Article from ASLA: Tell the EPA Your Views About WOTUS


Tell the EPA Your Views About WOTUS

Recently, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers issued Docket No. EPA–HQ–OW–2018–0149, the Revised Definition of “Waters of the United States" (WOTUS), which would eliminate federal protections for ephemeral streams that flow after rain or snowmelt, as well as wetlands without surface water connections to larger waterways, and other bodies of water.  This would mean that at least 18 percent of streams and 51 percent of wetlands nationwide would not be protected under this new WOTUS definition.
After hearing from its members, ASLA has submitted comments to oppose the revised definition of WOTUS because it ignores basic science, undermines the tenets of the Clean Water Act (CWA), and ineffectively addresses the need for a clear, consistent, and universal definition of federally regulated waterways.
ASLA encourages all its members to weigh-in with their individual comments on this important rule, as it could have long lasting and far reaching impacts on the health, safety, and welfare of many communities nationwide. Feel free to use language from the ASLA letter or construct your comments based on your personal views before the April 15 deadline.
You can submit your comments here.

REGISTER TODAY- 2019 Southeast Regional Conference of Landscape Architects


Register Today!

Join the South Carolina, North Carolina, and Georgia Chapters of the American Society of Landscape Architects for the ASLA Southeast Regional Conference. The conference will be held on Sunday, June 2nd through Tuesday, June 4th at the Hyatt Regency Greenville located in downtown Greenville, South Carolina.

The ASLA Southeast Regional Conference 2019 is certain to educate, engage, and ignite discussion within the Landscape Architecture Community!

Experience downtown Greenville and all that it has to offer, including the iconic Falls Park, a thriving downtown, an exciting culinary scene, and incredible outdoor activities.


Keynote presented by:

Jose Alminana

Mikyoung Kim

Diane Jones Allen

Shawn Kelly, ASLA President

The 2019 ASLA Southeast Regional Conference is certain to educate, engage, and ignite discussion within the Landscape Architecture Community, including:

  • Field Sessions that explore all the Upstate has to offer with local guides

  • Enjoy the unique blend of modern city and historic southern charm as renowned Greenville mayor Knox White, Honorary ASLA kicks off the conference!

  • Celebrate with your colleagues at the Awards Luncheon

  • Experience cutting edge displays and immersive spaces in a re-imagined Vendor Expo

  • Challenge yourself and your colleagues with a Pop-up Design Competition

  • Network with students and emerging professionals at Poster Session Presentations

  • Refresh your perspective by attending thoughtful and engaging Keynote Sessions given by leaders in the field

  • Meet new friends and enjoy the comradery at the Welcome Reception and Happy Hours

  • Experience downtown Greenville and all that it has to offer, including the iconic Falls Park, a thriving downtown, an exciting culinary scene, and incredible outdoor activities


As part of World Landscape Architecture Month in April, NCASLA is partnering with
Wake County Public Schools (WCPSS) to host their 4th Annual WCPSS Design Blitz.


Numerous Career & Technical Education (CTE) high school students, from across Wake County, will join design practitioners at CAM Raleigh in downtown Raleigh, for a charrette promoting collaboration and the design thinking process.


NCASLA is leveraging this year’s event to help raise awareness of the profession.  We are excited for the opportunity to join forces with the City of Raleigh’s Dorothea Dix Park planning team, in developing this year’s prompt around the 308-acre Park.  In addition to being a tangible introduction to site design, the Dix Park theme showcases community engagement, a transformative urban renewal project in the Raleigh cityscape and the impact our profession can have on quality of life, in shaping places where people live, work and play.  The results of the charrette will be judged with prizes and will remain on display at CAM, as part of a pop-up exhibit, through April 16th.



WHERE: CAM Raleigh, 409 W Martin St, Raleigh, NC 27603
WHEN: Wednesday, April 10, 2019, 8AM – 1:30PM
LIGHT BREAKFAST & LUNCH: To be provided REGISTRATION: Required. Space is limited! Register HERE by 03/28.


  1. Charrette leaders: we need numerous charrette leaders to guide small student groups through the design charrette.  To sign up, click HERE (By 03/28)

    • Charrette leaders are expected to be present for the introductions and throughout the 2.5 hour charrette.  We invite you to stay through lunch/judging and subsequent announcement of winners.

  2. Project judges: We need several landscape architects to participate as judges alongside other design professionals.  Judges will be floating during the charrettes and observing each teams’ process.   1st, 2nd and 3rd place will be awarded. Interested? Contact Leslie Bartlebaugh.



  • Firm or organizational logo featured on event t-shirts & promo material

  • Sponsorship logo board on display alongside student work, as part of a CAM pop-up exhibit, through April 16th

  • A press release will be issued, and historically the event has received good coverage

  • Do it for our future!


NCASLA Instagram Takeover

As part of World Landscape Architecture Month, NCASLA is organizing a month-long “Instagram Takeover” to feature the work of our state’s firms! The takeover will be held from April 1 - April 30, 2019. Members will have the opportunity to “take over” the NCASLA Instagram account for at least one day, showcasing their work through posts of their choosing. The takeover will be similar to the Instagram takeover that National ASLA has organized in the past.

This will help NCASLA improve our social media content, increase our follower base, and improve awareness about the exciting work that our members are doing in NC and beyond! If you would like to participate, please contact us at by March 11, 2019.


Rules are as follows:

  • You may post up to 7 posts per day, and an unlimited amount of Instagram stories. Feel free to include multiple images or videos in each post. NCASLA may share your Instagram posts to Facebook and Twitter.

  • Include the hashtags #WLAM2019 #LandscapeArchitecture and #NCASLA

  • Post only landscape architecture related content.

  • Please tag your business account and the accounts of those you have collaborated with, if applicable. We highly encourage you to tag all the allied professionals you have worked with on your project such as, but not limited to, planners, engineers, surveyors, soil scientist, ecologists, general contractors, landscape contractors and your clients!

  • Be sure to provide image credit where applicable.  

  • By participating in NCASLA’s Instagram Takeover, your firm gives NCASLA permission to use posted images for other NCASLA initiatives (including, but not limited to, Advocacy Day publications).

2019 Golden Leaf Awards Nominations Now Being Accepted

Do you know of a Durham property that’s outstanding for its design, preservation, curb appeal, or stewardship of the natural and built environment? Nominate it now for the 2019 Golden Leaf Awards.

The Durham City-County Appearance Commission and Keep Durham Beautiful are currently seeking property nominations to recognize new developments, buildings, and landscaping in Durham County that provide positive attributes to the community’s built environment.

2019 ASLA Southeast Regional Conference Call for Presentations

The call for presentations is now open for the 2019 ASLA Southeast Regional Conference!

The conference committee will review and select proposals based on the continuing education approval criteria outlined by associated Boards of Landscape Architectural Examiners. Panel discussions, case studies, lectures, tours and other alternative presentation formats are highly encouraged.

The deadline for submitting session proposals is Friday, February 22, 2019. Final presentations to be submitted by Friday, March 1, 2019