In 2013, Cascadia worked with the Washington State Department of Ecology to educate audiences across the state about Low Impact Development (LID)—including members of the Association of Washington Cities and Washington State Association of Counties, nursery and landscape professionals, and compost processors. Our team conducted a needs assessment and established a baseline understanding of LID expertise among professionals and stormwater practitioners, along with identifying current training opportunities in the state. Findings from this report helped lay the foundation for the development of a comprehensive four-year Training Plan. This Plan identifies what LID topics and level of training is needed for National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Phase I and Phase II permittees and the private sector, and addresses geographic differences across the state.
Cascadia is currently assisting with the development and execution of 57 trainings on multiple LID topics across the state, in fulfillment of a key component of the Training Plan. We also design and deliver trainings to assist Phase II jurisdictions with the integration of LID into their local codes, hosting in-person and online trainings and developing an easy-to-use toolkit of code update resources and worksheets.