Green Infrastructure Galore

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Yesterday was an exciting day! It started off with the 2018 Montana Stormwater Conference....Diana Hammer (EPA Region 8), Ashleigh Weeks (Fort Peck Tribes), and I presented on utilizing green infrastructure to transform blighted properties and create community amenity in Poplar, Montana. As part of the talk, I shared the revised site design for the new Poplar Plaza, which wouldn't have been possible without Andrew Davis and Hailey Neutgens (a shout out to these MSU landscape design graduates who volunteered their time and vision!). In addition, I presented with Amy Murdick, a landscape architect and engineer with Tetra Tech, on the aesthetics of plant-heavy green infrastructure strategies. We discussed the value of aesthetics and maintenance, appearance, and community integration tips to for long-term success of green infrastructure performance. Finally, I traveled to Butte with HORT 440 students for their project review on BA&P Hill trail futures. Their team posters are on display at the Butte-Silverbow City-County Courthouse. A day filled with conversations on stormwater, plants, Superfund regeneration, and people experiencing landscape is a lucky day.

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