MACo 2013 Summer Conference Session – Accounting for Growth: Finding and Funding Development Offsets

Description: Maryland is required to create an “Accounting for Growth” (AFG) Policy under the federal Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load and the State’s 2012 septic system legislation. The AFG Policy will outline how nitrogen and possibly other water pollution from new growth must be offset. The offsets are in addition to TMDL targets for existing nutrients and could restrict or halt growth in both rural and urban areas of the state. County governments could also face significant new costs and oversight responsibilities. Panelists will discuss the status and policy implications of this potentially “game-changing” proposal.


  1. David A. Costello, Deputy Secretary for Policy and Planning, Maryland Department of the Environment
  2. Shannon Moore, Manager, Frederick County Office of Sustainability and Environmental Resources
  3. Erik Michelsen, Executive Director, South River Federation ©

Date & Time: Thursday, August 15, 2013; 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

MACo’s 2013 Summer Conference will be held from August 14 – 17 at the Roland Powell Convention Center in Ocean City, Maryland.

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