Stormwater Management in the Okanagan- Course Ended

Rain Garden

Element Eco-Design and the Okanagan Xeriscape Association are teaming up to bring innovative Stormwater Management techniques to the Okanagan!

OXA will be hosting a two-day workshop on how to manage stormwater in the landscape using techniques to slow, spread and sink rain water, as well as collect and utilize it.

Are you a landscape or irrigation professional, municipal or regional planner/staff, architect or engineer?

Join us for this two-day workshop to learn about effective Stormwater Management in the landscape.

In the Okanagan, our weather patterns are changing and we are seeing storm events like the one responsible for the floods in June 2014. Although our climate is predominately a dry one, we must start building landscapes to withstand brief and heavy rain activity to prevent damage to businesses, homes and infrastructure.

At the same time we can create beautiful, biologically diverse public and private landscapes that clean our water, utilize our water, and nurture the ecosystem as a whole.


Day 1 – Friday March 27 -will be held in-class, providing theoretical learning about using rain as a resource and will cover:

Regional climatic conditions

Interception methods

Low impact development

Best practices for installation

Stormwater management principles

Catchment calculations


Day 2 – Saturday March 28 – will be a review and application of the classroom learning with a hands-on component installing a rain garden as part of a residential stormwater management plan.

Topics covered will include:

What is a Rain Garden and What are the Benefits

Rain Garden Design and Construction

Where to Locate your Rain Garden

Materials and Tools for Building a Rain Garden

Plant Selection for a Rain Garden


About your Instructor:

gordteaching2013Gordon Hiebert: Gord is the Owner, Chief Instructor and Project Manager at Element Eco-Design. Gord has in-depth experience in Forest Protection, Green Building and Permaculture Design. Gordon has learned personally from many of the top names in Permaculture including Rob Avis(Into to Perm., 2009), Geoff Lawton(PDC & Permaculture Earthworks, 2010), Daren Dorhety (Keyline Design, 2012), Anne Adams (Holistic Management, 2012), Dave Jacke (Edible Forest Gardening, 2012), Eric Toensmeier (Perennial Agro-Forestry, 2012) Mark Shepherd (Restoration Agriculture, 2013) and more. Gord is a passionate, dynamic speaker and holds a deep understanding of natural systems.


Registration and Location Information:

Day 1 Details:

When: March 27, 2015 8:30—5pm

Where: Classroom

Reid Hall

2279 Benvoulin Rd,


Day 2 Details:

When (Date/Time): March 28, 2015

Where: On-site

1661 Lambert Ave,



Tuition Information:

1 Day (either Fri. or Sat.)Tuition: $100

Early bird bonus (before Feb. 28): $85

2 Day Tuition: $180

Early bird bonus (before Feb 28): $150

The Okanagan Xeriscape Association has teamed up with the RBC Blue Water Project to supply a further bonus for Municipal/Regional Staff and Landscape Professionals courtesy of the RBC Blue Water Grant Program. This generous grant has allowed OXA to provide a further discount of $35 for a single day or $65 for both day tuition. Thank you to the RBC Blue Water Project!

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