Workshops & Demonstration Sites

Free LID Workshop


  • When: Thursday, May 2, 2013
    1 to 4:45 p.m.
  • Where: Port Ludlow Conference Center
    200 Olympic Place
    Port Ludlow, WA
Save your space today! RSVP by email, or call 360-379-5610, extension 222. This event is free and open to the public. Informational Flyer

Description


We'll be taking an in-depth look at a case study retrofitting rain gardens/bioretention into an existing neighborhood in Port Angeles. We'll also have staff from the Washington Stormwater Center explain the guidelines and regulations in various jurisdictions and we'll also discuss permeable pavement. WSU Professor James Freed and Shannon Glass from the Watershed Stewardship Resource Center will talk about site planning - especially in rural, forested settings.

This workshop is designed for those who are or would like to work in the field of LID (including rain gardens) but is open to everyone interested in these important issues.

The workshop will feature Jonathan Boehme, a Professional Engineer and the Project Manager for the 4th Street Stormwater Project in Port Angeles. He will present a case study of the 4th Street Project, where rain gardens and LID best management practices are being retrofitted into the Crown Park neighborhood to provide water quality improvements and flow attenuation. He will present the design alternatives studied and lessons learned about rain garden placement in an established neighborhood.

There will also be a presentation from the Washington Stormwater Center on the various new LID guidelines and regulations and how and when they apply. This is especially important if those working in various cities and counties. This will be followed by the benefits and ways to use LID techniques in rural areas featuring experts from WSU Extension and the Jefferson County Watershed Stewardship Resource Center.

Another Free Buffer Workshop


  • When: Thursday, April 4, 2013
    12:30 - 4:30 p.m.
  • Presentations will be followed by a field trip to local sites
  • Where: Port Ludlow Community Center,200 Olympic Place, Port Ludlow
Save your space today! Email, or call 360-379-5610, extension 222.

Hosted by WSU Jefferson County Extension, the Jefferson County Weed Board and the Watershed Stewardship Resource Center. See the flyer here.

Description


Do you live on a shoreline, near a bluff, adjacent to a wetland or creek, or over an aquifer? If so, you probably live on some of the most wild and beautiful land in Jefferson County. Come to a free workshop called "Living on the Edge - Protection for People, Property, and Habitat" to learn about ways to care for and protect these special places.

More: This is the third in a series of three buffer workshops. You will learn about different types of critical areas and how to best manage the buffers around them at this workshop. Topics covered include how to use your buffer area without harming it or yourself, the role of native plants, tips on removing noxious weeds, how to enhance or restore a buffer, how to encourage birds and wildlife, and what resources are available to homeowners.

"Critical Areas" like wetlands, streams or bluffs, have important functions in nature; filtering and cleaning water, delivering sand to the beach, providing fish and wildlife habitat, or supplying our drinking water. Some areas may pose a potential danger including flooded creeks, eroding bluffs, and slopes prone to landslides. Areas called "buffers" are designated to ensure everyone's safety, protect property from damage, and to keep these important places healthy. Buffers can be enjoyed, maintained, and even enhanced by the people who own them for better function, property values and aesthetics. This event is open to the public. Hope to see you there!

Free LID Workshop for Building Trades


  • When: Friday, March 1, 2013
    1 - 4:30 p.m., includes field trip to local LID installations
  • Where: Tri Area Community Center
    10 W Valley Road Chimacum
Save your space today! Email, or call 360-379-5610, extension 222.

You are invited a free workshop on Low Impact Development, specially designed for builders, realtors, landscape designers and contractors, engineers, architects, general contractors, paving contractors, designers, excavators, and septic designers and installers and others involved in the building trade. This workshop is hosted by our project partner WSU Extention. Join the growing number of building professionals providing Low Impact Development options to your clients!

What You Will Learn at the Workshop


The workshop will begin with an overview of Low Impact Development techniques related to stormwater presented by Shannon Glass of the Watershed Stewardship Resource Center. The techniques include:
  • Bioretention
  • Rain gardens
  • Permeable pavement
  • Rainwater collection and reuse
  • Vegetated roofs
  • Minimal excavation foundations
Local landscaper Richard Hefley will discuss protecting trees before, during and after construction. This will be followed by a lively panel discussion that includes representatives from Jefferson County, the City of Port Townsend, the Jefferson County Builder's Association, Port Ludlow Associates, and professionals with LID training from the landscaping and design and architectural professionals. These local professionals will share their practical experience using LID techniques and the agency staff will provide an update on recent and upcoming regulations. The workshop will end with a field trip to view several local LID installations.

About LID


Low Impact Development, or LID techniques imitate the natural movement of water using rain gardens, permeable pavement or rainwater catchment and other tools. New research is leading to new smarter solutions to dealing with rain runoff. Regulations and customer demand is following and LID is coming to a neighborhood near you - very soon. Everyone dealing with rain runoff on a building site will want to join the emerging field of LID.

Please bring your knowledge and your questions and join the growing LID conversation.


LID Technical Workshop Series - Washington Stormwater Center at Puyallup


For those wanting more LID education, registration will open February 19 for the Washington State University (WSU) Low Impact Development (LID) Technical Workshop Series. This series of workshops provides the latest design guidelines, science, construction details, and practical experience necessary to properly design, build and maintain LID practices. All classes will be located at the WSU LID research facility in Puyallup, which offers extensive examples of permeable paving and bioretention, as well hands-on learning opportunities. Instructors of the four, two-day workshops are regional experts.

Engineers, planners, landscape architects, local jurisdiction staff, and others that plan, design, review, build and maintain LID projects should attend. Dates and topics for the 2013 workshops are: Bioretention April 9-10; Permeable Paving April 23-24; Green Roof, Low Impact Foundations & Rain Water Collection May 7-8; Site Planning, Plan Review, and Inspection May 21-22. Preregistration is required. The registration fee is $175 per workshop or $700 for all four workshops. For more information and to register online visit: http://cm.wsu.edu/lidworkshops


Free LID Workshop for Homeowners


In partnership with WSU Extension, here is a great learning opportunity:
  • Date: Thursday, November 1, 2012
    Time: 12:30 - 4 p.m.
  • Location: Jefferson County Library
    620 Cedar Street, Port Hadlock
The focus of this free workshop is dealing with your property's stormwater runoff using low impact development (LID) techniques that imitate the natural movement of water such as rain gardens, permeable pavement or rain barrels/water catchment and other tools.

Workshop includes a classroom session with local experts from 12:30pm - 2:45pm followed by a field trip to see local examples (carpooling encouraged). Note: Bring your raincoat/umbrella. Hopefully it will rain for a better educational experience... Really!

After a presentation on various LID techniques we will be heading out for a demonstration of pervious concrete and to view a couple of rain garden installations.

There are spots still available at the workshop. To RSVP, email, or call 360-379-5610, extension 222. Learn more on the WSU Extension website.

Public Input for Resource Center Demo Garden (July 2012)


We're planning a low impact development demonstration garden at the Castle Hill Mall in Port Townsend that will feature rain gardens, permeable pavement, drought-tolerant and native plants, and other simple, effective ways to improve landscapes and reduce polluted runoff.

Citizens who attended a recent Open House learned more about the garden, reviewed 'concept boards' and group notes from a mini-charrette event with staff and project partners, and shared design ideas and suggestions. LID Precedent Studies for similar projects were on display to help provide context to the design process.

Continued public input is encouraged during the current design phase. Open House materials and a comment form are below:
  • Initial Design Charrette - Concept Boards and Notes
  • LID Precedent Studies - Precedent studies are an integral research phase in any design project. They typically include an overview of the location, design features, project goals, and designers or community members involved. They inform the landscape design process by helping to understand what has been done before, build upon the successes of past projects, and serve as a source of inspiration that guides future work. The following projects serve to orient ourselves toward landscape designs that emphasize low impact development practices in interactive and engaging ways:
    • Astor Elementary School Water Garden
    • Cedar River Watershed Education Center
    • Garden-Garden
    • White Center Heights Park
    • 168 Elm Avenue
  • Public Input Form - Print and return to the Resource Center or email
  • Conceptual Design Options include:
    • Crossroads
    • Echo of Water
    • Meander

South County Demo Site Applications in Review (July 2012)


In partnership with our local WSU Extension, we're seeking a location and community support for establishing a low impact development (LID) demonstration garden somewhere in Southeast Jefferson County. The site is envisioned to showcase stormwater management alternatives such as rain gardens, permeable pavement, green roofs, drought-tolerant and native plants, rain collection & reuse systems, and other sustainable development practices. The idea is to have a public location where property owners and development professionals can see in person what these materials and installation techniques look like and how they function.

Read more in this press release and at the WSU Extension - Jefferson County website. Applications received in June are now being considered for selection.

Free LID Training for Local Development Professionals (March 2012)


Local development professionals are again invited to apply for the second round of mini-grants to attend the LID Technical Workshop Series at the WSU Puyallup Research and Extension Center. Instructors of the four, two-day workshops are regional experts and classes will be located at the new WSU LID research facility that offers extensive examples of permeable paving and bioretention, as well hands-on learning opportunities. These workshops will provide the latest design guidelines, science, construction details, and practical experience necessary to properly design, build and maintain LID practices: Bioretention/Rain Gardens, Permeable Paving, Green Roof, Low Impact Foundations and Rainwater Collection, Site planning, and Temporary Erosion and Sediment Control. Learn more at WSU Extension Jefferson County website. Application deadline extended to March 23, 2012; workshops are in April - May 2012.

LID Technical Workshops (August 2011)


Because a main focus of the WSRC project is to promote the use of low impact development (LID) for stormwater management, the work plan includes raising the technical knowledge of local professionals. During May & June, nine of us attended the LID Technical Workshop Series provided by the experts at WSU Puyallup. Through a 'mini grant' program, we selected six development professionals as Peer Leaders to join three of us on staff in attending four intensive two-day workshops about 1) Bioretention, 2) Permeable Paving, 3) LID for Buildings: Green Roofs, Cisterns & Pin Foundations, and 4) Site Planning, Temporary Sediment & Erosion Control, Plan Review & Inspection. Most of us also opted to pursue the LID Certificate Program. After attending a few supplemental lectures and completing 5 tests we're eagerly awaiting the results to see if we passed. What this means is that the resource center can offer greater technical assistance to customers who want to explore LID options and help connect them to engineers, architects, designers, arborists and construction managers who are trained LID providers. Our LID Professional Peer Leader volunteers will also assist us in providing local LID workshops for other development professionals and interested citizens.


LID Demonstration Gardens (August 2011)


Another key component of the WSRC project is to provide demonstration sites to showcase LID techniques and materials. We're making use of Shannon's background in landscape architecture, garden design, and horticulture to begin preliminary site analysis and design work on the demo garden that will be located here at our Castle Hill Campus. Two locations at this site are being considered and we look forward to sharing our ideas soon. WSU Jefferson County and Clallam Conservation District will lead the efforts to create two more demo gardens in South Jefferson County and in Sequim.

Free LID Training for Professionals (April 2011)


Become a Peer Leader in Low Impact Development! Local development professionals are invited to apply for a mini-grant to attend the LID Technical Workshop Series at the WSU Puyallup Research and Extension Center. Instructors of the four, two-day workshops are regional experts, and this year all classes will be located at the new WSU LID research facility that offers extensive examples of permeable paving and bioretention, as well hands-on learning opportunities. These workshops will provide the latest design guidelines, science, construction details, and practical experience necessary to properly design, build and maintain LID practices:
2011 Workshop Topic
May 3 - 4
Bioretention
May 17 - 18
Permeable Paving
May 31 - June 1
Green Roof, Low Impact Foundations and Rainwater Collection
June 14 - 15
Site Planning, TESC, Plan Review, and Inspection
The mini-grants are funded as a component of the EPA grant awarded to the Jefferson County Department of Community Development. The WSRC will award up to 15 mini-grants to local professionals to cover the registration cost of attending the LID Workshop Series ($440 value) and help offset some of the mileage costs for travel. Engineers, planners, landscape architects, and allied disciplines that plan, design, build and maintain development projects are encouraged to apply. Attendees are eligible for CEUs and LID Certification.
  • LID Mini-Grant Application