Member Spotlight

Carrie Rivette

Wastewater/Stormwater Maintenance Superintendent, PE; Grand Rapids Environmental Services Department, and much appreciated Exchange Member and Planning Committee Member

Carrie Rivette is an exemplary Exchange member, through both the leadership she displays in the GSI field and her eagerness to continue refining her practices and pursuing new knowledge.

Her program, the city of Grand Rapids Environmental Services Department, has established itself as a vanguard implementer of GSI through projects such as Joe Taylor Park, their first large-scale green infrastructure project which was recognized in 2014 as one of twelve “Frontline Parks” in a nationwide contest sponsored by City Parks Alliance, and Mary Waters Park, their largest infiltration project to date. (Follow along with their work through this story map.)

(Top to bottom) The completed Joe Taylor Park and the early phases of Mary Waters Park installation

Carrie’s program has several more projects underway: daylighting storm pipe that goes through a local park, and working to make bank stabilization projects as green as possible.

“Moving forward, we’re looking to identify large, underground infiltration projects and public education projects that can be used as demonstrations for how green infrastructure works,” Carrie explained.

The Grand Rapids Environmental Services Dept. installed living walls at their Water Resource Recovery Facility this summer

She said that her participation in the Exchange has helped her to realize that other cities are facing the same challenges as Grand Rapids and that many resources are available for GSI programs around the country to learn from. She’s looking forward to connecting with peers from other cities at the 2018 Exchange Annual Meeting to learn more about Detroit’s contractor training (and any other programs who employ this method) and creative ways for monitoring GSI installations. Carrie also hopes to learn:

  • How are other cities and utilities managing daylighting in urban environments?
  • What workflow do others follow for GSI projects?

Connect with Carrie through the Exchange website to learn more about her work and to share with her your tips and best practices.

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