We Have a Winner!

Network communication from March 23, 2017.

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Chesapeake Stormwater Network
In This Issue

  • BUBBAs Grand Prize
  • New Webcast
  • Stormwater Retreat
  • Partner News
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Hi CSNer! 

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!




We Have a Winner!!


Congratulations to the Howard County Stormwater Management Division whose project, the Lot E Staircase and Water Quality Improvement Project, was chosen by our network as the Overall Best Urban BMP in the Bay!

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 neighborhood amenity.

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!

Check out all of the great projects!

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New Webcast Just Added:

BUBBAs Highlights: Stream and Wetland Restoration Success Stories

When: April 6th, 12:00pm-1:30pm


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 amazing work!


Projects featured:

  • North Cypress Branch Stream and Wetland Restoration
  • Annapolis Harbour Center Stream and Wetland Restoration
  • Nash Run Stream Restoration and Trash Trap
  • Four Mile Run Wetland Restoration

Register now!

Don't forget our other upcoming webcasts!

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

When: March 30th, 12:00pm-1:30pm


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 Partnership:

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.

Fall Leaf Collection and Street Nutrient Loads

When: April 20th, 12:00pm-1:30pm


The 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. 

This 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!

Seeking Participants 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 Susquehanna region.

Take the Survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ChesBayGIsurvey

Contact Shirley Clark (seclark@psu.edu) with any questions.

Stream Restoration Specialist Position with Virginia DEQ

Position:  Stream Restoration Specialist (Environmental Specialist II)

Agency:  Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ)

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.

If you are interested in applying for this position, please visit http://jobs.virginia.gov/.


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