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Welcome to the ninth Turning a New Leaf sustainable landscaping conference. In a time that has felt anything but normal we dedicate the 2021 conference to "Planting a New Normal" , with the goal of highlighting collaborations that normalize sustainable practices and ensure diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice.

We believe that landscape professionals have a unique opportunity to effect positive change in the Chesapeake Bay region- a task best achieved when we work together. Join us as we work together to create a healthier, and more equitable, watershed. 
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Steve Miller

President, Deep Creek Village POA
Anne Arundel County
So much has been happening in the field of stormwater management to help improve the quality of runoff into the Chesapeake Bay. This includes the construction of many different types and numbers of stormwater best management practices (BMPs) in new residential communities throughout Maryland. Consequently, the knowledge HOA leaders need to have about their private stormwater management systems, and the funding needed for annual maintenance and future replacement of BMPs, has significantly increased. Moreover, HOAs must pass triennial inspections required under County agreements. This seminar will provide some insight on these challenges from an experienced HOA perspective and provide information on recent efforts in Anne Arundel County to provide better stormwater management education for HOAs such as the selection of service providers, as well as some initiatives to improve the hand-off of private stormwater management systems from developer to HOA.

Steve is the president of a homeowner’s association (HOA) in a residential community that lies adjacent to Deep Creek which flows into the Magothy River and the Bay.   It has a mix of both publicly and privately maintained stormwater best management practices (BMPs) to include stormwater management ponds, step pool storm conveyance systems, micro bioretention and bioswale facilities and drywells.   Following his experience as board member during the hand-over of BMPs from the developer to his HOA, he became dedicated to improving stormwater management education for both HOAs and property managers.  He also participated in a County stormwater work group that successfully championed Bill 67-20 that provides a two-year warranty for new BMPs that will be owned or maintained by HOAs in Anne Arundel County.  He is a Master Watershed Steward and has created educational presentations for the Anne Arundel County Watershed Stewards Academy’s Stormwater Success program.  Steve also is a member of the Anne Arundel County Citizens Environmental Commission and the Magothy River Association.