Workshop offers free training on low impact development techniques

Friends of the San Juans is sponsoring a free technical training workshop on Low Impact Development Nov. 14, at the Roche Harbor Resort Pavilion.

Guest speakers include Chris Webb of Maui Foster & Alongi and Michael Budnick, owner and president of Northwest Concepts.

Low Impact Development is a planning, design and engineering approach to managing storm water run-off. The workshop is designed to help building and landscaping professionals emphasize conservation and the use of on-site natural features to protect water quality.

Topics to be covered as part of the five-hour workshop include: site planning, where low-impact development techniques are useful, bio-retention and rain gardens, vegetation management, permeable pavement, rain water collection, native plants, soil amendments and changes to local storm water code requirements.

The workshop, funded in part by the Russell Family Foundation, begins at 8:45 a.m., ending at 1:45 p.m. Registration is required; contact Friends of the San Juans to register, 378-2319.