A Frederick News-Post article (2019-04-29) reported that Frederick County raised concerns about how Maryland’s Phase III Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP), which is currently open for public comment, will synchronize with the County’s new Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permit, which is set to be issued by the Maryland Department of the Environment towards the end of the year. Frederick is not the only county facing this issue.
The Phase III WIP is the state’s broad roadmap that lays out how the state will meet its final nitrogen, phosphorus, and sediment reduction targets under the federally mandated Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load. MS4 permits require jurisdictions to treat stormwater runoff, including the retrofitting of impervious surfaces.
A Frederick County representative asked a recent gathering of Administration heads how the MS4 would relate to the Phase III WIP. From the article:
“We don’t know what our next-generation permit looks like. They haven’t shown it to us yet,” said Don Dorsey, who co-runs the capital improvements program for Frederick County’s stormwater permit at the Office of Sustainability and Environmental Resources. …