Collaboration Profile Series - Annette Lucas

Our 2018-2019 Catalog of Grasses focuses on collaborations within and outside the green industry. We conclude our collaboration profile series with Annette Lucas, Stormwater Program Supervisor for the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality.

Lucas leads the state’s engineering design standards for stormwater control measures as well as the updates to the NC Stormwater Design Manual. She has a bachelor’s degree from Duke University in Public Policy Studies and a master’s degree from NC State University in Civil Engineering. She frequently presents stormwater trainings and workshops throughout North Carolina.

The stormwater design manual provides recommendations for bioretention cells, stormwater wetlands, and other projects that help manage and treat stormwater. To assist in the latest update, Lucas convened a multidisciplinary team of experts from North Carolina nurseries, landscape contracting firms, and the NC State Stormwater Engineering Group. Hoffman Nursery and others on the team helped expand the list of plants and update planting recommendations.

Rain garden on NC State's campus.
Rain garden on NC State’s campus.

The new guidelines give engineers and landscape architects more choices and will increase demand for green infrastructure plants from regional nurseries. Last month, we highlighted these updates to the manual in our blog post, More Plants for Stormwater Projects. To see the fully updated lists, visit the NC Stormwater Design Manual webpage.

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