Date of Award

12-2011

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA)

Legacy Department

Landscape Architecture

Advisor

Goetcheus, Cari

Abstract

Watersheds across the U.S., particularly population-dense coastal regions, are being impacted by cultural development preferences which promote an increase in impervious surfaces and ultimately increase the rate and volume of stormwater runoff. Low Impact Development (LID), a site specific form of green infrastructure (GI), is being adopted by many municipalities as an alternative stormwater management solution. Taking advantage of local ecological systems, LID addresses pressing growth requirements with the fundamental need to protect waterways, while also meeting federal regulations resulting from the National Permit Discharge Elimination System (NPDES). This thesis attempts to assess the state of LID in the Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester (BCD) region of coastal South Carolina via background research and a survey of local land development professionals (landscape architects, planners and engineers). The intent is to ascertain patterns of LID awareness and usage, perceptions on benefits, barriers and opportunities, and ultimately provide strategies to facilitate widespread usage of LID in the BCD region.

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