The CBLP Urban Buffer Design Charrette is a two-day interactive online course in which participants will work collaboratively to design an aesthetically pleasing buffer that overcomes the unique challenges faced on urban and suburban sites, while helping meet water quality and habitat restoration goals.  Guest speakers will discuss urban buffer case studies and business aspects of urban buffer work. Additional presentations will cover riparian habitats and ecology, regulatory considerations, and site assessment.
  • October 19, 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM – online via Zoom
  • October 19, 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM – optional field visit to one of three sites in Virginia (Alexandria, Charlottesville, or Hampton)
  • October 26, 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM – online via Zoom
The field trip is not required, and we welcome participants from outside Virginia to join this class.
The target audience for this course is anyone interested in planning and design of riparian buffers in urban or suburban sites. Design experience is helpful but not required.
Partial scholarships, provided by the James River Association and RISE, are available to those who live/work in the middle and upper James River watersheds, and those who work in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia.  Contact about scholarships before you register, or if you have questions.  Discounts are available for certified Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professional (CBLP)s and those participating in the fall CBLP-Buffers course.