Just kidding, that's not really the important vote today, it is something else we are supposed to vote for, now what was it? I can't seem to remember because there has been no media coverage of it at all *eyeroll*
But let's be realistic, it's way more fun to vote for webcasts, workshops and BUBBAs --- yes that's right the 2017 Best Urban BMP in the Bay Award contest is officially open for business and accepting projects!! Happy dance everyone --->
Not sure what I'm talking about? See below for more information or download the description of this year's contest here. We've got 8 categories this year, and with 4 new ones there is definitely something available for everyone. I challenge you all to spread the word about the contest to those in different departments of your organization - inspection, maintenance, education and outreach, and to reach out to your colleagues at design firms and let them know that this is their opportunity to show off their stormwater chops by submitting their very best BMPs.
In 2014 we received 76 project submissions, in 2015 we received 33 - I am challenging you all to get us to 150 this year. Come on folks - we wanna see those projects! We know they are out there. We know there has been a lag in getting them built - we hear it from you all of the time; but now as we are in the countdown to the midpoint assessment (yes that's right we are supposed to be halfway there folks) we know those practices are finally starting to get built. So what are you waiting for -- get those projects in!
Looking forward to reviewing some stellar stormwater projects - that is if we survive the apocalypse of the next few days.
It's been a great year in webcasts for us here at CSN and we'd like to thank all of you who have attended one or more of our webcasts or have listened to them after the fact on our website. We have just two remaining in this year's series.
Nov. 18: Urban Tree Canopy and Forest Planting: this webcast will cover the newly approved (and updated) credit for urban tree planting. This urban BMP has been around for a while but just recently it was revisited by an expert review panel to refine the qualifying conditions and the crediting options.
Dec. 8: Other Perspectives on Research on LID Performance Enhancement: building off of the webcast we did a few weeks back on design modifications to enhance nutrient removal in bioretention and sand filters, this webcast is a roundtable of sorts with some of the key researchers in the field of BMP monitoring and their perspectives on enhanced nutrient removal. Ultimately the goal is to determine whether there is enough data to support a greater credit at CBP.
As always, our webcast are offered free of charge but advanced registration is required. You can register at the links above or below.
For those of you who are new here, all of our webcasts are recorded and uploaded to our website for later viewing/listening. In the last few weeks we offered webcasts on the following topics, both of which were very well received. Check 'em out!
The Pond Management Protocol: building off our earlier visual indicators work, the "Pond Protocol" is a visual way to assess the performance and functionality of your stormwater ponds - both in terms of water quality and dam safety.
Did you hear about our upcoming Great Valley Stormwater Forum ?
CSN and local partners will conduct a FREE regional stormwater practitioner forum, From the Mountains to the Sea, to meet the unique needs and challenges of communities in the Great Valley of the Bay watershed, which includes portions of WV, VA, MD and PA. Communities in the Great Valley face numerous challenges, including karst terrain, drinking water protection, and limited resources. CSN is working with local sponsors to host the event and showcase NFWF grantees and other who have successfully overcome these challenges.
The one-day meeting will be held on November 30 at Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia. Refreshments and lunch will be provided (mmm, food). The forum will provide ample time for feedback from locals and dialog among peers.
We've got some really exciting news you guys...as mentioned above, the Best Urban BMP in the Bay Award contest is now live and accepting project submissions!!
Do you or your friends or your family members have a particularly stellar stormwater practice that deserves some recognition? Encourage them to submit it to see if it has what it takes to win a BUBBA.
The Best Urban BMP in the Bay Award contest (BUBBA) recognizes the best urban BMPs that have been installed in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. We've got 8 categories this year - four of them are new and include: Best Retrofit, Best Education and Outreach Program, Best Industrial Site and Best Maintained BMP. The contest closes January 6, 2017. To find out more or to register your project, visit our website here.