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Tours & Workshops

Please join us for tours and workshops! All occur before or after the conference so you won't miss any sessions. There are a limited number of spots available for each. They are not included in conference registration, but pricing is listed below.


March 16, 2022 | 1:00 pm 5:00 pm EST
Hands-on Demonstration of SCM Maintenance: A Practitioner's Perspective
Price: $50

Tour participants will meet with professionals active in the field of stormwater inspection and maintenance and witness many commonly-needed maintenance tasks. Participants will interact with crews and witness maintenance tasks such as trash collection, sediment excavation from a forebay, vegetation management, and permeable pavement vacuuming. The maintenance activities will be spread out over several stops. The tour will be led by Abby Stanley of APEX, one of the largest stormwater inspection and maintenance firms in the United States. APEX is partially based in Wilmington, North Carolina.

March 16, 2022 | 1:00 pm 5:00 pm EST
Determining the Gradient of Resiliency among SCMs
Price: $50

Tour participants will visit a variety of stormwater control measures (SCMs) within the City of Wilmington, with officials from the City and staff from NC State University. The purpose of the tour will be to expose participants to the “gradient of resiliency” associated with specific SCMs. Which practices “held up” best after having been exposed to extreme weather events and which ones fared worst? What are common threads connecting the most resilient of the SCMs? SCMs to be visited include heavily vegetated systems (like constructed wetlands), moderately vegetated SCMs (like bioretention and ponds), and SCMs that lack vegetation (permeable pavement). Specific design characteristics that appear to make practices most resilient will be a special focus. Upon completion of the tour, participants are expected to have a better understanding of what makes stormwater infrastructure more resilient to both external events (such as hurricanes) and neglect.


March 13, 2022 | 1:00 pm 4:00 pm EST
North Carolina Stormwater SCM Inspection & Maintenance
Price: $95

Communities across the USA and world must manage rainfall that runs off roads, streets and parking lots. This runoff is called stormwater. To manage stormwater, many treatment devices, called SCMs, have been built. These devices include wet retention ponds, bioretention areas, swales, stormwater wetlands, permeable pavement, rainwater harvesting systems, proprietary devices, green roofs and sand filters. SCMs must have annual, and sometimes more frequent, inspection and maintenance to perform as intended. Maintenance includes hydrologic and water quality function, landscape functions, and consideration of impacts on human health and safety. Many communities across North Carolina and the USA are now requiring annual inspection, and if called for, maintenance of SCMs. SCMs are not managed as standard landscape features, as they are water quality treatment devices, and specialized training is needed to perform inspection and maintenance activities.

SCM Inspection and Maintenance also present a business opportunity for inspection by licensed professionals, such as engineers and landscape architects, and maintenance by landscape and other green industry professionals. Designers will learn to design SCMs with maintenance in mind; landscapers can diversify their business to ensure year-round work in a recession-proof area of work, and suppliers of materials and technology to the stormwater industry can learn about new and existing opportunities to support the stormwater industry.

March 13, 2022 | 1:00 pm 4:00 pm EST
North Carolina Stormwater SCM Construction
Price: $95

Design of green infrastructure or Low Impact Development (LID) practices is only a part of properly managing stormwater runoff. If the practices are not properly constructed and maintained they will not function as they are designed. There are many variables, including construction practices and materials, that can have a significant impact on the performance and function of green infrastructure practices. It is important to have a trained person on-site who can determine if gravel has been washed and free of fines and if the bioretention soil media contains the amount and quality of organic material specified in the construction documents. This workshop will discuss the proper phasing of construction, inspection of materials upon delivery, a multitude of proper construction practices, and field testing and verification to ensure green infrastructure and LID practices are properly constructed and function as they are designed.

Social Reception

March 15, 2022 | 6:00 pm  8:00 pm EST
Riverboat Cruise Reception
Price: $25

Join us for an evening riverboat cruise along scenic Cape Fear! Riverboats have been running along the Cape Fear River since 1818. Enjoy southern hospitality on the water with dinner and two drink tickets. The cruise will run for two hours, departing the dock at 6:00 PM. This is available for conference registrants only and does have limited capacity, so sign up today!

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