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Resiliency: Sustainable Stormwater Practices for the Future


Over time, watershed areas have changed as our communities and cities become more developed, resulting in damage and other severe consequences whenever heavy rain events occur due to stormwater runoff.

Join USGBC South Carolina for our "Resiliency Sustainable Stormwater Practices for the Future" seminar, where we'll review our current status and what's being done.

We'll also discuss how we can mitigate the impacts of stormwater, new design parameters, and explore hydrological dynamics from a watershed and soils perspective. Our presenters and panelists represent a cross section of professionals, municipalities, and universities.

This event has been approved for 4 AIA Credits - 3 LA CES/HSW credits for Landscape Architects.

Cost (includes breakfast): $10 for USGBC members, $15 for nonmembers


Time Session
7:30-8:15 a.m. Registration breakfast
8:15-8:30 a.m. Welcome introduction
8:30-9 a.m. Lisa Wells, City of Greenville — The City's efforts currently and in the Future
9-9:20 a.m. Katie Buckley, Carolina Clear
9:20-9:40 a.m. Melanie Rhuleman, North Wind, Inc.: Urban Stormwater Hydrology: Making the Case for LID
9:40-10 a.m. William Lamb & Kelli Garcia, PE: Post-Construction Water Quality Design Criteria: Combining Effectiveness and Simplicity
10-10:20 a.m. Break
10:20-11:20 a.m. Barrett Kays - Beyond Green LID Zero Runoff Strategies
11:25-12:25 a.m. Panel discussion



Kelli Garcia
Having recently passed her PE exam (wooohoooo!), Ms. Garcia is licensed Professional Engineer with a focused career and experience in a variety of water resources related disciplines. Her areas of interest and expertise include water pollution control; stormwater management; hydrologic and hydraulic analysis; field data collection and analysis; sediment and erosion control; LID design; and wetland and riverine systems. Ms. Garcia has a bachelor's and master's degree in Biosystems Engineering from Clemson University. In her free time, she enjoys playing soccer, cooking delicious meals, and home decorating projects.


Katie Giacalone Buckley
Katie Giacalone Buckey, Director, Center for Watershed Excellence, Clemson University, has been involved in Clemson Public Service Activities natural resource programs since 2008, at Carolina Clear and as an Extension Service associate. She holds an undergraduate degree in marine science and a master's in environmental science, and has specialized in monitoring and mitigating the effects of water pollution and working with communities to address regulatory mandates.


Barrett Kays
Barrett L. Kays, FASLA, is both a Landscape Architect and Soil Scientist. Dr. Kays is a specialist in soil physics, hydrology, and groundwater and has used these skills to design unique site specific stormwater and wastewater systems. He designed the largest bioretention stormwater system in the US for the Great Lawn in Central Park, NY, NY which has been in operation for twenty years. He is currently completing CA for the Main Fountain Garden at Longwood Gardens South of Philadelphia, PA; North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh, NC; and Isaac Dickson Elementary School, Asheville, NC. He is currently designing stormwater systems for historic Moore Square Park, Raleigh, NC; Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial and Smithsonian Institute's National Air & Space Museum in Washington, DC.


William Lamb
Currently serving as a senior engineer and project manager for Amec Foster Wheeler, Mr. Lamb has a broad range of experience in a variety of water-related disciplines, including stormwater program support, stormwater design regulations, hydrologic and hydraulic modeling, water quality modeling, watershed planning, sediment and erosion control, wetland and stream restoration, and managing multi-disciplinary projects. Mr. Lamb has a bachelor's degree in Biosystems Engineering from Clemson University and is a licensed professional engineer. In his free time, he enjoys boating, fishing, and photography.


Melanie Ruhlman
Melanie Ruhlman is a water resources specialist with over 20 years of professional experience in water resource assessment and planning. Her professional career has included work in industry, government, and private consulting. She earned a bachelor's degree in Forestry from North Carolina State University and master's degree in Forest Hydrology from the University of Georgia. Melanie's areas of expertise include watershed assessment and planning, stormwater management, watershed hydrology, water quality, erosion and sediment control, stream surveys, soils, wetlands, public outreach and education, and technical writing. She currently serves as President of Save Our Saluda and works closely with Friends of the Reedy River. Melanie enjoys life on the North Saluda River in Marietta with her family and loves paddling and spending time outdoors.


Lisa Wells
Lisa Wells, City of Greenville, has been a Senior Civil Engineer with the City’s Environmental Engineering Group since 2012. In this time, her work has included all aspects of the City’s stormwater program (MS4 and FEMA) components such as watershed and program master planning, development review, education outreach, policy development, and floodplain management. In support of the City’s wastewater collection system, Lisa has also performed sewer capacity analysis and modeling and designed, permitted, and implemented capital improvement and operational projects. Prior to joining the City, Lisa’s experience included project management and project engineering on multi-discipline design projects along with broad civil engineering and site development design experience for industrial, commercial, and institutional clients. Lisa earned a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Clemson University and a master’s degree from Clemson in Civil Engineering/Construction Management. She is a licensed professional engineer and a certified floodplain manager. Lisa is involved with many other endeavors in the community. Her most important role currently is that of Trustee (2010) and Chairman (2014) of the Greenville County School Board.