Vote for the Best Urban BMP in the Bay!

Network Communication from February 27, 2017

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In This Issue

  • 2017 BUBBAs Finalists
  • Upcoming Webcasts
  • USWG Membership Applications
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Hi CSNer,

I think Mother Nature is pulling a fast one on us. It hit 70 degrees in Ellicott City in mid-February and now I've slipped into full-on summer mode:


But we have more to celebrate than just the weather! Our esteemed jurors have selected the finalists for the 2017 Best Urban BMP in the Bay Award, and now it is up to you all to vote for the grand prize winner! In this newsletter, you can also check out our upcoming webcasts and apply to serve as a local government representative on the Urban Stormwater Workgroup.

So pull up a beach chair, fire up the grill and read on…. before we’re all buried by the inevitable March snowstorm.



Cast Your Vote for the 2017 Best Urban BMP In the Bay!

Congratulations to Our Finalists!

The scores are in and our esteemed jurors have selected the finalists for our Best Urban BMP in the Bay Grand Prize! Keep reading to learn more about the finalists, and visit our website to check out all of the winning projects.

Then, be sure to vote for your favorite!

Check out all the winning projects!

Best Residential BMP:

Jagielski Native Habitat


Project Team:

Stephen Linenfelser — Native Restorations, LLC;

Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay;

Erin Fenton —  District Department of Energy and the Environment

This raingarden and conservation landscaping project, located in a hilly neighborhood in the District of Columbia, exhibits notable stormwater management; aesthetic improvements to the property; creation of significant songbird and pollinator habitat; and is transferable throughout the District of Columbia and across the Chesapeake Bay. The highly visible project is also a certified Monarch Waystation, complete with educational signage.

Best Ultra-Urban BMP:

Lot E Staircase and Water Quality Improvement


Project Team:

McCormick Taylor

Howard County Stormwater Management Division

Centennial Contractors Enterprises, Inc.

Howard County Office of Community Sustainability

This project provided a unique solution to the urban infrastructure challenge of treating stormwater on a steep slope, while also increasing pedestrian safety in Historic Ellicott City.  The project involved a two-tiered bioretention treatment train where water enters into a flume and is carried beneath the stairway into the first bioretention cell which, when full, flows over into a rock channel via a weir waterfall and into the second bioretention cell. A tree box filter next to the second bioretention cell catches water off of Lot E and an additional bioretention downhill from the flume entrance catches water not captured by the flume’s inlet. Densely planted native species uptake nutrients in the runoff while providing year round aesthetic value and habitat improvement.

Best Habitat Creation in a BMP:

Four Mile Run Wetland Restoration


Project Team:

Rummel, Klepper & Kahl (RK&K),

Environmental Quality Resources (EQR)

City of Alexandria

This two-acre wetland restoration project involved an extensive invasive species abatement plan and the establishment of several diverse habitat types through a watershed approach to design and planning. The restored wetland system now includes a low marsh zone, a high marsh zone and an upland meadow in order to provide both terrestrial and aquatic habitat improvements for frogs, song birds and native pollinators while treating stormwater runoff. The diversity of habitat types, a list of native species planted, and the comprehensive invasive species management approach helped this project to stand out as one that placed a clear emphasis on habitat creation during the project design.

Best Stream Restoration:

North Cypress Branch Stream and Wetland Restoration


Project Team:

Anne Arundel County

Clear Creeks Consulting

BayLand Consultants and Designers

Underwood and Associates

Angler Environmental

This project used an integrated watershed restoration approach, creating or enhancing 7.4 acres of non-tidal wetland through the approximately 3,000 linear feet of stream restoration in a highly urbanized watershed. The project used a variety of techniques, including the creation of headwater wetlands, floodplain reconnection, creation of seepage wetlands in low order tributaries, and natural channel design to improve water quality treatment and enhance habitat function. Water quality benefits were measured through extensive post-construction monitoring.

Best BMP Retrofit:

James Terrace Water Quality Improvement Project


Project Team:

James City County Stormwater Division;

Kerr Environmental Services Corp;

GET Solutions

This project involved the installation of an innovative system of water quality treatment facilities to reduce nutrient and bacteria loads and decrease flooding in a Virginia neighborhood. The three phase project consisted of a bio-retention swale and two regenerative stormwater conveyance channels installed across four private properties. In addition to the water quality benefit, the project restored wetland functions, provided an aesthetic improvement and reduced property flooding.

Best Education and Outreach Program:

Teaching a Community in English and Spanish to Plant a Community Forest


Project Team:

Prince George's Co. Department of the Environment;

Port Towns Community Health Partnership;

Bladensburg High School Green Team

The town of Edmonston has a population of 1,500 residents, approximately 48% of whom are Latino, and 35% of whom are African American. Prior to the construction of a new community green street, the town hosted a series of three bilingual (English/Spanish) charrettes to receive input on the project design. Following the charrettes, inspired community volunteers planted three edible forests using native fruit trees, also selected by community members, similar to those found in Central America and Mexico. Planting and care instructions, printed in both English and Spanish, were provided to participating homeowners as part of this successful campaign.

Best Industrial Site:

City of Harrisonburg Public Works


Project Team:

Harrisonburg Public Works Department

Rainwater Management Systems

This project combines on-the-ground work with an education and training campaign to identify, prevent and control pollutant discharges from the property. In addition to a riparian buffer planting and cistern installations to reduce and treat stormwater runoff from the site, the entire staff receives bi-annual training on pollution prevention practices and are encouraged to be actively engaged in the Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan program.

Best Maintained BMP:

The Dell at the University of Virginia


Project Team:

UVA Facilities Management Landscaping

UVA Facilities Management Utilities

UVA Facilities Management Environmental Resources

Built in 2003, this exceptionally-maintained hybrid BMP combines the benefits of a stream daylighting project, a wet pond with forebay, and the surrounding restored riparian habitat. The UVA Landscape Department conducts routine, sometimes daily, inspections to remove trash, identify and remove invasive species, and manage geese populations. The Utilities Department is responsible for maintaining the sediment control structures, and has performed two cleanings of the forebay during the BMP’s thirteen-year life.

Upcoming Webcasts

New Crediting Approaches: Impervious Cover Disconnection to Amended Soils, and CMAC

In this webcast, you will learn about two new BMP retrofit options. We will review how they work, talk about several case studies, and you can learn how to earn credit for these new practices.

Register Now!


User’s Guide to BMPs in the Chesapeake Bay

This extended webcast will cover a wide range of topics in order to provide a comprehensive overview of how to achieve cost-effective pollutant reductions by finding the practices that work best in your community.

Register Now!

Seeking Local Government Reps for the Urban Stormwater Workgroup 


The Chesapeake Bay Program's Urban Stormwater Workgroup (USWG) invites outstanding candidates to serve in an advisory role to the workgroup.

The USWG operates as a technical recommendation body of the Water Quality Goal Implementation Team with the goal of facilitating the implementation of stormwater controls to achieve the necessary pollutant reduction planning targets as defined under the 2010 Chesapeake Bay TMDL and to support the efforts of the Workgroup members’ state and local stormwater initiatives.

The workgroup is currently seeking applications for "Local Government Implementers", which are described in more detail in the Governance Policy of the Urban Stormwater Group.

If you'd like to toss your hat into the ring, please follow this link and apply. You will need to share some basic information about yourself and submit a 1-page cv describing your qualifications. One page only please!

Nominations will be accepted until March 15, 2017.

Once again, here is is the link to the application portal


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