In class: Advanced LID Design: Bioretention Facilities Workshop – Kingston, ON

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December 5, 2019 @ 8:30 am – 4:30 pm America/Toronto Timezone
INVISTA Centre - Rooms A&B
1350 Gardiners Rd
Kingston, ON K7P 0E5
Victoria Kring
Registration Deadline: December 2, 2019

This training event was produced through the Climate Change Adaptation Platform, with support from Natural Resources Canada and in partnership with the Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority (CRCA) and the City of Kingston. 

NRCan          CHCA      City of Kingston

Green infrastructure, including low impact development (LID) practices, is becoming an increasingly common approach to stormwater management control. Bioretention is one type of LID measure that is designed to treat runoff from paved areas by using the natural properties of soil and vegetation to remove contaminants. Water management practitioners need to be familiar with the ‘ins and outs’ of bioretention design including sizing and siting, inlet and outlet design, material specification, construction planning, as well as the associated lifecycle inspection and maintenance requirements that should be considered during the design process.

Using an example project site, participants will be guided through a bioretention design problem including:

  • Bioretention basics and terminology
  • Review of performance studies
  • Screening design options
  • Sizing for hydrologic and water quality objectives
  • Site planning and placement of bioretention areas
  • Site grading and drainage
  • Planting design
  • Material specifications
  • Detailed design options for inlets/pretreatment
  • Detailed design options for outlets/flow control
  • Construction planning and sequencing, with erosion and sediment control
  • Maintenance planning
  • Design documentation
  • Certification/Assumption protocols

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of the course participants will be able to:

  1. Understand the key considerations surrounding the selection and sizing of bioretention systems.
  2. Develop evidence-based decision making skills for detailed design, including inlets, overflows and drains.
  3. Apply bioretention design principles to a case study site.
  4. Learn where to access freely available resources to support design adaptation.

Who should attend:

  • A course intended for stormwater engineers, planners, landscape architects, agency and municipal staff.

Recommended pre-workshop study:


Jen Hill and Bernadeta Surowiec

Additional Information:

The day will be a series of short presentations interspersed with (primarily math-based) problem solving periods when the participants will work in small teams to develop their designs. Participants are requested to bring a device capable of accessing the internet and may wish to bring their own:

  • Calculator
  • 1:1000 scale

As this is a technical workshop involving the application and discussion of different computational models, participants are encouraged to bring their own laptop computer.

Lunch and light refreshments will be provided.

This course qualifies for six (6) continuing development hour (CDHs) for the Certified Inspector of Sediment and Erosion Control (CISEC) program

If you have any additional questions or concerns please contact Victoria Kring at

Association ‘discount codes’ are not eligible for this course.

TRCA HST Registration number is 10808 8584 RT001

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