Help Us, Help You

Network Communications for September 5, 2017.

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Hi CSNers! 

Help us, help you! At CSN, we do our best to provide you with the latest and greatest information in the field of stormwater management. But it is time for our annual CSN network survey to see where we have some room to improve. So please help us out by taking 15 minutes and filling out our survey! We thank you in advance!


Also in this email, we have a brand-new report on designing effective pet waste outreach programs, and a brand-new online training course thanks to a collaboration with the University of Maryland’s Environmental Finance Center. Please check them out!


Cheers,

CSN


2017 CSN Network Survey


CSN is taking a look at how we interact with you, our network, to ensure we are meeting your needs. Please help us by filling out this survey so that we have a better sense of your capacity gaps, training needs, and CSN communication preferences. Any encouragement or criticism is also welcome!


The survey will remain open until Friday, September 15th.


Take the Survey Here!


Be a Chesapeake Bay Retriever


There are over 4 million dogs living within the Chesapeake Bay watershed. That means a lot of dog poop! So, in CSN’s latest report, we decided to focus on an education and outreach technique that can be a little “hairy”: pet waste pick-up programs.
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In this report, we first discuss the impacts of pet waste on water quality in the Chesapeake Bay. Then, we use behavior change research and a series of case studies from around the country to recommend options for designing an effective pet waste outreach program, regardless of whether you have plenty of resources, or are operating on a shoestring!


This report is still a draft, and we would love your feedback! Please check it out and send any comments to David at Wood.CSN@outlook.com!


Check out the report!


MOST Training Center


CSN has collaborated with UMD Environmental Finance Center to produce a new training course for the Municipal Online Stormwater Training Center (MOST). This course provides an overview of stormwater best management practices in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. After beginning with an introduction to the Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) and MS4 permits, the course introduces participants to a range of BMPs available to help communities meet the goals and requirements of these two regulatory drivers. 

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Special attention is given to the BMPs that communities can lean on to help achieve the majority of their load reductions: urban stormwater retrofits, new and redevelopment practices, urban nutrient management, and stream restoration. The course concludes with a discussion of how BMP verification has changed urban stormwater management and what it means for your BMP inventory as we approach 2025.


DOEE RiverSmart Rooftops RFA


RiverSmart Rooftops Rebate Program is an incentive based program to promote the voluntary installation of green roofs around the District. The grant is for $300,000/year and is a 3-year grant that is evaluated on an annual basis for a total potential amount of $900,000. The application deadline is Monday, September 25, 2017 @ 4:30 PM. This is a great opportunity for a local nonprofit to get involved in green infrastructure implementation!


More info on the RFA here


More info on DOEE's Green Roofs program here


Upcoming Webcasts!

Don't forget that we have several great webcasts coming up! To learn more and to sign up, please click on the links below:

September 14: Stream Restoration Revisited


September 28: Effective Program Showcase: DOEE's RiverSmart Program


October 12: Enhanced Roadside Ditch Management

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