Talks & Lectures
26 Feb 2020
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Hugo Neu Corporation Sustainability Seminar Series: Green Infrastructure for Flood Control

Department of Civil, Environmental and Ocean Engineering

Ray Hyland

by Ray Hyland, Brown and Caldwell


This talk will highlight resiliency projects from San Francisco, Boston, and Atlanta. Cites are facing more risk to damaging floods as storms become more intense and frequent with climate change. Green infrastructure practices such as rain gardens, green roofs and permeable pavements have historically been applied for water quality treatment volumes. By taking a targeted, resilient design approach, these practices can also provide meaningful volume capture to alleviate flooding conditions. In Boston, open parkland is being designed to temporarily detain large storm events while providing recreational amenities. In Atlanta, modifications to standard designs such as increased inlet conveyance and storage layers have resulted in capture of larger storm events. In San Francisco, a canal is being improved to provide conveyance for large storms while adding public park space. The common theme throughout each of the projects is the added benefits gained while still providing stormwater flooding control.


Ray serves as Brown and Caldwell’s Green Infrastructure Leader bringing more than 20 years of experience in green infrastructure planning, policy, design, construction management, and performance monitoring. He has served as a technical leader for green infrastructure programs across the country, including New York City Department of Environmental Protection, DC Water, City of Atlanta, Boston Water and Sewer Commission, Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District, LA County and others. Ray holds a B.S. and M.S. in Environmental Engineering from Ohio University and enjoys mountain biking in the forests near his home in Westchester, NY.

For more information, please contact Dr. Dibs Sarkar at [email protected] For those who are unable to attend in person, the seminar will be live webcast via Zoom.

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