Credit for Going Green: Meeting Water Quality Standards


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Thursday June 27, 2019 from 10:00 am—12:30pm

Cape Cod and Islands Association of Realtors Conference Center
22 Mid-Tech Drive, West Yarmouth, MA 02673

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Credit for Going Green Outreach Toolkit

Target Audience: stormwater managers, regulators, engineers, developers, resource managers, municipal staff and officials, and other interested parties.

The capacity of buffers to protect water quality is widely acknowledged in scientific literature. However, until now there has not been a way to quantify the ability of constructed or restored buffers to reduce pollution, or for some New England communities to receive credit for their use under MS4 permits.

A tool has been created through an expert elicitation process that integrates science-based recommendations for calculating the pollutant removal rate of constructed or restored buffers and the ability to compare their performance to other water quality BMPs.

Join us to learn more about the tool as well as lessons learned from the expert panel process used to guide decision-making. We will discuss if/how this work may be transferable to Massachusetts and how it may fit within our existing regulatory framework. We will also examine how the expert panel process could be applied in other contexts.

Registration: Please register by Wednesday, June 26.

There is no cost to attend this workshop, but pre-registration is requested.
Materials and refreshments will be provided.

For questions, please contact Sara Sperber at or Tonna-Marie Rogers at

This tool was created as part of Credit for Going Green, a project sponsored by the National Estuarine Research Reserve System Science Collaborative, which supports collaborative research to address coastal management problems important to Reserves and their communities. The Science Collaborative is funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and managed by the University of Michigan Water Center.

We are sorry but registration for this event is now closed.

Please contact us if you would like to know if spaces are still available.

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