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Tom Barrett to present on the Rain Gardens & Bioswales

and Resource Efficient Landscape Irrigation at 2011 National Green Centre
by National Green Centre
December 5, 2010

Both presentations are part of 11 courses that are Landscape Architecture CES approved.

The National Green Centre, the next generation green industry event, will be January 9-10, 2011 in St. Louis, MO. Collaborate, learn & buy with an interactive trade show and 90+ hours of education. To register, visit www.nationalgreencentre.org , click attending and then click register. Tom Barrett’s presentations are included in the two day and one day (Monday) conference registration.

Tom Barrett: Rain Gardens and Bioswales

Rain Gardens and bioswales are some of our most effective tools in implementing sustainable water practices. In the presentation, Barrett will discuss how rain gardens and bioswales protect, restore, and mimic the natural water cycle. Additionally, Tom will explain how rain gardens and bioswales can help develop a natural solution for water efficiency, and relieve storm water management issues. Rain Gardens and bioswales create natural filters through which our rainwater can flow.

We are in essence helping to remove the contaminants, while reducing the speed and volume in which the water runs to the storm drains. By choosing to create a rain garden or other environmentally responsible landscape solution, we can reduce the contaminants that collect in the sewer systems, and make a significant improvement for a cleaner and healthier environment.

“The American Society for Civil Engineers gave the United States’ water systems a grade of ‘D-,’ the lowest of any America infrastructure,” said Barrett. “Through increased use of rain gardens and bioswales, we can improve our water systems and create a better environment for plants, animals and people. “In his presentation, Barrett will explain just how essential some of these tools are to efficiently utilizing and managing water sources.

Tom Barrett is the owner of Green Water Infrastructure. He has over thirty years of successful landscape industry experience and is an accomplished corporate growth and change agent.

Mr. Barrett holds a Bachelor of Science in Agronomy and Plant Genetics from the University of Arizona. He also studied architecture at Syracuse University. He holds multiple certifications in irrigation and water conservation. Tom Barrett has been sharing his expertise and his ideas through energetic and dynamic presentations for over twenty years.

His presentations empower participants to embrace change by developing tools for transformational thinking.

Learning Objectives

  • Understanding that stormwater is the largest source of water pollution in the United States
  • Sustainability starts with the landscape. Developing a functional landscape is the most effective and efficient means of
    remediating the environment.
  • Combining “green infrastructure” with existing, conventional “gray infrastructure,” as well as combining new technology with old
    technology creating a sustainable future.

Presented by the Western Nursery & Landscape Associationgreen Centre

Jan. 9-10, 2011

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The Leader in Education and Trade.
St. Louis, MO

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Tom Barrett: Resource Efficient

Landscape Irrigation


The water we use to irrigate our crops is vital and still we as a nation continue to practice inefficient irrigation methods. Current irrigation practices waste an exorbitant amount of money and water using our current process. The EPA states, “Commercial and residential outdoor water use in the United States accounts for more than seven billion gallons of water each day, mainly for landscape irrigation.” The EPA estimates over three and a half billions gallons of water are wasted every day with inefficient and ineffective irrigation practices. More than fifty percent of irrigation water used in residential and commercial irrigation systems is wasted. In his presentation, Barrett presents the “State of the Art” in irrigation design and installation. Barrett will present a comprehensive and sometimes controversial exploration of alternate water sources as well as the EPA WaterSense Program, SMART irrigation technology and current regulatory trends in the irrigation industry.

Tom Barrett is the owner of Green Water Infrastructure. He has over thirty years of successful landscape industry experience and is an accomplished corporate growth and change agent.

Mr. Barrett holds a Bachelor of Science in Agronomy and Plant Genetics from the University of Arizona. He also studied architecture at Syracuse University. He holds multiple certifications in irrigation and water conservation. Tom Barrett has been sharing his expertise and his ideas through energetic and dynamic presentations for over twenty years.

His presentations empower participants to embrace change by developing tools for transformational thinking.

Learning Objective

  • Efficient use of irrigation water
  • USGBC LEED point system for landscape irrigation systems.
  • Alternate water sources for landscape irrigation.

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