Introduction to Low Impact Development

This course has been developed to introduce participants to the concept of Low Impact Development (LID).  It is intended for developers, consultants, municipal staff, landowners or anyone looking to gain a general knowledge of sustainable stormwater planning and practices.  

The course is comprised of four modules, the first discusses the evolution of stormwater management and the progression to LID.  The next module introduces the principles of LID and non-structural site design strategies.  Eleven LID practices are examined, providing general descriptions, special considerations and an overview of typical stormwater performance expectations in the third module.  The final module explores the financial benefits of LID and introduces useful guides and tools that can be used to determine the costs of an LID project.

After completing this course participants will be able to:

  • Define Low Impact Development (LID) and describe how it has evolved, why it is needed and what are the benefits?
  • Define the principles of LID and identify a number of site design strategies
  • List physical considerations to be addressed when determining suitability of a site for LID practices
  • Describe a range of LID practices and understand their expected performance in terms of meeting stormwater criteria
  • Discuss economic benefits of implementing LID practices

 Course Level: Basic

Credit Information

Activity Number Credit Amount Accreditation Period
IECA CEU Webinar 1.5 CEUs from May 24, 2016