A seminar to help you gain a better understanding of how to apply a “low impact development” approach to your own backyard will held on Wednesday, November 14th from 3 to 5 pm at the Kitty Hawk Town Hall. Low impact development basically is landscaping with an objective - the objective being to manage stormwater runoff on your site instead of trying to move it away. Low impact development (LID) is a relatively new approach to stormwater management with a basic principle that is modeled after nature. Before an area is developed, most rainwater that falls to the ground is absorbed and filtered by the soil, soaked up by the plants, or evaporates and becomes rainfall again. However, built structures contain many impervious surfaces, such as rooftops and driveways, which cannot be penetrated by rainwater. Surface water then collects and flows downhill, accumulating sediment and pollutants before reaching a body of water such as a stream, estuary or ocean. (Therefore, all the discussion on stormwater rules!)
The seminar will feature three local experts: Kathy Mitchell, Horticulturist at the NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island; Susan Ruiz-Evans, Dare County Extension Agent; and Robert McClendon, Sustainable Design Specialist at the Coastal Studies Institute. For more information, contact the Planning Department at 261-2552.