The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay has been partnering with Pennsylvania municipalities and other technical assistance providers to meet their clean water obligations for more than a decade. The Collaborative consists of partners such as the Chesapeake Stormwater Network, the Environmental Finance Center at the University of Maryland and Pennsylvania’s conservation districts, local governments and land-based consulting firms.
Our role in providing assistance has ranged from hands-on assistance with landscape design, regional planning, building web portals for education and outreach and providing thousands of hours of training for municipal staff and officials on green infrastructure, MS4 requirements and strategies, community engagement and Chesapeake Bay Program policies.
Blair County, PA: Building Green Infrastructure
Thanks to funding from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, we are focusing on accelerating the implementation of green infrastructure stormwater best management practices (BMPs) in Blair County, Pennsylvania MS4 (municipal separate storm sewer system) communities and providing the resources necessary to incorporate green infrastructure into long-term planning in the region.
These efforts will enhance community livability through the many benefits associated with green infrastructure: beautification, reduction in flooding risk, increases in energy efficiency, and improvements to human health. Direct assistance will be provided in current MS4 stormwater planning while creating a cadre of development and landscape practitioners with expertise in green infrastructure that can continue progress in the Juniata River Basin in the future.