In November 2007, the University of Maryland Environmental Law Clinic co-hosted and participated in the Chesapeake Bay Region Waterkeeper Alliance "Stormwater Summit." Following the Clinic's involvement in the "Stormwater Summit," the clinic was asked to train waterkeepers and citizens in Maryland on how to identify and report violations of federal, state, and local environmental protection standards. The Clinic hosted this training, entitled "Get the Dirt Out Chesapeake: The Good, The Bad, and the Illegal: Construction Stormwater and Water Quality in Maryland" on February 29, 2008.
The Clinic then developed materials and produced a conference inaugurating a region-wide initiative to reduce stormwater runoff from construction sites. The one-day training session taught community volunteers how to properly identify erosion and sediment control violations from active construction sites and poorly maintained Best Management Practices ("BMPs"), and how to stop violators.
Since then, Waterkeepers continue to utilize this program to train local citizens to monitor construction sites in their local watersheds. Over two hundred Maryland citizens have participated in these programs, thereby learning to prevent damage to their watersheds caused by sediment-laden runoff from construction sites and land development. The program is also being used as a basis for similar trainings both in Virginia and Pennsylvania.
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