The Municipal Online Stormwater Training (MOST) Center is a five-year initiative created to bridge the gap in technical and financial resources by delivering free, self-paced training right to your computer any time day or night. Modeled after the Massive Open Online Course systems used by many academic institutions, the MOST Center’s open internet access allows for wide course participation via short interactive and dynamic modules developed and tested by stormwater professionals and online education specialists. The MOST Center was created and is managed by the Environmental Finance Center at the University of Maryland in partnership with the Low Impact Development Center, Inc.
MOST courses, resources, and links explore common stormwater issues. Our basic courses provide an overview of topics such as building and financing stormwater programs, asset management, and green infrastructure and low impact development. More advanced courses provide in-depth information about topics such as erosion principles, sediment control practices, and stormwater management requirements during construction throughout the Chesapeake Bay. Future courses may cover subject areas such as planning, procurement, design, construction, integrating green and gray infrastructure, and addressing resiliency at multiple levels. Over time, course offerings will expand to build proficiency levels. Visit How to Partner to let us know your topic needs and areas of expertise.
You can register for a course in one of two ways.
Once you have registered for a course, you can visit a course page at any time and click on the blue “Login Now” button located on the right sidebar to access your course. Complete the course modules and complete the course evaluation to receive a certificate of completion.
This project is made possible by a five-year Innovative Nutrient and Sediment Reduction (INSR) grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and administered by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF). The INSR grant program supports efforts within the Chesapeake Bay watershed to accelerate nutrient and sediment reductions with innovative, sustainable, and cost-effective approaches.
It is the goal of the MOST Center to be self-sustaining over time. The MOST team is seeking sponsorship and partnership opportunities to support the long-term maintenance and expansion of the educational platform.
Anyone interested in learning more about stormwater management can benefit from the MOST Center. Courses and resources will target the interests of municipal and county staff managing stormwater programs. Elected officials, planners, citizens, businesses, nonprofits, and professionals will also find useful materials. This educational platform aims to promote cross-community, cross-stakeholder dialogue on stormwater management for the restoration of the Chesapeake Bay.
Users can continue their stormwater education without travel approval and within organizational fiscal constraints. The free, open access format provides the convenience of training wherever and whenever you want. A certificate of completion is available to MOST participants that pass course quizzes. In the future, the MOST Center may also offer Professional Development Hours (PDHs), Continuing Education Credits (CEUs), or other credentialing for future courses.
If you have content relevant to restoring the water quality of the Chesapeake Bay, consider using the MOST Center platform to get the word out to your stakeholders. Visit How to Partner or Connect With Us to tell us more.
The MOST Center is structured for continual feedback from participants to keep training relevant, up-to-date, and responsive to user needs. MOST has built-in feedback options, such as course evaluations, How to Partner, and Contact Us. The website will also capture user analytics such as login frequency, course enrollment, course completion, and access of resource materials. The MOST team is working with Chesapeake Bay Program partners to develop long-term outcome measures.
Right now! The MOST Center is under a five (5) year development plan. The first two courses were launched in March 2016, and additional courses, videos, and resources continue to be added to the site.
The Knowledge Center contains briefs, manuals, tools, worksheets, reports, videos, and stormwater case studies from around the Chesapeake Bay region. These resources support MOST Center training and can also stand alone as educational or inspirational tools.