Tom Schueler, Executive Director of the Chesapeake Stormwater Network, is scheduled to give a talk titled, “Can Urban Watersheds Be Sustainable” on Tuesday, November 13 at 12pm in Room 107 Norman Smith Hall, UMaine. The seminar is free and open to the public.
This seminar will include a brief review of the science relating stream health to watershed impervious cover and the ongoing effort to restore the Chesapeake Bay. Topics will include how stormwater management has evolved in the Bay watershed toward a runoff reduction approach, how the Chesapeake Bay TMDL has prompted a new era of nutrient accounting, and what progress is being made by expert panels to define nutrient removal credits and qualifying conditions for a series of urban BMPs. Tom will also discuss how the panels have navigated a pathway between limited science, uncertain management and regulatory politics, what lessons have been learned that may be applicable to Maine, and what are the prospects for watershed sustainability in the future.
Tom Schueler has more than 30 years experience in practical aspects of urban stream research, stormwater design, stream restoration, retrofits, and comprehensive watershed planning.