Impact Reports

Residential Low Impact Development Program

2016

Collaborative Program between WSU and Washington Sea Grant

Acknowledgements

Preventing pollution from stormwater runoff is one of the top three priorities for Puget Sound. Stormwater runoff comes from many sources including traditional residential landscaping practices, which can contribute excess runoff containing nutrients, pesticides, and sediment to fresh and marine water bodies. Many local, regional, and state plans encourage and require alternative low-impact residential practices designed to reduce these water quality and quantity impacts.

Many studies and feedback through focus groups, assessments, and surveys indicate that helping people understand what changes are needed and overcoming barriers to making those changes require a variety of actions. The purpose of this program is to increase homeowner knowledge, commitment, and implementation of behavior changes in order to reduce impacts associated with residential landscaping practices in Whatcom County.

Washington State University Whatcom County Extension is uniquely supported in implementing this and other water resource programs through an ongoing partnership with Washington Sea Grant.

Preventing pollution from stormwater runoff is one of the top three priorities for Puget Sound. Stormwater runoff comes from many sources including traditional residential landscaping practices, which can contribute excess runoff containing nutrients, pesticides, and sediment to fresh and marine water bodies. Many local, regional, and state plans encourage and require alternative low-impact residential practices designed to reduce these water quality and quantity impacts.

Many studies and feedback through focus groups, assessments, and surveys indicate that helping people understand what changes are needed and overcoming barriers to making those changes require a variety of actions. The purpose of this program is to increase homeowner knowledge, commitment, and implementation of behavior changes in order to reduce impacts associated with residential landscaping practices in Whatcom County.

Washington State University Whatcom County Extension is uniquely supported in implementing this and other water resource programs through an ongoing partnership with Washington Sea Grant.

The Residential Low Impact Development (LID) program began in 2008 with public workshops and a Master Gardener training. Initial and ongoing assessment work over subsequent years guided the expansion of the program to include:

  • Bi-annual 6-session classes engaging participants through presentations, hands-on demonstrations, tours, site assessments, pledges, and incentives.
  • Stormwater management strategies for landscaping in annual Master Gardener trainings and participation in local and regional advanced trainings.
  • Workshops for multiple community groups.
  • Development of a sustainable landscaping manual and a series of media┬ápresentations.
  • Creation of multiple interactive dioramas for local and regional use.
  • Development of outreach materials including posters, brochures, and displays.

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