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Thursday, November 16 • 1:10pm - 1:40pm
Beyond Traditional Stormwater Project Delivery—Community-Based P3

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Beyond Traditional Stormwater Project Delivery—Community-Based P3

Prince George County, MD is required to treat urban stormwater to meet Chesapeake Bay TMDL requirements for nutrients and sediment. The County has entered into a Community Based Public Private Partnership (P3) to design and construct stormwater treatment facilities and provide contracting opportunities to target class and local firms

Full Abstract:
The effect of stormwater discharges to surface waters has fundamental impacts to economic development and a community’s quality of life. Local municipalities struggle with ways to improve the effectiveness of its stormwater infrastructure and compliance with water quality requirements while balancing the needs of competing capital investment funding priorities. Alternative delivery of public projects has been around for some time; however, with natural resource projects, the tried and true design-bid-build delivery has been the staple. Looking to balance risk, regulatory obligations and social needs, a new option has emerged called Community Based Public Private Partnerships (CBP3). A case study will be highlighted from one community’s entry into this new strategy of accessing the private sector’s efficiencies and expertise to develop, manage, and maintain stormwater control measures to meet MS4 permit compliance while also providing local workforce development and social values. Lessons learned will be shared, with real-world examples. Stormwater quality facilities to treat 2000 acres of impervious areas are designed, permitted and constructed in Phase 1 of this project- in the first 3 years. This will assist Prince George’s County in meeting the MS4 retrofit permit requirement for the Chesapeake Bay TMDL for nutrients and sediment.. Phase 2 will extend the contract for another 3 years and require another 2000 acres of treatment. Stormwater treatment focus on building new structural BMP’s (sand filters, micro-bioretention, submerged gravel wetlands) on urban sites ( schools, county and municipal libraries, public works stations, police stations), retrofitting existing wet ponds, by adding capacity to treat the WQCV and stream restoration. A team of 5 engineering firms find the sites, design and permit the BMPs. At about 60% design, a general contractor is assigned the project and leads constructability and value engineering reviews. After permits are received, the general contractor bids the work to a minimum of three sub-contractors to meet target class and local contractor goals. Bids are reviewed and work is awarded for construction. A third party agency inspects and certifies that the BMPs are constructed to design plans and treat the impervious areas within the drainage area. After certification and construction are complete, the facility will be maintained quarterly, inspected annually and recertified every 3 years.

Primary learning objectives:
• Discuss trends in stormwater project delivery
• Detail the elements of a community-based P3 program for stormwater management.
• Provide case study example of Prince George’s County, MD and its CBP3 program to provide stormwater treatment to meet Chesapeake Bay TMDL requirements for nutrients and sediment.

The CBP3 program strategy approaches stormwater quality management by involving the private sector in transferring risk of planning, design, and construction, adding in social value creation to have an emphasis on local small and disadvantaged business development and utilization, providing long-term sustainability through streamlined implementation and maintenance, and promotes flexibility in procurement of local contractors.

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Karen Nichols

Water Resource Engineer, HDR
Karen Nichols is a water resource engineer with HDR in Salt Lake City, UT. Ms. Nichols has more than 30 years of experience working with public and private clients providing environmental compliance, permitting, mitigation, and audits. She specializes in Clean Water Act (CWA) compliance... Read More →

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