Chesapeake Bay Research Portal

The Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF) is partnering with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) to help reduce sediment and nutrient delivery to the Chesapeake Bay. With a grant from the NFWF, WERF is coordinating studies on nutrient and sediment reduction, program management, source controls, monitoring, and receiving water effects. This effort complements WERF’s ongoing research on stormwater best management practices (BMPs), and the partnership will utilize the International Stormwater BMP Database to support these efforts. During 2011-2012, tasks related to the BMP Database included

  1. Identify and begin to incorporate additional Chesapeake Bay Area data into the BMP Database. These data sets will be uploaded and analyzed following the standard BMP Database protocols with PDF summaries accessible through an easy to use mapping tool through this webpage.
  2. Prepare technical memoranda to initially summarize Chesapeake Bay Area BMP data in relation to the national data set for volume, nutrients, and solids.
  3. Conduct a webinar/short course regarding use of the BMP Database and key findings relevant to Chesapeake Bay.
  4. Communication, planning and participation in BMP-related efforts.
As an initial information source related to BMP performance, Chesapeake Bay stakeholders can download the BMP Database Nutrients Technical Summary, and Solids Technical Summary for more information on national-level BMP performance with regard to reducing nutrient and sediment concentrations in stormwater runoff. Additionally, the BMP Database Volume Reduction Technical Summary can be used as resource to enhance understanding of how nutrient and sediment loads can be further managed through surface runoff volume reduction. For more information on this effort or to submit data for inclusion in the BMP Database, please contact Jeff Moeller or Jane Clary.

What's New

2012 BMP Performance Summary for Chesapeake Bay

Google Map tool to retrieve BMP studies in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed

Individual BMP Summaries for Chesapeake Bay Area Studies