The measure of the maturity, adoption, and sustained implementation of advanced stormwater control measures should be considered if the field is to continue to move forward. There are numerous documented benefits to Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI) however there is still much to learn. In many respects after nearly two decades of research we are still installing demonstration projects. Despite its relative simplicity GSI, is an emerging and multi-dimensional field that will benefit from observation and reflection on many of the implementation efforts underway. Much of the major research on water quality performance, hydrology and hydraulics is confirmatory. Just where we are as a science of adoption and implementation is still a work in progress.
James Houle, PhD., CPSWQ, CPESC
The UNH Stormwater Center
Dept of Civil and Environmental Engineering
35 Colovos Road
University of New Hampshire
Durham, NH 03824
Phone: 603-862-1445 Fax: 603-862-3957
James Houle is the Program Director for the Stormwater Center. His responsibilities include directing and managing the Stormwater Center's growing body of research projects. Areas of expertise include diffusion of innovative stormwater management solutions, the design and implementation of innovative stormwater control measures including green infrastructure (GI), and low impact development (LID) strategies, planning and implementation, operation and maintenance, and water resource monitoring.
Dr. Houle holds a Ph.D in Natural Resources and Environmental Science, has over twenty years of experience with water quality-related issues in New England and is a certified professional in storm water quality (CPSWQ) and a certified professional in erosion and sediment control (CPESC).