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Registration:                        8:00 - 8:30 am
Morning Session:                8:30 am - 12:30 pm
Lunch (On your own):         12:30 - 1:30 pm
Afternoon Session:             1:30 - 4:30 pm

Understanding and Implementing Principles of Low Impact Development

   Understanding the status quo: conventional development and stormwater management
   Drawbacks of conventional approaches
   Origins of low impact development (LID) concept
   Principles of LID 
   Benefits of LID for builders and municipalities
      • Environmental benefits
      • Public
      • Municipal
      • Developers

State and Municipal LID Guidelines and Requirements

   Reviewing state regulations and guidelines
   Reviewing municipal ordinances and guidelines
   Exploring sustainable certifications and designations

Low Impact Development Site Planning

   Environmental site design: natural resource assessment and evaluation
   Minimizing site disturbance
   Minimize stormwater runoff
   Development of site plan

Ethical Issues, Sustainability and Low Impact Development

   Meeting obligations to future generations
   Considering principles of social and environmental justice
   Impacting other species and their habitats

Low Impact Development Integrated Management Practices  

   Choosing and designing integrated management practices (IMPs) 
      • Bioretention
      • Filter strips
      • Level spreaders
      • Rain barrels
      • Cisterns
      • Pervious concrete/permeable pavers 
   Non-Credit Continuing Ed. 
      • Dry wells
      • Vegetated buffers
      • Vegetated swales
      • Rain gardens
      • Infiltration trenches

Pollution Prevention, Maintenance and Public Education  

   Pollution prevention techniques 
   LID infrastructure maintenance 
   LID public education and awareness

Credit Information:

Who Should Attend

  • Architects
  • Engineers
  • Contractors
  • Landscape Architects
  • Floodplain Managers

Professional Engineers
     6.5 PDHs,
     Including 1.0 Ethics Hour

Architects & Landscape Architects
     6.5 HSW CEPHs/CE Hours
     6.5 AIA LU|HSW
     6.5 LA CES HSW PDHs

Certified Floodplain Managers
     6.5 ASFPM CECs

     Non-Credit Continuing Ed.

Continuing Education Credit Information

This seminar is open to the public. It offers 6.5 PDHs (including 1.0 ethics hour) to professional engineers in all states. Educators and courses are not subject to preapproval in Texas.

This course offers 6.5 HSW CEPHs to Texas architects and landscape architects. Educators and courses are not subject to preapproval in Texas.

The American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System has approved this course for 6.5 LU|HSW (Sponsor No. J885), and the Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System has approved it for 6.5 HSW PDHs. Only full attendance can be reported to the AIA/CES and LA/CES. Educators and courses are not subject to preapproval in Texas. Visit www.halfmoonseminars.org for complete AIA/CES information under this course listing.

HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education sponsor for engineers in Florida, Indiana, Louisiana, Maryland, New Jersey (Approval No. 24GP00000700), North Carolina, and North Dakota. HalfMoon Education is deemed an approved continuing education sponsor for New York engineers, architects and landscape architects.


Chris Maxwell-Gaines, P.E.

Innovative Water Solutions, LLC, Austin

Mr. Maxwell-Gaines received a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering specializing in water and wastewater from Texas A&M University in College Station. After college, he and his wife joined the U.S. Peace Corps and accepted volunteer positions in Suriname, South America. They were assigned to the remote village of Godo Olo which is located in the Amazon rainforest, deep in the interior of Suriname. They helped the village implement a water well project, provided after-school tutoring, and provided business training for the villagers. They spent 27 months serving in the Peace Corps. After returning to Austin in 2002, Mr. Maxwell-Gaines worked at a civil engineering firm that provided a breadth of project experience ranging from TMDL computer modeling projects for impaired streams in Texas, to subdivision design, to water and wastewater treatment plant design. He became a licensed engineer in 2007. In 2004, Mr. Maxwell-Gaines started Innovative Water Solutions LLC. IWS is a design/build water conservation company that focuses on the nexus of stormwater management and water conservation. The company designs and installs rainwater/ stormwater collection systems, stormwater management systems including green infrastructure, and graywater reuse systems, as well as efficient irrigation systems and water conservative landscaping for residential and commercial projects.

To date, Innovative Water Solutions has installed more than 6,500,000 gallons of rainwater storage capacity across the state of Texas. Mr. Maxwell-Gaines has designed rainwater harvesting systems for numerous municipalities and institutions including: Texas A&M University; The University of Texas at Austin; City of Austin; Austin Independent School District (Texas); Wimberley Independent School District (Texas); Hays Consolidated Independent School District (Texas); Atmos Energy; Denton County, Texas; City of New Braunfels; San Jacinto River Authority; SeaWorld; Texas Department of Transportation; and Texas Parks and Wildlife.

Tuition Costs:

Standard Tuition: $289.00
Online Tuition (pre-registration): $289.00
Group Prices
3 or more People: $269.00

Each registration includes one copy of a manual prepared by the seminar speakers.