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Magic of Landscaping Series: Mitigating Environmental Impacts
"Use of Bioremediation systems and Low Impact Development Methods (LID) to improve storm water quality and reduce environmental impacts from development"
John R. Thomas, ASLA, AICP, is a Senior Associate at Edward Pinckney/Associates, Ltd. John is an accomplished professional with 30 years of experience in major project design and construction. He has owned and operated a site development company, building company and real estate company, while actively developing and marketing his own projects.

Using a hands-on approach, he has designed and developed projects as large as 5,000 acres in seven states, working in more than 50 cities and municipalities throughout the south. He has been heavily involved in residential, recreational, and planned unit developments including more than 7,000 units of multi-family housing, parks, waterfront developments, military projects, golf course and golf facility design, and regional college campuses for the University of South Carolina in Allendale and Beaufort.

John began working with wetland systems for storm drainage in the early 1980’s as a means to avoid unsightly, fenced detention ponds on his projects. He has worked closely with the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service, University of South Alabama School of Engineering and the Low Country Institute in developing better processes for incorporating created wetland systems into storm water management programs for various projects.

John shared his expertise on the use of natural storm drainage systems and created wetlands for storm water mitigation and water quality enhancement. While looking at projects that are completed or under-construction, John discussed general LID techniques, filtration BMP’s and other mechanisms which can be included in development planning to reduce storm water impacts and save construction dollars.