San Francisco Low Impact Design Technical Workshop

Permeable asphalt roadway with curb bulb style rain garden in Issaquah, WAThe San Francisco Public Utilities Commission and Port of San Francisco are hosting a technical workshop on Low Impact Design (LID) techniques January 22nd and 23rd, 2009. The workshop will be presented by leading LID experts from Herrera Environmental Consultants, Washington State University Pierce County Extension, and Chris Webb & Associates. The  workshop will provide participants with the current state of knowledge and in-depth technical information needed to properly design, build, inspect, and maintain bioretention and permeable-pavement facilities.

After completing this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Use the City of San Francisco’s Stormwater Design Guidelines
  • Design, build, inspect, and maintain bioretention and permeable-pavement facilities
  • Understand the fundamentals of facility design and the typical challenges and stumbling blocks
  • Understand the key water quality and flow control performance mechanisms



First Day (January 22nd, 8:30 am to 5pm)

Introduction / LID in San Francisco


  • Bioretention Basics
  • Siting Considerations and Infiltration Testing
  • Design and Specifications
  • Construction, Inspection, Verification, and Long-Term Operation and Maintenance
  • Water Quality Treatment Mechanisms and Performance
  • Hydrologic Modeling and Facility Sizing

Second Day (January 23rd, 8:30 am to 5pm)

Permeable Paving

  • Permeable Paving Basics
  • Siting, Design, and Construction Considerations
  • Design and Construction (permeable asphalt, concrete, and pavers)
  • Inspection, Verification, and Long-Term Operation and Maintenance
  • Water Quality Treatment Mechanisms and Performance
  • Hydrologic Modeling and Facility Sizing



This training targets engineers, designers, builders, landscape architects, environmental professionals, project managers, planners, local jurisdiction staff, and other professionals who work on development and stormwater issues and/or are interested in learning how to design, construct, and maintain LID projects. 



$395 for 2 days; includes workshop materials, light breakfast, lunch, and refreshments both days.  Space permitting, registration will remain open until January 21, 2009.



Robin L. Kirschbaum, PE, LEED AP
Herrera Environmental Consultants

Ms. Kirschbaum is a professional engineer with extensive experience in hydrologic modeling and civil engineering design of low   impact development sites.  She is a contributing author of the Low Impact Development Technical Guidance Manual for Puget   Sound.  Ms. Kirschbaum has successfully managed and provided engineering services for many LID projects, including hydrologic   modeling for  the High Point Revitalization in Seattle; site civil/LID design for two private residential neighborhoods in western   Washington; design and analysis of LID features for a new city in Ningbo, China; development of a Stormwater Rate Incentives   program for the City of Seattle; and planning and design of a pilot study for using rain gardens and drainage cisterns to reduce   the frequency and severity of combined sewer overflows in Seattle.  Ms. Kirschbaum is one of the trainers in the Low Impact   Development Technical Workshop Series in Puget Sound, sponsored by the Puget Sound Partnership.  Computer modeling   software she uses on a regular basis for hydrologic, hydraulic, and sediment studies includes HSPF, WWHM, MGS Flood,   INFOWORKS, KCRTS, HEC-HMS, XP-SWMM, EPA-SWMM, HEC-RAS, CRYSTAL BALL, and EXCEL.

Alice Lancaster, PE
Herrera Environmental Consultants

Ms. Lancaster is a stormwater engineer with expertise in the evaluation and design of both conventional and more progressive   low impact drainage technologies.  She has worked with several jurisdictions in the Puget Sound region on furthering the   understanding of LID and stormwater management.  Ms. Lancaster has contributed to stormwater code requirements, guidance   manuals, and incentive programs to encourage use of these progressive stormwater practices. She prepared the LID sections of   the City of Seattle’s new stormwater manual, including requirements for bioretention, vegetated roofs, permeable pavement,   compost-amended soil, tree planting, and other infiltrating technologies.  She has also developed a simplified approach to   select and size LID stormwater practices, including prescriptive sizing charts, to achieve flow control and water quality treatment   standards for multiple jurisdictions across a range of site conditions in western Washington.  Ms. Lancaster is one of the trainers in   the Low Impact Development Technical Workshop Series in Puget Sound, sponsored by the Puget Sound Partnership.  She has   extensive experience in hydrologic and hydraulic modeling with HSPF, XP-SWMM, KCRTS, WWHM, StormSHED, INFOWORKS   CS, HEC-RAS, and EXCEL.  

Curtis Hinman
Washington State University Extension Faculty, Watershed Ecologist

As an associate professor with Washington State University (WSU) Extension and an adjunct faculty member of the WSU   Department of Natural Resource Sciences.  Mr. Hinman directs water resource programs for WSU Extension in Pierce County to   protect water quality and aquatic habitat in the Puget Sound basin.  He is the author of the Low Impact Development Technical   Guidance Manual for Puget Sound and the Rain Garden Handbook for Western Washington Homeowners.  He is researchs,   designs, and monitors various low impact development strategies applicable in western Washington and serves on advisory   committees that develop regional stormwater management policy and identify funding and research needs.  Mr. Hinman earned   a BS degree in Environmental Policy Analysis and Planning (specializing in lake ecology and water resource management) from the   University of California Davis.  He holds a MS degree with a concentration in stream ecology and watershed management from   Yale University.

Christopher Webb, PE, LEED AP
Chris Webb and Associates

Mr. Webb is a licensed professional civil engineer in Washington and Oregon and a LEED™ accredited professional whose   passion and technical expertise focuses on providing civil engineering designs that demonstrate the highest degree of   sustainability and are based on ecological principles.  He is a frequent speaker on the technical aspects of sustainability as   it is applied in civil engineering.  His experience with sustainable development projects experience includes working with   many local and state governments, private and public entities, utilities, and non-profit groups.  As the principal of Chris Webb   and Associates, he works on diverse design teams across the spectrum of project scales from the single lot to large multi-unit   developments and from master planning through permitting and construction documents.



Port of San Francisco
Bay Side Conference Room
Pier 1, The Embarcadero
San Francisco, CA 94111


CANCELLATION POLICY Cancellations must be received via e-mail no later than January 2, 2009.  A refund will be issued (minus a $75 processing fee).  No refunds will be made for cancellations received after January 2. If you register but are unable to attend, someone else from your agency may attend in your place. To start the cancellation process, please send a cancellation email including your name and phone number using this link.


For additional information contact:

Rosey Jencks, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission
Stormwater Management and Planning
Phone: 415.551.4868  


Name Sales End Price
Attendee Ended $395

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