Two or more BMPs in a series, for the best possible treatment of stormwater.

Example projects include: larger residential or commercial development projects and/or small watershed restoration projects that involve multiple practices working together. Combination BMPs will be evaluated on their ability to meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Meets or exceeds the minimum stormwater sizing requirements in the jurisdiction in which it was built (for new or redevelopment projects) or demonstrates a unique retrofit solution.
  • Utilizes distributed LID practices effectively in a series
  • Reduces or eliminates the need for centralized detention ponds for control of large storm events
  • Effectively links the built environment to the natural landscape
  • Provides evidence that the system of practices can effectively function during the expected range of storm events
  • Shows evidence of effective use of better site design, natural resource protection and other nonstructural practices

Below you will find information about the winners of the Best Combination of BMPs in Series category for the 2015 BUBBAs.

To learn more about our winners, check out the project files on our Google Drive account here.

First Place

The jury seriously struggled to select one winner in the Best Combination of BMPs in a Series category as the Central Utility Operations and the RiverSmart Washington were both serious contenders. Ultimately they were forced to choose only one and it was, as you will see, the Central Utility that won first place. But we highly encourage you to spend some time looking at the RiverSmart Washington project which placed second – it is definitely one of our favorites !!

Central Utility Operations Stormwater Management and Stream and Wetland Restoration Project

Central Utility Operations Stormwater Management and Stream and Wetland Restoration Project: post restoration looking upstream
Central Utility Operations Stormwater Management and Stream and Wetland Restoration Project: post restoration looking upstream

Project Team:
Anne Arundel County Department of Public Works
Underwood & Associates
Biohabitats, Inc.
WGM Architecture and Interiors
Bay Engineering and Reliable Contracting

Central Utility Operations Stormwater Management and Stream and Wetland Restoration Project Presentation

A short presentation describing the first place winner of the Best Combination of BMP's in Series category for the 2015 BUBBA contest.

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The Central Utility Operations Stormwater Management and Stream and Wetland Restoration Project was redeveloped with a design approach which included a LEED Silver building (USGBC) and an integrated stormwater management system.  The comprehensive and innovative solution eliminated stormwater pipes and drains – the first of its kind in the area – and utilized a series of upland practices including bioretention, cobble-bedded parking lot, conservation buffers, swales, Step Pool Storm Conveyance (SPSC), native plantings as well as a Regenerative Stream Channel (RSC) to restore eroded Branch Creek and reconnect it back to its historic floodplain.  Congratulations to Anne Arundel County (Maryland) for this exemplary model and for their purposeful commitment to environmental stewardship.

To learn more about the project that was declared this year’s first place Combination of BMPs in a Series, visit the project folder on our google drive here.


Second Place

RiverSmart Washington – Intensive LID Retrofits in Two Washington, DC Neighborhoods

RiverSmart Washington – Intensive LID Retrofits in Two Washington, DC Neighborhoods: installation of a bioretention bump-out
RiverSmart Washington – Intensive LID Retrofits in Two Washington, DC Neighborhoods: installation of a bioretention bump-out

Project Team:
The District Department of Transportation
The District Department of the Environment
AECOM
The Rock Creek Conservancy
LimnoTech, Inc.
Volkert, Inc.
Fort Myer Construction Corporation
DEN United General Construction

The Jury struggled to select one winner in the Best Combination of BMPs in a Series category as the RiverSmart Washington – Intensive LID Retrofits in Two DC Neighborhoods was an extraordinary multi-year project with an extensive list of partners and stakeholders in several “sewersheds.”  After extensive study and assessments, the DC Department of Environment and partners installed more than one acre of permeable pavement in alleys, roadways, parking lanes and sidewalks and sixteen bioretention cells in the Right of Way.  The RiverSmart Homes program engaged 136 property owners, 64 of which decided to install pervious paving, bioretention, rain barrels trees and native landscaping.  This outstanding project addressed runoff from more than 38 ultra-urban acres is a replicable model for other jurisdictions.

To learn more about our winners, check out the project files on our Google Drive account here.


Third Place

The Green at Parkside

The Green at Parkside open space area

Project Team:
District Department of the Environment
CityInterests LLC
Groundwork Anacostia River DC
Parkside Association Inc.
Lano Parcel 12 LLC
Bradley Site Design LLC
Greening Urban LLC

The Green at Parkside is a recently completed, one‐acre community park located in the burgeoning Parkside neighborhood in the northeast quadrant of the District of Columbia. The Green, formally a vacant, compacted‐turf lot that drained to the surrounding catch basins, features a state‐of‐the‐art stormwater management system funded by the District Department of the Environment. The site contains four bioretention facilities that together treat a drainage area of over 60,000 square feet, almost half of which is impervious. In addition, the pervious pavers infiltrate rain that falls directly on the site into tree boxes, and any overflow is conveyed to the bioretention facilities.

To learn more about our winners, check out the project files on our Google Drive account here.

Thank you to all our contestants who participate in the 2015 Best Urban BMP in the Bay Award !


We’d like to extend our deepest gratitude to all of the sponsors of the 2015 BUBBAs.
This year’s contest would not have been a possibility without you!

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