In early 2012, the Chesapeake Bay Program (CBP) convened a panel of experts to review all of the available science on the practice of urban stream restoration and compare it to the existing Bay Program efficiencies. The Panel opted to throw out the existing CBP rate and instead defined 3 different protocols for achieving pollutant reductions through “stream restoration”.
Localities can get credit toward meeting their TMDL objectives through stream restoration practices that:

•Prevent channel or bank erosion that would otherwise result in sediment being delivered downstream – prevented sediment approach,
•Include design features that promote denitrification during base flow – in-stream denitrification approach and/or,
•Reconnect stream channels to their floodplains for a wide range of storm events – floodplain reconnection
On Monday, May 13, 2013 the final recommendations were accepted by the Water Quality Goal Implementation Team – the final step in the review process of urban BMPs.
To download and review the Expert Panel’s recommendations visit our website here.
To listen to an archived webcast explaining the Panel’s recommendations, visit our website here.
For more information about the Urban BMP review process, click here.

Congratulations to all of the expert panelists on their hard work to bringing this urban BMP home

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