Homeowner BMP Guide

Homeowner Guide For a More Bay-Friendly Property

We are very pleased to announce the release of our final edition of the homeowner stewardship guide. Thanks to everyone for the great feedback and super contributions over the last six months.  As you can see, the guide was greatly improved by all the cross-pollination over this time!


This guide presents a step by step approach for analyzing your property to find out whether it makes sense to install a rain garden or other residential stewardship practices. We then take you through the design and installation of several of the homeowner practices, so that you can install them on your own. Many Bay communities offer technical and financial assistance to help you install stewardship practices on your lot. Check out Appendix D for a list of links to these programs.

Based on feedback from reviewers we have decided to make this an “open-source” document where communities can edit, format, or delete sections to reflect their local needs and requirements. Please feel free to borrow the photos, schematics and tables for your training purposes although please provide photo credit when indicated.

There is a pdf version available for download below. For the adaptable word version, please email Cecilia Lane at watershedgal@hotmail.com.

Homeowner BMP Crediting in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Model

Localities and States will soon be able to take credit for residential practices installed in their jurisdictions. Below you will find a memo that outlines the draft policy to get nutrient reduction credits in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Model for the installation of verifiable homeowner BMPs.