Inland property adjacent to our waterways has always been vulnerable to the forces of nature, and always will be. Flow energy in our rivers and streams is subject to surges caused by heavy rain events. The shorelines of our lakes and ponds are often negatively impacted by wave action and stormwater runoff.
We have learned a great deal the negative impacts of past practices. For example, native plant species have been removed in favor or hard armor, turf grasses or invasive plant species. Outdated land management practices have resulted in the transport of destructive nutrients into our inland waters.
The good news is that all the problems outlined above must be and can be successfully addressed. Attendees will learn about the tools, techniques and practices that offer hope for a future which promises both functional and sustainable shorelines.
Speaker: Peter Hanrahan
Peter Hanrahan is a Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control, and has more than 43 years of industry experience. In addition to presentations in Taiwan and the Dominican Republic, Peter has also presented at the national level for many organizations, including the International Erosion Control Association, Land Improvement Contractors of America, the Geotechnical Fabrics Institute, the National Working Waterfront Network, and the American Water Works Association.
His articles have been published in many magazines, including Erosion Control, Land & Water, Geosynthetics, and Landscape Architect & Specifier News.
He has also assisted with the development of erosion control standards with the Illinois Tollway Authority, and the State Departments of Transportation in New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine, Oklahoma, Missouri, Arkansas, Illinois and Canada.