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WASHINGTON, D.C. –The following statement was issued by Nancy Somerville, Hon. ASLA, executive vice president and CEO of the American Society of Landscape Architects on the occasion of the signing into law of the Water Infrastructure Improvement Act (H.R. 7279). The new law provides flexibility to municipalities wishing to prioritize investments in wastewater and stormwater projects needed for Clean Water Act compliance and requires the EPA to promote the option of green infrastructure, which allows communities to use natural processes to infiltrate or reuse storm water runoff beneficially on-site where it is generated.

At a time when our nation’s infrastructure is rapidly deteriorating, the enactment of the Water Infrastructure Improvement Act represents a significant step forward in helping communities use green infrastructure to meet critical water management goals, while protecting the health, safety, and well-being of their residents.

Thanks in part to the continued advocacy efforts of ASLA and its members, the Water Infrastructure Improvement Act is now law. Over the last decade landscape architects have been at the forefront of advocating for green infrastructure policies that improve community infrastructure, including water and stormwater management.

This bipartisan law provides flexibility and local autonomy for vital wastewater and stormwater projects, increasing the likelihood that green infrastructure principles will be put into practice throughout the country.

Landscape architects are prepared to help implement this law by working with municipalities to develop and design projects that safeguard our nation’s water supply. These green infrastructure projects will also stimulate the creation of well-paying jobs, and create public places that enhance the quality of community life.

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Join the South Carolina, North Carolina, and Georgia Chapters of the American Society of Landscape Architects for the ASLA Southeast Regional Conference. The conference will be held on Sunday, June 2nd through Tuesday, June 4th at the Hyatt Regency Greenville located in downtown Greenville, South Carolina.

The ASLA Southeast Regional Conference 2019 is certain to educate, engage, and ignite discussion within the Landscape Architecture Community!

  • Panel discussions to case studies, lectures and tours
  • Learn and engage with Industry Partners during the interactive Expo Hall
  • Enjoy the Southeast Regional Awards Ceremony with colleagues
  • Network with leaders in the Landscape Architecture Profession
  • Experience downtown Greenville and all that it has to offer, including the iconic Falls Park, a thriving downtown, an exciting culinary scene, and incredible outdoor activities

SCORP Survey

The Statewide Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP) is extremely important because it allows Mississippi to be eligible to receive federal funding for improvements and additions to public recreational facilities.

Part of the SCORP update includes public input; therefore a public survey has been produced in an attempt to reach as many Mississippi residents as possible. The survey is intended for respondents to share observations concerning recreational facilities and activities. Results of the survey will be published in the 2019-2024 MS SCORP report.

Take the survey here.

On Friday, September 21st the City of Jackson Department of Planning and Development will be hosting its first PARK(ing) Day event from 12pm-10pm. PARK(ing) Day is an annual event that encourages community members, businesses, students, and designers to transform metered parking spaces into temporary parklets. Parklets are a sidewalk extension that provides more space and amenities for people using the street. Usually parklets are installed on parking lanes and use several parking spaces. The City of Jackson will be designing its first parklet downtown on Congress St. between Amite St. and Capitol St. The mission of our PARK(ing) Day event is to call attention to the need for more public space to generate critical discussion around human scale development and policy.

For more information about the event check our Facebook link for updates:

https://www.facebook.com/events/2379195695438808/

Please make plans now to attend the 2019 TSC in Huntsville, Alabama, April 4-6.  The conference will be held at the Von Braun Center in downtown Huntsville.  The theme for the conference will be “Creating Resilient Solutions”.

More information soon.  In the meantime visit twinstatesconference.com or call Jana Hoops, Conference Coordinator, at 601-624-8740.

We look forward to seeing you there.

 

In recent years, ASLA achieved some critical legislative successes including working to successfully stave off state attacks on licensure, to pass legislation to support the National Park Service, the Land and Water Conservation Fund, active transportation programs, and more.  Even as advocacy continues for these and other issues, the results of this survey will begin to determine which federal advocacy issues will be a priority for the Society in the upcoming 116th Congress in 2019-2020 and will help shape your local chapter’s upcoming advocacy efforts.

Please take a moment to complete the ASLA Federal and State Legislative Priorities Survey to tell us about issues that are important to you and continue to share it with your Chapter members. Please complete your survey by May 15.

Take this opportunity to shape ASLA’s future political landscape.

If you missed the online registration deadline it is still not too late to attend.  Join us this Thursday -Saturday, March 8-10 at the new Westin Jackson Hotel, earn up to 11 CEU’s and interact with nationally known landscape architects and others.  We hope to see you there!

http://www.twinstatesconference.com