Workgroup (PaSTW), which is a state‚Äźwide organization of stormwater professionals working with the PA DEP to revise the Stormwater BMP Manual. Dr. Blansett also teaches a senior capstone design course on Sustainable Residential Subdivision Design in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

Dr. Blansett is a licensed Professional Engineer in Pennsylvania.  She holds a B.S. degree in Environmental Systems Engineering, a M.Eng. degree in Civil Engineering (Water Resources) and a Ph.D. in Agricultural and Biological Engineering (Natural Resources Engineering). Before joining the PHRC, Dr. Blansett worked as a consulting engineering specializing in stormwater management, low impact development, stream restoration, hydrology and hydraulics studies, and geographic information systems.

Dr. Blansett recently joined the executive committee of the Pennsylvania Society of Professional Engineers as the Central Region Vice President.


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