When? Wednesday, 02 December 2015, 12:00 pm EST - 1:30 pm EST
Cost: FREE

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Ari Daniels, Center for Watershed Protection
Dave Hirschman, Center for Watershed Protection
Jackie Takacs, University of Maryland
Nissa Dean and Liz Chudoba, Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay

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The Swatlowski Rain Garden, a Chesapeake Riverwise project, was the third place winner in our 2014 Best Urban BMP in the Bay Award contest.
The Swatlowski Rain Garden, a Chesapeake Riverwise project, was the third place winner in our 2014 Best Urban BMP in the Bay Award contest.

The Chesapeake RiverWise Communities program’s mission is to educate communities about the importance of controlling stormwater, the benefit of using native plants, and how to encourage residents to make informed decisions about how they manage their property to minimize harmful impacts to local waterways. The RiverWise program’s focus is to not only provide local watershed or community organizations with better stormwater information, but also hands-on resources they can use to change local behavior and improve habitat and water quality.

Residential scale BMP implementation has been identified as a valuable strategy for meeting stormwater reduction goals. In order for these practices to count towards municipal stormwater requirements training needs to be provided to ensure the practices are installed and maintained in a manner that is accepted by the state, localities, and the Chesapeake Bay Program. Further, local watershed groups need to be connected with their localities in order to relay the information about these BMPs to the locality for credit. The SMART tool was developed and piloted in Maryland, through the Maryland Sea Grant and Alliance is working to bring this tool to Virginia. This tool will provide the method from homeowners to report their stormwater BMPs to the localities, who will verify the installation to receive the reduction credits.

Webcast Archive

Listen to Archived Webcast

Slides from the webcast available here:

Building Local Technical Capacity Networks for Small Scale Stormwater BMPs Webcast Slides

Slides from the webcast Building Local Technical Capacity Networks for Small Scale Stormwater BMPs which aired on December 2, 2015

Version december 2, 2015 | Size (7 MB) | File type (.pdf) | Download

Webcast Resources

U-3 Residential Stewardship Practices Fact Sheet

A 'fact sheet' on using Residential Stewardship Practices as an urban BMP in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.

Version june 2015 | Size (445 KB) | File type (.pdf) | Download

Homeowner Guide For a More Bay-Friendly Property

This guide presents a step by step approach for analyzing your property to find out whether it makes sense to install a rain garden or other residential stewardship practices. We then take you through the design and installation of several of the homeowner practices, so that you can install them on your own. Many Bay communities offer technical and financial assistance to help you install stewardship practices on your lot. Check out Appendix D for a list of links to these programs.

Version 10/8/14 | Size (4 MB) | File type (.pdf) | Download

Rainscaping Manual

The much anticipated "Contractor Specs" developed by the Anne Arundel County Watershed Stewards Academy in partnership with the Center for Watershed Protection. These 'specs' are for designing and installing small scale BMPs.

Version november 2015 | Size (11 MB) | File type (.pdf) | Download

RiverWise Communities Program Manual

The long-awaited manual for local governments and NGOs on "how-to" build and implement your residential stewardship program.

Version june 1, 2016 | Size (5 MB) | File type (.pdf) | Download

We highly recommend you watch Becoming Riverwise! the first webcast we conducted on this topic which you can do here.


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