2017 Stormwater Retreat

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Day 1: A User’s Guide to Urban BMPs in the Chesapeake Bay

The 2017 Bay-Wide Stormwater Retreat got off to a great start with an extended webcast/workshop, designed to cover all the must-know information about the best stormwater practices to protect local streams and the Chesapeake Bay. The workshop began with the basics of the Bay TMDL and local MS4 permits, then delved into a wide range of BMPs that can be used, not only to provide nutrient and sediment reduction credits toward your permits, but to improve your communities through their numerous co-benefits. Topics included stormwater retrofits, stream restoration, urban nutrient management, tree canopy expansion, street cleaning, runoff reduction and stormwater treatment practices, fixing illicit discharges and more. Find out which of the practices could work best in your community and how to get started by downloading the presentation slides or watching the webcast!

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Day 2: Break-out Sessions and BUBBAs Showcase

Day 2 of the Stormwater Retreat brought the start of two days worth of break-out sessions, covering a wide range of stormwater management topics. Track 1, Stormwater and the Chesapeake Bay TMDL, featured three sessions:

  • Phase 3 Watershed Implementation Plans: Implications for Local Governments
  • NFWF Projects Showcase
  • Stormwater Management in Unregulated Watershed Areas

You can download all the presentations from these sessions here:

CSN's Tom Schueler at the 2017 Stormwater Retreat
CSN’s Tom Schueler at the 2017 Stormwater Retreat

Track 2, The Next Generation of Restoration Practices, focused on new and emerging opportunities for improving restoration techniques. The sessions included:

  • Improving Roadside Ditch Management
  • Innovations in Treating Highway Runoff
  • Stream Restoration Revisited

You can download all the presentations from these sessions here:

Best Urban BMP In the Bay Awards Showcase

Day 2 concluded with the Best Urban BMP in the Bay Award Showcase session and awards ceremony. Finalists in each of this year’s eight categories had the opportunity to share their projects and be recognized by their peers for all of their outstanding work. Congratulations to Howard County and McCormick Taylor for their 1st place project: Lot E Staircase and Water Quality Improvement Project.

Lot E Staircase After Installation
Lot E Staircase After Installation

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Day 3: Breakout Sessions

The final day of the Stormwater Retreat included two more tracks full of fantastic breakout sessions. Track 3, Beyond the TMDL, took of the nutrient and sediment googles to look at other stormwater management issues facing the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Sessions included:

  • The Future of Urban Watershed Management
  • Beyond Nutrients: Environmental and Social Benefits of Stormwater BMPs
  • After the Flood: Quantity Matters in Ellicott City
  • Stormwater and the Elected Official

You can download all the presentations from these sessions here (there were no powerpoint slides for the Elected Officials session or the Future of Urban Watershed Management session):

Suzanne Etgen leads a panel discussion on innovations in residential stewardship practices
Suzanne Etgen leads a panel discussion on innovations in residential stewardship practices

Track 4, More BMP Cowbell, kept the spotlight on urban best management practices, but through the lens of new innovations and delivery techniques that could improve the field as we move towards 2025. Sessions included:

  • Stormwater BMP Design Innovations
  • New Tools for BMP Inspection and Maintenance
  • Next Generation of Residential Stewardship Practices
  • Alternative Strategies to Deliver Urban BMPs

You can download all the presentations from these sessions here: