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Chesapeake Bay
National Estuarine Research Reserve

Providing science-based information, tools, and skills to promote resilient communities and clean and healthy streams, rivers and watersheds of the Chesapeake Bay.

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Regenerative Stormwater Conveyance

Regenerative Stormwater Conveyance on the mainstem of Cypress Creek, Severna Park, MD Photo courtesy of Michael Williams - IanThe Regenerative Stormwater Conveyance (RSC) Project Sighting and Design Training for Contractors - is being offered to help further the understanding and science behind the RSC stream restoration technique.

This Best-Management Practice (BMP) is being applied throughout Maryland’s Coastal plain as a remedy for degraded streams, with the goal that the RSC will help stem the flow of uncontrolled stormwater runoff while providing the maximum aquatic and riparian habitat benefits.

The basic concepts of the RSC is to replicate a coastal plain stream channel. Unfortunately interpretation by practitioners of how to properly site and design this BMP is not always well understood. Thus the full benefits of this stream restoration and channel design technique are not met on many construction sites.

The RSC restoration method is one regularly utilized and we would like to ensure that our partners and contractors fully understand where and how to properly site a RSC, build one in a more prescriptive way, and have the skills and information they need. 


  • teach the science behind a RSC design
  • provide guidance on the best placement in the landscape for a RSC BMP
  • demonstrate clear design and construction techniques for building for a properly built RSC

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Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Reserve
Chesapeake and Coastal Service
Department of Natural Resources
580 Taylor Ave., E-2
Annapolis MD 21401

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