March 26-27, 2014 Raleigh Convention Center

On March 26-27, 2014 over 275 development professionals, stormwater managers, engineers, researchers, federal, state and local agency representatives and interested individuals gathered at the Raleigh Convention Center for the 2014 North Carolina Low Impact Development (LID) Summit. See List of Summit Participants.

The summit focused on the emerging strategy of LID that strives to maintain or mimic the natural hydrology of the land to reduce stormwater runoff. See Summit Agenda.

The summit featured presentations from national experts, government leaders, research experts and development professionals on the emerging topic of LID. See pdf versions of presentations here and bios and contact information for presenters here.

Realizing the great potential of LID, state water quality officials made a formal commitment in 2012 to promote its use as a voluntary option for developers by providing easy to use, standardized tools and revised technical guidelines that allow for LID stormwater permitting credit.

Over the past year, a committed partnership between the state, N.C. Coastal Federation, N.C. State University, development professionals, local governments and private engineering firms developed new LID standards and tools. On April 1, 2014, The N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources released a public notice of the draft Storm-EZ calculation and permitting tool, and in developed by Withers & Ravenel and new draft chapters of the state BMP manual that feature LID techniques. See related factsheet.

The Department will partner with N.C. State University and Withers & Ravenel to host a series of technical workshops on the new chapters and Storm-EZ this May to include: May 7-8 – Boone, May 14-15- Raleigh, May 21-22- Wilmington. To get more information and register click here.

The state has also worked with local governments and development professionals to identify obstacles to the use of LID and find timely and cost effective solutions to those impediments. Many of those obstacles are featured in the EPA Barrier Busters Fact Sheets developed by Don Waye:

Many people joined together to plan, organize, participate in and sponsor the summit. See the members of the N.C. LID Summit Planning Committee.

In addition to summit sponsors, the N.C. LID Summit was supported by the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources through the state’s federally funded 319 Grant Program, through the Office of the North Carolina Attorney General’s Environmental Enhancement Grant Program and through the U.S. EPA’s Southeastern US Targeted Regional Watersheds Initiative.

We have developed a clear public Statement of Support for the voluntary use of LID and invite you to join our support. The purpose is to inform local, state and federal decision makers that LID is widely supported and is not just a passing initiative of a few interests. View our statement here and email Lauren Kolodij if you would like to sign on.

To view the federation’s Watershed Restoration Planning Guidebook go here.

Need solutions to existing stormwater problem around your home? Take a look at the N.C. Coastal Federation’s Smart Yards publication for Southeast North Carolina.

Representatives from the North Carolina Green Industry Council have created a short, pilot survey to gather information on Green Infrastructure (GI) projects in support of North Carolina’s LID and GI practitioners. The goal is to develop outreach and training that will meet the needs of GI practitioners in North Carolina.



Low Impact Development Infiltrates the Nation and North Carolina – Larry Coffman, Prince George’s County, MD

The Benefits of Low Impact Development Emerge Worldwide – Dr. Bill Hunt, N.C. State University

Low Impact Development from DENR’s Perspective – Tracy Davis, Director,

N.C. Division of Energy, Mineral and Land Resources

Low Impact Development Projects From Across the State

Residential Projects:

  • Coastal: Demarest Village – Scot Stewart (for more information about this project please contact Scot directly)
  • Central: Highclere – Matt McLaren and Mark Kime, LandDesign, Inc.
  • Mountain: Davenport Park – David Touch, Equinox Environmental Consultation & Design

Commercial Projects:

  • Coastal: Stevenson Toyota – Shelley Stevenson-Smith
  • Central: Market at Colonnade – Chris Widmayer, Regency Centers and Patrick Smith, Soil & Environmental Consultants
  • Mountain: Sierra Nevada Brewing Company – William Buie, William G. Lapsley & Associates, PA (for more information about this project please contact the company directly).

Public Projects:


Overcoming LID Impediments: Presentations and Conversation

Overcoming LID Obstacles: How to Make Projects Work and Lessons Learned:

Setting Local Priorities to Solve Exisiting Water Quality Problems: Watershed Restoration Planning – Tools for a Cure

  • Todd Miller – N.C. Coastal Federation
  • Hunter Freeman – Withers & Ravenel
  • Lauren Hermley – Town of Beaufort
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