Bioretention Illustrated: A Visual Guide for Constructing, Maintaining, and Verifying the Bioretention Practice

In recent surveys conducted by CSN, local stormwater managers have expressed major concerns about the long term maintenance of low impact development (LID) practices, and the lack of…

Author: Chesapeake Stormwater Network

Date published: 2013

Chesapeake Assessment Scenario Tool (CAST)

Allows users to develop and compare scenarios using various best management practices within the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

Author: US EPA Chesapeake Bay Program

Date published: Ongoing

Green Infrastructure Design and Implementation Resources

Provides resources on the design, construction, and maintenance of GI features.

Author: US EPA

Date published: Ongoing

Green Infrastructure Modeling Tools

List of models that can be used to assess the costs and environmental outcomes associated with green infrastructure approaches.

Author: US EPA 

Date published: Ongoing

Landscape Performance Series

A collection of existing resources that show landscape performance using sustainable practices, including LID and Green Infrastructure.

Author: Landscape Architecture Foundation 

Date published: Ongoing

Maryland Stormwater Design Manual , Volumes I and II

The Maryland Stormwater Design Manual is the official guide for stormwater management prin​ciples, methods,…

Author: Maryland Department of the Environment

Date published: 2009

Measuring Effectiveness of Best Management Practices 

This 12 page informational report discusses the Chesapeake Bay's degrading health, and the actions that are (can be) taken by The Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays Trust Fund…

Author: Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays Trust Fund

Date published: Undated

National Menu of Best Practices (BMPs) for Stormwater

Menu of programmatic BMPs that Phase II MS4 regulated communities can use to achieve minimum control measures required under NPDES permits. Practices listed in the menu are…

Author: US EPA

Date published: Ongoing

National Stormwater Quality Database (NSQD)

Searchable database of water quality data based on land use, state, EPA "rain zone," and other criteria.…

Author: US EPA, Center for Watershed Protection, et al

Date published: 2015

Overcoming Barriers to Green Infrastructure

Identifies common barriers to green infrastructure that arise throughout the development process, from design…

Author: US EPA

Date published: Ongoing

Pennsylvania Stormwater Best Management Practices Manual

This manual lists various BMPs and design standards, which are acceptable in Pennsylvania to manage stormwater and prevent pollution of waters of the Commonwealth.

Author: Pennsylvania Department of Environment

Date published: 2006

Stormwater Management Guidebook

The 2013 SWMG provides technical guidance on complying with the 2013 Rule on Stormwater Management and Soil…

Author: District of Columbia Department of Energy and Environment

Date published: 2013

Stormwater Management: Reducing Water Quantity and Improving Water Quality

This resource discusses the importance of managing stormwater runoff, and the problems encountered with high levels of impervious surfaces.

Author: Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays Trust Fund

Date published: Undated

Sustainable Landscape Maintenance Manual for the Chesapeake Bay Watershed

Provides a condensed review of the most important landscape maintenance considerations relating to stormwater…

Author: Sustainable Landscape Maintenance Manual for the Chesapeake Bay Watershed

Date published: 2017

Urban Stormwater Verification Guidance

Provides guidance on verifying the performance of urban BMPs in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

Author: Chesapeake Stormwater Network

Date published: 2014

Watershed Stewards Academy Rainscaping Manual

Provides design, installation, and maintenance guidance for conservation landscapes, rain gardens, permeable…

Author: Watershed Stewards Academy and the Center for Watershed Protection, Inc.

Date published: Ongoing

Asset Management for Stormwater

Primer on maintaining stormwater infrastructure with an "asset management" approach, which involves thinking about community assets in a strategic way so that they are sustained over…

Author: Southwest Environmental Finance Center; New England Environmental Finance Center

Date published: 2016

Better Site Design: A Handbook for Changing Development Rules in Your Community

Presents a framework and step-by-step process for adapting local development rules so that they protect water quality, preserve natural areas, and maintain quality of life in…

Author: Center for Watershed Protection

Date published: 1998

CAST How-To Guide

This simple “How-To” document walks you through 10 scoping questions that can be used to determine what information is in the Phase 6 Chesapeake Watershed Model for your community and…

Author: Olivia Devereux and David Wood

Date published: 2018

Chesapeake Stormwater Network's BMP Inspection and Maintenance Resources Website 

A key component of sustainable stormwater management is ensuring that practices claimed for pollutant reduction credit actually exist, are working as intended, and are maintained…

Author: Chesapeake Stormwater Network

Date published: Ongoing

Construction Sites Practices and Pollutants

Lists common construction site pollutants and which practices they are associated with.

Author: US EPA

Date published: Undated

Design Principles for Stormwater Management on Compacted, Contaminated Soils in Dense Urban Areas

Details design considerations for managing stormwater on compacted soils and provides sources for additional…

Author: US EPA

Date published: 2008

Erosion and Sedimentation on Construction Sites

Describes the impacts of erosion on construction sites and ways it can be controlled.

Author: USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service

Date published: 2000

Final Report: Performance Enhancing Devices for Stormwater Best Management Practices

Synthesizes research on the capability of performance enhancing devices (PEDs) to increase nutrient removal in low impact development practices such as bioretention and sand filters.…

Author: Hirschman Water & Environment, LLC; Center for Watershed Protection; Chesapeake Stormwater Network

Date published: 2017

Green Stormwater Operations and Maintenance Manual

Provides a summary of routine maintenance activities for rain gardens, vegetated swales, and permeable pavements.

Author: Seattle Public Utilities

Date published: 2009

International Stormwater Best Management Practices (BMP) Database 

Summarizes the findings of more than 400 BMP studies. Users of the website can perform custom queries or download technical papers summarizing performance results.

Author: International Stormwater BMP Database Project

Date published: Ongoing

Low-Impact Development Construction Guide

A handbook from Ontario that provides guidance on the proper design and construction of LID practices.

Author: Credit Valley Conservation

Date published: 2012

Monitoring to Demonstrate Environmental Results: Guidance to Develop Local Stormwater Monitoring Studies Using Six Example Study Designs

This manual presents six monitoring study designs that can be used by MS4 communities to assess their local…

Author: Center for Watershed Protection

Date published: 2008

National Pollutant Removal Performance Database for Stormwater Treatment Practices

Summarizes the results of more than 150 pollutant removal studies.

Author: Center for Watershed Protection

Date published: 2000

Performance of Green Infrastructure

Website with links to research on the performance of green infrastructure practices including green roofs, permeable pavements, rainwater harvesting, rain gardens and planter boxes,…

Author: US EPA

Date published: Ongoing

Pond Management

This website provides an overview of stormwater ponds, including their benefits, challenges, and available…

Author: University of Maryland Sea Grant

Date published: 2018

Potential Pollutants on Construction Sites

Developed by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, this one-page document lists pollutants that…

Author: Virginia Department of Environmental Quality

Date published: Undated

Rain Gardens Across Maryland

This manual aimed at residential homeowners who want to improve water quality, reduce flooding, and increase their property value describes how to locate, size, construct, plant, and…

Author: University of Maryland Extension

Date published: 2008

Rain Gardens Technical Guide: A Landscape Tool to Improve Water Quality

This guide has been compiled as a resource for individuals, groups and organizations interested in creating a landscape feature that will: solve drainage problems, address erosion…

Author: Virginia Department of Forestry

Date published: 2014

Recommendations of the Expert Panel to Define Removal Rates for Individual Stream Restoration Projects

This report reviews expert panel research on the impact of stream restoration projects in reducing the delivery of sediments and nutrients to the Chesapeake Bay.

Author: Chesapeake Stormwater Network and Center for Watershed Protection

Date published: 2014

Regular Inspection and Maintenance Guidance for Bioretention Systems/Tree Filters 

Checklist of inspection and maintenance activities for bioretention systems and tree filters and a checklist…

Author: University of New Hampshire Stormwater Center 

Date published: 2011

Regular Inspection and Maintenance Guidance for Porous Pavements 

Checklist of inspection and maintenance activities for porous pavements and a checklist for inspection. …

Author: University of New Hampshire Stormwater Center 

Date published: 2011

Riparian Forest Buffer Design and Maintenance

Riparian forest buffers (RFBs) are essential components of maintaining long-term stream and watershed health and resilience in the Chesapeake Bay region, RFBs also provide valuable…

Author: MD DNR Forest Service

Date published: 2005

Runoff Reduction Method Technical Memo – Appendix F: BMP Research Summary Table 

Presents the results of more than 100 papers in tabular form.

Author: Center for Watershed Protection

Date published: 2008

Sample Self Inspection Form for Stormwater Practices

Adaptable template that can be used when inspecting stormwater practices as required by EPA's Construction General Permit.

Author: US EPA

Date published: 2015

Sample Self Inspection Form for Stormwater Practices: Field Version

Adaptable templates that can be used in the field when inspecting stormwater practices, as required by EPA's Construction…

Author: US EPA

Date published: 2012

Soak Up the Rain: Permeable Pavement

Website with information and examples on using permeable pavement to manage stormwater.  Includes local…

Author: US EPA

Date published: Ongoing

Soil Compaction: Detection, Prevention, and Alleviation

Describes types and causes of soil compaction, how to detect it, and how to remediate it.

Author: USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service

Date published: 2003

Soil Facts: Using Baffles to Improve Sediment Basins

Describes the benefits of using baffles (sediment traps and basins) for erosion and sediment control.  …

Author: North Carolina Cooperative Extension

Date published: 2005

Stormwater Best Management Practice: Bioswales

Describes bioswales as a stormwater best management practice and provides guidance on design and maintenance…

Author: USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service

Date published: 2005

Stormwater Best Management Practice: Concrete Washout

Describes best practices for controlling the flow of concrete washout water at construction sites.

Author: US EPA

Date published: 2012

Stormwater Best Management Practice: Constructed Treatment Wetlands

Describes constructed wetlands as a best management practices for treating stormwater and improving water…

Author: US EPA

Date published: 2004

Stormwater Best Management Practice: Control Stormwater Runoff with Trees

Describes how trees can be used to manage stormwater.

Author: Center for Urban Forest Research, Pacific Southwest Research Station, USDA Forest Service

Date published: 2002

Stormwater Best Management Practice: Sand Filters

Describes sand filters as a stormwater best management practice and provides guidance on design, installation…

Author: US EPA

Date published: 1999

Stormwater Best Management Practices (BMP) Performance Analysis

Documents the development of long-term performance curves for stormwater BMPs in the New England region.

Author: Tetra Tech

Date published: 2010

Stormwater Level of Service Guide

 A stormwater program's "level of service" is the degree to which it is meeting regulatory requirements and other program goals.

Author: University of Maryland Environmental Finance Center

Date published: 2016

Stormwater Pollution Benchmarking Tool

This stormwater benchmarking tool can be applied to existing individual industrial, municipal, federal, corporate or institutional facilities less than 50 acres in size within the Bay watershed.…

Author: Chesapeake Stormwater Network

Date published: 2010

Stormwater Pond Design, Construction and Sedimentation

This website provides an overview of stromwater retention pond function, design, sedimentation and structural…

Author: Clemson Cooperative Extension

Date published: 2018

Stormwater Wet Pond and Wetland Management Guide Book

This Guidebook was developed to assist communities in developing an integrated stormwater management system which includes proper maintenance of existing wet ponds and wetlands, the…

Author: U.S. EPA

Date published: 2009

The Eight Essential Elements in Conservation Landscaping

Covers how stewardship of the land and water in developed landscapes is an effective tool for the Chesapeake's Bay's Restoration.

Author: Chesapeake Conservation Landscaping Council

Date published: 2013

The Green Book for the Buffer

Design guide to help landowners in Maryland with planting and maintaining shoreline buffers.

Author: Adkins Arboretum and the Critical Area Commission for the Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays

Date published: 2012

The Importance of Operation and Maintenance for the Long-Term Success of Green Infrastructure: A Review of Green Infrastructure O&M Practices in ARRA Clean Water State Revolving Fund Projects

Examines the O&M practices of 22 green infrastructure projects funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) Clean Water State Revolving Fund.

Author: US EPA

Date published: 2013

USDA Web Soil Survey

Operated by USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), the Web Soil Survey compiles and presents soil data and maps.

Author: USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service

Date published: Ongoing

Virginia Erosion and Sediment Control Handbook

Outlines state minimum standards and specifications for erosion and sediment control.

Author: Virginia Department of Environmental Quality

Date published: 1992

Wetlands and Wetland Restoration

This report reviews the Wetland Expert Panel's conclusions and recommendations for the incorporation of natural wetlands, wetland best management practices (BMPs) and land uses into the Phase 6…

Author: Chesapeake Bay Program, US EPA

Date published: 2016