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Thursday, May 30, 2024
9:00 am – 4:00 pm CDT


Presented by Dr. Jose G. Vasconcelos

Rain Garden Functions, Environmental Benefits and Landowner Benefits

  • Understanding hydrology, water resources and water quality
  • Overview of stormwater regulations and infrastructure
  • What a rain garden is and does
  • What a rain garden does not do

Rain Garden Siting and Sizing

  • Topography and soils
  • Proximity to structures, vegetation and traffic
  • Calculating the amount of water to be drained
  • Sizing the rain garden

Rain Garden Design 

  • Size, shape and orientation
  • Site preparation
  • Berms, planting beds and ponding areas

Rain Garden Plant Selection

  • Grasses
  • Sedges
  • Flowers and pollinator habitat
  • Trees and shrubs
  • Planting the garden

Adding Amenities

  • Paths and walkways
  • Fences and benches
  • Integrating the rain garden with other landscape features

Maintaining Rain Gardens


Webinar Instructions

All attendees must log-on through their own email – attendees may not watch together if they wish to earn continuing education credit. HalfMoon Education Inc. must be able to prove attendance if either the attendee or HalfMoon Education Inc. is audited.

Certificates of completion can be downloaded in PDF form upon passing a short quiz. A link to the quiz will be sent to each qualifying attendee immediately after the webinar. The certificate can be downloaded from the Results page of the quiz upon scoring 80% or higher.

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Professional Engineers
6.0 PDHs

6.0 HSW CE Hours

Landscape Architects
6.0 HSW CE Hours

Floodplain Managers


Continuing Education Credit Information

This webinar is open to the public and is designed to qualify for 6.0 PDHs for professional engineers, 6.0 HSW continuing education hours for licensed architects, and 6.0 HSW continuing education hours for landscape architects in all states that allow this learning method. Please refer to specific state rules to determine eligibility.

HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education sponsor for engineers in Florida (Provider License No: CEA362), Indiana (License No. CE21700059), Maryland, New Jersey (Approval No. 24GP00000700) and North Carolina (S-0130). HalfMoon Education is deemed an approved continuing education sponsor for New York engineers and architects via its registration with the American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System (Regulations of the Commissioner §68.14(i)(2) and §69.6(i)(2)). Other states do not preapprove continuing education providers or courses.

The American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System has approved this course for 6.0 HSW LUs (Sponsor No. J885). Only full participation is reportable to the AIA/CES.

The Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System has approved this course for 6.0 HSW PDHs. Only full participation is reportable to the LA CES.

This Association of State Floodplain Managers has approved this course for 6.0 CECs for floodplain managers.

Attendance will be monitored, and attendance certificates will be available after the webinar for those who attend the entire course and score a minimum 80% on the quiz that follows the course (multiple attempts allowed).

On-Demand Credits

The preceding credit information only applies to the live presentation. This course in an on-demand format is not pre-approved by any licensing boards and may not qualify for the same credits; please consult your licensing board(s) to ensure that a structured, asynchronous learning format is appropriate. The following pre-approvals may be available for the on-demand format upon request:

6.0 HSW LUs (AIA)


Dr. Jose G. Vasconcelos

Professor in the Water Resources Group of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Auburn University.

Dr. Vasconcelos obtained his BS degree in Civil Engineering (1995) and his MS degree in Environmental Technology and Water Resources (2000) at the University of Brasilia, Brazil. His PhD degree was obtained in 2005 at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. In the past he held a professor appointment at the University of Brasilia (2006-2009), and prior to this was an employee in the area of water resources at the waterworks authority in Brasilia (CAESB, 1999-2006), and prior to that at Brazil Federal District’s urban infrastructure company (NOVACAP, 1996-1999). His research interests include unsteady/multiphase flows, urban water infrastructure, headwater watersheds, interactions between surface water, and groundwater flows. Applications of his research include understanding operational issues and behavior of hydraulic systems in extreme flow conditions, often caused by extreme rainfall and urbanization. Dr. Vasconcelos techniques includes on laboratory investigations, numerical modeling development and field work research. He serves as an associate editor of the ASCE Journal of Hydraulic Engineering, MDPI Water and CHI Journal of Water Management Modeling. Dr. Vasconcelos also serves as chair of the ASCE-EWRI Two-phase Flows in Urban Water Systems, and past chair for Hydraulic Structures Committee. He serves as reviewer for various journals in the area of hydraulics, fluid mechanics, and water resources. As a consultant, he has contributed toward the design of several hydraulic systems, including the Washington DC Anacostia Tunnel and London’s Thames Tidewater Tunnel. Dr. Vasconcelos published 58 articles in peer-reviewed journals, 16 chapters in peer-reviewed books and monographs, over 70 papers in international conferences and meetings, among other types of creative production. He advised five PhD Students, 22 MS students, and served in various graduate students committees. During his career, Dr. Vasconcelos was the recipient of the 2022 Outstanding Associate Editor Award, by the Environmental and Water Resources Institute, American Society of Civil Engineers; the 2018 Telford Premium by the Institution of Civil Engineers, UK; and the 2014 James M. Robbins National Excellence in Teaching Award by Chi Epsilon, among other distinctions. He serves as one of the advisors for the Auburn University student chapter of Engineers Without Borders, having developed drinking water systems in Rwanda and Guatemala.

AIA Info

AIA Provider Statement:

HalfMoon Education Inc. is a registered provider of AIA-approved continuing education under Provider Number J885. All registered AIA/CES Providers must comply with the AIA Standards for Continuing Education Programs. Any questions or concerns about this provider of learning program may be sent to AIA/CES ( or (800) AIA 3837, Option 3).

This learning program is registered with AIA/CES for continuing professional education. As such, it does not include content that may be deemed or construed to be an approval or endorsement by the AIA of any material of construction or any method or manner of handling, using, distributing, or dealing in any material or product.

AIA continuing education credit has been reviewed and approved by AIA/CES. Learners must complete the entire learning program to receive continuing education credit. AIA continuing education Learning Units earned upon completion of this course will be reported to AIA/CES for AIA members. Certificates of Completion for both AIA members and non-AIA members are available upon request.

Course Title: Rain Garden Design, Construction and Maintenance

Delivery Method: Live Online

Course Description:  This six-hour course explores the functions and benefits (environmental and landowner) of rain gardens and dives deep into their siting, sizing, design, plant selection, amenities and maintenance.

Learning Objectives:

Learning Objective 1:
Learners will be able to discuss the underlying hydrology of rain gardens and explain what a rain garden is and what it does and does not do.

Learning Objective 2:
Learners will be able to describe how to size a rain garden by determining its proximity to structures and calculating the amount of water to be drained.

Learning Objective 3:
Learners will be able to discuss rain garden plant selection and the applications and benefits of different types of grasses, sedges, trees, shrubs, flowers and other pollinator-friendly plants.

Learning Objective 4:
Learners will be able to identify opportunities to add amenities to rain gardens, such as paths, walkways, fences, benches and other landscape features.

LUs: 6.0                                                                                              LU Type: LU|HSWs.

Prerequisites: Experience with site development and landscape design

Advance Preparation: None

Program Level: Intermediate

Course Expiration Date: 01/29/2027

Complaint Resolution Policy:

Complaints regarding this course can be emailed to or by calling (715) 835-5900. A HalfMoon Education representative will respond within 72 hours to resolve the complaint, which will include, but not limited to, access to another CE activity at no or reduced cost or a full or partial refund. Each instance will be resolved on a case-by-case situation.