A new professional certificate is being developed to assist in the Bay cleanup effort. Local governments wish to know who they can trust to design and install BMPs that will qualify and count toward their TMDL load reductions goals. Others wish to raise the bar, so that landscape professionals become more knowledgeable about Bay-appropriate design and BMPs, in design, implementation, and maintenance.
IEN has been asked to serve as facilitator for the steering committee consensus decision-making meetings, led by a partnership of Wetlands Watch, the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, and the Honeybee Group. This effort is on a fast-track; it is hoped that the new certification will be piloted with nearly 100 individuals in summer 2016, and be ready to launch by summer 2017.