Winter 2009
Issue # 33
Welcome to the 33rd issue of Runoff Rundown, the Center for Watershed Protection's quarterly electronic newsletter.

Center Announces the Launching of our New Webcast Series
The Center is proud to announce the launch of our webcast series on watershed and stormwater management.  Webcast watchers will recall the participation of Center staff in various webcasts hosted by EPA.  Past Center webcasts addressed post-construction stormwater management, stormwater retrofitting, IDDE, and municipal maintenance.  The Center will now be hosting our own webcast series beginning in April. Some of the first topics to be covered include municipal pollution prevention and good housekeeping programs, managing your stormwater program in the age of budget cuts, creating a link between MS4s and TMDLs, managing coastal watersheds, better site design, and more!  Our 2009 webcast schedule will be published soon.  We want your input  - please take this very brief survey to tell us about topics you would like to see in a webcast.
Staff News
Congratulations to Greg Hoffmann for his promotion from Senior Watershed Engineer to Program Director. Greg will be working with Dave Hirschman on our stormwater and watershed services work.
We are also happy to announce that our Communications Manager, Lauren Lasher and her husband Robert, are the proud parents of daughter Madeleine Skye and son Caleb Andrew.  Director of Research, Karen Cappiella and her husband Steve Medellin also welcomed their new baby girl, Katharine Alicia Medellin, in late December. Congrats to all!

What We're Wrapping Up
The Center has been working on a Draft Generic Environmental Impact Statement for Lake George, NY, and submitted a draft to the Lake George Planning Commission late last year. The Commission has released the draft EIS and buffer guidelines for comment. The Center will be conducting another public workshop and will hopefully be working towards implementing the buffer guidelines along this sensitive and historic lake.
A couple years ago, the Center wrote a "User's Guide to Watershed Planning in Maryland" developed with MD DNR to help communities in Maryland conduct watershed planning and use watershed plans to meet existing regulatory drivers. We have recently been working to adapt this manual to local governments in EPA's Region 3, which includes VA, PA, DC, DE, MD & NY. We are wrapping up the final report now and hope to be able to put it up on our website for download, in the near future. Stay tuned!
Congratulations to the recipients of the Center's first Technical Capacity Mini-grants. The Center received a total of 129 proposals and seven recipients were chosen. For more information on the recipients, refer to
Last, but not least, the Center has launched the Watershed Forestry Resource Guide Website that serves as a central source for resources related to forests and watersheds, including fact sheets, slideshows, training exercises and other tools, as well as links to research papers, reports and relevant websites. Launched in cooperation with the USDA Forest Service - Northeastern Area, with supplemental funding from The Home Depot Foundation, the URL for the site is
What We're Working On
The Southwest Conservancy of Florida has asked the Center to conduct an independent peer review focused on the revised version of the so-called "Harvey Harper" Method described in a document entitled "Evaluation of Current Stormwater Design Criteria within the State of Florida (June 2007)."  The document is currently being used to develop stormwater criteria for the state.  A previous version of the method had undergone an EPA review which raised several technical issues.  The revised methodology was developed in light of these review comments, but has not undergone a separate independent peer review.  The Center's review will include review by Center staff, as well as five independent peer reviewers.  This review will determine the Harvey Method's appropriateness for stormwater treatment system designs, identify deficiencies, recommend modifications, and potentially recommend an alternative approach.
The Center is very close to finishing up its work with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, the Chatham County-Savannah Metropolitan Planning Commission, and the University of Georgia River Basin Center, on the development of a Coastal Stormwater Supplement (CSS) to the Georgia Stormwater Management Manual. Built on the wealth of information presented in the Georgia Stormwater Management Manual, the CSS promotes an integrated approach to site design, natural resource protection, and stormwater management that can be used to protect Coastal Georgia's valuable aquatic and terrestrial resources from the unintended negative impacts of the land development process. The integrated approach detailed in the CSS shifts the focus of the site planning and design process away from the mitigation of these impacts and instead places it on their prevention. To accomplish this, the CSS relies on the Runoff Reduction Method (featured in the Spring 2008 edition of Runoff Rundown), which puts better site design and low impact development practices, such as rainwater harvesting, downspout disconnection, green roofs and stormwater planters, in the same "stormwater management toolbox" as traditional stormwater management practices, such as wet and dry ponds. The Center is currently addressing comments and putting the finishing touches on the CSS, and is expecting to present the final document to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources by the end of January.
Those of you who have been following our progress with watershed planning in Accotink Creek, VA in Fairfax County will be pleased to learn that we will shortly be moving into the retrofit process. Having completed a field reconnaissance of potential sites, we are planning on working over the spring and summer with KCI Technologies, the lead on the project, to refine the concepts and prioritize the list.  These include wetlands, bioretention, and various swale designs.

Wide roads in Little Pimmit Run In early December, Center staff, joined by staff from Arlington County, VA spent two days searching for stormwater retrofit opportunities in the Little Pimmit Run watershed.  Sites visited included schools, neighborhoods, and parks.  The watershed is almost completely built out, with very few existing stormwater quality or quantity controls and a substantial amount of residential infill development occurring.  In addition, wide residential roads were identified throughout the watershed as potential locations for street-side bioretention.  In total, over 60 sites were visited during field work.  The results of this field effort will be summarized in a Technical Memorandum in the early Spring. 

What We're Starting
Approximately 43% of Maryland is covered by forest, much of which is located near exurban areas.  As Maryland's population steadily increases, land development is threatening these "forests on the fringe."  The Center, through funding from the Maryland Center for Agro-Ecology, Inc. is working with Frederick County, MD to develop urban watershed forestry techniques in the Linganore Creek watershed.  This new planning approach acknowledges watershed benefits of forests and promotes managing forests at the watershed scale. Protection of the Linganore Creek Watershed is critical for several reasons: it is a state Class IV Recreational Trout Water, one of the largest tributaries to the Monocacy River - a National Scenic River, source of drinking water for surrounding communities and has a TMDL for sediment and phosphorus. Working closely with Frederick County, the Center will provide several useful forestry tools to help protect the watershed that include development of forest cover coefficients to estimate future forest cover, identification of priority forest conservation and reforestation sites and establishment of a forest cover goal for the watershed. 
Also thanks to the Heineman Foundation for funding a proposal to study the relationship of drinking water and forests. This research is being done in conjunction with Forests on the Fringe. The goal is to identify the specific economic connections between forests and drinking water (supply, quality, and cost) based on the available science to provide a basis for the need to conserve forests as an economical means to ensure reliable safe drinking water supplies. The Linganore Creek watershed in Frederick County will be evaluated in terms of costs and benefits and used as a real world example to demonstrate the economic impact of using forest conservation planning techniques compared to traditional urban development practices. The Center will develop and disseminate educational materials for local officials, planners and other decision makers that summarize this information.  The ultimate goal is for this material to be used to: a) advance planning for water supply and forest conservation and place it at the forefront of community issues, b) make the case for forest conservation to protect drinking water, c) encourage the use of incentives for forest conservation and tree planting that are more reflective of their true value, and d) factor in the costs of drinking water supply and treatment when evaluating development alternatives. The Center has just kicked off this project and expects a final product at the end of 2009.
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The Center recently finished a tree planting project in a dry pond in Goose Creek.  Center staff Alexi Boado, Neely Law, Greg Hoffmann, and Hye Yeong Kwon worked with the Piedmont Environmental Council, the Town of Leesburg, the Home Depot Foundation and the Water Quality Improvement Fund of the Virginia Department of Forestry to make the project possible.  Read more about our efforts in Leesburg, VA.

From A Guest Writer
Recently, Runoff Rundown heard from Matt Jones, a Water Resource Education Specialist with the Allen County Partnership for Water Quality. He offered to tell all of our readers more about his education and outreach efforts in the Maumee River basin. The award-winning video documentary that he helped produce, "A Watershed Mentality", encourages a cooperative, comprehensive approach to erosion and sediment control and watershed restoration. Here is what Matt offered up for us in his report:


Where We're Speaking

Mike Novotney about the Georgia Coastal Stormwater Supplement on February 3-4, 2009 in Brunswick, GA.
Mike Novotney and Kelly Collins on Post-Construction, Low Impact Development, and Smart Growth as Stormwater BMPs  at the IECA Preference Workshop on February 9, 2009 in Reno, NV.

Hye Yeong Kwon on the work of the Center for Watershed Protection at Howard County's Watersheds: Issues and Efforts, Thursday, February 19, 2009 from 9:30am - 3:30pm. Sponsored by the Maryland Cooperative Extension, Howard County Office.
Mike Novotney on Leveling the Playing Field for Low Impact Development at the South Carolina LID Summit on March 9-10, 2009 in Beaufort, SC.
Greg Hoffmann on the Runoff Reduction Method at the World Environmental and Water Resources Congress on May 17-21, 2009 in Kansas City, MO. Sponsored by the Environment and Water Resources Institute of ASCE.
Mike Novotney on Improving Quality of Life through Effective Land Use Policies at the Coastal Georgia Stormwater/Land Use Policy Practicum on May 19, 2009 at the Coastal Georgia Regional Development Center in Brunswick, GA and again on May 20, 2009 in Savannah, GA.


CONFERENCE: Exploring Diversity in Our Environment February 27-March 1, 2009.  Clarion Resort Fontainebleau Hotel, Ocean City, MD. Organized by the Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education.
CONFERENCE: Urban Water Management - An Integrated Water Quality Conference & Exhibition March 24 - 26, 2009. Overland Park Convention Center, Overland Park, KS. Organized by the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) and the City of Independence Water Pollution Control Department.
CONFERENCE: APA National Planning Conference April 25-29, 2009. Minneapolis Convention Center, Minneapolis, MN. Organized by the American Planning Association.

CONFERENCE: Managing Water Resources & Development in a Changing Climate
May 4-6, 2009. Anchorage Marriott Downtown, Anchorage, AK. Organized by the American Water Resources Association (AWRA).
CONFERENCE: World Environmental & Water Resources Congress May 17-21, 2009. Kansas City Marriott Downtown, Kansas City, MO. Organized by EWRI and ASCE.
CONFERENCE: Nonpoint Source Pollution Conference May 18-20, 2009. Eastland Park Hotel, Portland, ME. Organized by New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission (NEIWPCC).

CONFERENCE: River Rally 2009 May 29-June 1, 2009. Hyatt Regency Baltimore, Baltimore, MD. Organized by River Network.

CONFERENCE: Wetland Connections
June 22-26, 2009. Monona Terrace Community & Convention Center, Madison, WI. Organized by the North Central Chapter of the Society of Wetland Scientists, with partners the Wisconsin Wetlands Association and the Wetland Biogeochemistry Symposium.

CONFERENCE: North American Surface Water Quality Conference & Exposition (StormCon '09)
August 16-20, 2009.  Anaheim Marriott, Anaheim, CA.

Other Resources:
NEW REPORT: Virginia Water Resources Research Center Releases Stormwater BMP Decision Support Tool
The Virginia Water Resources Research Center (VWRRC) recently released a report entitled, "Virginia's Stormwater Impact Evaluation: Developing an Optimization Tool for Improved Site Development, Selection and Placement of Stormwater Runoff BMPs."  The report describes the development of an "optimization tool" for stormwater BMP selection based on physical site characteristics; local, state, and federal pollution control ordinances; and implementation and long-term maintenance costs. The decision support tool, known as an "analytic hierarchy process (AHP)" is designed to assist with a less subjective selection of BMPs based on a mathematical comparison of BMPs across a range of criteria.  The report can be downloaded from the VWRRC website at:
NEW TOOL:  Center Releases Stormwater BMP Performance Verification Checklist
Are you confounded by the wide array of manufactured and proprietary BMPs on the market?  Are you confused about if and when to approve a particular device on the development site?  The Center is pleased to assist you by releasing Tool #8 of our post-construction stormwater management project, Managing Stormwater in Your Community.  Tool #8 is a downloadable checklist that will help local program authorities provide a consistent set of questions for applicants proposing to use manufactured and proprietary BMPs.  The goal of this tool is to provide more of a level playing field so that all applicants provide the same type of BMP performance information and data as a basis for approving particular devices.  The tool does not promote or "pre-approve" any particular device, but is applicable for the review of all proprietary BMPs.  The checklist is accompanied by an explanation and instructions for using the checklist, technical appendices that elucidate the complex world of BMP performance, and a matrix that compares existing BMP verification protocols, such as TARP, TAPE, and NJCAT.  The tool can be downloaded at:

Runoff Rundown Team: Hye Yeong Kwon, editor, Kathy Proebstle, Tiffany Wright. Contributions from Center staff.

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