Stormwater Easy Street

Network Communications from May 9, 2017

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Hi CSNers! 

We’re all about making stormwater management easier. This May we have a webcast that takes us back to our roots. We’ll help make the case for why watersheds matter, make a few predictions for the future of stormwater, and provide a few of the easiest steps you can take to make a difference in your community.


What other easy-to-use resources do we have? In this newsletter, learn about our large inventory of BMP fact sheets and our User’s Guide to Urban BMPs, which show you everything you need to know to get started. Then, keep an eye out for our next newsletter, where we’ll discuss our resources for BMP inspection and maintenance, and a brand new report on BMP performance enhancement!




Sponsored by the Keith Campbell Foundation:

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.

User’s Guide to Urban BMPs in the Bay

Everything you need to know about urban BMPs all in one place? Sounds impossible, right? Well, CSN has something you should see:

Our User’s Guide to Urban BMPs is an extended webcast that introduces you the Chesapeake Bay TMDL and MS4 permits, then describes a wide range of strategies to help you find the best pollution reduction practices to meet the needs of your community.

Don’t have time to listen to listen to four straight hours of BMP talk? No problem, you can pause our archived webcasts, skip around to the parts you’re most interested in, or you can just download the full set of slide we used and read along at your leisure.

Check it out!

BMP Fact Sheets

BMP expert panels review the current scientific literature, discuss the issues, consider any implications to localities, and eventually come up with a set of recommendations for how practices

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should be credited toward Bay restoration goals.

But oftentimes, expert panel reports can be lengthy and difficult to interpret. That’s why CSN has developed a series of short fact sheets to boil the reports down into bite size pieces to make them a little easier to digest! We are now up to 10 fact sheets on a wide range of practices: 

  1. Urban Stormwater Retrofits
  2. Stormwater Practices for New and Redevelopment
  3. Residential Stewardship Practices
  4. Stream Restoration
  5. Nutrient Management
  6. Elimination of Nutrients from Gray Infrastructure
  7. Enhanced Erosion and Sediment Control
  8. Street Cleaning
  9. Advanced MS4 Nutrient Discovery Program
  10. Storm Drain Clean-Out

Congratulations to the 2017 Stoneroller Recipients!

The Chesapeake Stormwater Network’s Stoneroller Award acknowledges a handful of leaders each year for their career contributions to the field of stormwater management.


The “Stoneroller” award is named after a freshwater fish species, Campostoma anomalum, that can be found in Chesapeake Bay headwatersLike the fish species, many of our award recipients:

·         Can be found in runs and riffles in the Bay Watershed,

·         Are very sensitive to water pollution or increased debris,

·         Are adept at removing algae from their local waters,

·         Make good bait, but are difficult to culture!

Congratulations to this year’s Stoneroller Recipients:

·   David Sample, Virginia Tech

·   Sarah Lane,  MD DNR

·   Charlene Harper, HG Design Studio

·   Robert Traver, Villanova University

·   Cecilia Lane, DOEE

·   Jennifer Missett, Biohabitats

·   Fernando Pasquel, ARCADIS U.S.

·   Lou Etgen, Alliance for Chesapeake Bay

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