MACo Legislative Committee Receives Aligning for Growth Update

MACo’s Legislative Committee received an update on the state’s pending “Aligning for Growth” (AfG) policy on September 27. The AfG policy, also known as “Accounting for Growth,” will dictate how new development must offset the water pollution it generates. The policy is required to be included in Maryland’s draft Phase III Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP) that … Continue reading MACo Legislative Committee Receives Aligning for Growth Update

MACo Urges Urban/Rural Balance On Aligning For Growth Options

MACo offered its initial thoughts on two extremely preliminary options for Maryland’s pending “Aligning for Growth” (AfG) policy in a comment letter (2017-09-15). Maryland must address onsite sewage disposal system (OSDS or septic system) and stormwater water pollution generated by new growth as part of its Phase III Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP) under the Chesapeake Bay Total … Continue reading MACo Urges Urban/Rural Balance On Aligning For Growth Options

State Considering Two Potential “Aligning for Growth” Policies

The Maryland Department of the Environment’s Water Quality Trading Advisory Committee will be considering two potential options for offsetting water pollution generated by new growth under the State’s forthcoming “Aligning for Growth” (AFG) policy. Maryland is requiring to create an AFG policy as part of its Phase III Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP) under the Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily … Continue reading State Considering Two Potential “Aligning for Growth” Policies

Nutrient Credit Trading Policy Committee Submits Comments to MDE, Will Tackle Aligning for Growth in the Fall

At a meeting on 2016-05-19, the Maryland Water Quality Trading Advisory Committee decided to temporarily suspend meeting while the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) finishes reviewing and incorporating its comments into a draft Trading and Offset Policy and Guidance Manual. The manual will serve as the basis for administering nutrient credit trading in the Chesapeake Bay watershed under … Continue reading Nutrient Credit Trading Policy Committee Submits Comments to MDE, Will Tackle Aligning for Growth in the Fall

MACo Agenda: 2018 Initiatives, Growth Plan, and School Funding

MACo’s offices will be abuzz on September 27, as the Legislative Committee will meet at 11am, and an ad hoc discussion on school funding will follow in the afternoon. The 11am meeting of the Legislative Committee involves designees from each jurisdiction, selected to represent their county. County officials, both elected and appointed, are welcome to … Continue reading MACo Agenda: 2018 Initiatives, Growth Plan, and School Funding

Smart Growth Subcabinet Hears County Concerns At 2015 MACo Winter Conference

The Maryland Smart Growth Subcabinet opened the 2015 MACo December Winter Conference on December 9 with a listening session for county officials. Subcabinet members heard both compliments and concerns from county officials on various growth and environmental concerns. The Subcabinet’s role is to advise the Governor on Smart Growth, oversee the State’s Priority Places Strategy, and … Continue reading Smart Growth Subcabinet Hears County Concerns At 2015 MACo Winter Conference

State of the Bay Update: A Mixed Bag for the Chesapeake

The House Environment and Transportation Committee held a briefing on the state of the Chesapeake Bay on January 17, 2018. The “State of the Bay” briefing has become an annual fixture in the Committee. Presenters highlighted the positive progress that is resulting from Bay restoration efforts but also stressed ongoing challenges, including further reducing nitrogen … Continue reading State of the Bay Update: A Mixed Bag for the Chesapeake

Where Are We on Nutrient Credit Trading & AFG?

INTRODUCTION The “Aligning for Growth” (AFG) policy (known as “Accounting for Growth” prior to the Governor Larry Hogan Administration) will determine how new development must mitigate or offset the water pollution it generates in order to remain in compliance with the Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL). Nutrient credit trading will allow local governments to address their … Continue reading Where Are We on Nutrient Credit Trading & AFG?

Third Time’s a Charm? Workgroup Tackles Nutrient Credit Trading

A newly formed Maryland Water Quality Trading Advisory Committee held its first meeting on January 21 in a third attempt to create a nutrient credit trading policy among different water pollution sectors (agriculture, nonpoint sources like stormwater, and point sources like wastewater treatment plants.) The a successful trading policy can help county governments achieve their water quality goals … Continue reading Third Time’s a Charm? Workgroup Tackles Nutrient Credit Trading

Maryland Nutrient Trading Plan Announced, But Details Await

This week stakeholders offered a variety of responses to the Hogan Administration’s announcement that it intends to establish a nutrient trading program for pollutants in the Chesapeake Bay Region. Most players have suggested that the forthcoming details of such a plan will guide both its effectiveness and burdens. The Baltimore Sun carried the announcement of … Continue reading Maryland Nutrient Trading Plan Announced, But Details Await