Urban Watershed Restoration Techniques

Chesapeake Bay Nutrient Accounting

Localities need to prepare watershed implementation plans to conform to the Bay-wide TMDL. Here you will find resources that are designed to guide local governments through this uncharted process. Learn more...

Stormwater Retrofits

Stormwater retrofitting is providing stormwater treatment on existing development that is currently untreated by any BMP or is inadequately treated by an existing BMP.
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Stream Restoration

Recent research has shown clear differences in nutrient and sediment delivery rates between healthy, degraded and restored urban streams. In particular, urban streams experience high rates of channel erosion that deliver high nutrient and sediment loads. These resources discuss stream restoration as a stormwater management practice to reduce pollutant inputs to the receiving water body. The...Learn more...

Urban Fertilizer Management

Turf covers nearly 4 million acres in the Chesapeake Bay, or just under ten percent of total watershed area (CSN, 2009). Surveys have indicated that perhaps as much 50% of the turf cover is regularly fertilized (CSN, 2009). So it makes sense that better urban fertilizer management practices can prevent pollutants from getting into the...Learn more...

Residential Stewardship Practices

Local stormwater managers will need to play a greater role in enhancing public involvement, expanding stormwater education and delivering residential stewardship practices. These resources focus on how local governments and watershed groups can engage the public to improve the quality of runoff from their homes and yards. Learn more...

Illicit Discharge Prevention

High nutrient levels have been detected in dry weather flows in a number of urban streams in the Chesapeake Bay.
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Street Sweeping

Frequent street sweeping of the dirtiest roads and parking lots within a community can be an effective strategy to pick up nutrients and sediments from street surfaces before they can be washed off in stormwater runoff. In March 2011, the Chesapeake Bay Program concluded an Expert Panel on the practice of Street Sweeping. The final recommendations...Learn more...