October 17, 2014 from 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Land planners and municipal leaders play important roles in promoting low impact designs that sustain wetlands for societal benefits, such as good water quality, water storage and critical habitats.
This free workshop is for land planners, city/county officials, and others interested in learning about the importance of headwaters for local water quality. Urban development can have direct and indirect impacts on wetlands, and attendees will learn about urban planning measures that can help sustain wetlands and their benefits.
Learn from university scientists and extension specialists about:
• What headwater wetlands and streams are
• Important features and benefits headwater wetlands provide
• How headwater wetlands benefit local water quality and how urban development may compromise this benefit
• How modeling may be used to assess watershed-level benefits that headwater wetlands provide
• How modeling can be used to project changes in water quality based on land use change and wetland condition
A field trip will take you to Spanish Fort and Bay Minette area headwater wetlands. Lunch will be provided. Registration is free and required by Oct. 14.