Harford Executive Signs County Stormwater Fee Repeal

A January 27 Baltimore Sun article reported that Harford County Executive Barry Glassman has signed legislation repealing the County’s state-mandated stormwater remediation fee. Collections would end on June 30, the end of the current fiscal year.  The fee repeal legislation was unanimously passed by the Council on January 20.  From the article: Joining Glassman in his […]

Baltimore, Harford Counties Reconsider Stormwater Fee

As previously reported on Conduit Street, Baltimore County will consider legislation to reduce its State-mandated stormwater remediation fee (dubbed the “rain tax” by opponents).  A January 21 Baltimore Business Journal article reported that other counties may revisit or reconsider how the fee is applied or whether to designate alternative funding streams to meet their federal stormwater […]

Baltimore County Considers Stormwater Fee Reduction

A January 16 Baltimore Sun article reported that Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz is proposing reducing the County’s State-mandated stormwater remediation fee by 1/3.  Kamenetz also proposed that the federal government roll back its 2025 deadline for meeting water pollution reduction requirements under the Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL).  From the article: While the one-third reduction […]

Harford County Executive Glassman Proposes Hotel Tax, Repeal of Stormwater Management Fee

Harford County Executive Barry Glassman has proposed legislation to impose a 6% hotel tax in the county and to repeal the county’s stormwater management fee. The legislation was introduced by the County Council during its meeting last week. As reported by the Baltimore Sun, The hotel tax would levy 6 percent of the rent paid, […]

Frederick News-Post Editorial Favors Repeal or Modification of Stormwater Fee Legislation

The Frederick News-Post editorial board expressed support for repealing or modifying the 2012 legislation that required 10 counties to adopt a stormwater remediation fee (known as the “rain tax” by the fee’s opponents) in a December 8 editorial but also noted that the underlying stormwater treatment requirements imposed by the federal Clean Water Act must still be addressed.  From […]

Hogan To Introduce Stormwater Fee Repeal Legislation

A December 3 Capital Gazette article reported that Governor-Elect Larry Hogan plans to introduce legislation to repeal the 2012 legislation that required 10 counties  to adopt a stormwater remediation fee (dubbed the “rain tax” by the fee’s opponents).  The affected counties include:  Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Baltimore City, Carroll, Charles, Frederick, Harford, Howard, Montgomery, and Prince George’s.  From the article: […]

Baltimore County Reactivates Street Sweeping Program To Reduce Stormwater Runoff Pollution

An October 28 Baltimore Sun article reported that Baltimore County has used revenues collected from the County’s stormwater remediation fee (also called the “rain tax” by opponents) to revive a street-sweeping program that keeps road dirt and debris from contaminating stormwater runoff. Since May, the county has collected 562 tons of debris with the street-sweeping trucks, resulting […]

2014 Regional WIP Workshops Will Discuss Stormwater, Conowingo, Phosphorus

The Harry R. Hughes Center for Agro-Ecology will be holding its fall 2014 regional Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP) Workshops in November.  From the Center: As previously announced by the Maryland Department of the Environment, a series of regional WIP workshops is scheduled for November 2014. The workshops will cover progress made by Maryland and neighboring states, Milestone […]

Prince George’s County Program Offers Nonprofits and Churches Way to Reduce Stormwater Fee

 An October 23 Prince George’s County bulletin announced the launch of the County’s Alternative Compliance Program (ACP), which provides options for nonprofits and churches for reducing their county stormwater fee by implementing best management practices to treat stormwater runoff or assisting with the county’s stormwater outreach and education program. New Redeemer Baptist Church in Forestville will be the ACP’s […]