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April 02, 2007

Workshops focus on development, water quality

Two regional low-impact development (LID) workshops aimed at educating coastal decision-makers, developers, elected officials, planners and the public on how to lessen urban developmentā€™s impact on North Carolina's fragile coast and its clean water supply are set for April and May.

The first is on April 11 at Pine Knoll Shores Aquarium; the second, on May 3, is at the Roanoke Island Aquarium in Manteo.

The sites are no coincidence, as one workshop goal is for North Carolina aquariums to help educate the public about low-impact development, says Dr. Bill Hunt, a workshop organizer.

Hunt is an assistant professor in North Carolina State University's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences' Biological and Agricultural Engineering Department and a North Carolina Cooperative Extension urban stormwater management specialist

"LID (low-impact development) is a land development approach that uses various planning and design practices and technologies to protect natural resources and minimize the cost associated with infrastructure," says Hunt. "LID does not inhibit growth but encourages a comprehensive, environmentally friendly planning and implementation process."

Hunt adds, "LID tries to mimic a site's predevelopment hydrology by using design techniques to infiltrate, filter, store, evaporate and detain stormwater runoff close to its source. LID can be applied to new development, urban retrofits, redevelopment and revitalization projects."

The workshops will provide an overview of low-impact development design as well as implementation elements, practices and case studies and field tours to sites where low-impact development is being practiced.

Workshop instructors urge engineers, landscape architects, stormwater managers, land surveyors, regulators, students, homeowner association members, municipal officials and anyone else who designs, reviews or constructs low-impact developments to attend. Registration and other information is available online at http://www.bae.ncsu.edu/workshops/LID/. Information is also available from Andrea Olevano in the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering at North Carolina State University at 919.515.6780 or andrea_olevano@ncsu.edu.

The workshops are funded through a grant from N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources Water Quality Section.

- Art Latham, 919.513.3117 or art_latham@ncsu.edu -

Posted by Dave at April 2, 2007 11:48 AM