The San Antonio River Authority (River Authority) administers a training program in partnership with Bexar County for the site planning, design, construction inspection and maintenance of Low Impact Development (LID) permanent on-site stormwater Best Management Practices (BMPs). LID is a site assessment and design approach that manages stormwater runoff by mimicking natural hydrologic processes, providing benefits for water quality and mitigating negative impacts of stormwater runoff on downstream resources including streams and rivers. LID practices support stormwater quality improvements within the watershed and can often serve multiple functions in any landscape. The LID training program is comprised of four courses, each offering an optional credentialing component. Attendees are eligible for continuing education and professional development hours.
Site Planning for LID Course
The Site Planning for LID Course provides the knowledge, expertise and skills required for implementing the steps necessary for developing final site plans that incorporate LID including the design phases of site assessment and preliminary site design as described in the San Antonio River Basin LID Technical Design Guidance Manual. Siting and selecting appropriate LID practices is an iterative process that requires comprehensive site planning with careful consideration of site characteristics.
Design of Common LID Practices Course
The Design of Common LID Practices Course provides the knowledge, expertise and skills required to design the most common LID permanent stormwater management practices in the San Antonio region including bioretention, bioswale, permeable pavement, stormwater cistern and manufactured systems.
LID Construction Inspection Course
The LID Construction Inspection Course focuses on key factors of LID BMP construction inspection to ensure proper functioning at the time of construction. The LID BMPs addressed in the course include bioretention/bioswales, permeable pavement, sand filters, green roofs, vegetated swales, vegetated filter strips, stormwater wetlands, stormwater cisterns, and extended detention basin.
LID Annual Inspection & Maintenance Course
The LID Annual Inspection and Maintenance Certificate Course focuses on post-construction inspection and maintenance activities to ensure proper functioning of permanent on-site stormwater BMPs. The LID BMPs addressed in the course include bioretention/bioswales, permeable pavement, sand filters, green roofs, vegetated swales, vegetated filter strips, stormwater wetlands, stormwater cisterns, and extended detention basin.