Welcome to another installment of the Chesapeake Stormwater Network's news updates and research alerts where we brief you on things we have been up to that might interest you. In today's email, we cover free and webcasts and discounted workshops that we are offering this fall, our 2017 BUBBAs contest, job opportunities and a new certification program.
Have you checked our Fall webcasts yet? We have lots of great topics to look forward to this season. This week we’ve got part two in our 2-part series on using visual indicators to assess the functionality of Low Impact Development practices. Two weeks ago we offered part 1, where we provided some background on why and how to assess your BMPs using the rapid visual approach as outlined in the Bioretention Illustrated technical memo developed by the Chesapeake Stormwater Network. This week we are going to go through the different indicators used in assessing the functionality of Grass Channels, Filter Strips and Sheetflow to Buffers.
Tree planting is a popular activity in the Chesapeake Bay watershed done by many local jurisdictions, watershed organizations and other groups, as well as State and Federal governments. However the existing urban tree planting BMP did not account for the variety of tree planting efforts and their associated water quality benefits.
In 2015 an expert panel was formed to evaluate how sediment and nutrient removal credits are calculated for expanded urban tree canopy. Just last month the Chesapeake Bay Program accepted the recommendations and revised credit for the Urban Tree Canopy urban BMP. The newly adopted BMP credits include two BMPs: 1) Urban Tree Canopy Expansion and 2) Urban Forest Planting.
Join us for a webcast on November 17 for an overview of the hot-off-the-press recommendations recently approved by the Chesapeake Bay Program Partnership last month. We'll be joined by two experts, Jeremy Hanson from Virginia Tech and Neely Law from the Center for Watershed Protection, who facilitated the panel review and recommendations
As mentioned before, our Inspection and Maintenance workshops (which are based off our visual indicators work discussed above) are incredibly popular with local governments and other MS4 permittees - in fact we conducted one such workshop just last week in Chesapeake, Virginia in partnership with the City of Chesapeake, James City County and the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission. It was a successful workshop with over 40 individuals coming together for a day of learning about inspection, maintenance and tracking of BMPs.
We are doing another one this Wednesday, October 5 in Chestertown, Maryland and will do yet another one on October 19 in Cambridge, Maryland. There is still time to sign up for both workshops!
To sign up for these Inspection and Maintenance workshops visit our partner's website here: http://www.cbf.org/mdesevents and scroll down to the Eastern Shore Best Management Practice (BMP) Inspection, Maintenance, and Retrofit Workshop of your choice.
Hope to see you there!
Tom Schueler Honored
Tom Receives the Environmental Leadership Award
Tom Schueler, the Executive Director of the Chesapeake Stormwater Network, was honored with the Environmental Leadership Award at this year’s Taste of the Chesapeake -- an annual benefit dinner put on by the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay. Tom was recognized for his dedication to restoration in the watershed over the course of his career. Congratulations Tom on a well deserved recognition!
Are you ready??? It is just about time for the next installment of the BEST URBAN BMP IN THE BAY AWARD contest which recognizes the best installed BMPs in the watershed within the past 5 years. We are updating the categories to make sure we are keeping it fresh and busy getting the web portal up and running again so that we are prepared to accept your project submissions!
We'd like to thank those organizations and individuals who have already stepped up to act as sponsors of this year's contest and for anyone else who is interested, there are still sponsorship opportunities available! Email Cecilia Lane, firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in becoming a sponsor of the 2017 BUBBA contest.
Frederick County, Maryland is Hiring
Are you or someone you know looking for new employment? Well you are in luck. Frederick County, Maryland is hiring for their stormwater team! They currently have three open positions that they are looking to fill:
All three positions are involved with implementation of NPDES MS4 projects for Frederick County's Office of Sustainability and Environmental Resources. To get more information or apply, visit the links above.
The Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professional (CBLP) Certification is a new, voluntary credential system for professionals who design, install, and maintain low impact development stormwater practices. The credential training and examination are based on a core set of standards in order to ensure that the practices function properly and will meet runoff, sediment and nutrient reduction goals.
Registration for the Pilot Program is now open and the first maintenance practicum is scheduled for October 13. The Pilot is being offered in Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia with plans to go Bay-wide in 2017. Space is limited so sign up today! Find out more: http://cblpro.org/