Serene area of the San Antonio River while padding along the SASPAMCO Paddling Trail

LID Training Program

The San Antonio River Authority (River Authority) administers a training program for the site planning, design, construction inspection and maintenance of Low Impact Development (LID) permanent 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. The LID training program is comprised of three courses including LID Site Planning and Design Course, LID Construction Inspection Course, and LID Annual Inspection and Maintenance Course.  All three courses offer an optional credentialing component.


Site Planning & Design Course

The LID Site Planning and Design Certificate Course was developed by the River Authority and focuses on key factors of site planning and design of the three most common LID BMPs being implemented in San Antonio. The LID BMPs addressed in the course include bioretention/bioswalespermeable pavement, and cisterns.

Construction Inspection Course

The San Antonio River Authority and Bexar County developed  the Low Impact Development (LID) Construction Inspection course created for design professionals and contractors who construct and perform construction inspections of LID permanent stormwater best management practices (BMPs). The course will be held virtually over two half days. 

Annual Inspection & Maintenance Course

The LID Annual Inspection and Maintenance Certificate Course was developed in partnership with Bexar County and focuses on post-construction inspection and maintenance activities to ensure proper functioning of permanent on-site stormwater Best Management Practices (BMPs). The LID BMPs addressed in the course include bioretention/bioswales, permeable pavement, sand filters, green roofs, vegetated swales, vegetated filter strips, stormwater wetlands, cisterns, and extended detention basin.