Welcome to the 37th issue of Runoff Rundown, the Center for Watershed Protection's quarterly electronic newsletter!
|From the Rooftop to the Bay: Implementing Stormwater Management Strategies in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed
March 9-11, 2010 (Registration deadline is February 5, 2010)
Stonewall Jackson Hotel in Staunton, VA
This will be an intensive,
interactive three-day learning experience specifically designed to help
public and private sector stormwater professionals:
Note: Day 1 (Tuesday) of the workshop will have special sessions, at a discounted rate, for local elected officials with an interest in policies for good stormwater management.
- Strengthen design, construction, and maintenance skills for a wide range of innovative stormwater practices;
- Understand and apply a new generation of stormwater regulations in the Chesapeake Bay states;
- Improve municipal NPDES stormwater programs and performance;
- Exchange ideas with other stormwater professionals.
Registration deadline is Feb. 5, 2010.
Registration limited to 150 participants, so register now!
Participants may attend all three days of the workshop (encouraged!) or
Tuesday only, or Wednesday and Thursday together. Wednesday and
Thursday are a package.
Visit www.cwp.org for more information and registration instructions.
Runoff Ramblings: The Best Responses of 2009
What We're Working On
Last year the Center worked
with the West/Rhode Riverkeeper to conduct a stream corridor and upland assessment in the West River
watershed. As 2009 closes out and 2010 begins, the Center staff is once again working with this partner in the Rhode River Watershed, which is listed as impaired on
Maryland's 303 (d) list for nutrients, sediments, biological, bacteria, and toxics. In December, Center staff along with the West/Rhode Riverkeeper, and local volunteers assessed stream segments throughout the
Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) and surrounding area. Field teams also investigated neighborhoods and
the Mayo wastewater treatment plant for methods to reduce nutrients and
sediments entering the Bay. The Center
is now in the process of developing stormwater retrofits for Camp Letts (YMCA),
following up on "hot spots", and completing the remaining field work. The West and Rhode River Assessments will
provide the West/Rhode Riverkeeper with a roadmap to reducing land based
sources of pollution. Already the group is implementing projects from the West River
assessment and it won't be long before the Riverkeeper and the Rhode Watershed community has a new list of projects to implement.
What We're Starting
Octoraro Watershed Assessment
Center is looking forward to starting work with the Octoraro Watershed Association (OWA) in
Cecil County Maryland, to carry out their Chesapeake Bay Trust grant for a
watershed assessment and stormwater retrofit investigation. The assessment will
include streams and upland areas of the Stone Run subwatershed of the Octoraro River.
OWA has been conducting continuous water quality monitoring (every two
weeks) since 2005 and the data they have been gathering indicates that Stone
Run is the tributary with the biggest challenges. OWA has contracted with the Center to help
pinpoint the source(s) of the nutrients. Doing so will enable OWA to engage the local community in restoration
and protection projects to improve the water quality and habitat of Stone Run,
and to reduce stormwater runoff, which has been a significant problem for
the town of Rising Sun in recent years.
Upper Choptank Watershed Plan
are also excited to start work on a watershed plan for the Upper Choptank
Watershed in Maryland. The Center is working closely
with Caroline County,
University of Maryland
Sea Grant Extension, and the Choptank Riverkeeper to craft a
watershed plan for the Upper Choptank that
will meet EPA's A-I criteria. Creating a
plan that meets these criteria will allow Caroline County
and its partners to apply to larger funding sources to implement water quality
improvement projects. The County and the
Riverkeeper are very interested in project implementation and the plan will
help identify those projects and efforts that will result in meeting water
future issues of Runoff Rundown for updates as we conduct our fieldwork and
What We're Wrapping Up
Town of Leesburg, VA: Better Site Design Workshop
engineers, planners, developers and planning commissioners participated in a ½ day Better Site Design (BSD) workshop held by the Center
and the Piedmont Environmental Council
(PEC) for the Town of Leesburg
in November 2009. Council Member David Butler also participated and provided
remarks conveying a spirit of
cooperation and willingness to learn how to implement practices that better
protect our environment while still achieving economically viable development.
The workshop, designed for the Town of Leesburg,
also attracted surrounding jurisdictions with representatives from Loudoun and Fauquier Counties and the Towns of Purcellville
workshop was supported by a grant received by PEC from the Fairfax Water Supply
Stakeholder Outreach Program and the Town of Leesburg. The Tuscarora Creek is a headwater
catchment to Goose Creek; an important source for
the Fairfax Water intake near the Loudoun
County border and other water users
along the Potomac River and Chesapeake Bay. The
goal of the workshop was to encourage and empower town staff to incorporate BSD
principles into local codes and ordinances.
PEC and the Center have been working in partnership for
nearly 10 years to identify and address areas of concern in the Goose Creek watershed. For
example, a 2002 vulnerability analysis of Goose
Creek classified its headwaters, Tuscarora Creek, as an
impacted watershed that would likely be further degraded by future development.
A more detailed assessment of Tuscarora Creek in 2007 identified specific sources
of impairment and recommendations to address them, which included changes to
local codes and ordinances. The Leesburg Town Council then established the
Leesburg Watershed Committee to begin implementing the recommendations. The
committee - which includes representatives from the community, area businesses,
development industry, environmental organizations, schools, and town government
- continues to meet monthly and now works to protect all streams within the
workshop was organized to provide participants an opportunity to learn about
the principles of BSD and apply techniques to achieve BSD
through a hands-on exercise using a local case study. The workshop focused on
set of BSD principles, reviewed and critiqued existing Town codes and completed
a re-design exercise. Center staff Julie Schneider
led the workshop with support from Neely Law
and PEC field officer, Gem Bingol. The re-design exercise generated the most
enthusiasm from participants as they were able to roll up their sleeves and
develop a site from scratch. Planning Commissioners who typically get to see
more final products found this exercise particularly useful as it demonstrated
the range of opportunities available for alternative site design practices. Discussions
during the workshop emphasized the need for political will and cooperation with
the community to makes these types of development more common place. In the end, design from eight groups showcased reduced
parking, conservation areas and bioretention among other practices incorporated
into the site, and, most importantly,no code changes were required.
The Center is currently seeking funding opportunities to integrate
new research and practices into the Better Site Design Manual to expand on its
current foundation of best practices for site design.
Contact Laurel Woodworth
at the Center if you would like a
workshop in your community.
Richland County, SC: Site Planning Roundtable Wrap-up
Since the project kick-off meeting last spring
, Center staff led discussions with the Roundtable participants to analyze the existing County development codes and draft proposed stormwater
regulations to develop a set of recommended changes to the code that minimize
impervious cover, conserve natural areas and promote distributed stormwater
management. As part of this effort, participants
traveled to North Charleston, SC to visit the Oak Terrace Preserve
Development. The development
provided examples of tree preservation, reduced street pavement, and innovative
stormwater management through vegetated swales, pervious pavement and
bioretention. The final set of Richland County code recommendations were finalized
in early fall 2009 culminating in the Richland County Site Planning Roundtable Consensus Document.
The document was adopted by the Richland
County Council in November and a subcommittee was formed to move forward with
implementation of the recommendations. A recent article about the process was included in
the local paper, The State.
The Center had the privilege of hosting more than 500 registrants for our
. By doing so, we helped reduce
environmental impacts by eliminating more than 600,000 lbs of carbon emissions
through reduced travel, saving more than 35,000 gallons of gasoline! We will again be hosting our own webcast series beginning in April
Installation, and Maintenance: April 21, 2010
Bioretention has been the darling of the stormwater trade
for a decade or more. In the real world
of BMP design, installation, and maintenance, there have been as many (or more)
poor examples as grand successes. What
can we learn from these experiences, and what does the rapidly-expanding corpus
of bioretention research have to teach us about enhancing pollutant removal and
runoff volume reduction? This webcast
will cover practical design, installation, and maintenance issues with
bioretention, and will provide updated and essential design tools for the
stormwater professional. This webcast
is jointly hosted with the Chesapeake Bay Stormwater Training Partnership (CBSTP). See below for more information on the CBSTP.
Chesapeake Bay Stormwater Training Partnership
We are pleased to announce the Chesapeake Bay Stormwater Training Partnership (CBSTP)
Partnership was created to deliver targeted training on
new tools and practices to improve the quality of stormwater runoff in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. In addition to the Center, partners include State stormwater agencies, statewide professional
associations, and master stormwater practitioners;
and is coordinated by the Chesapeake Stormwater Network
partnership is supported by a grant from the
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.
The Partnership will deliver free or low cost training to thousands of Bay
watershed designers and reviewers, through (1) webcasts (2) one-day design
workshops (3) intensive "master" stormwater design seminars (4) on-site
technical assistance by Stormwater Circuit Riders, and (5) self guiding
web-based learning modules.
This training is being offered
through three tiers (Basic, Advanced, and Master) that reflect an increasing level of knowledge and
understanding of stormwater management and the issues of improving the quality
of stormwater runoff.
The website (www.CBSTP.org) is expected to launch in the first week of February. Check it out for the latest information.
has created a publicly available database
1) measured nutrient load and concentration data and corresponding watershed
characteristics from numerous field-scale studies,
2) readily accessible, easily queried information to support water quality
management, modeling, and future research design,and
3) a platform allowing user input of additional project-specific data
The primary objective of this effort was to compile measured annual nitrogen
(N) and phosphorus (P)load and concentration data representing field-scale
transport from agricultural and forest (new September 2009) land uses.
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Environmental Working Group (EWG)
specializes in providing useful resources to consumers while simultaneously pushing for national policy change. See the National Drinking Water Database
, a drinking water quality analysis of almost 20 million records
obtained from state water officials.
After four years of development and public feedback, the Initiative
has released the nation's first rating system for sustainable landscapes. It developed criteria
for sustainable land practices that will enable built landscapes to
support natural ecological functions by protecting existing ecosystems
and regenerating ecological capacity where it has been lost. This
report focuses on measuring and rewarding a project that protects,
restores and regenerates ecosystem services - benefits provided by
natural ecosystems such as cleaning air and water, climate regulation
and human health benefits.
Test and help refine this rating system by
applying to be a Pilot Project
. Applications due Feb. 15, 2010.
EPA's Adopt Your Watershed program challenges you to serve your
community by taking part in activities to protect and restore your
local watershed. For more information on what you can do to make a difference in your watershed.
donates 1% of all "hydration vessel" sales to a select grou
p of non-profits that focus
on water-related issues. Their goal is not only to provide much-needed
funds to these organizations, but to engage customers on issues
such as recycling, watershed protection and the global water crisis.
The color you choose designates the environmental issue to which your
contribution will be made.
Where We're Speaking
Middle James Roundtable Annual Meeting March 25, 2010. Farmville, VA
Speaking: Laurel Woodworth
AWRA 2010 Spring Specialty Conference - GIS and Water Resources VI; Leaf-Out Analysis as a GIS Tool in Urban Watershed Forestry March 29-31, 2010. Orlando, FL
Speaking: Lisa Fraley-McNeal
2010 International Low Impact Development (LID) Conference April 11 - 14, 2010.
Westin San Francisco Airport Hotel, San Francisco, CA.
Organized by ASCE and EWRI.
Speaking: Kelly Collins & Laurel Woodworth
Nonpoint Source Pollution Conference May 17-19, 2010. Plymouth, MA
Speaking: Sadie Drescher
Coastal States Society's 22nd International Conference, Shifting Shorelines: Adapting to the Future May 17-19. Wilmington, NC
Speaking: Sadie Drescher
River Rally 2010 May 21-24, 2010. Snowbird, UT. Organized by River Network.
Speaking: Greg Hoffmann
Many Paths, One Destination: From Knowledge to Action February 4-7, 2010. Rocky Gap Lodge, Rocky Gap, MD. Organized by the Maryland Association for
Environmental and Outdoor Education.
15th Water Conservation & Xeriscape Conference February 25-26, 2010. Albuquerque Marriott Hotel, Albuquerque, NM.
Organized by the Xeriscape Council of NM.
2010 National Ground Water Association Ground Water Summit and 2010 Ground Water Protection Council Spring Meeting April 11-15, 2010. The Westin Tabor Center, Denver, CO.
The event seeks to
integrate cutting-edge science with the leading edge of practice and
will focus on the theme "Groundwater for a Thirsty World."
American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting April 14-18, 2010. Marriot Wardman Park Hotel and Omni Shoreham Hotel, Washington, D.C.
In addition to many scholarly presentations, the 2010 Meeting will
feature opportunities for interactions with government agencies and
will include keynote speakers from nonprofit groups and other
influential nongovernmental organizations located in the nation's
StormCon® August 1 - 5, 2010, San Antonio, TX. JW Marriott San Antonio
Hill Country Resort & Spa. This is touted as the "World's Largest
Stormwater Pollution Prevention Conference". StormCon® is the premier annual event that to attend
to stay on top of the rapidly-evolving disciplines that
manage, regulate, and research stormwater.
2010 Watershed Management Conference: Innovations in Watershed Management Under Land Use and Climate Change August 23-27, 2010. Lake Monona in Madison, WI. On behalf of Steering Committee and the American Society of Civil
Engineers' Environmental & Water Resources Institute (EWRI), we
take great pleasure in inviting you to the This conference is an
industry event that you will not want to miss!
conference will focus on watershed management.
Runoff Rundown Team: Karen Cappiella, Editor; Bridget Edwards; and contributions from Center staff