Homeowners are encouraged to attend this workshop to learn about how they can help protect local waterways by implementing low impact development (LID) techniques on their properties. Jane Maginot, Water Quality Agent for Washington County, Lee Porter of Ozark Green Roofs, and Eric Fuselier of the Arkansas Native Plant Society will present on various methods and techniques that can be used to slow down, spread out, and soak in stormwater on-site, creating a more environmentally friendly place for wildlife while improving soil and protecting water quality. Additional topics to be discussed will include green roofs, rain gardens, and phytoremediation.
Jane Maginot is an Extension Agent with the University Of Arkansas System Cooperative Extension Service. Her responsibilities include outreach and education for the NWA Urban Stormwater Education program. She has assisted with coordinating the Blue Pathways workshop series bringing expertise in Low Impact Development to Northwest Arkansas. Prior to coming to the extension service, Mrs. Maginot worked in East Africa managing water access projects. Mrs. Maginot attended Arcadia University where she earned a M.A. in International Peace and Conflict Resolution (2004) with a focus in environmental conflict management.
Lee Porter studied Landscape Architecture at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, where she earned her Bachelors of Landscape Architecture. While in college she learned about green roofs and studied under Mark Boyer, former Landscape Architecture Department Head and green roof advocate. In 2010, she was awarded the John G. Williams Traveling Fellowship to research policies and incentives for green roofs in Germany, Switzerland, and Denmark. As part of the fellowship she attended the International Green Roof Congress in Nurtingen, Germany and continues to attend green roof conferences. She has worked at the Botanical Gardens of the Ozarks, the City of Fayetteville in the Sustainability and Urban Forestry Departments and currently works part-time for Entegrity Partners. Through these experiences she has learned how green roofs can best be built and function in Northwest Arkansas. She owns and operates Ozark Green Roofs and is an ISA Certified Arborist, LEED BD+C AP, and SITES AP.
For more than a decade, Eric Fuselier has been studying the practical uses of the native plants found growing wild in the Ozarks. While Eric’s passion for native plants began as an avid hiker and backpacker, he was eventually able to put the knowledge he gained on the trail to use in a more professional capacity. As the environmental scientist at Crafton Tull, Eric helps civil engineers and landscape architects to select native plant species for the rain gardens, bioswales, and detention ponds they design for their projects in northwest Arkansas. Eric is also currently serving as the president of the Arkansas Native Plant Society, and as president of the Ozark Chapter of Wild Ones: Native Plants, Natural Landscapes.