The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay along with our partners - the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, the Center for Watershed Protection and the Chesapeake Stormwater Network - presented the 2011 Baywide Stormwater Partner's Retreat.

The retreat brought together 65 federal, state, local and nongovernmental organizations leaders from across the Chesapeake watershed to share stormwater information, network and discuss collaborative implementation strategies.

The intent of the two-day retreat is to offer a relaxed, non-threatening setting where stormwater decision makers can offer candid opinions toward sometimes controversial issues. The end product was a unified effort to implement better and more cost-effective stormwater practices across all of the jurisdictions in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

The theme for this year was "Sustainable Stormwater Solutions for a Better Bay" - how we can collectively implement more effective stormwater practices at the local level to meet the pollutant reductions needed to meet the Baywide TMDL.

The retreat was timely given the rapid expansion of stormwater permits, standards and local watershed implementation plans that will take place in the coming months and years.

Highlighted topics from this year's retreat included:

  • Delivering Green Streets
  • Perfecting Bioretention
  • What We Have Learned About Effective Practices in the City
  • Lifecycle Low Impact Development Maintenance
  • Next Generation of Residential Stewardship Incentives
  • Strengthening Local LID Maintenance Programs.
  • Process for Preparing Local Watershed Implementation Plans
  • Consensus on Acceptable Nutrient Reduction Rate
  • Stormwater Trading, Offsets & Mitigation
  • "Nutrient Neutral" New Development & Redevelopment Reduction Credits

Those who would like to find out more about the annual Stormwater Partner's Retreat or would like information generated during this year's retreat should contact Tom Schueler of the Chesapeake Stormwater Network at