Brought to you by the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Authority.

The Water Smart Academy is created for landscape professionals looking to broaden their understanding of landscape management and irrigation systems. The free classes offer the latest in landscape irrigation best management practices (BMPs) to assure healthy, sustainable, and functional landscapes while avoiding water waste.


Continuing Education Units offer:


1.5 hours of CEU credit, with lunch provided! Classes are limited to 15 participants.
Time: 12:00pm-1:30pm
Location: Bachechi Open Space 9521 Rio Grande Blvd. NW, Albuquerque, NM, 87114

Drainage and Use of Storm Water

Smart watering is more than installing and maintaining an irrigation system.   Drainage, which involves harvesting, moving, and using stormwater is an integral part of landscape and irrigation management.  In this class, we will discuss methods to prevent or remediate damage due to stormwater as well as the beneficial use of that same water.   Whether your customers are Single or Multi-Family Residential, Commercial, or Municipal, the same principles apply.

Expert trainer: Jan Loving

PVC Pipe, Fittings and Valves – Proper Use, Installation & Trouble Shooting

Installing PVC Pipe, Fittings and Valves is like painting, everyone thinks they can do it.  After all, how hard could it be?  Like most things, there is a right way to solvent weld, install threaded connections, and repair PVC for trouble-free, long-lasting irrigation systems.   We will also discuss common problems and ways to avoid them.

Expert Trainer: Jan Loving

Electric Irrigation Valve Troubleshooting

Students will gain a comprehensive classroom understanding of successful troubleshooting techniques used in identifying and solving electric irrigation valve problems. The class covers internal and external valve components, major valve types as well as how to use volt, ohm, and amp meters. Emphasis will be on how to apply troubleshooting techniques in the field.

Expert Trainer: Jim Corcoran

“Friday’s at the BioPark” afternoon sessions

Classes are limited to 25 participants. (lunch provided)
Time: 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Location: ABQ BioPark 903 10th St SW, Albuquerque, NM 87102

Proper Maintenance of Green Stormwater Infrastructure features

This training would walk participants through the proper methods to maintain permeable pavers/pavement/concrete; stormwater conveyance structures such as stormwater bumpouts, bioswales, trenches, and basins; plant maintenance in the different inundation zones; and mulch maintenance. This in-person training would complement the resources produced by the Arid LID Coalition such as the Maintenance Manual which includes checklists and maintenance frequency recommendations, as well as the video series that illustrates exactly how to properly maintain these features.

Expert trainer: ARID LID Coalition

 Arboriculture for Non-Arborist (part 1 and 2)

TA deep dive into the core aspects of urban tree care: basic tree biology, nursery production, selection and planting, pruning for the life of the tree, pest and disease concerns, human impact concerns, and a selection of good trees for our area, from big shade trees to small fruit trees. This class is divided into two-four-hour sessions

Expert: Joran Viers 

“Lunch & Learn short sessions” 12:00pm – 1:30pm
Electric Irrigation Valve Troubleshooting
Trainer: Jim Corcoran
May 18, 2022 Bachechi Open Space
9521 Rio Grande Blvd. NW,
Albuquerque, NM, 87114
“Friday’s at the BioPark” afternoon sessions 12:00pm – 4:00pm
Arboriculture for Non-Arborists (Part 1) – a deep dive into the core aspects of urban tree care
Trainer: Joran Viers
Friday, May 6, 2022 ABQ BioPark
2601 Central Ave NW,
Albuquerque, NM 87102
Arboriculture for Non-Arborists (Part 2) – a deep dive into the core aspects of urban tree care
Trainer: Joran Viers
Friday, May 13, 2022 ABQ BioPark
2601 Central Ave NW,
Albuquerque, NM 87102

ALL CLASSES FOR MAY ARE FULL.  Please stay tuned for more class updates.

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Jim Corcoran: A New Mexico native with 40 years of grounds management experience at UNM, APS, Sandia Laboratories, and as a commercial landscape maintenance contractor, plus 28 years of experience in landscape and irrigation training. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in plant science and holds an MS6 Irrigation License. He is a Certified Backflow Prevention Technician and 3A & 3B Pest Management Consultant. Previously certified by the Irrigation Association for Landscape Irrigation Water Audits, he is also past President of the New Mexico Irrigation Association.

Jan Loving: President of Loving & Associates, a manufacturer’s representative for irrigation, plumbing, and industrial products in New Mexico, El Paso, and southwest Colorado and a  training instructor for storm water drainage and PVC pipe valve and fittings for more than 30 years for contractors, architects, wholesalers, and municipalities.    BA from the University of Texas at El Paso.

Joran Viers: Trained in the biological sciences, with a Bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of New Mexico (summa cum laude) and a Master’s degree in Botany from the University of Florida. Following his university studies, Joran worked in public service for many years. Initially, he worked for the State of New Mexico as the Executive Director of the New Mexico Organic Commodity Commission, followed by a decade with New Mexico State University’s Cooperative Extension Service, where he was the County Horticulture Agent (and eventually County Program Director) until he took the position of City Forester with City of Albuquerque Parks and Recreation Department. After several years with the city, during which time he built up a side business doing arboricultural (tree-related) and horticultural consulting, Viers left the city to enter private practice full time. He is an International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) Board Certified Master Arborist and holds ISA’s Tree Risk Assessment Qualification. Viers is a member of the American Society of Consulting Arborists and maintains an NMDA Commercial Pesticide Applicator’s license.

Classes sponsors:

State of NM Regulation & Industry Division (CID)

Irrigation Association

New Mexico American Society of Landscape Architecture (ASLA)