This past Thursday and Friday, I was fortunate to be able to attend a seminar at the Lake Sunapee Protective Association.  The program was called “Landscaping for Water Quality in the Sunapee Area” and was administered by representatives from several agencies including; UNH Cooperative Extension, NH Department of Environmental Services, Sea Grant New Hampshire, and the LSPA.


The program’s focus was on providing education and skills to designers, contractors, policymakers, and others who work in the Lake Sunapee watershed.  The program covered topics such as stormwater management and practices, state and local policies, and concluded with a design charrette to apply the practices learned to a real-world situation.  This event was an excellent opportunity to reaffirm and sharpen my skills, as well as gain some new perspectives on an essential aspect of landscape architecture. 

Every project we design at Bonin Architects has some stormwater management practice included, not because the law requires it, but because we appreciate Lake Sunapee and the opportunities it provides, and it’s the right thing to do.

Bonin Architects & Associates is now proudly “SOAK” (Soak Up the Rain) certified in “Landscaping for Water Quality” through NH Cooperative Extension and we look forward to our role in protecting New Hampshire’s lakes, rivers, and streams.