Best Management Practices for Highway Roadsides

by Willson S. McBurney, ASLA, PLA

Cars on a highway
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News from the Transportation Research Board’s Standing Committee on Landscape and Environmental Design

The Transportation Research Board (TRB) and the Standing Committee on Landscape and Environmental Design (AKD40) are hosting a webinar this month that will focus on compost-based best management practices on highway roadsides. Committee member Jack Broadbent with Caltrans and our presenters will discuss how these practices advance roadside revegetation, control erosion, reduce runoff, filter stormwater, and improve stormwater quality. They will also introduce practical tools and innovative methods to enhance water quality and roadside vegetation.

TRB Webinar: Compost It! Environmental Benefits of Compost in Highway Roadsides
Wednesday, June 23, 2021
2:00-3:30 p.m. (Eastern)

This webinar was organized by the TRB Committee on Landscape and Environmental Design with support from the Environmental Analysis and Ecology Committee (AEP70) and the Roadside Maintenance Operations Committee (AKR20).

Pre-registration is required. The webinar is free for DOT government employees and TRB sponsors. Other registrants will need to pay $95 to attend. Sign into to view registration information.

Agenda and presenters:

  • Welcome and introduction
    Willson McBurney, Chair, Standing Committee on Landscape and Environmental Design, AKD40
  • Using compost blankets to reduce highway runoff volume
    Allen Davis, University of Maryland
  • Environmental benefits of compost for stormwater quality
    David Crohn, University of California, Riverside
  • Environmental benefits of compost for erosion control
    Scott Dowlan, California Department of Transportation
  • Question and answer session
    Jack Broadbent, California Department of Transportation

If you have any questions about the webinar, please contact Beth Ewoldsen.

TRB AKD40 Mid-Year Meeting
Monday, June 28-Tuesday, June 29, 2021
11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (Eastern)

Due to continuing impacts of COVID-19, AKD40 has made the decision to make our 2021 Mid-Year Meeting a completely virtual meeting. The virtual format will allow greater participation for members and friends that are unable to travel. We hope you can all participate.

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Willson S. McBurney, ASLA, PLA, is a Senior Landscape Architect at Moffatt & Nichol, Chair of the TRB Standing Committee on Landscape and Environmental Design (AKD40), and an officer for ASLA’s Transportation Professional Practice Network (PPN).

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