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Credit for Conservation Landscaping

In March of 2018, the USWG discussed potential ways to credit conservation landscaping for nutrient reduction in the context of the Chesapeake Bay watershed model. A conservation landscaping credit would fill a key gap by enabling homeowners, institutions and municipalities to manage their open space as meadows rather than intensively managed turf grass. Based on subsequent communications with VA DEQ and DOEE staff, we have drafted a proposal to provide credit for conservation landscaping as a homeowner BMP retrofit. This proposal discusses: A definition of conservation landscaping; proposed credit options; technical rationale; qualifying conditions; eligibility; practice reporting; verification; and references. The report was approved on August 10, 2018.

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