New Crediting Technique Approved

Network communication from September 20, 2016

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In this issue:
  • Ellicott City reconstruction moving along
  • New Crediting method approved!
  • Fall webcasts
  • 2017 Best Urban BMP in the Bay Award
  • Upcoming training opportunities in Hampton Roads and the Eastern Shore of Maryland
  • Strategies for Financing your Stormwater Program
  • Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professional Certification Classes Begin October 13
  • Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway Green Infrastructure Conference - Call for Abstracts
Greetings CSNers!

Reconstruction efforts in Historic Ellicott City are well underway as is the Monday morning quarterbacking on how/why this happened and how to make sense of stormwater management. It is inspiring to hear so many layman discuss the relationship between developed land and stormwater runoff! It's equally interesting to hear all of their ideas on how best to manage the water coming off the land. Maybe with all these innovative ideas we should create a special BUBBAs category for Ellicott City flood mitigation techniques - haha, just kidding but check out this email for more info on the 2017 Best Urban BMP in the Bay Award contest coming to a stormwater practice near you!

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Anyway, progress is happening and we especially are looking forward to historic Ellicott City getting back up and running once again! 

We are #ECstrong

~CSN

New Crediting Method Approved!


FTW-pic2On September 12, 2015 the Chesapeake Bay Program's Water Quality Goal Implementation Team approved the final recommendations of the of the Expert Panel to Define Removal Rates for Floating Treatment Wetlands in Existing Wet Ponds. That means this urban BMP is now a fully creditable restoration technique in meeting the Bay TMDL. The full recommendations can be read at the link above but the long and short of it is that the panel decided to credit FTWs under the existing urban stormwater retrofit method with an additional incremental removal rate for ponds retrofitted with FTWs. While this method will not be a "homerun" BMP it will be beneficial to the right community - those with a bunch of existing wet ponds for example - in getting another step closer to meeting their Bay TMDL load reductions.

To find out more about the new crediting technique and what is required for it, check out the webcast we did on it back in June.

We'd like to take this opportunity to congratulate and thank all of the panelists for their hard work and commitment to the Bay restoration effort:

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Chris Streb & Peter May, Biohabitats Inc.
Drew Ferrier, Hood College


Fall Webcasts

Webcasts! Webcasts! Webcasts!

upcoming-events-icon-2x-jpgWell, we've got a pretty good line up for our remaining webcasts this year...starting with this Thursday where we will be discussing the Visual Indicators approach to Inspection, Maintenance and Verification for Infiltration, Surface Sand Filters and Permeable Pavement - join us! Or check out one of our other webcasts this Fall. 

Future webcasts include:


¡Viva las BUBBAs!

2017 Best Urban BMP in the Bay Award

BUBBA 2We are excited to announce the return of the Best Urban BMP in the Bay Award! Many of you have emailed inquiring about the contest and we are pleased to say that YES! it will be returning! So dust off those as-builts and get out there and take some pictures of your well-maintained (I'm sure) BMP. We will have a few new categories this year and are looking to open the contest in October. For more information, check out our BUBBAs website

Sponsorship opportunities are still available. Please let us know if your company would like to be a sponsor of the premier BMP contest in the Chesapeake Bay watershed!


Come and See Us!

Upcoming Training Opportunities w/ CSN

Have you ever attended one of our Inspection and Maintenance Training events? Well they remain one of our most popular products as you can probably tell from the following list; In case you've missed them thus far, we will be instructing at the following upcoming workshops...come and check us out!

Hampton Roads Stormwater BMP Inspector Training, Williamsburg, VA - Tuesday, September 27. A full day workshop on inspection requirements for permits and the Bay TMDL and how to decrease the time but increase the efficiency of your inspections. FREE

Eastern Shore Best Management Practice (BMP) Inspection, Maintenance, and Retrofit Workshop, Chestertown, MD - Wednesday, October 5. A half-day workshop on how to maximize your stormwater BMP maintenance program to meet Chesapeake Bay restoration requirements. $20

Eastern Shore Best Management Practice (BMP) Inspection, Maintenance, and Retrofit Workshop, Cambridge, MD - Wednesday, October 19. In case Chestertown is not your thing...a re-do of the previous workshop on  how to maximize your stormwater BMP maintenance program to meet Chesapeake Bay restoration requirements. $20

Hope to see you there!


Other Training Opportunities

Strategies for Financing your Stormwater Program

financeOur friends at the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, Capital Region Council of Governments, and Environmental Finance Center are hosting a workshop titled “Strategies for Financing your Stormwater Program” Cumberland County, PA. 

Date: Wednesday, October 12th
Time: 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Location: Community Room of the Lemoyne Borough Office Building
510 Herman Ave, Lemoyne, PA 17043
Cost: $15 and includes lunch.


Get Certified!

Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professional Certification Classes Begin October 13

CBLP-smallThe Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professional (CBLP) Certification is a new voluntary credential for professionals who design, install, and maintain sustainable landscapes in the Bay watershed. Landscape professionals who gain the first level of this new certification will demonstrate skill by required coursework and examination in troubleshooting and maintaining green infrastructure or stormwater best practices and in providing conservation landscaping with native plants.

CBLP will offer two levels of training and certification: Level 1 is a baseline credential in design, installation, and maintenance of sustainable landscapes, with emphasis on how to properly maintain stormwater best management practices. 

Classes begin Thursday, October 13 in Arlington, Va and in other Maryland, D.C. and Virginia locations


Call for Abstracts!

Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway Green Infrastructure Conference - Call for Abstracts

The Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Green Infrastructure Conference will take place in Detroit, Michigan from May 31-June 2, 2017.

This conference will draw up to 1,000 engineers, landscape architects, water quality professionals, government officials at the local, state, and federal levels, developers, planners, academia, drain and road agencies, conservation and non-profit organizations, and interest groups from around the Great Lakes basin in Canada and the U.S. There will be space for more than 80 speakers to address the topic areas.

With Detroit in the rebuilding process, it is finding that green infrastructure can reduce the burden on its combined sewers for less than the cost of storing and treating combined effluent. This is a great location to share what is happening in your community, and in your area of expertise and discovery. 

This is the first conference to focus on using green infrastructure across the landscape with a primary goal to protect the surface waters in the Great Lakes region and they are currently looking for speakers.


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