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Low Impact Development Workshop Set

WILMINGTON — Real estate professionals can learn how to protect water quality and the benefits of low impact development during a workshop set for Jan. 30.

Rain gardens are an effective, attractive and low-cost way to reduce the flow of stormwater runoff. Photo: N.C. Coastal Federation

The workshop, Low Impact Development Basics for Water Quality Protection, is from 1 to 5 p.m. in New Hanover County Center Arboretum in Wilmington.

Hosted by the North Carolina Coastal Federation and North Carolina Coastal Reserve and National Estuarine Research Reserve, the workshop will wrap up with a tour of stormwater control measures on the Wrightsville Beach loop. The mile walk will begin at the federation’s Wrightsville Beach office.

During the workshop, participants will learn how land use decisions impact water quality; about low impact development, or LID, techniques that help protect water quality; the costs and benefits of implementing LID; managing stormwater control measures, or SCMs, to meet state and local regulations and to maintain functionality and aesthetics; and about financial assistance to install SCMs through New Hanover Soil & Water Conservation District.

Real estate professionals will receive four elective continuing education credits from the North Carolina Real Estate Commission for attending the workshop.

Email Whitney Jenkins, coastal training program coordinator with the North Carolina Coastal Reserve & National Estuarine Research Reserve, at to register.

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