You can always tell when spring has arrived. Buds are on all
the trees, my list of chores around the house has doubled, and
every baseball player in camp is in the “best shape of his life”. Oh, and CSN
has some great webcasts lined up!
In this newsletter, you can find out who won the grand prize
in our 2017 Best Urban BMP In the Bay Awards, register for a brand new webcast,
plus check out several announcements from our stormwater colleagues around the
watershed. Happy reading!
The project used a unique combination of practices in a
treatment train to overcome the infrastructure challenges of a steep slope in
an ultra-urban environment, all while creating an attractive site and a
The Lot E Staircase project is a fantastic example of how
taking an innovative approach to stormwater management can improve your
community. We commend them for all of their hard work, and look forward to
seeing the great new projects this might inspire in the future!
Thanks again to all of our great sponsors, jurors and
participants who helped make the 2017 BUBBAs contest a great success!
Besides providing credit where credit is due, the BUBBAs
offer a great opportunity to share lessons learned and new techniques that can
be applied in other communities around the Bay. This webcast will highlight
four outstanding stream and wetland restoration projects. We will hear about
some of the challenges that the project teams faced and how they were overcome.
We will also hear about some of the great benefits that were achieved outside
of just water quality improvements. We hope you join us because this is some
Cypress Branch Stream and Wetland Restoration
Harbour Center Stream and Wetland Restoration
Planners and implementers are always looking for new ways to
earn credit towards reducing nutrient and sediment loads. This webinar looks at
two new approaches that have been recently approved by the Chesapeake Bay Program
The Impervious Cover Disconnections to Amended Soils BMP
Expert Panel was convened in 2015 to assess the nutrient and sediment
reductions that can be achieved by directing or otherwise spreading stormwater
from impervious cover of existing development (not new or re-development) to an
acceptable area of pervious cover where it may be effectively stored and
infiltrated into the soil.
Continuous Monitoring and Adaptive Control (CMAC)
technologies are a BMP enhancement to stormwater facilities that directly
monitor performance and make automated and predictive control decisions to
actively manage stormwater storage and flows.
In this webcast, you will
hear about how these approaches work, review several case studies, and learn
how to earn credit for these new BMPs.
Street Cleaning BMP Expert Panel recently concluded that more research was
needed on the fate, transport and processing of leaf litter and other organic
detritus in urban streets to determine its significance as a nutrient source.
webcast will discuss an ongoing study measuring the reduction of phosphorus and
other nutrients in stormwater through municipal leaf collection practices. This
research is being used by local and state officials to better understand the
contribution of phosphorus to urban stormwater from leaf litter and to evaluate
how well various leaf collection practices remove organic detritus from
streets. If the results of the research can clarify the benefits of various
leaf collection practices, state officials may establish phosphorus reduction
credits for qualifying sites to use as a way to achieve phosphorus reduction
goals identified in a TMDL.
8th Chesapeake Baywide Stormwater Retreat a Success!
Every two years the Chesapeake
Stormwater Network and the Alliance for the
Chesapeake Bay with a generous grant from the National Fish and Wildlife
Foundation host an annual Bay-wide Partner’s Stormwater Retreat. The
retreat brings together over 100 federal, state, local, and NGO leaders from
across the Chesapeake Bay watershed to share stormwater information, network
together, and discuss collaborative implementation strategies.
This year’s retreat, held on
March 15-17th at the National Conservation Training Center, was a
huge success. Were you there and want to re-live the excitement? Weren’t able
to make it and want to experience it for the first time? Check out these
downloads to see the retreat agenda as well as all the great presentations that
were used at the retreat. You can learn about almost everything the retreat
attendees did without leaving the comfort of your own home!
for a Green Infrastructure Survey
Penn State is updating a survey from the 1990s on the
current state of stormwater management design and review, with a focus in the
Chesapeake Bay Basin.
If you work in the Chesapeake Bay Basin, even part-time,
please take 10 – 15 minutes of your time and complete the survey on current
practices and implementation of green infrastructure in the Chesapeake Bay. All
answers are anonymous. There are separate questions for designers and
reviewers. The results of this survey will be published in approximately six
months as part of a larger grant investigating the implementation of green
infrastructure in the Chesapeake Bay basin. They will complement a series of
in-person interviews performed by a colleague who focused on the Lower
Agency: Virginia Department of Environmental
Job Open Date: 3/17/2017
Job Close Date: 3/31/2017
Type: Full Time (Salaried)
Location: Richmond, VA
Description: The Department of Environmental
Quality, Office of Wetlands & Stream Protection seeks a highly qualified
candidate to assist with technical review of stream restoration projects for
the Virginia Water Protection (VWP), the Office of Stormwater-MS4, the Non-Point
Source Nutrient Credit, and Stormwater Local Assistance Fund programs. Assists
with the review of stream restoration projects to meet a multitude of goals and
objectives, including preliminary and final stream restoration design plans and
specifications, monitoring reports, and corrective action plans. Provides
technical guidance, assistance, and training to DEQ personnel for
implementing stream assessments and stream restoration. Provides general
program assistance to regional permit staff with regulatory and technical
issues associated with stream restoration projects and enforcement cases.
Assists in the development and implementation of policies, regulations,
guidance, and program manuals for enhancing stream restoration project reviews
across multiple DEQ programs. Demonstrated experience with water
permit programs; knowledge of and experience in state and federal
wetlands/stream protection laws and regulations and state and federal public
participation guidelines; demonstrated extensive knowledge of and experience in
the principles of wetland and stream identification, Natural Stream Channel
Design techniques, stream assessment/restoration design, construction
coordination, and monitoring. Demonstrated experience in developing, evaluating
or implementing procedures, guidance, and regulations. Demonstrated ability to
effectively use computer systems and software to include Microsoft Office
products and “RiverMorph” stream design software or “Bentley FlowMaster” or
their equivalents. Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, both
verbally and in writing. Strong analytical skills, organizational skills,
negotiation skills, facilitation skills, and interpersonal skills. Must be able
to work independently with minimal supervision, as well as be an integral part
of a fast-paced, productive team.
Minimum Qualifications: Degree in environmental
science or engineering, biological or ecological sciences, hydrology,
hydrogeology, ecological restoration, natural resource management or related
fields or a combination of education and experience demonstrating an equivalent
technical background. Demonstrated experience in the technical and legal
requirements of Sections 404 and 401 of the Clean Water Act, the Virginia Water
Protection Permit permitting process, the nutrient crediting programs, and
urban stormwater pollutant control and mitigation. Demonstrated experience in
effective communication, both verbally and in writing, with various levels of
stakeholders. Demonstrated experience with computer systems, data analysis, and
basic statistics. No special license, registration, or certification required.
Documented completion of Rosgen stream channel design (Levels 1-4) and
Professional Wetland Scientist (PWS) certification or the equivalent are
beneficial. A valid state driver’s license is required.