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A User’s Guide to Urban BMPs in the Chesapeake Bay is a Course

A User’s Guide to Urban BMPs in the Chesapeake Bay

Started Mar 1, 2020

$25 Enroll

Full course description


This course provides stormwater managers, professionals, and local government staff with an overview of stormwater best management practices in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. After beginning with an introduction to the Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) and MS4 permits, the course introduces participants to a range of BMPs available to help communities meet the goals and requirements of these two regulatory drivers. Special attention is given to the BMPs that communities can lean on to help achieve the majority of their load reductions: urban stormwater retrofits, new and redevelopment practices, urban nutrient management, and stream restoration. The course concludes with a discussion of how BMP verification has changed urban stormwater management and what it means for your BMP inventory as we approach 2025.

Course Outline

Module 1: Introduction to the Chesapeake Bay TMDL and MS4 Permits (25 min)

Module 2: Best Urban BMP Recipes for the Bay Pollution Diet (35 min)

Module 3: Urban Restoration Practices to Consider First (35 min)

Module 4: More Options and Obligations to Consider for Local Stream and Bay Restoration Practices (25 min)

Course Developers

                          MOST Center

This MOST Center course was developed by the Chesapeake Stormwater Network in partnership with the Environmental Finance Center at the University of Maryland.


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Release Date:
August 2017
2 hours
Eligible for:
Certificate of Completion
Includes but not limited to: Stormwater Managers, Professionals, Local Government Staff, and Environmental Non-profits
How to Enroll:


Course Notice: Non-credit courses and Continuing Education Units (CEUs) do not post to the University of Maryland transcript and do not count towards a student's academic record. Neither a grade nor credit is earned. Students do not receive a University ID card and will not be granted access to University facilities such as recreation, transportation, and campus events. Non-credit students may access UMD Libraries as Visitors; see

This is an Office of Extended Studies (OES) administered course.