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New Certification Program Allows Stormwater Professionals to Shine!

The Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professional (CBLP) certification program is a new voluntary, regional (DC Metro area) advanced credential system and network of sustainable landscape professionals. The program was developed by a consortium of organizations, including the Chesapeake Conservation Landscaping Council, the University of Maryland, Wetlands Watch, the Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries, Sea Grant Maryland, and the Virginia Habitat Partners. The goals of this program are to engage the landscape design and installation community, and provide a core set of professional standards and expectations related to stormwater Best Management Practice (BMP) selection, sizing, planting, installation and maintenance.   On January 26th – 28th, the first ever CBLP Level 2 (advanced) training program was held in Arlington Virginia, with 22 participants broadening their understanding of native plants, tree protection, and soils evaluation. My role in this program was to review the features, sizing and design for multiple BMPs, and hopefully added...

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A Perspective on Stormwater Utilities

In a recent opinion letter to the Richmond Times Dispatch, former Secretary of Natural Resources, L. Preston Bryant Jr. highlighted the critical role that localities play in the efforts to clean up the Chesapeake Bay. Controlling runoff from agricultural land, improving sewage treatment plant discharge, and urban stormwater runoff are the three primary contributors to the bay pollution. Mr. Bryant indicates that implementing a stormwater utility has been and will continue to be a method for localities to deal with this concern. Having worked with the City of Staunton, Virginia on the implementation of their stormwater utility, I can attest to one of the big challenges that Mr. Bryant brings up in his article, namely, that they are not popular with the public. As seen through stories, of both successes and failures, from municipalities in Virginia and throughout the country, public education is the primary key in implementing and maintaining a...

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