MACo & COG To Host MS4 Stormwater Permit Discussion With MDE Secretary on March 24

MACo and the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments are jointly hosting a two-hour discussion session on municipal separate storm sewer system (MS4) issues with Maryland Secretary of the Environment Ben Grumbles on March 24. The Session will take place from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM at MACo’s Annapolis Office (169 Conduit Street, Annapolis, MD 21401). While the primary focus is on […]

MACo Works for Compromise on Stormwater Issue

SB 863 was heard in the Senate Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee, March 10, 2015.  MACo Legal and Policy Counsel, Les Knapp, was there to urge the committee to support with amendments SB 863, Watershed Protection and Restoration Programs-Revision. This is another version of the Stormwater Fee Repeal but also contains new annual reporting requirements […]

House Kills Governor’s Stormwater Fee Repeal Legislation

A March 6 Washington Post article reported that the House Environment and Transportation Committee voted down Governor Larry Hogan’s bill (HB 481) to repeal 2012 legislation requiring 10 counties to adopt a stormwater remediation fee (known as the “rain tax” by the fee’s opponents).  The article noted that the 14 to 7 vote was along party lines. Eliminating […]

MACo Advocates for County Flexibility Regarding Stormwater Management Fee

March 3 and 4, MACo Legal and Policy Counsel, Les Knapp, testified to the Senate Education, Health and Environment Affairs Committee and the House Environment and Transportation Committee to support with amendments SB 36, SB 42,  SB 588, HB 481, and HB 874 all are Stormwater Management-Watershed Protection and Restoration Program-Repeals. This bill would repeal the 2012 legislation (HB 987) […]

Anne Arundel To Consider Stormwater Fee Phase-Out

Both County Executive Steve Schuh and Council President Jerry Walker have pledged to pursue legislation before the Anne Arundel County Council to eliminate the county’s stormwater fee. From coverage in the Capital, quoting a statement from Schuh: The proposed legislation will responsibly phase out the stormwater fee through a 33% reduction in fiscal year 2017, […]

Senate President Weighs In On Stormwater Fees With Broad Bill

Maryland Senate President Miller introduced his own bill (with a majority of the Senate signed on as co-sponsors) on February 25, 2015 that would repeal the stormwater fee mandate for Maryland’s nine largest counties and Baltimore City. According to the Capital Gazette, Senate Bill 863: Watershed Protection and Restoration Programs – Revisions, would …would require […]

CBF Urges Counties to Maintain Their Stormwater Fees

A February 17 letter to The Dagger from Chesapeake Bay Foundation Maryland Executive Director Alison Prost recounted the purpose of the 2012 stormwater remediation fee legislation (also known as the “Rain Tax” by opponents) and urged people not to “demonize” the fee.  Prost also stressed that counties should not reduce or eliminate their fees.  From the letter: The so-called “rain […]

Harford County to Leverage Recordation Tax for Stormwater Projects

Harford County Executive Barry Glassman presented a resolution to the Council this week proposing a new strategy to meet federal stormwater requirements. As reported by the Baltimore Sun, Glassman plans to move part of the revenue from the county’s existing recordation tax toward stormwater-related capital projects, Director of Administration Billy Boniface explained. … Boniface noted […]