Special Webcast Announced!

Network Communications from April 20, 2017

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April Newsletter
Hi CSNer!

What did the tree say to April? What a re-leaf!  

When you all finish rolling your eyes, you should check out this month’s newsletter! We have an exciting new webcast in May where we make the case for watershed management and gaze into our crystal ball to see what the future may hold! We also have a webcast later today to talk about the potential benefits of leaf collection practices that should be unbe-leaf-ably good. I know, I know. I’m sorry.

Happy reading!



New Webcast Announced!

Sponsored by the Keith Campbell Foundation:

Why watersheds matter

Why Watersheds Matter

When: May 18th, 12:00pm-1:00pm

Register Now!

In these uncertain watershed times, it is important to take a step back and remind ourselves about the reasons that urban watersheds matter in our communities, what we can expect to happen to them in the coming years and how we can all practice better personal stewardship in our home watersheds. Join Tom Schueler of CSN as he makes a persuasive case about why urban watersheds matter, presents peerless future watershed forecasts, and outlines some painless steps you can make to a watershed 

difference. This interactive webcast will provide abundant time for everyone to add their voice to this important watershed conversation.

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.

Webcast Resources


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.


Registration is now open for the 2017 Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professional (CBLP) Level 1 training and certification. Visit http://cblpro.org/training-calendar/ for information about dates and fees, and to apply for certification.

CBLP Level 1 is a baseline certification in design, installation, and maintenance of sustainable landscapes, with emphasis on how to properly troubleshoot and maintain stormwater best management practices.

Five two-day Level 1 classes will be held May-July 2017, in Baltimore, Annapolis, Richmond, Virginia Beach, and Lancaster, PA. Space is limited. Certification exams will be administered beginning in September.

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