Dr. Cummings’ presentation was given on Tuesday, August 20th during the Financing and Cost Benefits of LID session track. Her audience drew from the 850 attendees including engineers, planners, agency representatives, and academics. The topic Dr. Cummings’ presented was studied as her dissertation and researched the life cycle cost comparison of traditional stormwater management and LID. The presentation also featured work of Megan McCullough, P.E., a water resources engineer from WEG. Dr. Cummings’ presentation focused on the often overlooked factors in costs estimates: the cost of land and environmental mitigation. Her study incorporated these two factors with the cost of construction and maintenance for 15 years for a cost comparison. The purpose of her project (which also served as her dissertation for her Ph.D.) was to evaluate overall cost in an effort to show that LID is cost-effective. Thirty sites in central Virginia were analyzed using the cost of land, construction, maintenance, environmental mitigation for both traditional stormwater management and LID, using present value cost. The results indicated that LID does present a significant cost savings over traditional stormwater management of approximately $28,000 per acre.
“I am pleased to say that WEG employees continually stay on the forefront of environmental engineering issues. Loretta’
With an undergraduate degree in Biology and Chemistry from Shepherd College, an MS in Biology and Environmental Science and a Ph.D. in Environmental Science Public Policy from George Mason University, Dr. Cummings has over 35 years experience with environmental issues. Dr. Cummings’ most recent 11 years have been with WEG as a Senior Regulatory Specialist where her principal areas of specialization include regulatory support for impacts to wetlands, streams, and submerged lands, environmental mitigation, aquatic ecology, National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) documentation, Section 7 coordination for compliance with the Federal Endangered Species Act, Section 106 coordination for compliance with the National Historic Preservation Act, and Section 404 and Section 401 coordination for compliance with the Clean Water Act.
Williamsburg Environmental Group, Inc. (WEG) is a full-service environmental consulting and engineering firm that serves both the public and private sectors in providing simple, cost-effective solutions to today's complex environmental problems. We offer specialized environmental services in the areas of ecology, environmental planning, water resources, ecology, stream assessment and restoration, landscape architecture, golf course planning, construction administration, and regulatory support.
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