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Professor Charlene LeBleu Teams with Forestry for Development Workshop

Charlene LeBleu, Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture and Latif Kalin, Associate Professor of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences hosted a low-impact development workshop in Prichard, Alabama in October 2012.  The focus of the workshop was to inform professionals and government officials of the flood prone areas of the Eight Mile Creek Watershed and how stream buffer ordinances can reduce flooding and restore habitat.  The workshop was part of a collaborative Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium grant. Other Auburn University speakers included Maria Hines, Graduate Research Assistant, Auburn Landscape Architecture, Navideh Noori, Graduate Research Assistant, Auburn Forestry, and Rajesh Sawant, Research Associate, Auburn Forestry. During the workshop, Auburn University experts shared what they have learned through recent research in the watershed. Topics included current water quality, future land-use modeling, low-impact development concepts, Reading Creek restoration efforts, model stream buffer ordinances and zoning regulations for Alabama coastal streams.   Participants also took part in a charrette that allowed them to use the information presented in the workshop to brainstorm and visualize ways to incorporate low-impact development practices in the watershed. 

Photo: Kent Broom of Kent H. Broom Landscape Architecture, LLC, Mobile, Alabama, left, explains to Cortez Lampley, resent AUMLA graduate and Matt Rogers, PE, Driven Engineering, Inc. Mobile, Alabama, strategies for placement of stormwater BMPs during a low-impact development workshop about the Eight Mile Creek Watershed.

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