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Ensuring Bioretention Media Performance Success
Engineered media is the heart of bioretention system performance, optimised to filter and/or infiltrate stormwater through a plant-soil-microbe complex. Physical, chemical, and biological treatment removal mechanisms capture sediment, nutrients, heavy metals, bacteria, and oil and grease among other contaminants. Qualification and protection of the media components ensure the bioretention media can meet overall performance objectives. A successful bioretention installation involves oversight of media production, not just onsite construction and installation.

This free 1-hour webinar will focus on the framework necessary to transfer raw materials to a blended, commercially installed product. This framework should encompass standard operating procedures (SOPs) for qualifying, sourcing, verifying, producing, storing, and handling media and media specifications to ensure recipe consistency.

This webinar will include a 30-minute presentation by Mindy Hills, followed by responses to questions from attendees.

Key topics will include:
• The role engineered media plays in the overall performance of a bioretention system
• The importance of proper sourcing, producing, and storage of engineered media to ensure optimal performance.
• The role that specifications, QA/QC, and certification play in the consistent production of engineered bioretention media.

A certificate of CPD will be provided to attendees upon request.

Nov 12, 2021 08:00 AM in Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney

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Mindy Hills
R&D Project Manager @Contech Engineered Solutions
Mindy Hills is a R&D Project Manager at Contech Engineered Solutions and has worked in the stormwater industry for over 18 years. She is responsible for product development and evaluation for stormwater treatment, as well as ensuring a stringent bioretention media quality control program. Hills received her BS in Environmental Studies from Randolph-Macon College with a minor in Biology, with research focused on developing macroinvertebrate metrics that could reliably distinguish unimpaired and impaired streams in the Coastal Plain region of Virginia. Hills holds a MS degree in horticulture with a soil science concentration from Virginia Tech, with research focused on identifying vegetation for phytoremediation in storm water treatment systems.