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Sept. 20, 2021
By Ryan McGeeneyU of A System Division of Agriculture
LITTLE ROCK — As cities, towns and other metropolitan areas in Arkansas continue to
grow, the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture is working to help
developers and planners keep water quality in mind.
The Cooperative Extension Service, part of the Division of Agriculture, will produce
a free webinar focused on low-impact development for water quality and communities.
The webinar is scheduled to stream Sept. 28, 1:30-2:30 p.m., CDT.
The program is funded by a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and
the Arkansas Natural Resources Division, part of the Arkansas Department of Agriculture.
The grant is aimed and expanding green infrastructure.
John Pennington, extension water quality educator for the Division of Agriculture,
said low-impact development is key to both maintaining natural resources and making
structures as durable as possible as cities continue to grow.
“Low-impact development, or LID, is a building and development technique that is used
to slow down, spread out, and soak in stormwater on site,” Pennington said. “The technique
attempts to maintain pre-development water movement patterns in post-development conditions.”
According to the EPA, the mid-20th century approach to stormwater management — the
channeling of stormwater using engineered systems of curbs, gutters, pipes and so
on — has resulted in significant damage to water quality.
“Damage to public and personal property associated with flooding is also an all-too-common
outcome,” Pennington said.
“Incorporating LID into communities can reduce the amount of stormwater leaving an
area, slow it down, prevent flooding and protect the quality of water in receiving
streams,” he said. “This webinar will help citizens, municipal staff and decision-makers
better understand the benefits of using LID in their communities, and how to modify
city codes to allow or encourage LID in their community.”
The webinar will also provide local examples of LID applications located in communities
throughout the state of Arkansas.
To learn about extension programs in Arkansas, contact your local Cooperative Extension
Service agent or visit www.uaex.uada.edu. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @AR_Extension. To learn more about Division
of Agriculture research, visit the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station website: https://aaes.uark.edu. Follow on Twitter at @ArkAgResearch. To learn more about the Division of Agriculture,
visit https://uada.edu/. Follow us on Twitter at @AgInArk.
About the Division of Agriculture
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s mission is to strengthen
agriculture, communities, and families by connecting trusted research to the adoption
of best practices. Through the Agricultural Experiment Station and the Cooperative
Extension Service, the Division of Agriculture conducts research and extension work
within the nation’s historic land grant education system.
The Division of Agriculture is one of 20 entities within the University of Arkansas
System. It has offices in all 75 counties in Arkansas and faculty on five system campuses.
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offers all its Extension
and Research programs to all eligible persons without regard to race, color, sex,
gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital
or veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status, and
is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.
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Media contact:Ryan McGeeneyCommunications ServicesUniversity of Arkansas System Division of AgricultureCooperative Extension Service(501) firstname.lastname@example.org