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This seminar focuses on recent experiences and new practices in a multidisciplinary approach of stormwater management and land use, their relationship with development and redevelopment as well as the legal issues involved.

Course Outline

After participating in this seminar, you will be able to:
avoid costly delays by familiarizing yourself with watershed and subwatershed strategies so you can benefit from early integrated
   planning for land use, water management, and environmental protection
• benefit from the experiences of others in identifying and pinpointing storm water problems
• improve your knowledge about the water budget and environmental issues
learn from specialists, the stormwater management objectives of the municipal planning process for reducing the impact of development
   on the receiving watercourses
• employ innovative technologies which can assist you in effective stormwater management
enhance your awareness of the legal liabilities
increase your understanding of natural channel system within a watershed and ecosystem context
identify jurisdictions of the various government agencies involved in the approval process
gain insight into the balancing required between implementing the best management practices and cost to developers and reduce your costs


Future urban land uses present challenges but also unique opportunities to maintain and enhance our environment.  The rapid changes in management measures to mitigate the potential impacts developed over the past year added complex tasks to identify effective environmental and stormwater management strategies.

These continuing changes in the planning, design and implementation of stormwater management have great impact on the economy of planning land development and redevelopment.  Watershed and subwatershed strategies, recognized as the planning mechanism along with an understanding of the overall budgeting, provide a holistic approach to manage the resources of a watershed on an ecosystem basis.  Planning and design of stormwater management practices now must include considerations for public safety and health concerns in connection with flooding, soil erosion and water quality with the protection and sustainability of the natural systems within the framework of a watershed strategy.  Also, because budget decisions under the municipal planning process can significantly impact the quality and quantity of water, the strategy has been integrated with the municipal planning process. 

This seminar focuses on recent experiences and new practices in a multidisciplinary approach of stormwater management and land use, their relationship with development and redevelopment as well as the legal issues involved. You are expected to have a basic understanding of stormwater management as related to land development. This seminar will give you comprehensive knowledge of all aspects of stormwater management integrated into land development.


To assist participants to include stormwater management considerations into the land use planning process at early and appropriate stages for greater efficiency and economy.

Who Should Attend

Watershed managers, municipal engineers, planners, land developers, designers, consulting engineers, regulatory agency personnel, inspectors, environmental specialists, and special interest groups with responsibilities for managing urban streams.

Instructor:  Ivan Lorant, P.Eng., Lorant Consulting Ltd

Program Outline

Day 1

Welcome, Introduction, Workshop Preview, Learning Outcomes and the Assessment Method

1 Watershed And Subwatershed Analyses - Introduction

   1.1 Why Watershed/Subwatershed Based Planning is Necessary  
      • Purpose of watershed based planning
      • Latest trends in watershed management
      • Project initiation
      • Needs of agencies, developers, Special interest groups
      • Benefits of the new approach
      • Typical costs of watershed plans
      • Needed improvements
      • Benefits experienced to-date

   1.2 Watershed/Subwatershed Planning - Overview
      • Watershed based planning
      • Watershed Plans
      • Stages of watershed planning
      • Past experiences
      • Sub-watershed plans
      • Environmental Impact Reports
      • Examples
      • Functional Servicing studies
      • Stormwater management studies
      • Planning studies: OP, secondary plans, site control
      • Decision making process
      • Special approach, B.C. Integrated Stormwater management plans
      • Watershed planning and management issues

2 Land Use Management

   2.1 Characterization 
      • Characterization: land use, topography, hydrology, water quality, geology, hydrogeology, groundwater, water balance,
         hydraulic analysis, flood plain, geomorphology and natural heritage
      • Examples
      • Goals, objectives and targets
      • Examples
      • Characterization report, table of contents
   2.2 Environmental Screening
      • Environmental screening of land
      • Examples of land screening categories
      • Environmental screening of natural heritage areas: streams channel typing
      • Examples of natural features screening
      • Linkages 
      • Land use plans

   2.3 Land Use and Management Strategies
      • Effects of urbanization
      • Analysis of land use and management strategies
      • Land use estimates
      • Compatible land uses
      • Land use and management categories
      • Water balance
      • Surface water
      • Tools to estimate runoff
      • Changes in water quality
      • Stormwater management
      • Valley and stream corridors, aquatic habitat, geomorphology, meander belts, erosion
      • Natural heritage system
      • Stream classification
      • Examples

3 Stormwater Management

   3.1 Stormwater Management Techniques
      • Alternatives: Source, conveyance and end-of –pipe controls
      • Source controls: Roof leaders, Rooftop storage, Foundation drains, Reduced lot grading, parking lot storage, Porous paving, Bioretention
      • Conveyance controls: Pervious pipes, Infiltration basins, Filter strips, Buffers, 
      • End-of-pipe controls: oil and grit separators, Storage facilities, Artificial Wetlands, Underground storage, 
      • Treatment trains

   3.2 Emerging Technology
      • Group of new technologies: Pre-treatment, Basic treatment, Enhanced Treatment, Oil treatment, Phosphorus treatment and
         Construction site treatment
      • Use designation: General use, Conditional use, and Pilot level use
      • Pre-treatment examples 
      • Basic treatment examples
      • Enhanced treatment examples
      • Oil treatment examples
      • Phosphorus treatment examples
      • Construction site examples
      • Low Impact Developments
      • Green roof
      • Landscaping and Rain Gardens

   Day II

   3.3 Selection of Best Management Practices
      • Objective 
      • Sequence of selection
      • Consideration in the selection
      • Management measures
      • Maintenance considerations
      • Selection process
      • Design criteria
      • Initial assessment of alternatives
      • Infill areas
      • Retrofitting

4 Implementation of the Plan

   4.1 Environmental Impact Report (EIR) and Functional Servicing Report (FSS) Environmental Impact Report
      • Goals, objectives and targets, 
      • Subcatchment and draft plan based studies
      • Content of EIR: land use, linkages, stream corridors, erosion limits, fish and fish habitat, vegetation 
       • Functional Servicing Report 
      • Grading
      • Drainage
      • Groundwater
      • Sanitary water, roads
      • Stormwater management

   4.2  Monitoring
      • General background
      • Monitoring parameters
      • Stream monitoring
      • BMP monitoring
      • Four phase monitoring program
      • Water quality monitoring, parameters
      • Assessing amount of pollutants
      • Rainfall monitoring
      • Implementation of monitoring program
      • Examples of monitoring

   4.3 Operation and Maintenance
      • Concerns, goals and objectives
      • Municipal input to stormwater management
      • Design review
      • Inspection
      • Operation and maintenance tasks
      • Monitoring
      • Funding

   4.4  Legal Implication
      • Common law
      • Riparian rights, nuisance and negligence
      • Statute law
      • Examples of statutes 
      • Example of court case

5 Case Studies

   5.1 Design of Green Roofs
   5.2 Example of a Water Quality Spreadsheet Model

Questions and Answers and Feedback to Participants on Achievement of Learning Outcomes

There will be a one-hour lunch break each day in addition to a refreshment and networking break during each morning and afternoon session.

Prerequisites & Certificates

Certificates offered

1.2 CEU / 12 PDH

Cancellation Policy
To withdraw from a course, you must send a request, in writing, with the official receipt to our office. Fifteen or more business days in advance: full refund less $50.00 administration charge. Five to fifteen business days in advance: non-refundable credit of equal value for any future EPIC seminar within one year. Credits are transferable within your organization. In case of an unexpected event occurring after this time, you may send someone else to take your place without any additional cost.
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