Here’s the Scoop

Network Communications for July 20, 2017.

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Chesapeake Stormwater Network
Hi CSNers! 

We’re well into the dog days of summer, and this year, CSN is taking that quite literally! In this month’s newsletter, we want to hear from our network members who are involved in pet waste outreach programs. 

Plus, our friends and partners have shared lots of new resources with us that we wanted to make sure you got your paws on! Stay cool and enjoy!



CSN Wants the Scoop on Your MS4’s Pet Waste Program

Pet Waste

This summer, CSN is getting our hands dirty and working on a report all about pet waste! We want to help you get the most out of your MS4 outreach programs, so we'll be talking about the impact of pet waste on our local waterways, and how MS4 communities can run effective outreach programs that lead to real behavior changes.

As part of this effort, we’d love to hear from you! If your community has run, or currently runs, a pet waste outreach program, please contact David Wood ( We would love to share your success stories and some of the challenges you’ve overcome with our network!

NOAA Database for Green Infrastructure Effectiveness

Decision-makers want to understand how to effectively use nature-based practices to protect people, property, and infrastructure from storms and sea level rise. For this purpose, NOAA’s Office of Coastal Management assembled a collection of sources on the effectiveness of green infrastructure. National Centers for Coastal Ocean Services and the NOAA Climate Program Office provided input. 

The new Green Infrastructure Effectiveness Database provides a means of quickly searching for source information and studies. The database also illuminates gaps in information and areas for enhanced study.

New MS4 Permit Resource!

EPA has published online the third in its MS4 Permit Compendium series. While written for MS4 permit writers and aficionados, each compendium has examples of permits with some provisions that include green infrastructure. For Part 3: Water Quality-Based Requirements, EPA reviewed existing state and EPA permits and identified different ways of implementing TMDLs through quantitative requirements or pollutant-specific management measures such as green infrastructure, or a combination of both.

EPA gleaned examples of how permitting authorities measured progress of implementation of water quality-based requirements through review and approval of implementation plans, monitoring/modeling, and reporting requirements. EPA also include examples of water quality-based requirements related to discharges to impaired waters without approved TMDLs.

The first two compendia, found via the links below, also feature examples from existing MS4 permits of clear, specific and measurable requirements:

Part 1: Six Minimum Control Measure Provisions

Part 2: Post Construction Standards

Trees for All: Chesapeake Regional Environmental Justice Workshop

The first ever Trees for All: Chesapeake Regional Environmental Justice Workshop is being held August 8-9 at the Patuxent Wildlife Refuge in Laurel, MD. This two-day event will bring together diverse stakeholders working to retain and increase healthy tree can

opy in their communities. In depth panels and interactive sessions will outline how to 

overcome community engagement-based barriers to establishing healthy urban canopy. Learn from exemplary regional and national initiatives, including TreeBaltimore, New Jersey Tree Foundation, Miami Parks and Recreation, and Urban ReLEAF in Oakland, California.

Please visit this link for tickets and more information!

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