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Call for Papers

Watershed Science Bulletin is the journal of the Center for Watershed Protection Association. This peer-reviewed journal features practical, science-based solutions to watershed and stormwater management issues. Articles are published online quarterly. An Editorial Committee composed of nationally-respected watershed and stormwater management professionals reviews and selects articles for publication based on their quality, presentation of original or novel information, and ability to further the mission of the journal. The Bulletin has an open Call for Papers and article submissions are reviewed on a rolling basis.

Archived issues may be accessed via the Center for Watershed Protection’s Online Watershed Library (OWL). All past issues (2010 through 2014) are now available for viewing. 2014 articles are available only to CWPA members and OWL Subscribers.

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Mission & Readership

Watershed Science Bulletin is the first publication to directly serve the community of watershed management professionals. These busy professionals typically do not have access to academic research databases for the numerous disciplines that inform watershed and stormwater management. The journal's mission is to synthesize both research and experience from these disciplines and readily transmit this valuable information to those who need it to protect and restore their watersheds. The information provided in the Bulletin is vital to the continuing education of watershed management professionals.

The Bulletin's readership derives from the Center for Watershed Protection's supporters, partners and clients of 20 years. The Center's constituency consists of: municipal government staff from planning, engineering, public works, parks, utilities and other departments; private consultants in engineering, landscape architecture, forestry, and environmental science; community organizations working to implement on-the-ground restoration projects; state and federal government regulators and scientists; and University professors educating others about water issues. Annual page views on the Center websites exceed 800,000.

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Submission Guidelines

The Center for Watershed Protection Association is seeking article submissions for its online journal, the Watershed Science Bulletin. The Bulletin is written for the diverse audience of watershed and stormwater practitioners. Articles selected for publication should illustrate the practical application of science to the broad topic of best practices in stormwater and watershed management. The Bulletin seeks to publish research from a range of landscape settings (e.g. urban, agricultural, arid, coastal, lake). Several specific suggested research themes are provided below as examples:

  • Structural and non-structural stormwater control practices
  • Watershed assessment and planning
  • Pollutant source identification and tracking
  • Monitoring and modeling
  • Water regulations, such as TMDLs, MS4 permits, and wetlands
  • Water policy
  • Climate change and water resources
  • Economics and financing for stormwater and watershed plans and implementation
  • Education and outreach
Article submissions of 5,000 words or less will be accepted on a rolling basis. Selected articles will undergo review by the Editorial Committee who will recommend articles for publication based on their quality, presentation of original information, and ability to further the mission of the journal. Note that acceptance for review does not guarantee that the article will be published.

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Editorial Committee

Articles published in the Watershed Science Bulletin are peer-reviewed by an Editorial Committee composed of nationally-respected watershed and stormwater management professionals. The peer-review process is designed to ensure that the Bulletin is a credible, relevant, and valuable resource for its readers.

Meet the Committee

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Current Issue

An Analysis of Stormwater Utility Incentive Programs in the Chesapeake Bay

December 2016

Gabrielle Gonzaleza, Allison Mosleyb and Kurt Stephensonc*1
a Former student, Department of Urban Affairs and Planning, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA
b Former student, Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA
c Professor, Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA
*Corresponding author


Urban stormwater is the fastest growing source of nutrients entering the Chesapeake Bay. Municipal governments are implementing stormwater utilities to meet Bay requirements and to finance local stormwater infrastructure needs. Encouraging private landowners to retrofit existing developments with additional stormwater controls is critical to making progress toward reducing stormwater impacts because the large majority of land in most localities is controlled by private landowners. This analysis describes the financial incentive programs used by stormwater utilities in the Chesapeake Bay region to encourage private landowner adoption of stormwater controls. Incentives to adopt stormwater control practices are compared to the costs to install and maintain stormwater control practices. The analysis shows that fee credit programs provide limited financial incentives to property owners. The paper concludes with a discussion of other incentive programs that stormwater utilities have implemented to boost adoption rates.