The Chesapeake Stormwater Network acts as the technical coordinator to Chesapeake Bay Program’s (CBP) Urban Stormwater Workgroup (USWG).
The USWG supports state and local stormwater initiatives by working with partners to encourage the development and implementation of emerging urban stormwater practices to improve their water quantity and quality function. Specific USWG functions include:
- Supporting the Water Quality Goal Implementation Team (WQGIT) on urban and suburban stormwater issues.
- Providing data and support to CBP stormwater modeling efforts.
- Reviewing stormwater BMPs.
- Addressing issues of interest to workgroup participants
- Promoting innovation in the field of stormwater.
The USWG also helps to coordinate the development of recommendations on emerging stormwater practices and technologies. These recommendations are developed by panels of experts in the field from all different disciplines and geographic locations within the Bay watershed and around the country. The Panel reviews the current literature about their subject area, discusses the issues, considers any implications of the recommendations to localities, and eventually comes up with a set of recommendations. The CBP Urban BMP Review Protocol can be accessed below.
CSN acts as a facilitator to these panels, organizing the literature reviews, distributing materials, helping to maintain the focus and drive of each meeting and eventually documenting the final recommendations in a technical memo which we then present to the USWG for approval. This is very exciting work! We are at the nexus of science and policy – watching firsthand how science in the field can influence policy which will lead to on-the-ground implementation!
For more information about each of the urban BMPs and to view completed expert panel reports, please visit our BMP Resources Portal.
|New State Stormwater Performance Standards||Approved!|
|Urban Stormwater Retrofit Projects||Approved!|
|Urban Stream Restoration||Approved!|
|Urban Nutrient Management||Approved!|
|Illicit Discharge Detection||Approved!|
|Enhanced Erosion and Sediment Control||Approved!|
|Street Sweeping and Storm Drain Cleaning||Approved!|
|Floating Treatment Wetlands||Approved!|
|Urban Filter Strips (facilitated by CWP)||Approved!|
|Shoreline Management (facilitated by CWP)||Approved!|