Integrating Low Impact Development into Stormwater Asset Management Programs

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Estimated time requirement: 1 hour

Please note that it may take up to 24-48 hours to receive a response to this course.  

Produced through the Climate Change Adaptation Platform, with support from Natural Resources Canada.

Course Description

Operationalizing a low impact development (LID) approach to stormwater management requires municipalities and property managers to develop their capacity to inspect and maintain best management practices (BMPs) that most have little or no experience with. To assist with this challenge, the Sustainable Technologies Evaluation Program has developed a guide to help designers, managers and inspectors of stormwater infrastructure develop efficient and effective asset management programs and provide practical tools for implementation.

The recommended inspection and testing framework focuses on visual indicators and simple tests to identify potential problems or deficiencies before assumption and as part of routine operation.  Feedback obtained from a proactive approach to inspection can be used to optimize the frequency of maintenance tasks, avoid costlier repair work, extend practice lifespans and save money over the long-term.  Designing LID BMPs with ease of inspection and maintenance in mind is critical to the affordability of stormwater infrastructure programs and must be considered during design and approval processes

This course provides an overview of:

  1. Critical components and considerations in developing an efficient and effective stormwater asset management program that includes LID practices.
  2. Tips for making LID inspection and maintenance cheaper and easier by design.
  3. The recommended framework of inspection types, indicators and tests to use over a typical LID BMP life cycle, including standard protocols and test methods.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify components of stormwater infrastructure asset management programs that are critical for developing the capacity to manage LID BMPs.
  2. Identify program design components that can make inspection and maintenance easier and cheaper to perform and keep your program affordable.
  3. Summarize the recommended framework of inspections, indicators and tests to use during the main life cycle phases of LID BMP.
  4. Recognize key components of BMP-specific inspection and maintenance plans.

Additional Information:

This course qualifies for 1 continuing development hour (CDHs) for the Certified Inspector of Sediment and Erosion Control (CISEC) program

IMPORTANT NOTE: Once you have successfully registered for the course you will be sent your course log-in information from  Please allow for approximately 48 hour response time.

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