Counties Oppose Flawed Stream Restoration Requirements

On March 3, 2023, Associate Policy Director Dominic Butchko testified before the House Environment and Transportation Committee in opposition to HB 942 – Wetlands and Waterways Program – Authorizations for Stream Restoration Projects.

This bill requires the Department of the Environment to revise the extant criteria, standards, and requirements to which counties seeking to conduct stream restoration projects must adhere. As written, these revisions impose meaningful restrictions on the ability of local governments to use one of the more effective tools in their arsenal to manage stormwater runoff.

From the MACo Testimony:

MACo echoes the concerns and opposition of the Maryland Municipal Stormwater Association (MAMSA) – whose members represent nearly all counties and are the subject matter experts in stormwater and stream restoration. Among other issues, they note:

“…the bill requires 10 years of monitoring for a stream restoration project ‘before any relevant mitigation or pollution reduction credits are issued for the project.’ Not only is withholding credits unfair to permittees who need these credits for permit compliance, but it would put the State itself behind schedule for addressing its Chesapeake Bay clean-up goals.”

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