Environmental Groups Urge Anne Arundel County Delegation to Maintain Stormwater Fees

A November  20 Capital-Gazette article reports that at a recent public meeting of Anne Arundel County’s legislative delegation, five environmental organizations requested that the delegation uphold the 2012 legislation that required 10 counties to adopt stormwater utility fees.  The article notes that legislation is expected during the 2014 Session to repeal or amend the 2o12 law, including proposals by delegation members Senator Bryan Simonaire and Delegate Steve Schuh.

Alison Prost, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s Maryland executive director, said runoff in the county’s rivers and streams is not coming from the Conowingo Dam in northern Maryland or from farmers on the Eastern Shore — pollution sources often cited by those who oppose stormwater controls.

“Stormwater is the issue,” Prost said.  …

Erik Michelsen, executive director of the South River Federation, said the state and county had lost time under previous administrations that did not set up fees.  …

“Let’s not go backwards on cleaning up our streams, lakes and rivers,” Michelsen said.

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