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clean water solutions.
The Center for Watershed Protection works to protect, restore and enhance our streams, rivers, lakes, wetlands and bays.
How We’re Making a Difference
The Center conducts applied research to better understand the influence of land use activities on our water resources and develop best practices to prevent and alleviate potential harm.
The Center provides watershed and stormwater management consulting services to state and local governments, non-profits, consultants, and other clients.
The Center offers customized on-site training on a variety of watershed and stormwater topics.
Online Watershed Library
OWL is a searchable online database of watershed and stormwater articles, reports, manuals, plans, tools and other resources. All Center for Watershed Protection publications are free to the public on OWL. CWPA members and OWL subscribers have access to the full database.
2018 National Watershed and Stormwater Conference
Next Gen Watershed Protection: Fresh Ideas for Funding and Management
April 10, 2018, 9 AM – 5:00 PM EST
Today’s water quality experts not only have to overcome pollution, but also a world of uncertain federal funding and regulatory oversight. To restore our waterways, identifying innovative financing strategies and management solutions is more important than ever before.
This conference will help practitioners, regulators, water and sewer authorities and stormwater managers overcome common hurdles — from staff shortages and a lack of financial support to addressing multiple pollutant sources in mixed land use watersheds.
Read these articles and more in the latest issue of our newsletter:
- Project Update: An Updated Code and Ordinance Worksheet for Improving Local Development Regulations
- Project Update: Making Urban Trees Count
- Staff Profile: Meet Bill H.
- CWP News: Press Release: Updated Planning Tool Helps Communities Evaluate Development Regulations & New Blog: “Can Urban BMPs Treat Toxics Too?”
- Upcoming Events: 2018 National Watershed and Stormwater Conference
Watershed Science Bulletin
Read the latest article in our peer-reviewed journal:
Calculating Stormwater Volume and Total Suspended Solids Reduction under Urban Tree Canopy in Wisconsin Using Available Research
Current research has shown that urban trees can contribute significantly to stormwater volume control by retaining rainfall in the canopy of trees and increasing infiltration. The potential role of urban trees for stormwater design was evaluated at a proof-of-concept level for a planning study of part of the University of Wisconsin (UW)—Madison campus in 2016. The purpose of this project is to demonstrate a simple method of quantifying tree canopy rainfall interception and stormwater volume reduction based on data from published research, which was used to better inform a WinSLAMM model of the benefits of tree canopy cover over a parking lot.