Registration Open! 3rd Prince George’s Pet Waste Summit
Posted March 13, 2019

Sustainable Maryland and Prince George’s County will be holding the third annual Prince George’s County Pet Waste Management Summit on Thursday, April 18, 2019 at Prince George’s County’s Department of Environment. This event will offer a unique opportunity for Prince George’s County elected officials, staff and residents (including HOAs, CDCs, and civic associations) to learn more about pet waste management and how they can incorporate pet waste best management practices into their overall sustainability initiatives. More information is available by clicking here.

Welcome aboard Renee LaGue!
Posted February 12, 2019

The Low Impact Development Center is pleased to announce the recent hiring of our newest Environmental Planner, Renee LaGue! Renee has a Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA) from the University of Maryland, College Park, a M.A. in Ecological Design from the Conway School, and a B.A. in Environmental Studies and Creative Writing from Oberlin College. She has experience with green roofs, sustainable design, community outreach, writing, and graphic design. Her landscape design project experience ranges from regional Open Space and Recreation plans to custom residential construction details. Renee did her thesis research on ‘urban wild’ spaces within cities. She has seven seasons of field experience and has worked in the Mid-Atlantic, New England, and California.

Please join the LID Center in welcoming Renee LaGue!

Rain Check Rebate Contractor Training 
Posted February 4, 2019

Are you a landscape professional interested in learning how to plan, design, construct and maintain Rain Check Rebate practices? If so, join us on Thursday, March 14, 2019 for Day 1 of the Prince George’s County Rain Check Rebate Contractor Training at the Department of the Environment (DoE) in Largo, MD!

Click here to register for FREE or visit https://raincheck_march2019.eventbrite.com. And don’t forget to help spread the word!

Sponsored by: The Prince George’s County Department of the Environment and The Low Impact Development Center, Inc.
When: Thursday, March 14, 2019
8:15 am – 4:30 pm
Where: 1801 McCormick Drive | 1st Floor Conference Room | Largo, MD 20774
Who: Landscape professionals including landscape designers, landscape architects and design/build contractors
What to bring: Bag lunch/food/drinks

Participants who complete Day 1 of the Rain Check Rebate Contractor Training will be eligible to sign up for an upcoming Day 2/field day! Participants who successfully complete both presentations (classroom training + field day) are eligible to be added to the County’s public list of landscape professionals who have completed the Rain Check Rebate Contractor Training.

Have any questions? Contact [email protected] or [email protected].

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Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund Grant Recipient
Posted December 13, 2018

The LID Center is partnering with the Clean Water Partnership (CWP), a Community-Based Public Private Partnership (CBP3) between Prince George’s County, MD and Corvias, to provide watershed restoration support for the 12 municipalities in Prince George’s County, MD within the Anacostia Watershed. These are highly urban communities that have significant underserved populations with limited resources and capacity for implementation. The effort will engage elected officials, community leaders, citizens, staff, and businesses in the selection, planning, and design of stormwater retrofit best management practices. The project is funded by the Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund which is administered by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, in partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Chesapeake Bay Program.

For more information on the Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund and all 2018 awardees, visit https://www.nfwf.org/chesapeake/Documents/2018grantslate.pdf

Photo Credit: Al Santos, University of Maryland

Davis Avenue Groundbreaking
Posted October 30, 2018

In October we broke ground on Davis Avenue for the Innovative Nutrient and Sediment Removal Grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Chesapeake Bay Program. This is a collaborative effort with the University of Maryland at College Park, the Clean Water Partnership, and Prince George’s County Maryland to construct and monitor innovative outfall designs that have advanced nutrient removal. The project was designed by the LID Center and Stormwater Consulting, Inc.

Press release: https://thecleanwaterpartnership.com/prince-georges-county-stormwater-collaboration-taps-recycled-material-to-safeguard-chesapeake-bay/

Just released!
Posted October 30, 2018

American Society of Civil Engineers Permeable Interlocking Concrete Pavement Standard 68-18 was released this month. Neil Weinstein from the LID Center participated on the committee that developed the first ASCE standard on the topic. It includes guidance on testing, design, and maintenance. The report is available for sale in print and PDF formats from the ASCE library: https://ascelibrary.org/doi/book/10.1061/9780784415009

International LID Conference in Nashville, TN
Posted August 7, 2018

If you’re heading to the National LID conference next week, be sure to catch Neil Weinstein’s and Emily Clifton’s presentations. Neil will be presenting on Monday, August 13 on Prince George’s County’s Public-Private Partnership to meet MS4 goals. The first phase  of the Partnership resulted in the completion of over 150 projects that treat the runoff from 2,000 acres of impervious area. His presentation will discuss the key economic and program advantages  for communities that are considering innovative delivery approaches to meet MS4 and other stormwater and water obligations  Emily will be presenting on Tuesday, August 14 on a stormwater resilience plan that the LID Center and Weston & Sampson’s are preparing Hyattsville, MD. The purpose is to evaluate green and gray methods to alleviate routine rainfall-related flooding by minimizing runoff volume and peak discharges while also improving water quality issues in the City’s industrial area in Ward 1.

Community Planning Action Team – Brooklyn, MD
Posted August 7, 2018

The LID Center’s Executive Director Neil Weinstein participated in a Community Planning Action Team project for the American Planning Association in Brooklyn, Maryland. This volunteer project helped the community develop a Community Action Plan to help revitalize Garrett Park as a focal point for community revitalization.

Read more about the effort here: https://www.planning.org/blog/blogpost/9156080/

Chesapeake & Atlantic Coastal Bays Trust Fund Recipient
Posted June 28, 2018

The LID Center is one of 18 recipients awarded funding through the Chesapeake & Atlantic Coastal Bays Trust Fund Cost-Effective Non-Point Source Pollution Reduction Grants solicitation for the State Fiscal Year 2019. Our project will be to convert one existing dry extended detention storage pond located in a medium priority area into a water quality management facility with permanent pools.

Read more about the Trust Fund and awarded projects here: http://news.maryland.gov/dnr/2018/06/26/hogan-administration-awards-22-million-for-chesapeake-bay-restoration-projects/

The Low Impact Development Center is Celebrating its 20th Anniversary!

Posted June 6, 2018

Green Housekeeping Workshop
Posted May 17, 2018

Did you know that the chemicals found in some cleaning products can cause problems for our health and environment? Or do you every wonder if your ‘green’ cleaner is really eco-friendly?

If so, please join us for a Green Housekeeping workshop from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm on June 27 at the Laurel-Beltsville Senior Activity Center. See the invitation below for more information. Click here to register for FREE! And please help spread the word! Lucky participants may receive a green household product giveaway!

Sponsored by: The Prince George’s County Department of the Environment and the Prince George’s County Department of Parks and Recreation
When: Wednesday, June 27, 2018
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Where: Laurel-Beltsville Senior Activity Center | Great Room|
7120 Contee Rd | Laurel, MD 20707
Who: Prince George’s County residents and others who are interested! Please register ahead of time!

Have any questions? Contact [email protected] or [email protected].

Storm Smart Schools Guide
Posted May 10, 2018

The EPA Mid-Atlantic Region recently published a guide for cities and school districts interested in using green infrastructure on school grounds to manage stormwater and achieve environmental literacy goals. The Storm Smart Schools guide outlines the multiple benefits of school-based green infrastructure and the eight steps to implementation. It describes the key steps followed by the City of Newport News and the Newport News Public Schools in selecting one of its schools – Sedgefield Elementary School – as a demonstration site for green infrastructure practices. Contract support was provided by the Low Impact Development Center, Inc. and CSRA Inc.

Read more about the project here: https://blog.epa.gov/blog/2018/04/lessons-in-managing-stormwater/

APA Conference Session – P3 Panel
Posted May 1, 2018

Neil Weinstein and Emily Clifton of the LID Center joined with Adam Ortiz (Director of Prince George’s County, Maryland Department of the Environment) and Troy Hunt (Partnership Implementer at Corvias) for an expert panel on Public Private Partnerships (P3s) for Green Infrastructure at the 2018 American Planning Association annual conference in New Orleans. Over 120 people attended the session that highlighted the success of the first Community Based P3 for stormwater management in the country. Attendees learned about the framework for a P3 and how communities can take advantage of co-benefits, such as local job programs, outreach, and education as well as accelerated restoration project delivery and reduced costs.

ASLA Complete Street – Review Panel
Posted April 12, 2018

Neil Weinstein is a member of the review panel for the American Society of Landscape Architects Complete Green Street in front of the Headquarters building along I Street between 6th and 7th Streets Northwest Washington DC. The project will be a model of sustainability that is design using criteria from Sites™ and state-of-the-art materials. It will include interactive displays and research on critical infrastructure and environmental issues that cities are faces with. More information can be found at: https://aslagreenstreet.org/

Certificate of Excellence
Posted April 12, 2018

The LID Center received the first Certificate of Excellence Award from the Clean Water Partnership in Prince George’s County for leadership in planning, design, and program management. The LID Center has helped develop the planning and design approach for the Community-Based Public-Private Partnership (P3) that is being used in Prince George’s County, Maryland to address their stormwater requirements. More information can be found at https://thecleanwaterpartnership.com/

“Green Infrastructure in Hyperdrive”
Posted April 12, 2018

Come see us present our panel discussion “Green Infrastructure in Hyperdrive” at the 2018 National Planning Conference in New Orleans. The panel includes an elected official, a planner, and a program manager that will allow participants to gain insight into this revolutionary approach to helping communities finance and implement green infrastructure stormwater management programs using a Community-Based Public-Private Partnership (P3) approach. For conference information, click here: https://www.planning.org/conference/