This will be the first webcast for the 2018 Green Infrastructure Webcast Series:

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The benefits of incorporating green infrastructure into hazard mitigation planning to improve community resiliency have long been recognized.  In this webcast, presenters will focus on two pilot projects co-sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in which two communities enhanced their resiliency by integrating green infrastructure elements of their stormwater and watershed plans into their hazard mitigation plans to achieve co benefits such as improving water quality and preserving resources. 

Laura Bachle from EPA headquarters will provide an overview of the EPA and FEMA pilot projects that explore the links between green infrastructure and hazard mitigation planning.

Trish Garrigan from EPA Region 1 will discuss how Massachusetts explored integrating green infrastructure with a focus on drought resilience into the Massachusetts State Hazard Mitigation and Adaptation Plan.

Josh Bruce from the University of Oregon’s Community Service Center will discuss how Ashland, Oregon used green infrastructure best management practices to mitigate risk from natural hazards and to provide water quality, habitat, and community benefits.

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