“Low Impact Development: Bringing Conservation and Conservatives Together”

For decades in the Austin area, the conservation and real-estate-development communities have been at odds over how to manage increasing regional population.  Georgetown attorney Dale Rye believes there is a way, however, to handle one of the most troubling development issues—non-point pollution in rainwater runoff—which can serve the interests of both sides.  By using low-impact-development (LID) methods to manage storm water, communities can significantly reduce the environmental damage from development while simultaneously increasing profits for the developers.  The idea is to handle the issue as close to the source as possible, rather than collecting and treating the water in ugly and less efficient central facilities. Current individual landowners can also implement some LID principles to reduce their own environmental footprints.  These methods include rain gardens, swales, green roofs, etc.  Native plants form an important part of this strategy.

Dale Rye

An El Paso native, Dale A. Rye received his bachelor’s degree from Rice University.  Later, he earned a law degree from the University of Texas at Austin and a master’s degree from the Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest.  Since 1976, he has practiced law in Georgetown, where he has devoted considerable time to dealing with real-estate-development issues.  As an Assistant Williamson County Attorney from 1981 to 2010, he helped place the county significantly ahead of most Texas jurisdictions in the development and enforcement of subdivision regulations managing suburban sprawl.  With his wife, Christine Powell, Dale is active in local groups such as NPSOT-Williamson County and the Capital Area Master Naturalists.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012, 7-9 P.M. at Wild Basin Preserve, 805 N. Capital of Texas Highway (Loop 360), Austin 78746. 

For further information, contact Mike Powers at 512-453-2289 in Austin.