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Innovative Rainwater Harvesting Workshop


March 3, 2015 - Washington, DC
Univ. of the District of Columbia - David Clarke School of Law, Bldg. 52, Room LL108
4340 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20008


Download a flyer here.


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. The NCSU Rainwater Harvester Model will be demonstrated and participants will learn how to use the new version of the model to design systems and estimate stormwater management benefits.

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).

The Washington DC workshop is co-sponsored by:

University of the District of Columbia, Center for Sustainable Development
College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences (CAUSES)




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 7 PDHs for the successful completion of the workshop. Landscape architects will receive 7 CEUs, approved by the NC Board of Landscape Architects (Course # 9400) and the American Society of Landscape Architects. Planners and others may appeal to their respective board to obtain credit.

Workshop Fees

Early bird: $150 (if registering at least 7 days in advance)
Regular rate: $200 (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


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Hotel Accommodations

Suggested hotel near UDC:
Days Inn, 4400 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20008; 202-244-5600
The Days Inn is 2 blocks away from UDC and the Van Ness Metro.



Contact Cathy Smith or Christina Shepard for questions about registration: