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Presenter: Chris Maxwell-Gaines, P.E.

Seminar Date:

Seminar Location: Austin, TX

Hilton Garden Inn Downtown
500 North Interstate 35
Austin, TX 78701
Phone: 512-480-8181

This seminar is closed or full.


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, IWS has installed over 8,000,000 gallons of rainwater storage capacity across the state of Texas. Mr. Maxwell-Gaines has designed water conservation systems and green infrastructure projects for numerous institutions including: Texas A&M University; The University of Texas at Austin; City of Austin; Texas Department of Transportation; Texas Parks and Wildlife; numerous Independent School Districts (Austin, Dripping Springs, Wimberley Hays CISD); Atmos Energy; CubeSmart; Denton County, Texas; City of New Braunfels; San Jacinto River Authority; and SeaWorld.

Tuition Costs:

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

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

AIA Info:

AIA Provider Statement:

HalfMoon Education Inc. is a registered provider of AIA-approved continuing education under Provider Number J885. All registered AIA/CES Providers must comply with the AIA Standards for Continuing Education Programs. Any questions or concerns about this provider of learning program may be sent to AIA/CES (cesupport@aia.org or (800) AIA 3837, Option 3).

This learning program is registered with AIA/CES for continuing professional education. As such, it does not include content that may be deemed or construed to be an approval or endorsement by the AIA of any material of construction or any method or manner of handling, using, distributing, or dealing in any material or product.

AIA continuing education credit has been reviewed and approved by AIA/CES. Learners must complete the entire learning program to receive continuing education credit. AIA continuing education Learning Units earned upon completion of this course will be reported to AIA/CES for AIA members. Certificates of Completion for both AIA members and non-AIA members are available upon request.

Course Title: Low Impact Development

Delivery Method: Live

Course Description: 

This 6.5 hour live lecture presentation covers the principles of low impact development (LID) and its environmental benefits, state and municipal LID guidelines and requirements, site planning, ethical issues in sustainability, LID integrated management practices, and pollution prevention, maintenance, and public education.

Learning Objectives:

Learning Objective 1:
Learners will be able to reference and comply with state and municipal low impact (LID) guidelines and practices.

Learning Objective 2:
Learners will be able to identify and describe low impact development integrated management practices, including bioretention practices, filter strips, vegetated buffers and swales, rain gardens, infiltration trenches, dry wells, level spreaders, rain barrels, cisterns, and pervious concrete and permeable pavers.

Learning Objective 3:
Learners will be able to participate in low impact development site planning to enhance environmental site design and minimize stormwater runoff, and they will be able to participate in pollution prevention planning, maintenance, and public education and awareness.

Learning Objective 4:
Learners will be able to explain the ethical issues of site development, including its effect on other species and their habitat, principles of social and environmental justice, and meeting environmental obligations to future generations.

LUs: 6.5                                                                                              LU Type: LU|HSWs.

Prerequisites: Experience with site planning

Advance Preparation: None

Program Level: Intermediate

Course Expiration Date: 05/20/2022

Complaint Resolution Policy:

Complaints regarding this course can be emailed to doug@halfmoonseminars.org or by calling (715) 835-5900. A HalfMoon Education representative will respond within 72 hours to resolve the complaint, which will include, but not limited to, access to another CE activity at no or reduced cost or a full or partial refund. Each instance will be resolved on a case-by-case situation.