What’s in the Stormwater Fee Bill?

As previously reported on Conduit Street, legislation (SB 863) to repeal the 2012 stormwater remediation fee mandate placed on the 10 counties subject to a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES)Phase I Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) Permit passed the General Assembly on Sine Die with nearly unanimous bipartisan support. Governor Larry Hogan is expected […]

Heavily Amended Stormwater Fee Bill Passes on Sine Die

An April 13 WBAL Channel 11 TV report announced the passage of SB 863, Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr.’s legislation to address the issue of the 2012 stormwater remediation fee legislation (known as the “rain tax” by the fee’s opponents). The heavily amended final version of the bill passed the Senate unanimously (47-0) and […]

Court of Special Appeals Strikes Down Montgomery’s MS4 Stormwater Permit

The Maryland Court of Special Appeals has found the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Phase I Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permit issued by the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) to Montgomery County to contain insufficient information to allow the Court or the general public to determine whether the permit complies with the water […]

House Stormwater Fee “Repeal” Bill Dressed Up For Friday Vote

A dramatically amended version of SB 863, the Senate President’s legislation to repeal the county stormwater fee mandate and institute widespread controls and penalties on county spending, will be before the House Committee on Environment and Transportation Friday for a vote. A special workgroup labored for several days, both with stakeholder input and privately, to […]

Prince George’s Launches $100M Partnership to Manage Stormwater Infrastructure

Prince George’s County’s Department of the Environment has entered into a $100 million dollar partnership with Corvias Solutions to manage the county’s stormwater infrastructure. According to the Washington Post, The project requires retrofitting thousands of acres of public and private land with green infrastructure designed to capture and treat runoff before pollutants flow into the Chesapeake […]

MACo, Other Stakeholders Share Concerns at House Stormwater Fee Bill Hearing

MACo Executive Director Michael Sanderson and Legal and Policy Counsel Les Knapp offered amendments to Senate President Thomas “Mike” Miller’s stormwater repeal legislation, SB 863, at its April 1st bill hearing before the House Environment and Transportation Committee hearing.  Committee Chair Kumar Barve stated that working on the bill was a “top priority” of the Committee, which has […]