Stormwater Landscape Maintenance Training

In many cities and towns, homeowner associations (HOAs) own and are required to maintain some of the stormwater infrastructure in their neighborhoods, including ponds, swales, check dams, shoreline plantings, rain gardens, pervious paving, and other features located on common property.

The Training

Many developments, both commercial and residential, were designed and built with stormwater infrastructure for which the property owners—including HOAs and their property managers—are often now responsible.

Local governments are beginning to enforce maintenance requirements associated with these stormwater features. The lack of maintenance can cause a negative impact on important local water quality and quantity management.

In response, the White River Alliance, in conjunction with several municipalities, designed the Stormwater Landscape Maintenance Training Seminar in order to help Homeowners Associations, landscape contractors, and land developers understand these maintenance requirements and how to read Operation & Maintenance Plans in order to avoid corrective action.

The goal is to maintain properly functioning stormwater treatment facilities in order to prevent flooding, pollution, and other stormwater-related impacts, and keep infrastructure costs down in the long run.

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The Stormwater Landscape Maintenance Training Seminar is offered annually in early December from 9:00 am-3:30 pm. Lunch, snacks, and workshop materials are provided in the cost of the registration fee. The workshop typically costs less than $20.

This program is temporarily suspended due to the ongoing pandemic. In the meantime, we are working on an online course and hope to have it ready later in 2021.


Do I have to attend this?

This training seminar is not required, however understanding your responsibilities related to the stormwater infrastructure on your property or the property you maintain is vital to avoiding corrective action. While this has not been a major issue in the past, municipalities are beginning to enforce the O&M agreements signed by developers and passed to HOAs upon completion of the development. Knowing what is required and how to achieve the requirements is in the best interest of responsible parties. Enforcement may involve fines and/or required maintenance activities.

Who should attend?

HOA representatives, landscape maintenance contractors, and housing developers all share responsibility for O&M plans and should attend the training. HOA representatives can use the attendee list to determine if their maintenance contractor is aware of requirements and landscape Best Management Practices.

Do I need a certification?

At this time, there is no required certification to perform landscape maintenance or mechanical maintenance on stormwater facilities.

How do I get a copy of my neighborhood's O&M manual?
Contact the stormwater administrator for your municipality.

Who do I contact for more information about the program?

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