Strong Opinions Offered On Proposed Howard County Stormwater Fee Repeal

A Baltimore Sun article (2016-01-20) reported on a well-attended Howard County Council hearing that considered a proposal by County Executive Allan Kittleman and Council Member Greg Fox to phase out the County’s stormwater remediation fee (also known as the “rain tax”). The public hearing was held on January 19.  The article noted that most public testimony came from supporters of the fee but […]

County Leaders Discuss Stormwater Restoration Project Permit Reform at #MACoCon

A panel of local and state officials discussed the ongoing efforts of MACo, counties, the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG), and the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) to reform the permit process for stormwater restoration projects on December 10 at the 2015 MACo December Winter Conference. The name of the session was “Don’t Let Your […]

Don’t Let Your Project Go Down the Drain – Reforming Stormwater Restoration Permitting

Learn how MACo, counties, and the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments are collaborating with the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) to address the State’s stormwater restoration project permitting challenges at the 2015 MACo December Winter Conference. As previously reported on Conduit Street, MDE has agreed to helpful permit reforms that will allow counties and other parties to implement restoration […]

Baltimore County Council Unanimously Dumps Stormwater Fee

Following weeks of public lead-up, and amidst a medium-sized group of environmental advocates, the Baltimore Council followed through on its plans to eliminate the county’s stormwater fee with a unanimous vote Monday evening. The veto-proof margin likely resolves the issue, and will phase out the fee completely beginning July 2017. From coverage in the Baltimore […]

Montgomery County Stormwater Case Reaches Court of Appeals

A November 5, 2015, Daily Record article reported that the Maryland Court of Appeals heard oral arguments in Montgomery County’s Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permit case. MS4 permits require the mitigation of stormwater runoff.  The Court is considering claims by environmentalists that the County’s permit, issued by the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) under the […]

Sparrows Point Driving Proposed Baltimore County Stormwater Fee Repeal

As previously reported on Conduit Street, the Council  has introduced legislation to repeal the County’s stormwater remediation fee. An October 31, 2015, Baltimore Sun article reported that one of the underlying concerns of the Council was the burden the fees imposed on businesses and in particular the Sparrows Point Terminal.  From the article: [Council members] pointed […]

Sun Has Strong Words for Proposed Baltimore County Stormwater Fee Repeal

As previously reported on Conduit Street, the Baltimore County Council recently introduced legislations to repeal the County’s stormwater remediation fee in 2017.  An October 20, 2015, Baltimore Sun editorial strongly criticized the Council’s action, arguing that the repeal would essentially shift the fiscal burden of mandatory stormwater mitigation from major polluters to average homeowners: [The […]

Montgomery County Receives National Stormwater & Green Infrastructure Award

An October 16, 2015, Montgomery County press release announced the county’s receipt of a national stormwater and green infrastructure award  at the 88th Annual Water Environment Federation (WEF) Technical Exhibition and Conference.  From the press release: Montgomery County was one of six recipients of the new national municipal stormwater and green infrastructure awards at the […]

Baltimore County Council Unanimously Supports Stormwater Fee Repeal

An October 19, 2015, Baltimore Sun article reported that the entire Baltimore County Council has sponsored legislation to repeal the county’s stormwater remediation fee by 2017. The unanimous support also ensures an override of any potential veto by County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. The proposed bill sets a reduced FY 2017 stormwater fee rate of $9 to $17 for residences, […]