Extension Programs

BMP Inspection and Maintenance Certification

Home-A-Syst LogoNC State Cooperative Extension offers a training course and certification for stormwater BMP inspection and maintenance. The training addresses stormwater quality concerns, regulations, management devices, and BMP inspection and maintenance requirements. The certification associated with this training and examination may be encouraged or required by communities in North Carolina to conduct maintenance and/or inspection of stormwater management practices.

Rain Garden Certification Program

Image of Rain Garden Installation in Caldwell County, NCIn March 2009, NC Cooperative Extension developed and launched the Rain Garden Certification Program. The purpose of the certification is to train landscape professionals on the site selection, design, installation, plant selection, and maintenance of rain gardens: a landscape and water quality feature. The 2-day training course has been - and continues to be - held from the NC Coast to the Mountains to points in-between. 

Backyard Rain Gardens

Photo of backyard rain gardenIn Summer 2005, NC Cooperative Extension developed and conducted the Backyard Rain Garden Program. Over 40 rain gardens were installed in 6 target counties from the NC coast to the mountains. Information on how to build a rain garden, which plants to select per region of the state, and proper maintenance requirements is provided on the program website.


Home-A-Syst LogoStormwater Home*A*Syst presents ways homeowners and other land managers can treat stormwater on his/her property. Activities such as vehicle washing, handling pet waste, and lawn management can have a cumulatively significant impact on urban and suburban water quality. Learn more about what YOU can do to protect water quality through Home*A*Syst.

Phase II Education

Photo of adults in a classroom.As well over 100 communities across NC come into compliance with USEPA's Stormwater Phase II regulations, NCSU offers faculty assistance to these communities to develop education, public outreach, good housekeeping, and illicit discharge detection. Information useful in setting up these various components of Stormwater Phase II is found on this weblink.