Why is Stormwater BMP Inspection and Maintenance Needed?

Communities across the State of North Carolina must manage rainfall that runs off roads, streets and parking lots. This runoff is called stormwater. To manage stormwater, many treatment devices, called BMPs, have been built. These devices include: wet retention ponds, bioretention areas, swales, stormwater wetlands, permeable pavement, rainwater harvesting systems, proprietary devices, and level spreaders. BMPs must have annual, and sometimes more frequent, inspection and maintenance to perform as intended. Maintenance includes hydrologic and water quality function, landscape functions, and consideration of impacts on human health and safety. Many communities across North Carolina are now requiring annual inspection, and if called for, maintenance of BMPs. BMPs are not managed as standard landscape features, as they are water quality treatment devices, and specialized training is needed to perform inspection and maintenance activities.

Opportunities in Stormwater

BMP Inspection and Maintenance also presents a business opportunity for inspection by licensed professionals such as engineers and landscape architects, and maintenance by landscape and other green industry professionals. Designers will learn to design SCMs/BMPs with maintenance in mind; landscapers can diversify their business to ensure year-round work in a recession proof area of work; and suppliers of materials and technology to the stormwater industry can learn about new and existing opportunities to support the stormwater industry.

Who Should Attend

  • Commercial Landscapers
  • Property Managers
  • Owners
  • Homeowners Associations
  • Professionals with Licensure (PE's, PLS's, RLA's)
  • Regulators
  • Municipal and County Landscape Personnel

Certification Goals:

  • - Understand stormwater, how it affects water quality, and regulations associated with it.
  • - Understand stormwater management devices used in North Carolina and how they function.
  • - Understand inspection and maintenance requirements of each stormwater practice.


Update classes are available to renew certificates with field-based and classroom-based options. When registering, please have your certificate number ready. This class is 5 hours of field work or lecture with no exam. Upon completion, receive an updated inspector card and certificate, good for 3 years.

Our Instructors

NC State University Cooperative Extension Faculty

William F. Hunt, III, Ph.D., P.E. is a Professor and Extension Specialist in North Carolina State University's Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering. Dr. Hunt holds degrees in Civil Engineering (NCSU, B.S.), Economics (NCSU, B.S.), Biological and Agricultural Engineering (NCSU, M.S.) and Agricultural and Biological Engineering, (Penn State, Ph.D.). He is a registered PE in North Carolina.

Since 2000, Hunt has assisted with the design, installation, and/or monitoring of over 90 stormwater best management practices (BMPs), including bioretention, stormwater wetlands, innovative wet ponds, green roofs, permeable pavement, water harvesting/cistern systems and level spreaders. He teaches 20-25 short courses and workshops each year on stormwater BMP design, function, and maintenance throughout North Carolina and the US.

Bill Lord is an Area Environmental Agent with the N.C. Cooperative Extension Service. Mr. Lord has received a BS degree in Horticulture and an MS degree in Entomology from NC State University. A 25-year veteran of North Carolina Cooperative Extension, Mr. Lord has experience in stormwater runoff, nutrient and pesticide management, and plant growth. He has supervised the construction and maintenance of several stormwater practices including stormwater wetlands, wet ponds, and bioretention areas. He also pioneered research on mosquito populations in stormwater facilities across North Carolina. Mr. Lord is a member of NC Cooperative Extension's Watershed Education Network and the Neuse Education Team. Annually, he conducts 12 to 15 workshops on stormwater management practice construction and maintenance throughout North Carolina and the US.

Continuing Education

For professionals with PE, PLS, and RLA licensure

  • 7 PDHs for professional engineers and surveyors (approved by the NC Board of Examiners for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors)
  • 10 CEUs for landscape architects (approved by the NC Board of Landscape Architects, course 6690O)
  • 4 PDHs for PEs for recertification classes.
  • 4 PDHs for landscape architects for recertification classes (approved by the NC Board of Landscape Architects, course 11129)
  • Commercial pesticide recertification credits (aquatic, ornamentals and turf, R&D categories)
  • All participants who pass an examination at the end of the course will be certified by NC State Cooperative Extension.

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