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Innovative Rainwater Harvesting Workshop


June 4, 2013 - Raleigh
JC Raulston Arboretum
4415 Beryl Rd.
Raleigh, NC 27695

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June 12, 2013 - Charlotte
Crowne Plaza Hotel
201 S. McDowell St.
Charlotte, NC 28204

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December 19, 2013 - Raleigh
NCSU Weaver Labs - Room 125
3100 Faucette Drive
Raleigh, NC 27695

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About the Workshop:

Rainwater harvesting (RWH) systems are extremely useful practices for supplementing and replacing potable water resources; however, if designed appropriately, these systems can also be used to meet stormwater management goals. This workshop describes the types of RWH systems typically found throughout the state of North Carolina and presents innovative design modifications for increasing the stormwater management benefits of these systems. These modifications include passive and active release mechanisms, excess irrigation and water usage adjustments. A revised version of the NCSU Rainwater Harvester Model will be debuted and participants will learn how to use the new version of the model to design systems, estimate stormwater management benefits and determine if a given system will meet state requirements for stormwater credit.

NOTE: Attendees will need a laptop with 1h30m of battery life on it, as we will distribute, demonstrate, and have a class exercise using the updated Rainwater Harvester (TM) model. Click here to download the Rainwater Harvester model (compressed zipped folder; 2925 kb).


8:00 am Registration
8:30 Welcome & Introductions
  Drivers for and Benefits of Rain Water Harvesting
  What Could Go Wrong? Design and Construction Lessons Learned
9:45 Break
10:00 Active Release Mechanisms for Stormwater Management
  Passive Release Mechanisms for Stormwater Management
  Combining Irrigation and Stormwater Management
12:00 pm Lunch (provided)
12:45 Smart Irrigation Controls
  Other Designated Uses
2:00 Break
2:15 Water Quality Benefits
  Unveiling the New BMP Design Chapter
  The New and Improved NCSU Rainwater Harvester Model
  Maintenance of RWH Systems
5:00 pm Adjourn

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Who Should Attend

  • Engineers
  • Landscape Architects
  • Stormwater Managers
  • Land Surveyors
  • Regulators
  • Planners

Continuing Education Credits

Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors earn 8 PDHs for the successful completion of the workshop. Landscape architects will receive 7 CEUs, approved by the NC Board of Landscape Architects - Course # 9400. Planners and others may appeal to their respective board to obtain credit.

Workshop Fees

Early bird: $125 (if registering at least 7 days in advance)
Regular rate: $175 (if registering within 7 days of workshop date)

Early bird fees apply if registering at least 7 days in advance of the workshop date. Within 7 days, regular fees apply. There is a $25 administrative fee for canceling your seat up until the day before the workshop. No refund will be given if cancelling the day of or after the workshop.
Fees include snacks/beverages, lunch and workshop materials.

To REGISTER ONLINE, please click here. We accept Visa, Mastercard, American Express, checks and cash. If paying by check, make your check payable to NCSU-BAE. Mail your check and copy of your registration form to:

Campus Box 7625
Raleigh, NC 27695
Attn: Christina Shepard


  • Faculty of NCSU Department of Biological & Agricultural Engineering and NC Cooperative Extension
  • Staff from NC DENR, Division of Energy, Mineral and Land Resources


Hotel Accommodations

Special Group Rate at the Crowne Plaza, Charlotte: A small block of rooms has been reserved for our workshop attendees at the Crowne Plaza Hotel for the night of June 11, 2013. The Group Rate is $63.90 plus tax. In addition, self-parking is available for overnight guests at a charge of $15 per night, and $7 per day for a non-registered guest. To reserve your room, please call the hotel directly at 704-372-7550 and mention the NC State Innovative Rainwater Harvesting Group Code. Or click this link to reserve online. The deadline to obtain this group rate is May 10, 2013.

Suggested hotels for Raleigh near the JC Raulston Arboretum:
Hampton Inn & Suites Cary, 111 Hampton Woods Ln, Raleigh, NC 27607; 919-233-1798
Comfort Inn Arena, 1200 Hurricane Alley Way at Trinity Rd. , Raleigh 27607, Phone: (919) 854-0502



Contact Cathy Smith or Christina Shepard for questions about registration: