Spring 2009
Issue # 34
Welcome to the 34th issue of Runoff Rundown, the Center for Watershed Protection's quarterly electronic newsletter!
Staff News
Welcome to our three newest staff members, Nichelle Bolden, Sadie Drescher, and Lori Lilly. Nichelle Bolden is our new Administrative Assistant. She replaces Kathy Proebstle who is now our Office Manager.  Sadie Drescher was hired as a Watershed Planner and comes with extensive experience in coastal and southeast issues.  Last, but certainly not least, Lori Lilly is also a Watershed Planner and has joined us from the west coast working on watershed planning and implementation. We are very pleased to have them on our team and hope you all get a chance to talk and meet with them sometime soon.
Runoff Ramblings

This piece from David Hirschman, Program Director at the Center, provides some thoughts and insights into stormwater offsets. If you like this, let us know. We hope to feature more Runoff Ramblings in the future.
Trading Our Way to a Cleaner Bay - Reflections on Off-Site Stormwater Mitigation Programs
What do you think of the following deal?  We'll let the local litterbug throw a piece of trash on the ground in your neighborhood, but he or she will have to pay someone in an adjoining neighborhood to pick up two pieces of trash. We'll create a trash market whereby one person would be authorized to litter in your neighborhood in exchange for an overall reduction of litter across the city.  Read more of Runoff Ramblings
What We're Working OnCrane Creek field work
The Center recently conducted field assessments for the Crane Creek Watershed, a 67-square mile watershed located in Richland County, SC.  The field trip was welcomed by many of the Center staff, who, with the help of Richland County staff and several volunteers, spent a warm and sunny week walking streams, assessing uplands, forests, and wetlands, and investigating potential stormwater retrofit opportunities.  The results are being compiled into a field memo as part of the Crane Creek Watershed Management Plan.  In the upcoming weeks, the Center will work closely with the County and the newly formed Crane Creek Watershed Association to prioritize the restoration and protection projects identified in the field and to develop implementation strategies.

In addition to the Crane Creek work, the Center has also been working with the SC Department of Planning in Richland County to provide an analysis of the existing development codes for the County in light of the Better Site Design (BSD) principles. The analysis provides discussion points to start a facilitated, local roundtable process.  As part of the process, a kick-off meeting was held on March 5, 2009 that brought together local County staff, the development community, environmental and civic organizations, and other land use professionals.  During the meeting, Better Site Design was introduced, the codes analysis was presented, a site design exercise was conducted and smaller subcommittee groups were developed. 
The next part of the roundtable process is to work in subcommittee groups to develop a set of recommended code changes that minimize impervious cover, conserve natural areas and promote distributed stormwater management.  Each subcommittee group is responsible for reaching consensus on a subset of the Model Development Principles: Residential Streets and Parking Lots, Lot Development, Conservation of Natural Resources, and Stormwater Management.   Each subcommittee will meet two or three times over the next few months and a final set of recommendations are expected early this Fall.
In addition to the codes and ordinances work in South Carolina, the Center has also been working with Caroline County in the Eastern Shore of Maryland to update their development codes and ordinances and Comprehensive Plan.  Through funding from the Town Creek Foundation, the Center is working with the County to provide recommendations to incorporate better site design into the updates of existing development regulations.  In addition, the Center provided a water quality review of the Resource Conservation and Preservation chapter of the draft Comprehensive Plan.  Concurrently, the Center is working with two towns located within the County, Denton and Federalsburg, to provide a review of local codes and ordinances.  The final codes analysis for the County and Towns are expected to be completed in early summer.

The Center is in the middle of a major research and outreach project, funded by the Cooperative Institute for Coastal and Estuarine Environmental Technology (CICEET)to adapt, test and transfer coastal watershed protection tools to coastal communities. To date the Center has conducted a survey of coastal communities (available on our web site at http://www.cwp.org/Resource_Library/Center_Docs/municipal/CICEETSurveyTechMemo.pdf
and completed a literature review of the impacts of land cover on coastal resources.  A major product of this project will be a special on-line issue of the Center's publication Watershed Protection Techniques focusing on coastal plain watershed management.  The Center will work with the National Nonpoint Education for Municipal Officials (NEMO) program to disseminate results to coastal plain communities.       
Building on this work, the Center is initiating a Coastal Plain Watershed Network.  This Network will expand on the initial research, and develop specific tools for coastal communities, including a coastal stormwater design book and a coastal version of the Watershed Treatment Model.   This phase of the project will include a coordinated outreach effort to coastal communities.

The Center is researching coastal systems in Southeast Florida.  This interesting region includes portions of the Everglades, the Biscayne Aquifer, and a beautiful coral reef system off its eastern coast.  Through funding from NOAA's Coral Reef Program, the Center is working with the Southeast Florida Coral Reef Initiative (SEFCRI) program of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to review programs in the region that reduce pollution to coral reefs.  In 2008, SEFCRI completed a survey of local, state, and federal programs in the region, resulting in a large database of programs in the region.  The Center reviewed this information using the "Eight Tools of Watershed Protection" framework.  The review includes 30 recommendations to better protect the reef.  This summer, the Center will present the findings to program managers in the region, gather additional information from them, and refine the recommendations.

You may remember reading about our technical capacity mini-grant program in the past two issues of Runoff Rundown.  One of the Center's grant recipients, the Watershed Management Group (WMG) from Tucson, AZ, has been making great strides on their project to develop a water harvesting certification program.  The program, which is in its second year, aims to provide the highest quality of water harvesting training in the nation through their 9-day and 8-day trainings for instructors and practitioners.  Two levels of training offer beginners and more advanced water harvesters hands-on experience with local experts on the planning, design, installation and maintenance of various water harvesting systems.  For the official program announcement, click here and for an application, click here or visit WMG's website at www.watershedmg.org.

Feature Article:

Better Site Design: Changing "Better" to the "Best"
cover of Better Site Design manual 
With almost 11 years since the publication of the Better Site Design (BSD) Handbook, the Handbook is ready for an update.  For those of you who aren't familiar with our most popular publication, the BSD Handbook presents technical support for 22 model development principles adopted by a consortium of national development, planning, transportation, engineering and public safety organizations.  The model development principles act to reduce impervious cover, conserve open space and manage stormwater at new residential and commercial development sites.  The BSD Handbook contains current and recommended practices, research data on economic, market, legal, safety and social benefits of the principles.  In addition, the handbook contains a Codes and Ordinance Worksheet (COW) - a standardized tool to help identify which development rules need to be changed. 
Since its inception, we've heard from many of you regarding the use of the BSD Handbook in your communities including the Cumberland River Compact, Southeast Watershed Forum, Pennsylvania Environmental Council and Tennessee Valley Authority. In fact, many communities have used this tool as a starting point for modifying their codes and ordinances. Other communities use this tool to conduct their own roundtable process.  The Center has also been collecting experience and data, and conducting local site planning roundtables - a collaborative consensus-building initiative designed to convene local government agencies, the development community, neighborhood organizations, engineering and planning firms and groups interested in environmental and conservation issues.  The goal of the roundtable is to identify local opportunities and constraints in the codes and ordinances regarding innovative site planning technique implementation. Once opportunities and constraints have been identified, diverse groups of stakeholders can build consensus on necessary ordinance modifications.  To date, over 12 roundtables have been conducted in municipalities throughout Maryland, Pennsylvania, Ohio, South Carolina, and Virginia. 
Moving Forward
While much of the BSD Handbook is still very relevant today, the Center plans on updating the handbook to reflect new research and practices. This effort will not only provide better site design practices with new research and case studies, but also provide guidance on more water resource-protective land use planning. Some other options being considered for the update  are the natural resource implications land use decisions have on green infrastructure, total maximum daily loads, stormwater management, drinking water protection, climate change and other related issues.
Interested in Partnership?  We are currently looking for opportunities to update the BSD Handbook.  If you know of any, please email Julie Tasillo at jat@cwp.org

Feature Article:

Coastal Stormwater Supplement  to the Georgia Stormwater Management Manual
Georgia Coastal Plain

Cover of the Coastal Stormwater Supplement to the GA Stormwater Manual Last month, the Center wrapped up its work with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Environmental Protection Division and the Chatham County-Savannah Metropolitan Planning Commission, on a Coastal Stormwater Supplement (CSS) to the Georgia Stormwater Management Manual. This eagerly awaited document, which was 18 months in the making, builds on the information presented in the Georgia Stormwater Management Manual (which the Center helped develop earlier this decade) to provide comprehensive guidance on managing post-construction stormwater runoff on development sites located in Georgia's 24-county coastal region.

At this point, some of our readers out there are saying: "Great, just what we need, another stormwater manual...isn't there enough guidance out on the street already?" But before you shelve the CSS as just another stormwater manual, take a look inside. You'll find guidance on an innovative, green infrastructure-based approach to stormwater management with its roots in natural resource protection and better site design. read more...
CWP Webcasts

For the 209 respondents to our webcast survey, our sincere thanks. We have used the feedback that you provided us to help enhance the content and delivery of our Webcasts. The Webcasts will start in May and registration information is available at www.cwp.org/Webcasts. The summary of survey results can be viewed here.
In response to the request for additional information on various Webcast topics, the Center has a launched a new portion of our website just for Webcasts at www.cwp.org/Webcasts. Some of the features include topics on the most popular subjects chosen as a result of the survey. In addition, while we could not offer all the Webcasts for free since there are costs associated with the setup, preparation, and delivery to our staff and outside speakers, we are offering one free Webcast this year and also hoping to link closely with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) so that we can also provide content information for the free webcasts that they host.  Last, but not least, Continuing Educational Units (CEUs) are offered for the Center Webcasts and in the near future, if you pay for a Center Webcast, we hope to offer CEUs for some of the select, free Webcasts offered through EPA.
We hope you will check out our Webcast website for the newest topics, information on CEUs, details about speakers, and to register to attend. To register by mail and review a brochure for the 2009 Webcasts, click here.
Thanks again to our survey respondents and hope to "meet" you all on a future Webcast.

Where We're Speaking

Dave Hirschman will be leading a site plan charette workshop for Virginia's proposed stormwater regulations in Radford, VA on April 29th, sponsored by Virginia DCR and the New River Valley Planning District Commission.

Julie Tasillo on Putting the LID on Development at the 20th Annual Nonpoint Source Pollution Conference on May 18-20, 2009, Eastland Park Hotel, Portland, ME. http://www.neiwpcc.org/npsconference/
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.  http://content.asce.org/conferences/ewri2009/
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. http://www.coastalgeorgiardc.org/practicum/
Greg Hoffmann, Lisa Fraley-McNeal, Mike Novotney, Paul Sturm, Julie Tasillo 2009 River Rally, Baltimore, MD May 29 - June 1, 2009, Hyatt Regency, Baltimore, MD. http://www.rivernetwork.org/programs/national-river-rally 
Paul is presenting on Illicit Discharges- Finding and Fixing Them, Mike is presenting Watershed 263: Science and Watershed Restoration Collide, Lisa is presenting Urban Watershed Forestry, Greg and Mike are presenting Retrofitting in Pavement Paradise, Julie and Paul are presenting The Downlow on Downspout Disconnection
Dave Hirschman, Laurel Woodworth, and Kelly Collins will be presenting at StormCon 2009. Dave and Laurel are presenting a paper on the Extreme BMP field survey, Kelly is co-presenting a paper on Richland County, SC's watershed planning, and Dave and Laurel are co-presenting a pre-conference workshop with Biohabitats entitled, "The Art and Science of Stormwater Retrofitting to Restore Ecosystems and Create Community Spaces."  August 16-29, 2009, Anaheim Marriott, Anaheim, CA. http://www.stormcon.com/downloads/attendees/sc09conf_program.pdf for complete agenda.
If you are interested in a training workshop for your community or requesting a Center-led session at your conference, please contact Laurel Woodworth, (434) 293-5793, lw@cwp.org.
CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS due April 21, 2009: Northwest Environmental Conference and Tradeshow December 7 - 8, 2009. Red Lion Hotel on the River - Jantzen Beach, Portland, OR. Organized by Associated Oregon Industries, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, Washington State Department of Ecology, and Northwest Environmental Business Council.  www.nwec.org

CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS due April 30, 2009:  Chesapeake Watershed Forum October 9-11, 2009. National Conservation Training Center, Shepherdstown, WV. 
CONFERENCE: AWRA Spring Specialty Conference - Managing Water Resources and Development in a Changing Climate May 4-6, 2009. Anchorage Marriott Downtown, Anchorage, AK Organized by the American Water Resources Association. http://www.awra.org/meetings/Anchorage2009/index.html

CONFERENCE: 2009 IECA Southeast Chapter Muddy Water Blues - Providing Innovative Solutions to Complex Regulations May 11-13, 2009. Crowne Plaza, Asheville, NC. http://guest.cvent.com/EVENTS/Info/Summary.aspx?i=c2422da6-15fc-476b-85ec-b1fa6100a0b7
CONFERENCE:  5th National NPS and Stormwater Outreach Conference - Achieving Results with Tight Budgets May 11-14. Doubletree Hotel, Portland, OR. Jointly sponsored by EPA and USDA CSREES. http://www.epa.gov/nps/outreach2009/
CONFERENCE:  2009 Ohio Stormwater Conference May 14-15, 2009. The Manor House, Mason, OH. Organized by the by the Mill Creek Watershed Council of Communities, the Ohio Water Environment Association, the Regional Storm Water Collaborative, and the Tinkers Creek Watershed Partners. http://www.tinkerscreekwatershed.org/conference2009.php 
CONFERENCE: World Environmental & Water Resources Congress May 17-21, 2009. Kansas City Marriott Downtown, Kansas City, MO. Organized by EWRI and ASCE. http://content.asce.org/conferences/ewri2009/index.html
CONFERENCE: Nonpoint Source Pollution Conference May 18-20, 2009. Eastland Park Hotel, Portland, ME. Organized by New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission. http://www.neiwpcc.org/npsconference/

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS due May 22, 2009: AWRA Annual Water Resources Conference November 9-12, 2009. Red Lion Hotel, Seattle, WA. Organized by the American Water Resources Association. http://www.awra.org/meetings/Seattle2009/
CALL FOR ABSTRACTS due May 27, 2009: 10th National Conference on Science, Policy, and the Environment - The New Green Economy January 20-22, 2010. Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, Washington, DC. Organized by the National Council for Science and the Environment. http://ncseonline.org/conference/greeneconomy/cms.cfm?id=2924
WORKSHOP: Permeable Interlocking Concrete Pavement (PICP) Maintenance workshop May 29, 2009. Morton Arboretum, Lisle, IL (suburban Chicago).  Sponsored by Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute, NC State University Department of Biological & Agricultural Engineering, NC Cooperative Extension, Advanced Pavement Technology, and The Morton Arboretum.  http://www.bae.ncsu.edu/stormwater/training/permeable_pavement.html
CONFERENCE: River Rally 2009 May 29-June 1, 2009. Hyatt Regency Baltimore, Baltimore, MD. Organized by River Network. http://www.rivernetwork.org/rn/rally/

WORKSHOPS: Stream Health & Restoration Workshops: Natural Channel Design in Dam Removal & Fish Passage June 8-12, 2009, Fergus Falls, MN. Fluvial Geomorphology & Stream Classification July 13-17, Redwood Falls, MN. Stream Restoration - August 17-21, Fergus Falls, MN.  Organized by MN DNR Stream Habitat Program. http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/eco/streamhab/index.html
CONFERENCE: AWRA Summer Specialty Conference - Adaptive Management of Water Resources II June 29- July 01, 2009. Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort, Snowbird, UT. Organized by American Water Resources Association (AWRA) http://www.awra.org/cgi-bin/sc_2009_summer_specialty_conference.cgi?html
CONFERENCE: Society of Wetland Scientists Joint International Conference June 22-26, 2009. Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center, Madison, WI. http://www.sws.org/2009_meeting/
CONFERENCE:   64th International 2009 SWCS Annual Conference - Delivering Conservation Today and Tomorrow July 11-15, 2009. Hyatt Regency Dearborn, Dearborn, MI. Organized by the Soil and Water Conservation Society. http://www.swcs.org/en/conferences/2009_annual_conference/
CONFERENCE:  StormCon '09 - the North American Surface Water Quality Conference & Exposition August 16-20, 2009. Anaheim Marriott, Anaheim, CA. Organized by StormCon.  http://www.stormcon.com/conference.shtm
Runoff Rundown Team: Hye Yeong Kwon, editor; Kathy Proebstle. Contributions from Center staff.
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