A User’s Guide to Urban BMPs in the Chesapeake Bay

Introduction to the course: 

This course provides stormwater managers, professionals, and local government staff with an overview of stormwater best management practices in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. After beginning with an introduction to the Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) and MS4 permits, the course introduces participants to a range of BMPs available to help communities meet the goals and requirements of these two regulatory drivers. Special attention is given to the BMPs that communities can lean on to help achieve the majority of their load reductions: urban stormwater retrofits, new and redevelopment practices, urban nutrient management, and stream restoration. The course concludes with a discussion of how BMP verification has changed urban stormwater management and what it means for your BMP inventory as we approach 2025.

A special thank you to the Chesapeake Stormwater Network for sharing their time, materials, and expertise in the development of this course.

Course Syllabus:

Module 1: Introduction to the Chesapeake Bay TMDL and MS4 Permits (25 min)

Module 2: Best Urban BMP Recipes for the Bay Pollution Diet (35 min)

Module 3: Urban Restoration Practices to Consider First (35 min)

Module 4: More Options and Obligations to Consider for Local Stream and Bay Restoration Practices (25 min)