House Environmental Matters Committee Chair Maggie McIntosh and Harford County Executive David Craig discussed the merits and history of the 2012 stormwater legislation on a November 22 segment of The Marc Steiner Show on WEAA 88.9 FM. The discussion is part of the Steiner Show’s “Countdown to the Annapolis Summit” series that will culminate in a Steiner Show interview with Governor Martin O’Malley, Senate President Thomas V. “Mike” Miller, and Speaker of the House Michael Busch at the start of the 2014 Session.
Delegate McIntosh defended the need for the fee, noting that the it is a requirement under the federal National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Phase I Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permit. She also argued that the stormwater fee is needed to balance out water pollution efforts borne by the agricultural and rural portions of the state. County Executive Craig noted his opposition to the fee because it is a mandate and argued that some of the largest stormwater runoff sites are federal installations that are not even subject to the fee. He also expressed concern that the fee might eventually be applied to all Maryland counties.