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
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!
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.