2018 Baltimore Location 2018-03-14T11:39:15+00:00

Choosing Baltimore, Maryland as Your Conference Location INPERSONAbout 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 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.

Thanks to a generous donation, we are able to offer scholarships to a limited number of attendees who work for NGO’s, local governments, or students/academia for the Baltimore hub location only. Before registering, please send an email to cps@cwp.org to apply for the scholarship which will make the final price $149. If you are approved, you will be provided with a Coupon Code that will take the scholarship discount off the price when you register to attend the Baltimore location. Apply today, the conference is scheduled for April 10th and registration will close soon.


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 2018 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 Drescher, Chesapeake Bay Trust (The Trust))

The CBT Restoration Research Award Program began in 2015 to pool monitoring resources from state, federal and local governments to address key restoration questions related to the implementation of management practices. While the program primarily focused on stream restoration at first, stormwater BMP research has been added in addition to other regulatory topics of interest (e.g., trade-offs, trees, SAV). The Trust 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, Inc.; Kelly Lennon, WSP; Dr. James Hunter, Morgan State University; Dr. Dong Hee Kang, Morgan State University; Carol Wong, Center for Watershed Protection). Each speaker will present the research they have done to improve the urban BMP crediting tool kit including a State Highway Administration (SHA) study to determine the sediment and nutrient benefits of storm drain inlet cleaning, a SHA study to the develop of a storm drain outfall protection protocol for the Maryland State Highway Administration and a Chesapeake Bay Trust/Talbot County funded study to monitor nutrient removal benefits of wood chip bioreactors located in roadside ditches.

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.

Paying for Watershed and Stormwater Management Programs (Stacey Berahzer ,NC Environmental Finance Center)

Success in cleaning our Nation’s waters requires effective financing strategies. Finding a reliable and predictable funding stream for water quality protection has been a challenge for many communities. This presentation will provide an overview of lessons learned from past approaches with an eye towards new upcoming approaches needed to restore and maintain healthy watersheds.

Case Study of the Washington DC Stormwater Retention Volume Credit Program (Greg Hoffmann, Center for Watershed Protection)

Municipalities can monetize water quality improvements through water quality trading programs. Washington DC, like many cities, is faced with water quality problems caused by stormwater volume. In 2013 the City codified a stormwater retention volume credit system that allows trading of excess stormwater retention volume. Recently the Center for Watershed Protection began a program to assist with the sale and transactions associated with volume trades. This presentation will highlight incentives and steps to implementing this innovative trading program.

Case Study of Clean Water Services in the Tualatin River Watershed (Antonia Machado, Hillsboro, OR Clean Water Services)

This session will present a case study of how a western Oregon utility inspired service area communities to make investments in time, land and money to restore their water quality and environment. Over the past 15 years, CWS partners have restored 110 river miles in the Tualatin River watershed and enrolled over 70 farms in their program. The presentation will provide transferable watershed management strategies useful for watersheds dealing with non-point source nutrients, development pressure, and financial resilience.

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 urban tree canopy crediting and innovative BMP effectiveness to Better Site Design Manual updates and green jobs certification.


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

Pollutant sources and pathways present in mixed-use watersheds and the issues and challenges faced with their management (Jonathan M. Duncan, Ph.D., M.P.A, Pennsylvania State University)

Talbot County Bioreactor Ditch Retrofits (Carol Wong, P.E., Center for Watershed Protection)

A case study presentation on the innovative approach to address nonpoint source pollution loadings in a rural watershed in the Eastern Shore of Maryland by retrofitting agricultural drainage ditches to better manage stormwater flows and effectively treat both stormwater and groundwater nutrient and sediment pollution. The presentation will address methods to identify locations for this practice, design and construction specifications, estimated load reductions, and lessons learned.

Ohio Actions for Nutrient Reduction in Lake Erie (Sandra Kosek-Sills, Senior Technical Staff, Ohio Lake Erie Commission)

Annex 4 of the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement (2012) requires binational phosphorus reduction strategies and domestic action plans (DAPs) to meet phosphorus concentration and loading targets in Lake Erie by 2025. The Ohio Lake Erie Commission (OLEC) is coordinating with other states and federal agencies, and other partners, to develop the Ohio and US DAPs and to implement actions to achieve the Lake Erie targets. In this session, we will hear about OLEC’s work to coordinate agricultural, urban stormwater, and NPDES programs, as well as basin-wide monitoring and research and how the state’s Lake Erie programs integrate and will finance urban and agricultural programs to achieve the Lake Erie phosphorus reduction goals.

Local Hub – TMDL’s

How Will The Phase 6 Watershed Model Affect You And Other Updates From The Chesapeake Bay Program (Jeff Sweeney, EPA, Chesapeake Bay Program)

The Chesapeake Bay Program Partnership’s Phase 6 Watershed Model is the new and improved model to help support development and implementation of the Phase III WIPs and to track progress towards meeting the Bay TMDL. The Mid-Point Assessment is nearing completion and soon it will be determined what progress has been 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 how the results from the Mid-Point Assessment can inform state and local programs.

Maryland Phase III WIP Update (Kathy Stecker, Maryland Department of the Environment)

The Phase III Watershed Implementation Plan is being developed with input from local governments and other stakeholders as part of an adaptive management process. The Phase III WIP will incorporate progress to-date and adjustments to address any remaining gaps in meeting the 2025 sediment and nutrient load reduction goals.  This presentation will discuss progress to-date and Maryland’s approach to Phase III WIP development.

TMDL’s: Lesson’s Learned (Jeff White, Maryland Department of the Environment)

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 Restoration FAQ’s (David Wood, Chesapeake Stormwater Network)

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 (Erik Michelsen, Anne Arundel County, MD; Scott Lowe, McCormick Taylor; Rich Starr, Ecosystem Planning and Restoration, LLC ; Kathy Hoverman, KCI Technologies, Inc.)

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)