Building Forward: Principles of Successful LID Construction, Certification, Inspection and Maintenance

December 1, 2020 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Victoria Kring

Sustainable Technologies Evaluation Program

This course will be run in three sessions:

  • Tuesday December 1, 2020 – 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
  • Wednesday December 2, 2020 – 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
  • Thursday December 3, 2020 – 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Course Description:

Low Impact Development (LID), an innovative stormwater management approach that treats, infiltrates, filters, and retains runoff at the source, is quickly becoming the new norm in Ontario. This course will focus on three critical components of developing functioning LID practices: construction, inspection and maintenance.

LID Construction: Construction of LID practices involves techniques and specifications that differ from traditional stormwater management construction practices. Failing to follow proper LID construction processes can result in barren bioretention landscapes, clogged infiltration practices, uneven permeable pavements, and ultimately costly post-construction repairs. You will learn the principles of LID construction, potential errors, lessons learned and proper techniques.

Inspection and Maintenance: Integrating green stormwater infrastructure like low impact development (LID) best management practices (BMPs) into municipal asset management programs presents additional challenges to municipalities, but ways to overcome them do exist. You will learn about essential steps in program design, inspection and testing protocols, and the specific maintenance needs for bioretention and other LID practice types. Lessons learned from Ontario case studies will also be presented.

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