2014- Using Partnerships and BMPs to Improve Water Quality

At the 2014 retreat, each day of presentations had a unique theme. The presentations on the first day focused on Stormwater Innovations in the Bay Watershed Achieved Through National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Grants. Presentations on the second day discussed Future Stormwater Innovations in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. The final day of the retreat featured presentations that addressed the following question: What are the Best Practices for Delivering Best Practices in the Bay? One of the major takeaways of this retreat was that forming partnerships beyond sector and state boundaries can help all organizations use their resources more effectively and efficiently.

This year’s retreat featured an array of unique information sessions. Day one focused on Stormwater Innovations in the Bay Watershed Achieved Through National Fish and Wildlife Foundation grants. The sessions on this day provided information on how to best promote homeowner BMPs and the future of stormwater jobs and their projected needs in the watershed.

Rob Roseen of Geosyntec reports on the improved water quality of an urban stream restored through stormwater retrofits. [Photo by Bryan Seipp]

Rob Roseen of Geosyntec reports on the improved water quality of an urban stream restored through stormwater retrofits.
[Photo by Bryan Seipp]

The presentations on the second day of the retreat discussed Future Stormwater Innovations in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. Presenters explained the newest practices Chesapeake Bay residents should be taking advantage of to reduce runoff from their lawns, streets, and parking lots. Day two also included presentations on the Next Generation of Chesapeake Stormwater Practices, restoration efforts for urban streams, and how the average Chesapeake Bay resident and his/her needs will evolve over the next decade.

Jenny Tribo of the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission discusses how the demographics of the Bay watershed will change over the next ten years. [Photo by Bryan Seipp]

Jenny Tribo of the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission discusses how the demographics of the Bay watershed will change over time.
[Photo by Bryan Seipp]

The final day of the retreat featured sessions designed to answer the question: What are the Best Practices for Delivering Best Practices in the Bay? On this day, our presenters from state and federal agencies updated the audience on how stormwater regulations may change in the coming year. The retreat concluded with information sessions on how to finance and reduce costs for stormwater projects and what next big stormwater innovations are being utilized in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.

Retreat attendants listening to a presentation in rapt attention. [Photo by Bryan Seipp]

Retreat attendants listening to a presentation
[Photo by Bryan Seipp]

Feeling a little envious about not being able to attend the retreat? Check out these downloads to see the retreat agenda as well as all of the powerpoint 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!

Final 2014 Baywide Stormwater Retreat Agenda

View this document to see who our presenters were and what each session entailed.

Size (231 KB) | File type (.pdf) | Download

Final 2014 Stormwater Retreat Presentations

The final 2014 Baywide Partner's Stormwater Retreat presentations compiled into one document.

Size (103 MB) | File type (.pdf) | Download

Still want more? Check out our video interviews with some of the 2014 Retreat’s finest on our YouTube channel here.