SOIL AND WATER SCIENCES VIDEO TOPICS: LOW IMPACT DEVELOPMENT (LID)

Low Impact Development (LID) is a suite of stormwater and land development strategies that emphasizes conservation and use of on-site natural features integrated with engineered, small scale hydrologic controls to more closely mimic pre-development hydrologic conditions. It helps to maintain the natural perviousness and pollutant treatment of soil by maximizing the contact time between stormwater and soil particles as close to the original source as possible.

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Developing a Better Way: An Alternative Approach to Stormwater Management

Dr. Mark Clark demonstrates alternative land development and stormwater approaches in the River Forest community in Manatee County, FL and in a stormwater basin on the University of Florida campus that was designed to enhance ecological function. 

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Introduction to Low Impact Development (LID)

Dr. Mark Clark explains the concept of Low Impact Development and how LID practices can be used to better mimic natural landscapes when land is developed, in order to reduce stormwater runoff, allowing more water to infiltrate the soil, and to improve water quality. This video is part of the series Principles and Practices of Low Impact Development in Florida, developed in partnership with the Program for Resource Efficient Communities and IFAS Video.

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Ecologically Enhanced Stormwater Basins

Dr. Mark Clark describes the ecologically enhanced design for a stormwater basin that partitions the basin into hydrologic units to filter and treat nutrient pollution, improving water quality, creating greater biodiversity and enhancing recreational opportunities. This video is part of the series Principles and Practices of Low Impact Development in Florida, developed in partnership with the Program for Resource Efficient Communities and IFAS Video.

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Permeable Surfaces

Dr. Mark Clark demonstrates various pervious materials, including permeous asphalt, concrete, pavers and recycled tires, and describes how the design of permeable surfaces helps to minimize runoff and protect water quality. This video is part of the series Principles and Practices of Low Impact Development in Florida, developed in partnership with the Program for Resource Efficient Communities and IFAS Video.

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