Court Challenges Montgomery County Stormwater Fee

A July 22, 2015, Montgomery County Circuit Court decision has called into question Montgomery County’s stormwater remediation fee, also known as the Water Quality Protection Charge (WQPC).  The case is Paul N. Chod v. Board of Appeals for Montgomery County, 398704V. The challenge was brought by developer Paul Chod in response to an $11,000 WQPC bill assessed […]

Baltimore City Synagogue Argues Stormwater Fee Violates Religious Rights

An April 30 Daily Record article reported that the Baltimore City synagogue, Shaarei Tfiloh Congregation, is challenging the requirement that it must pay a stormwater fee by alleging that the fee violates the synagogue’s religious rights.  The synagogue has filed for judicial review with the Baltimore City Circuit Court, alleging that the application of the stormwater […]

Calvert County Considers Annual Stormwater Fee

An April 22 SoMdNews article reported that the Calvert County Board of County Commissioners is considering a proposal to implement an annual $25 fee on property owners to assist the County in meeting its stormwater pollution reduction goals that are mandated under the federal Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) and Maryland’s Watershed Implementation Plan […]

Even After “Repeal” Stormwater Costs and Fees To Remain

Among the widely-hyped topics of the 2015 General Assembly session was the so-called “rain tax repeal,” nominally waiving state requirements that ten affected counties impose dedicated fees to target stormwater pollution problems. The Sun writes of the expected follow-through for the year ahead by the affected counties – who all still bear massive responsibilities under […]

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 […]