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[CANCELED] - Landscaping For Water Quality

Thu, 03/26/2020 to Fri, 03/27/2020
8:30am - 4:00pm
Derry Municipal Center
14 Manning Street
Derry, NH 03038


Due to the public health concern caused by the COVID-19 virus, UNH administration made the decision to cancel all UNH Cooperative Extension events, programs and noncredit classes through April 5. The health and safety of our staff and the many members of our New Hampshire communities that participate in our programs is most important. We appreciate your understanding and patience during this uncertain time.

The Landscaping for Water Quality planning team is determining the feasibility of modifying or postponing the event and will share details soon. Full refunds will be processed for current registrants. Refund options will be available in the event of a program modification. 

About the Event

Sponsored by: UNH Extension, NH Department of Environmental Services, NH Landscape Association, NH Sea Grant, NH Soak Up the Rain, and Town of Derry.

Participants will learn how to use ecological concepts and landscape features such as rain gardens, vegetative buffers, and other green infrastructure to protect lakes, rivers, streams and bays. Instructors are from universities, university centers, university extension, environmental agencies, municipalities, and private enterprise. Thanks to all of our sponsors!

Who Should Attend?

This program is designed for landscapers and others who develop, maintain, or preserve properties in and around central, southern, NH, including:  

  •  Landscape designers, contractors and maintenance professionals, and those who hire them
  •  Members of watershed groups, conservation commissions, and organizations and agencies who want to learn about ecological approaches to landscaping
  •  Municipal staff and contractors involved in landscaping, land care and development
  •  Students in environment or landscape focused programs


Pesticide credits will be available, pending state approval. Certificates for the New Hampshire Certified Landscape Professionals Program will also be available.


Agenda: Thursday, March 26

8:30     Check-in

8:45    Welcome and Introductions

9:00    Water Quality Considerations in Landscaping
              Barbara MacMillan

9:45     Water Quality In and Around Derry
              Craig Durrett, Town of Derry Public Works, Environmental Coordinator

10:00    Water Resource Protection Principles and Strategies
              Julia Peterson

10:30    Break

10:45    Residential-Scale Stormwater Management Practices
              Lisa Loosigian

11:30    Assessing and Understanding Soil Characteristics
             Olivia Saunders, UNH Extension, Fruit & Vegetable Production Field Specialist, Carroll County

12:15     Lunch

1:00    Integrating Multiple Functions in Ecological Landscape Design
             Lauren Chase-Rowell

1:45     Walk to Hood Park

2:00     Site Assessment Processes and Practices (outdoors)
             Lauren Chase-Rowell

4:00    Adjourn

Agenda: Friday, March 27

8:30     Check-in

8:45    Shoreland Protection and State and Federal Rules
            Jay Aube, NHDES Shoreland Protection Program Coordinator

9:30    Local Concerns, Regulations and Efforts
             Panel of municipal representatives from surrounding cities and towns

10:00    Break

10:15    Stormwater System Evaluation, Maintenance and Municipal Realities  
              UNH Stormwater Center staff

11:00    Rain Garden Sizing, Installation and Maintenance
             Lisa Loosigian

11:30    Lunch

12:15    Selecting Plants for Stormwater Installations
             Emma Erler, UNH Extension, Education Center Program Coordinator

12:45    Lawn Care Best Management Practices for Water Quality Protection        
              Dr. Karl Guillard, University of Connecticut, Professor of Agronomy

1:45    Is There a Market for Water Quality-Oriented Landscaping Services?         
            Julia Peterson

2:05    Putting it All Together: Conceptual Designs and Plans
             Lauren Chase-Rowell

4:00    Wrap-up and adjourn


Cost is $80 per person if received by March 18. No refunds after this date.

Late registration is $100, if space is available.

Registration fees include a light breakfast, lunch, and class materials.