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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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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.

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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!


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The City of Jackson is seeking design submissions from the public for a Unified Signage Design Competition. Designs are needed for five sign types indicating design specifications. First, second, and third place cash prizes will be selected. Top designs may be selected as the design scheme for the City of Jackson. One (1) original submission with the electronic copy in PDF format on a Microsoft Window compatible CD or portable device must be received no later than 3:30 P.M. (CT), on Tuesday, May 1, 2018, at the City Clerk’s Office, 219 S. President Street, Jackson, Mississippi 39201. Mailed submissions should be addressed to the Office of the City Clerk, P.O. Box 17, Jackson, MS 39204-0017. Packets should be sealed and clearly marked “Unified Signage Design Competition for Jackson, Mississippi”.
For more information please see the attached file or contact Biqi Zhao at  the
number below.
Biqi Zhao, AICP
Long Range Planning
Department of Planning and Development
City of Jackson

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The Mississippi State University Student ASLA Chapter will be participating in the 2017 PARK(ing) Day this Friday, September 15, 2017 in downtown Starkville from 12pm to 6pm.  
This year, the students will have their parklet on display at the Bulldog Bash’s Maroon Market on Main Street.  The students are hoping that the change from a location on campus to downtown Starkville will provide additional exposure to both the Student ASLA chapter as well as PARK(ing) Day.
If you are available to travel to Starkville and visit the students this Friday, I would encourage you to do so to show our chapter’s support of the the student chapter’s endeavors.

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Please consider joining design professionals, building owners, contractors, and material suppliers from Mississippi and over the south for the Mississippi Chapter CSI Product Show and Seminar to be held on February 11, 2015 at the Clyde Muse Center in Pearl, Mississippi.

You can see from the attached flyer Seminar_Flier_CSI_Show_2015 that our seminar is about What You Always Wanted to Know About Security but Were Afraid to Ask.  If it (security issues) hasn’t impacted every LA’s design – it will in the future. Our speakers are folks that deal with the holistic picture of security – including the site AND the building!  You can see from their bios that they have worked with many clients on many types of projects world – wide.  We believe this program will provide Owners, Designers, and Contractors a great over view of security requirements.  Hopefully, we will have a better understanding of what questions to ask each other; we’ll understand varying needs for security depending upon building/ facility types; and we will get a better understanding that communicating the security needs in contract documents  has to be coordinated between the Owner, Designer, and Contractor early in the project and continue through project completion.  Almost every design discipline and specialty contractor will “touch” the total security package before the project is completed.  MSCSI is an approved AIA provider of continuing education and 6 hours of HSW credit will be provided to attendees.

Also, Landscape Architects should be reminded that the CSI Product Show is the largest commercial products show in the state of Mississippi.  From here you can visit with real people – not just electronic screens – and learn firsthand about new products and correct applications for their products! Plus, if you attend the Seminar or just visit the Product Show, lunch is free.

Please see the attached flyer and register today!  Seating for the seminar is limited and there is a fee.  There is no admission fee for the Product Show.  Go to mississippi.csinet.org to register (and pay for the seminar) online.

Phillip L. McDade FCSI, CCS, FASLA
Vice President
Weatherford/ McDade, Ltd.
1662 Lelia Drive
Jackson, MS  39216

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The new LALH book and film catalog is here!

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