Why we convene?

As part of our 2020-2025 Strategic Plan, the Chesapeake Bay Trust (Trust) has identified the goal of convening key communities to identify solutions to critical issues or paths of action.

Oftentimes, the natural resource community is not aligned in how to solve a particular critical issue, significant debates exist, or the issue is new. Organizations may not be ready for grant resources to tackle the issue, or the types of grant investments that should be made are not clear. In such cases, the Trust may convene entities to attempt to identify possible solutions and propel our grantmaking towards our Mission and Vision.

Climate Change and Stormwater: A panel discussion of the latest research and use of that research

November 10, 2020

Many of us are making stormwater management decisions based on rainfall patterns from past decades. We know that the climate is changing, and that the precipitation is changing. What rainfall data should we use to design stormwater practices today? What uncertainty is associated with this rainfall data? How much risk both in terms of flooding and cost are associated with the current vs future “way of doing business?” What does this uncertainty mean for our jurisdiction’s stormwater assets, budgets, and resiliency? What are other municipalities doing that worked and we should try or what did they do that did not work and we should perhaps avoid? How can we figure out what new information will help us today?

These are a few of the common questions that this panel sought to address. Through three consecutive panel sessions, the panel covered what has worked or not worked for them, their research findings, and where they are headed in the future.

Maintenance for Stormwater Practices – If we can build it, can we maintain it?

May 26, 2021

The goals of this panel were to share what has worked, what has not worked, and what is being done differently today or plan to do differently soon so that stormwater practices are better maintained. Our goal is to see what is happening that is working and that we can put into practice to move maintenance forward in our work.

The panel began with the history of maintenance to get on the same page and share a common language for the dialogue. Then, we dove in to hear about and learn from maintenance “mistakes,” (we love mistakes and can learn from them!), where the municipalities are focusing their efforts, and what we can do on the front end as we build and plant practices. We also addressed a few common questions along the way such as: What are the financing strategies? What are funding organizations doing now or thinking of doing? How do we maintain BMPs on private property? Where can we connect people/organizations who excel at performing maintenance?

Upcoming events will be posted here as available. View the Past Events tab for recordings and event agendas.