Natural Stormwater Management and Salmon Habitat Restoration and Re-forestation for King County’s Brightwater System

  • 04 Dec 2012
  • 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Pyramid Alehouse 1201 First Avenue South Seattle, WA 98134


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Dinner Meeting

Natural Stormwater Management and Salmon Habitat Restoration and Re-forestation for King County’s Brightwater System and WA AWRA Annual Chapter Meeting

Michael Popiwny, LEED, AP.  Capital Project Manager, King County Wastewater Treatment Division, Department of Natural Resources and Parks, Seattle, Washington

Michael will present a general overview of the Brightwater System, including the benefits of the project and its elements.  He will then focus on the treatment plant site which is located north of Woodinville. He will cover its conceptual design, sequence of processes and layout and the design of its regional environmental education and community center, highlighting the stormwater treatment and management system.  The main focus of the talk will the 43-acre salmon habitat and reforestation project that we completed on the northern portion of the site. Michael will discuss the steps of the reconstruction and view the final results, now four years after its completion.  This portion of the project included adding 350 feet of new stream corridor, restoring 1,350 feet of existing stream corridor, creating 29,000 sq.ft. of pond habitat and planting more than 22,000 native plants.

Michael has worked in the fields of land planning, architectural and landscape architectural design and habitat creation and restoration for the last 25 years.  He lead the site selection process for King County’s Brightwater Wastewater Treatment System. He oversaw the system wide architectural and landscape architectural design and construction, development of the associated art program, the development, design and construction of the mitigation program and directed the LEEDs sustainable design approach for the Brightwater system. His experience includes managing the design and construction of the Port of Seattle’s Bell Street Pier multiple use project, King County’s acquisition of the railroad right-of way that has become the Eastlake Sammamish Trail, design of the 26 acres of parkland that surrounds the West Point Treatment Facility and several additional large scale planning, design and construction projects around the United States. 

Michael’s undergraduate work in Sociology and Environmental Design was done at the State University of New York at Plattsburgh and his graduate work in Landscape Architecture and Land Use Planning was done at the University of Pennsylvania.

This event will also include the WA AWRA Annual Chapter Meeting, which will include ~15 minutes for introducing next year’s slate of proposed board members and asking for a vote from the attendees.

Event Details:

December 4th, 2012

Social 5:30-6:00

Annual Chapter Meeting 6:00-6:15

Dinner 6:15-7:00

Presentation 7:00-8:00


Students: Free

Member: $30

Non-Members: $40

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Cancellation Policy: WA-AWRA will fully refund the registration fee if cancellation notice is received within 5 days of the event.


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