2018 Baltimore Location 2017-11-28T12:26:55+00:00

Choosing Baltimore, Maryland as Your Conference Location

About Baltimore

The Maritime Conference Center is strategically located within the Baltimore – Washington corridor. In fact, the campus is less than five miles from the Baltimore – Washington International (BWI) Thurgood Marshall Airport, the BWI Amtrak Station, and Interstate-95. The campus is also near many major tourist destinations such as Baltimore, Annapolis, and Washington, DC. Attendees may consider an extended visit to see all the area has to offer.

Special Features of this Conference

This unique conference unites in-person discussion with online participation that concurrently addresses local and national watershed issues and tools. All attendees will have the opportunity to watch the nationally broadcast portions of the webcast focused on the major conference topics. In addition to the national webcasts, the Baltimore Hub will feature special sessions focused on the Chesapeake Bay TMDL, Phase III WIPs, new and improved BMPs, and stream restoration.

A total of 0.7 Professional Development Hours (PDHs) are available for those who attend all technical sessions and there will be plenty of time to network and discuss local issues. Attending and hosting the Baltimore Hub will be Bill Stack, Deputy Director of Programs at the Center for Watershed Protection.


Maritime Conference Center
692 Maritime Boulevard
Linthicum Heights, MD 21090
Ph: Toll Free (866)-900-3517 | Fax: (410) 859-0942

Getting There

By Air

The Maritime Conference Center is approximately 5 miles from the Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport.

By Car

Google Maps: https://www.google.com/maps/place/692+Maritime+Blvd,+Linthicum+Heights,+MD

From Washington D.C. & Southern Points: Follow I-95 North or BW Parkway North. Take the W. Nursery Road exit. Keep right at the fork, follow signs for West Nursery Road/Linthicum and merge onto W Nursery Rd. Turn left onto Corporate Blvd. Turn left onto Aero Dr. Continue onto Maritime Blvd and the destination will be on the left.

From Baltimore City: Follow I-295 (BW Parkway) South. Take the W. Nursery Road exit. Use the left 2 lanes to turn left onto W Nursery Rd. Turn left onto Corporate Blvd. Turn left onto Aero Dr. Continue onto Maritime Blvd and the destination will be on the left.

From York PA: Follow I-83 South. Use the right 2 lanes to take the I-695 W/I-83 W exit toward Baltimore. Merge onto I-695 W and keep left at the fork to continue on I-695 W. Take exit 7A for MD-295 S/Balt-Wash Pkwy S toward Washington. Take the W. Nursery Road exit. Use the left 2 lanes to turn left onto W Nursery Rd. Turn left onto Corporate Blvd. Turn left onto Aero Dr. Continue onto Maritime Blvd and the destination will be on the left.

Shuttle Connections to Mass Transit

Maritime Conference Center offers a free shuttle service to/from the Baltimore – Washington International (BWI) Thurgood Marshall Airport, the BWI Amtrak Station, and the North Linthicum Light Rail Station. Upon arrival at these locations, please contact Maritime Conference Center’s experienced front desk staff members at (410) 859-5700, extension “0,” to make transportation arrangements. BWI courtesy van pick-ups are restricted to zones 1, 3 and 4 only.


There is free parking at the Maritime Conference Center.


Maritime Conference Center features 224 guest rooms and 8 suites. Each guest room features one or two plush queen-size beds and the following amenities:

  • complimentary wifi access (campus-wide)
  • 100% smoke-free rooms
  • flat screen television
  • ergonomic workspace
  • refrigerator and coffee maker
  • iron, ironing board and hair dryer
  • complimentary self-service laundry facility

Complimentary shuttle service to BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport, BWI Amtrak Station and Baltimore Lightrail is provided 24-hours a day.

Guests have access to the fitness center, indoor pool, game room and the jogging/walking trails. Maritime Conference Center also has a limited number of “pet friendly” rooms. For more information on room availability and rates, please contact the front desk at 866.900.3517.


Agenda for National Conference: Baltimore Hub

The Future Direction of Watershed Management in Maryland

7:30 AM – 8:30AM             Registration

8:30 AM – 9:00 AM            Introduction to the 2017 National Webcast Conference and the Local Hub – Icebreaker and Conference Logistics

9:00 AM – 10:30 AM

The Impervious Cover Model after 25 years (Tom Schueler))

The Impervious Cover Model (ICM) was first proposed in 1994 as a management tool to diagnose the severity of future stream problems in urban subwatersheds by determining a relationship between impervious cover and the living resources of streams. . Since its initial development the ICM has been cited in the scientific literature countless times and has been incorporated into dozens of watershed management strategies throughout the nation. Tom will reexamine the ICM and offer a retrospective review of its impact as well as provide suggestions on its improvement.

The Role of monitoring in helping to meet watershed goals (Sadie or Jana CBT, Invited) The CBT Restoration Research Grants Program began in 2015 to pool monitoring resources from state, federal and local governments to address research issues related to the implementation of management practices to meet TMDLs. While the program primarily focuses on streams restoration, other BMP research has been added (e.g., trees and stormwater). The CBT will summarize these projects focusing on the more salient findings and discuss the future of the program.

New and Improved BMP’s Round table (Storm Drain Outfalls, Storm Drain Inlets and road-side ditches) (Scott Lowe, McCormick Taylor, James Hunter, MSU) Each speaker will present the research they have done to add BMPs to the BMP tool kit including storm drain inlet cleaning study with SHA, Storm drain outfall protection protocol (SHA) and bioreactors in roadside ditches in Talbot County, MD).

10:30 AM – 10:45 AM        Break & Networking

10:45 AM – 12:00 PM        National Webcast 1: It Ain’t Easy Getting Green:  Incentivizing Watershed Programs

The morning National webcast will present an overview of water quality funding strategies throughout the United States with a look back at historical approaches to appreciate our need to look ahead in the adoption of alternative approaches. Two case studies will present how an East Coast city is implementing urban stormwater credit trading and how a West Coast utility is achieving funding resilience for watershed programs.

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM          Lunch & Networking

1:00 PM – 1:30 PM            A year in review- On goings of cool projects at the Center over the past year

This is a short summary of the top 10 cool projects the Center has worked on over the past year from conducting research on stream restoration and innovative BMP effectiveness to Better Site Design Manual updates and green jobs certification.


National Webcast 2 – Managing Stormwater at the Agriculture/Urban Continuum

The afternoon webcast will shift gears and provide presentations on strategies to address the uncertainty of regulated and non-regulated pollutant loads in urban and agricultural watersheds. The regulatory and modeling context for nutrient management typically associates loadings from discrete land uses, such as urban, agriculture and wastewater sectors. Consequently, the management of these land use-based loading sources are addressed by separate organizations and distinct BMPs or conservation practices. This approach presents challenges for implementation in communities that include a mix of urban, rural and agricultural land where there are MS4 or non-regulated jurisdictions.

Local Hub Agenda  TMDL’s

How will the Phase 6 Watershed Model affect you and other updates from the Chesapeake Bay Program (Rich or Lucinda, CBP –  Invited)

The Phase 6 watershed model is the new and improved  model that the Chesapeake Bay Program will use to track progress towards meeting the Bay TMDL. The mid-Point Assessment was recently completed by the Bay Partnership to determine progress made on meeting the Bay’s 60% implementation goal for sediment and nutrients.  Find out how close we are in meeting our mid-point targets and  both efforts will affect state and local programs.

WIP 3 Progress (MDE)  (Greg Busch, MDE)

The Phase 3 Watershed Implementation Plans are being developed by the Maryland Department of the Environment with input from local governments  as part of an adaptive management process that incorporates progress to-date and how to make up gaps in meeting the 2020 sediment and nutrient load reduction goals.  This presentation will discuss progress to-date and any management implementations for local governments.

TMDL’s: Lesson’s learned (Jeff White, MDE)

The Phase 1 jurisdictions have all had an opportunity to submit their TMDL implementation plans to MDE. This presentation will highlight   some of the different approaches used, the issues encountered and work-arounds and what is next in store.


2:45 PM – 3:00 PM            Break & Networking

3:00 PM – 4:45 PM

Stream FAQ’s  (David Wood, CSN, Bill Stack, CWP)

The Chesapeake Bay stream restoration protocols have been around since 2015 and dozens of projects have been implemented using these them to determine the nutrient and sediment reduction benefits. Since the approval of the protocols, the CSN and CWP have compiled a list of frequently asked questions from municipalities and consultants that they will present covering a wide range of issues (e.g., qualifying conditions, effect of the Phase 6  watershed model).

Ask the Expert Stream Restoration Roundtable (speakers TBD)

Stream restoration in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed is one of the most cost-effective BMP’s available and hundreds of miles of stream restoration projects are under design or construction. Find out from leading experts the lessons learned from this activity. Hear about their views on the CBP Stream Restoration Protocols and hear about the future direction of stream restoration in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.

4:45 PM – 5:00 PM            Local Hub Discussion/ Final Remarks

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM            HAPPY HOUR hosted by Bill Stack, Executive Director of Programs, Center for Watershed Protection, Inc.

Location:  The Conference Center at the Maritime Institute (CCMIT)