CWEA Hosting Management of Constructed Stormwater Assets Seminar

The Chesapeake Water Environment Association (CWEA) is offering a seminar titled “Stormwater Seminar: Management of Constructed Assets” on October 21, 2015, from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM at the F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre in Rockville, Maryland.  Cost is $80 for CWEA members and $90 for non-members but there is also a $25 government rate.  Breakfast and […]

Baltimore City Council Member Introduces Bill To Cut City’s Stormwater Fee

A September 21, 2015, Daily Record article reported that Baltimore City Councilman Carl Stokes has introduced legislation to reduce the stormwater remediation fee (also known as the “rain tax”) charged by the City by 50 percent.  Under the federally mandated Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load and its separate Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permit, the City must […]

MDE Agrees To County Recommendations on Stormwater Permit Reforms

As previously reported on Conduit Street, MACo, the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG), and counties subject to a municipal separate storm sewer system (MS4) permit have been engaging with the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) on reforming the permitting process for stormwater restoration projects.  MDE responded to concerns raised by the county representatives in a September […]

NFWF Hosts Webinar on Rural Ditch Stormwater Management Practices

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) is hosting a free webinar on August 25, 2015, spotlighting best stormwater management practices for rural ditches.  From the announcement email: Please join us next Tuesday, August 25th at noon for NFWF’s fourth Project Spotlight, “Best Practices in Rural Ditches.”  Join Megan Leboon of AMEC Environment and Infrastructure, and Carolyn […]

Further Thoughts on Montgomery County Stormwater Fee Case

As previously reported on Conduit Street, a recent Montgomery County Circuit Court decision,  Paul N. Chod v. Board of Appeals for Montgomery County, 398704V, has called into question Montgomery County’s stormwater fee and may be used to challenge how the fee is assessed in other counties and municipalities.  A July 26, 2015, Baltimore Sun article offered a variety of perspectives on […]

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 […]