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GEO’s Mark Merkelbach and Shaoxuan Zhou discussed green stormwater infrastructure design strategies and the China Sponge City program with students from Chung Yuan Christian University, Taiwan. Mr. Merkelbach and Professor Jeff Hou, the UW department Chair, then facilitated a conversation with the visiting landscape architecture students about the design process, role of LAs and engineers, and how the the Sponge City program is evolving.

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GEO_TW team got 3rd place in a Memorial Square competition in National Taiwan University. The design idea incorporates with the existing water reuse facility to a multi-function LID park. It not only collects and treats the surface and rooftop runoff for water reuse, but also create a water feature to represent the history of Dr. Chen Wen-Chen Incident. The purpose is to encourage people reveling the history and activate the space in both activities and engineer functional aspects.

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Dr. Bill Lucas and Yi Yang spoke at the 2016 International Low Impact Development Conference held in Beijing this past June. They lead a 3 hour discussions on City-Scale Stormwater Modeling and developing a Stormwater Tool Box for China Sponge Cities. Over 100 engineers and planners attended this workshop. This was a great turn out and provided important background to Chinese Stormwater professionals.