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BMP Expert Panels

Scope and Purpose

The Chesapeake Bay Program (CBP) uses loading estimates to quantify expected amounts of nutrients (nitrogen and phosphorus) or sediment loads to water from specific land uses or point sources and makes adjustments based on an estimate of the effectiveness of a best management practice (BMP). BMP Expert Panels are convened to develop the BMP effectiveness estimates and the Water Quality Goal Implementation Team (WQGIT) is responsible for approving the loading rate reductions, and percentage adjustments to these rates, used in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Model (CBWM). Since the definitions and values used for both loading and effectiveness estimates have important implications for the CBP and the various partners, it is critical that they be developed in a process that is consistent, transparent, and scientifically defensible.

The scope and charge of each BMP Expert Panel is unique, but all are convened in accordance with the Protocol for the Development, Review, and Approval of Loading and Effectiveness Estimates for Nutrient and Sediment Controls in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Model, which outlines the process for determining the need for a Panel review, the Panel membership criteria, and fundamental elements that all final Panel reports are to include.


Upcoming Events

    Open Session: Nutrient Management Phase 6.0 Expert Panel

    Location

    USGS Water Science Center
    5522 Research Park Drive
    Baltimore, MD 21228
    Map: https://goo.gl/maps/LL1R8

    Date / Time:

    September 10, 2015
    9:30am - 11:30am

    Details:

    Open Session for Phase 6.0 Nutrient Management Expert Panel

    Meeting Objectives:
    -Provide context on the BMP review to stakeholders and expert panel members.
    -Provide input to the panel in the form of presentations or discussion that will help inform their evaluation of water quality benefits – specifically nitrogen, phosphorus and sediment reductions – associated with these practices in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. The input requested may address, but is not limited to: data, policy and regulations, experiences with implementation, or tracking and reporting credits.

    *****Please RSVP using this link: http://goo.gl/forms/HVV0yfc8bQ*****

    Questions? Contact Lindsey Gordon (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address))

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Open Session: Impervious Cover Disconnection Expert Panel

Location

Joe Macknis Memorial Conference Room

Date / Time:

September 15, 2015
1:00pm - 4:00pm

Details:

Public session for the Impervious Cover Disconnection expert panel.

All participants are encouraged to RSVP: http://goo.gl/forms/p1uSZA7L8E

Interested stakeholders are welcome to present relevant data or experiences to the panelists. Presentations will be limited to 10 minutes followed by 5 minutes of Q&A and discussion. Due to limited space on the agenda, presentations will be assigned on a first come, first serve basis. If interested in presenting, RSVP using the link above and identify yourself as a presenter no later than September 9. Presentations must be provided to Jeremy Hanson (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)) by COB September 9. Please note all presentations will be posted to this online calendar entry.

Webinar & Audio Info
Log-in instructions: Shortly before the meeting begins, you can join the webinar here: https://epa.connectsolutions.com/bmpassessment/

Enter as a guest, using your name and affiliation when prompted (e.g., Jane Doe, Chesapeake Bay Program). Use your affiliation for groups of multiple people watching in the same room (e.g., Chesapeake Bay Program).

Audio will be through your computer, so please ensure you have speakers or headphones to listen. Check your computer audio settings to see if your audio is muted.

All webinar participants will be muted and must use the Chat box to ask questions.

If you have not used Adobe Connect for Chesapeake Bay Program meetings in the past, it is recommended that you test your connection and software prior to the webinar: https://epa.connectsolutions.com/common/help/en/support/meeting_test.htm

Meeting objectives:
--Provide context on this BMP review for impervious cover disconnection to stakeholders and expert panel members.
--Provide input to the panel in the form of presentations or discussion that will help inform their evaluation of water quality benefits – specifically nitrogen, phosphorus and sediment reductions – associated with the disconnection of impervious surfaces in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. The input requested may address, but is not limited to: data, policy and regulations, experiences with implementation, or tracking and reporting the practices for application toward nutrient and sediment reduction targets.

Experiencing Adobe Connect issues?
It is recommended that you test your connection and software prior to the webinar: https://epa.connectsolutions.com/common/help/en/support/meeting_test.htm
If you are unable to hear audio after the webinar begins, please double-check your computer audio settings, speakers or headphones to ensure your audio is not muted.

Parking for in-person attendees
There is ample free street parking available in the surrounding area, but allow for extra time to park and walk one or more blocks (extra 10 minutes). Obey posted signs, fire lanes or other restrictions. Paid parking is available on-site at the City Marina for $3/hr or $20/day maximum.

Entering the conference room
The conference room (Suite 117) is located in the green building at the City Marina (410 Severn Avenue). The doors automatically lock and cannot be propped open or unlocked. If nobody is there to let you in you can ask for assistance at the front desk in Suite 112, which is not locked.
Other questions? Contact Jeremy Hanson: 410-267-5753, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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Past Meetings & Events


BMP Expert Panel Charge Documents and Membership Lists

Approved Expert Panel charge documents and membership lists for recently convened and upcoming BMP Expert Panels.

BMP Expert Panel Status Updates

The document below contains the most recent status updates for the BMPs currently undergoing the Expert Panel process. A list of completed BMP Expert Panels can be found at Chesapeake Stat:

http://stat.chesapeakebay.net/?q=node/130&quicktabs_10=2

BMP Protocol

The seven Chesapeake Bay watershed jurisdictions implement Best Management Practices (BMPs) to achieve the goals set forth in the 2010 Bay TMDL. Through the Protocol for Development, Review, and Approval of Loading and Effectiveness Estimates for Nutrient and Sediment Controls (BMP Protocol), newer practices and technologies are considered and evaluated for inclusion in the Chesapeake Bay Program partnership modeling tools.



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