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    Clean Water Entrepreneur-Advocate Sought

    Can’t read or see images? View this email in a browser CustomerI’m searching for someone (or a group) good at grant writing to whom I can donate proven project models for winning greater clean water law compliance.The project models have produced a dramatic improvement in compliance in a short period of time throughout large areas by expanding public awareness and support for regulatory agencies.  While I’ve had a fair degree of success carrying out these projects with volunteers, we could get far closer to clean water goals if an organization other than mine won a grant to fund paid staff.  Grant writing is not one of my skills.  Hence this search for someone or a group looking for new project ideas to pitch to a foundation or other funding sources.For examples of the project models see:Construction site mud pollution control,Improving stormwater BMP maintenance,Winning greater use of Low-Impact Development methods,Reducing point source discharge (NPDES) pollution with options in addition to Clean Water Act letters, andAssessing and improving clean water law compliance throughout a watershed.I’m not looking to get paid for the project models.  I’m far more anxious to see them put to use improving our streams, lakes, rivers and coastal waters. If you or someone you know is interested then contact me at 410-654-3021 or Rklein@ceds.org.—————————-Richard KleinCommunity & Environmental Defense Services410-654-3021 This email was sent by rklein@ceds.org to announcements@chesapeakenetwork.org Not interested? Unsubscribe | Update profile | Interested Subscribe | Impressed? Tell-A-Friend CEDS | 606 Freeland Road | Freeland, MD 21053

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    Stream Quality Checklist – Expand Awareness & Support for Clean Water

    Can’t read or see images? View this email in a browser CustomerWe just completed an easy to use checklist for assessing stream health and tracing pollution to a source.  The checklist is oriented towards the suburban-urban waters closest to 81% of all U.S. homes.  Most Americans are probably unaware that the waters nearest their home are degraded by stormwater, sewer overflows and other pollution sources.  It’s my hope that widespread use of the checklist will greatly expand public awareness of this issue and lead to far greater support for Clean Water laws, programs and organizations like yours.To download this new resource click on: Stream Quality Checklist. Users can add their findings to the: Stream Quality Database.I hope you’ll consider forwarding the checklist to other Chesapeake Network supporters.If you’d like to tailor the checklist to conditions in your area then I’d be delighted to forward you the Word version.  Please feel free to replace the content as well as our name and contact info with yours.  Our goal is to expand public support for Clean Water, not to blow our own horn.———————Richard KleinCommunity & Environmental Defense Services410-654-301Rklein@ceds.org This email was sent by rklein@ceds.org to announcements@chesapeakenetwork.org Not interested? Unsubscribe | Update profile | Interested Subscribe | Impressed? Tell-A-Friend CEDS | 606 Freeland Road | Freeland, MD 21053 Email Marketing by 

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    Neighborhood & Environmental Growth Impact Checklist

    We just produced a brief Neighborhood Quality of Life online checklist you and others active in your organization, Chesapeake Network, can use to determine how growth has affected quality of life where you live. 
    The Neighborhood Quality of Life webpage explains how growth can be managed to resolve existing impacts and prevent futur damage.  The goal is to expand public awareness of and voter support for responsible growth management. 
    The first-blush checklist requires only a “yes” or “no” to simple questions regarding:
    ·        Neighborhood Stop Sign Delay & Safety
    ·        Congestion at Traffic Signals
    ·        Speeding on Neighborhood Streets
    ·        Quality of Lakes & Tidal Waters
    ·        Stream Quality
    ·        Drinking Water
    ·        School Overcrowding
    ·        Aging Schools
    ·        Neighborhood Parks
    ·        Parkland Supply & Demand
    ·        Walking-Biking Opportunities
    ·        Neighborhood Trees
    ·        Noise & Other Nuisances
    ·        Fire & Emergency Medical Services
     
    Why the Neighborhood Quality of Life Webpage & Checklist?
    How well are new housing projects, shopping centers and other forms of growth being managed in your area?  Is growth harming or helping quality of life for you and your neighbors?  Are those who profit directly from growth required to pay their fair share?  Are your schools, roads and other services being short-changed to accommodate more development?
     
    Answering these questions can be challenging for those new to land use and environmental issues.  Newcomers lack a yardstick to assess how growth affects the factors which make a neighborhood a great place to live.  The goal of the webpage and checklist is to provide people with a simple means of judging how local growth management stacks up against best practices from around the country.  It is my hope that this awareness will lead to greater public support for responsible growth management.
     
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    Richard D. Klein
    Community & Environmental Defense Services
    606 Freeland Road
    Freeland, Maryland  21053
    410-654-3021
    Main CEDS Website: ceds.org
    CEDS News Service: cedsnews.com
     

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    257+ Good Land Use-Environmental Attorneys Nationwide

    Thanks to 78 organizations who recommended attorneys with a good reputation for helping citizens with land use-environmental issues, the national Good Land Use-Environmental Attorney Database now has 257 entries from almost all 50 states and the District of Columbia: Good Attorneys By State.  I believe this database may be one of a kind.
    Please feel free to refer folks to CEDS when they contact Chesapeake Network with concerns about a land use or environmental issue.  We exist solely to help citizens with these concerns.  Frequently we can find ways through our Equitable Solutions approach of helping citizens resolve concerns without having to retain an attorney or any other professional.  When legal counsel is needed we’ll link citizens with attorneys listed in the database for their state.  Our Smart Legal Strategies approach can then be used to greatly increase the likelihood of success while reducing expenses. 
    Following are some of our many free online resources to help citizens resolve concerns:
    ·        How To Win Land Development Issues, a 300-page book, 
    ·        CEDS Development Project Impact Assessment Checklist,
    Protecting Wetlands, Streams, Lakes, Tidal Waters & Wells from the Impacts of Land Development;Traffic, Development & Neighborhood Quality of Life;Preventing Overcrowding & Other Development Impacts to Schools; Quality of Life Growth Management: Getting the Benefits of Growth without the Growing Pains, andMany more free resources listed along the right side of our main website: ceds.org. 
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    Richard D. Klein
    Community & Environmental Defense Services
    410-654-3021
    Main CEDS Website: ceds.org
    CEDS News Service: cedsnews.com
     

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    Good Attorneys Directory Request

    We’re updating a national directory of attorneys with a good reputation for helping citizens with land use, zoning or environmental issues.
    I’d deeply appreciate the name of any attorneys practicing in Maryland which you others at Chesapeake Network would care to recommend.
    We’re looking for attorneys that charge for their valuable services, not just pro-bono.
    We get a dozen or so calls a week from citizens throughout the U.S. looking for an attorney.  The directory is part of the free assistance we provide to citizens via our Attorneys and Smart Legal Strategies webpages.
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    Richard D. Klein
    Community & Environmental Defense Services
    21300 Heathcote Road
    Freeland, Maryland  21053
    410-654-3021
    Main CEDS Website: ceds.org
    CEDS News Service: cedsnews.com
     

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    Development Project Impact Assessment Checklist

    A development project impact assessment checklist is available at: ceds.org/Checklist.pdf
    I thought this two-page checklist would be of interest to those who contact the Chesapeake Network with concerns about a housing project, convenince store, or some other proposed activity threatening a community or the environment.
    Topics covered in the checklist are:
    ·        Clean Water,
    ·        Traffic Congestion & Safety,
    ·        Schools Overcrowding & Safe Streets,
    ·        Tree & Forest Preservation,
    ·        Flooding,
    ·        Buffering & Views,
    ·        Property Value,
    ·        Air Quality & Health,
    ·        Fire & Emergency Medical Services,
    ·        Park & Recreation Areas,
    ·        Water Supply, and
    ·        Historic-Archeological Resources.
    The checklist addresses just a few of the many concerns related to the issues listed above.  However, the selected concerns are those most commonly raised by citizens who contact CEDS from across the U.S. with questions about development and other project types.  Guidance on assessing growth management beyond a single project is provided at: http://ceds.org/growthplans.htm.
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    Richard D. Klein
    Community & Environmental Defense Services
    21300 Heathcote Road
    Freeland, Maryland  21053
    410-654-3021
    Main CEDS Website: ceds.org
    CEDS News Service: cedsnews.com
     

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    Mud Pollution Magic Bullet

    I’d deeply appreciate it if you would consider an experiment to halt construction site pollution, which acre for acre is the largest source of Chesapeake Bay sediment and nutrients.  The experiment will cost the Chesapeake Network nothing other than a brief message, like the following, to those on your mailing list.
    Sample Message
    To learn how you can strike a blow for cleaner water using online aerial photos to assess construction sites for compliance with one of our most important clean water laws, click the following link: http://ceds.org/espyoutube.  This 12-minute presentation explains that exposed soil equals pollution because construction site mud pollution can only be prevented if soil is protected with straw mulch, grass and other erosion control measures.   Federal and state law requires protection of all soils once earthmoving ends and road or building construction begins.  Yet few of the thousands of Chesapeake Bay watershed construction sites fully comply with these laws.  You can help halt construction site pollution by assessing sites in your area then adding your findings to the Exposed Soil = Pollution database at: http://ceds.org/espaerial.  Your findings will then be used to provide enforcement agencies with the public support needed to save the Bay and local waters from this very costly pollution source.  Further detail can be found at: http://ceds.org/esp.html.
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    Richard D. Klein
    Community & Environmental Defense Services
    21300 Heathcote Road
    Freeland, Maryland  21053
    410-654-3021
    Main CEDS Website: ceds.org
    CEDS News Service: cedsnews.com
     

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    YouTube – Taking Control of Growth

     
    Brief, YouTube presentations on three Taking Control of Growth topics can be viewed by clicking the following:
     
    How citizens can prevent development projects from harming their quality of life. 
    Expanding public support for responsible growth management throughout a town, city, county or watershed. 
    An example of both approaches. 
    CEDS helps people throughout the U.S. find solutions to activities posing a threat to neighborhoods or the environment.  Please feel free to forward these presentations or my contact information to anyone who reaches out to the Chesapeake Network about such a threat and requires assistance beyond that available through your organization. 
     
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    Richard D. Klein
    Community & Environmental Defense Services
    21300 Heathcote Road
    Freeland, Maryland  21053
    410-654-3021
    Main CEDS Website: ceds.org
    CEDS News Service: cedsnews.com
     

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    Taking Control of Growth & Expanding Public Support Workshop-Webinar

    I thought you and other at the Chesapeake Network might have interest in a webinar on protecting environmental resources and other quality of life aspects from the impact of individual development projects and growth in general.  The webinar also introduces a new approach for expanding public support for environmental protection and other facets of responsible growth management.  To learn more and register for the Wed, Jan 11th workshop or the Jan 18th or 21st one-hour webinar go to: Taking Control of Growth. 
     
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    Richard D. Klein
    Community & Environmental Defense Services
    21300 Heathcote Road
    Freeland, Maryland  21053
    410-654-3021
    Main CEDS Website: ceds.org
    CEDS News Service: cedsnews.com

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    Workshop-Webinar Taking Control of Growth

    If new shopping centers, housing ventures and other land development projects seem to bring nothing but more water pollution, increased traffic congestion and ever more crowded schools then consider registering for the Taking Control of Growth Workshop (January 11th) or Webinar (January 18th).  To reserve your spot go to: Register.  To learn more and register click on: Taking Control of Growth.

    Taking Control of Growth Workshop-Webinar Agenda:

    Winning More Individual Development Battles Using CEDS Equitable Solutions, CEDS Smart Legal Strategies, and CEDS Politically Oriented Advocacy; and
    Winning Responsible Growth Management Throughout A Town, City, County or Watershed By: Grading the Quality of Life Effects of Your Local Land Use Plan; Winning the Adoption of Laws Essential to Implementing a Good Land Use Plan; Mobilizing the Public Support Crucial to Better Land Use Plans & Laws; and Getting & Keeping Responsible Growth Management Decision-Makers Elected.

    Growth-Related Issues Addressed Include:

    Stream, Lake, River & Tidal Waters Quality;
    Traffic Congestion;
    School Overcrowding;
    Tree & Forest Preservation;
    Air Quality & Transportation;
    Farmland Preservation;
    Flooding;
    Historic & Cultural Resources;
    Keeping Taxes Low;
    Park & Recreation Area Congestion;
    Police, Fire & EMS Services;
    Stormwater BMP Maintenance;
    Walkable-Bikable Communities;
    Affordable Housing; and
    Water Supply Adequacy.

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    Richard D. Klein
    Community & Environmental Defense Services
    21300 Heathcote Road
    Freeland, Maryland  21053
    410-654-3021

    Main CEDS Website: ceds.org
    CEDS News Service: cedsnews.com

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    Grading Land Use & Growth Management Plan

    CEDS is preparing a system for grading how well local growth-management plans preserve and enhance quality of life factors affected by land development.  To make certain the system addresses the issues of greater concern to you, could you take the 30-second, three-question survey posted at: Growth Management Plan Grading System Survey?

    If you’d like to get an idea of how the grading system will work, check out the early draft posted at: Getting the Benefits of Growth without the Growing Pains.

    Please feel free to forward this message to anyone else who may have interest in this topic?

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    Richard D. Klein
    Community & Environmental Defense Services
    21300 Heathcote Road
    Freeland, Maryland  21053
    410-654-3021
    Main CEDS Website: ceds.org
    CEDS News Service: cedsnews.com

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    Taking Control of Growth

    If you and others active in Chesapeake Network are tired of suffering the pains of growth with few apparent benefits, then you may wish to check out a new article Taking Control of Growth just posted at: cedsnews.com.
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    Richard D. Klein
    Community & Environmental Defense Services
    21300 Heathcote Road
    Freeland, Maryland  21053
    410-654-3021
    Main CEDS Website: ceds.org
    CEDS News Service: cedsnews.com
     

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    25% of Flood-Stormwater Pollution Controls Failing

    A new report and article explains why a fourth of Chesapeake Bay watershed flood and stormwater pollution control facilities may be failing: https://cedsnews.com/
    Report and article highlights which may be of interest to you and other members of Chesapeake Network include:
    ·        Unprecedented Opportunity to Gain Growth Benefits Without Sacrificing Clean Water;
    ·        Majority of Stormwater BMPs In Good Condition, A Fourth Are Failing;
    ·        Independent Verification Showed 97% Survey Accuracy;
    ·        No Jurisdiction Is Clearly the Best or Worst;
    ·        Most Effective BMPs Had The Lowest Failure Rate;
    ·        Half of Wet Ponds Required Sediment Removal;
    ·        96% Of BMPs Maintained Voluntarily;
    ·        An Online Map With BMP Location, Findings & Photos;
    ·        Infiltration Basin Comeback: Highly-Effective, Lower Cost Protection; and
    ·        600+ Watershed Groups Key to Keeping BMPs Working & Compliance with Other Clean Water Laws.
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    Richard D. Klein
    Community & Environmental Defense Services
    21300 Heathcote Road
    Freeland, Maryland  21053
    410-654-3021
    Main CEDS Website: ceds.org
    CEDS News Service: cedsnews.com
     

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    Improving Traffic Safety In Your County

    If you or others active in Chesapeake Network would like to see how the safety of roads in your county compares with the rest of Maryland, then check out the two charts posted at: https://cedsnews.com/

    The article accompanying the charts describes steps your County should take to improve traffic safety and reduce growth impacts.

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    Richard D. Klein
    Community & Environmental Defense Services
    21300 Heathcote Road
    Freeland, Maryland  21053
    410-654-3021
    Main CEDS Website: ceds.org
    CEDS News Service: cedsnews.com

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    Exposed Soil = Pollution: A Key To Ending Mud Pollution

    This simple phrase – Exposed Soil = Pollution – could be the key to halting a leading pollution source degrading your local waters and the Chesapeake Bay.  And using this key to unlock the solution is as simple as a reply to this message.

    Whenever you see exposed soil on a construction site the next storm will cause pollution of a nearby waterway.  You simply cannot keep enough mud pollution on a construction site as long as soil is exposed to erosive forces and runoff.  If roads and buildings are under construction then exposed soil also equals a violation of the laws in all Chesapeake watershed states and the District of Columbia.  All six states and DC require that once earth-moving ends and building begins all exposed soils must be covered with a protective layer of straw, stone or seeded with grass.  Unfortunately, compliance with these laws is poor throughout the watershed.

    You can help change this by simply replying to this message.

    I can then send you the further details needed to educate the members of groups you support about this issue.

    If we can get even a small portion of Bay watershed residents to think pollution every time they see exposed soils on a construction site, then we can make ignoring the law as socially unacceptable as littering or not putting recyclables out on collection day.  This awareness will then result in a dramatic increase in voluntary compliance with mud pollution control laws.

    For further details see:

    Bay Journal article: More boots on ground needed to inspect erosion at building sites; or
    How You Can Save 100 Feet of Waterway in an Hour by Halting Construction Site Mud Pollution!

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    Richard D. Klein
    Community & Environmental Defense Services
    21300 Heathcote Road
    Freeland, Maryland  21053
    410-654-3021
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    CEDS News Service: cedsnews.com

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    Preventing Development Impacts – Flooding, Traffic, Aquatic Resources & School Overcrowding

    Three new web resources are available which might be of interest to you:

    Flooding & Watershed Development; and
    Traffic, Development & Neighborhood Quality of Life.

    Other webpages which may be of interest include:

    Protecting Wetlands, Streams, Lakes, Tidal Waters & Wells from the Impacts of Land Development;
    Politically Oriented Advocacy: Winning More Battles & Expanding Your Base of Support; and
    Preventing School Overcrowding & Other Development Impacts.

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    60 Groups Call For Improved Mud Pollution Control

    A letter signed by 60 citizen and business groups was just sent to Baltimore County Executive Kamenetz and the County Council regarding the need to keep construction site mud pollution out of our neighborhood waters: http://ceds.org/bcp/ProtectingNeighborhoodWatersSign-OnLetter.pdf

    If you would like to support this effort then please consider signing our online petition at: Petition. Of course, individuals can sign as well as other group leaders. Please feel free to invite anyone you wish to sign

    Background: Over the past year and a half, a coalition of 17 local, statewide and national organizations have won a 77% improvement in the quality of construction site mud pollution control in Baltimore County. This was part of an effort known as the Greater Baltimore Survey. Though a 77% improvement is impressive, Baltimore County actually went from getting 18% to 32% of developers to comply with mud pollution control laws. While the Survey will continue we are concerned we may not see further progress unless the administration and County Council provide enforcement staff with the support needed to be more effective. A key needed change is the adoption of a law used quite effectively by Anne Arundel County. In the letter the 60 groups ask the County Executive and Council to adopt this law as a first step toward better mud pollution control.

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    Richard D. Klein
    Community & Environmental Defense Services
    21300 Heathcote Road
    Freeland, Maryland  21053
    410-654-3021
    Main CEDS Website: ceds.org
    CEDS News Service: cedsnews.com

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    New Web Resource – Preventing Land Development Aquatic Resource Impacts

    A new web resource shows neighborhood, watershed and environmental advocates how to win the use of highly-effective aquatic resource protection measures for shopping centers, townhouse projects, highways and other land development proposals: ceds.org/aquatic.

    For more than 40 years CEDS has been helping citizens win cases from Hawaii to Maine.  The new web resource is a compilation of all the best practices used by the government agencies, advocates, attorneys and other experts we’ve worked with in hundreds of cases across the nation.

    Of course by aquatic resources we mean wells and other groundwater resources, wetlands, streams, rivers, lakes and tidal waters.  Impact prevention measures include innovative negotiating techniques that frequently produce success at a fraction of the usual cost.  Prevention measures also include strategies for improving compliance with aquatic resource protection laws by enhancing public support for enforcement agencies.

    Through this web resource we explain how you can determine if a development project is utilizing the very best practices for:

    minimizing construction phase sediment pollution;
    saving sufficient watershed forest and buffers to preserve sensitive resources;
    highly-effective stormwater runoff control measures;
    preventing sewerline leaks;
    minimizing wastewater treatment plant impacts; and
    preparing your own watershed growth management plan.

    The new web resource can be viewed at: ceds.org/aquatic.

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    Richard D. Klein
    Community & Environmental Defense Services
    21300 Heathcote Road
    Freeland, Maryland  21053
    410-654-3021
    Main CEDS Website: ceds.org
    CEDS News Service: cedsnews.com

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    Half of Greater Baltimore Stormwater BMPs Troubled?

    About half of the 21,000+ stormwater ponds and BMPs in the Greater Baltimore region may be failing or in need of significant maintenance.  That’s the results of assessments of a small (not yet statistically valid) sampling of stormwater ponds and other Best Management Practices (BMPs) surveyed in Baltimore City and the five surrounding counties which make up the Greater Baltimore Region.

    Keeping BMPs Working Key To Restoring Our Degraded Waters

    Thus far 54 BMPs have been surveyed as part of our validation of the Greater Baltimore Stormwater BMP survey procedures.  The 21,000+ BMPs in the region could be keeping a tremendous amount of pollution out of our waterways.  But far more limited surveys have indicated a large number of BMPs are failing due to inadequate maintenance.  The goal of the 17 local, statewide and national groups participating in the survey is to determine the extent of the maintenance problem.  If it is found significant then the groups will seek to provide local governments with the public support needed to correct the problem.

    Track Survey Progress Online

    Beginning tomorrow (September 14th) survey teams will be assessing 12 to 20 BMPs daily in the region.  By visiting the Greater Baltimore Survey webpage, you can track the daily results in two ways: ceds.org/gbs.  First, we’ll be updating a graph showing the percent of BMPs rated Good, Maintenance Needed and Failing.  Second, you can click the Map of BMP Survey Status along the left side of the webpage.  Each of the 600 BMPs has a marker showing the location.  Red markers have not been assessed.  Purple is for failing BMPs, yellow for those needing maintenance, and green are BMPs in good condition.  Click on markers (other than red) and you should see a photo(s) of the BMP along with a summary of its condition.

    There’s still a few spaces left on Survey Teams.  Go to the following website if you’d like to become a part of this extremely important effort: ceds.org/gbs2015.  The Greater Baltimore Erosion Survey completed last June was a significant factor in helping the region achieve a 61% improvement in construction site mud pollution control over a 12-month period.

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    61% Improvement Greater Baltimore Erosion Control – Call for BMP Survey Volunteers

     A coalition of local, statewide and national groups are participating in an effort to improve clean water law compliance in the Greater Baltimore Region.  This effort has already produced a 61% improvement in construction site erosion control.  We’re now about to survey 600 stormwater ponds and other BMPs for maintenance needs.  The surveys are open to all.  I’d deeply appreciate it if you could let your staff and members know of the opportunity to participate on a Survey Team.

    To learn more read the: BMP Survey Factsheet.

    Three-hour surveys begin on September 14th.  To reserve a spot go to: BMP Survey Registration.

    The 2015 GBS Construction Site Erosion Control Survey Report can be downloaded at: ceds.org/gbs

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